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2:50 PM ET, October 1, 2013


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John Bresnahan / Politico:
Government shutdown: John Boehner's private fight for Hill health subsidies  —  With the federal government nearing shutdown, House Speaker John Boehner stood on the House floor Monday and called on his colleagues to vote for a bill banning a “so-called exemption” that lawmakers and staffers receive for their health insurance.
Meredith Shiner / The World's Greatest …:
Democrats Divulge Emails With Boehner Staff as Shutdown Fight Gets Personal (Updated)  —  Reid's office is considering leaking emails between his chief of staff, David Krone, above, and Boehner's chief.  (CQ Roll Call File Photo)  —  Updated 11:30 a.m. |  Senate Democrats are considering leaking …
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Six Headlines About The Government Shutdown That Will Destroy Your Faith In Journalism  —  The government shut down because a small group of Republicans, led by Sen Ted Cruz (R-TX), insist on linking continued funding to repealing, defunding, or delaying Obamacare.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
‘House Of Turds’: NY Daily News Mocks Boehner As Shutdown Arrives (PHOTO)  —  A prominent New York City tabloid marked the first government shutdown since 1996 on Tuesday with a cover that parodies a hit political drama and mocks House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Durbin: Medical device tax repeal could be ‘on the table’  —  Washington (CNN) - A repeal of the medical device tax may be a point of compromise between the House and Senate as the two houses of Congress work to end the government shutdown, the number two Democrat in the Senate said Tuesday.
Nick Gillespie / Reason:
Let Us Be Clear: Obama Deserves Chief Responsibility for Gov't Shutdown.  —  Boehner and the GOP may well be “anarchists” and Reid and the Dems may be useless.  But it's the president who runs the show.  —  Whether it turns truly apocalyptic or ends up just being a short break …
Discussion: NPR, Outside the Beltway and Hit & Run
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Why This Is Not Just ‘Washington Breakdown,’ in 3 Graphs (and 1 Story)
Government shutdown: President Obama holds the line
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and Firedoglake
Manu Raju / Politico:
GOP braces for shutdown fallout
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Politico: Obama Shows ‘Resolve and Strength’ By Shutting Government
Discussion: Hot Air
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
In Congress, a not-so-brief case of delusion over government shutdown
Discussion: The Mahablog and The Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Lawmakers Resume Budget Battle Amid Shutdown
Discussion: Washington Wire
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Technical problems plague launch of ObamaCare (Video)  —  ObamaCare's new health insurance marketplaces experienced a range of technical glitches Tuesday morning as they opened to enroll patients for the first time.  —  The federally facilitated online exchanges include functions for creating an account …
Washington Post:
Obamacare site goes live, with some glitches  —  Uninsured Americans around the country showed up at health centers and logged onto government Web sites Tuesday morning in hopes of being among the first to sign up for coverage under the president's health-care law, but many ran into technical glitches that prevented them from enrolling.
Obamacare Exchanges Riddled With Glitches  —  Insurance web sites struggled on the first day that the new health programs opened to applicants  —  By Kate Pickert @katepickertOct.  01, 2013  —  Screen shots of several state exchange websites that were down or not yet operating Tuesday morning.
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Sebelius: “Give Us the Same Slack You Give Apple”
Discussion: Firedoglake and Unfair Park
Maggie Fox / NBCNews:
Obamacare is here and so are the glitches
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Full steam ahead for Obama healthcare law
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Poll Indicates GOP Has Been Deeply Damaged By Shutdown Fight  —  Republicans in Washington insist they have simply been upholding the wishes of the American people throughout their efforts to block the Affordable Care Act, but a poll released Tuesday tells a very different story.
CNN Poll: Will Obamacare help you?
Transcript And Audio: NPR Interview With President Obama
Sen. Durbin: “It's conceivable” …
James Hohmann / Politico:
Ted Cruz's dad rips RINOs, Obamacare
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Less than one in five say ObamaCare will help
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Veterans break past World War II Memorial barricade  —  Update 1:45 p.m. ET: House GOP leadership sources tell CNN they plan to vote on a series of bills to fund the government, beginning Tuesday with three measures-spending for veterans, the District of Columbia and the Park Service.
Discussion: ABC News, Politico, ThinkProgress and Gawker
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Witness: Mississippi Congressman ‘Opened The Barricade’ To Closed WWII Memorial  —  Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS) “opened the barricade” and allowed a group of 91 veterans on Tuesday to storm into the closed World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., according to a representative from the group.
Charlie Spiering / Washington Examiner:
The glitchy error-filled misadventures of creating an account on  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL BARACK OBAMA OBAMACARE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN  —  A friend and I spent the morning trying unsuccessfully to create an account on and shop for cheaper health insurance.
Tal Kopan / Politico:
‘Boss’ Chris Christie: How I'd solve it  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says the shutdown in Washington can be blamed on everybody, but it is especially a failure of leadership on the part of the president.  —  “No matter where the partisanship is, the failure is in people not bringing people together to get it done.
Andrew Rafferty / NBC Politics:
Christie says shutdown debate would look very different if he was in charge
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Rand Paul: Open the government  —  Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday said he would support a short-term funding measure “to keep the government open while we negotiate.”  —  “I think what we could do is pass a very short term, maybe not six weeks, but what about one week, so we could negotiate over a week …
Rod Dreher / The American Conservative:
Republicans, Over the Cliff  —  Peter Suderman speaks for me:
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Dish
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart:
Jon Stewart's Rockin' Shutdown Eve  —  If President Obama can make a deal with the most intransigent mullahs in the world but not with House Republicans, maybe he is not the problem.  (07:20)
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Anemona Hartocollis / New York Times:
City Unveils Campaign to Improve Girls' Self-Esteem
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Gothamist and Jezebel
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Spy agencies forced to furlough 70 percent of civilian employees
Discussion: Firedoglake
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Same-Sex Couples Sue For Marriage Rights In West Virginia
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
Two Marine generals fired for security lapses in Afghanistan
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Keyes: Teaching It's OK To Be Gay Is To ‘Rape The Parental Authority Of Christian Parents’
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Shutdown threatens Navy-Air Force game
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Eugenio Scalfari /
The Pope: how the Church will change
Discussion: Guardian and National Review
 Earlier Items: 
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Shutdown Monday brings DNC biggest fundraising haul since election
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Julian Hattem / E2-Wire:
Disgraced EPA official pleads the Fifth in House investigation
Discussion: Politico
Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project:
A Portrait of Jewish Americans
Steven Lubet / Salon:
GOP's most shameful shutdown moment