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3:50 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).
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
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.
Fox News:
Congressional stalemate rings in government slimdown
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Why This Is Not Just ‘Washington Breakdown,’ in 3 Graphs (and 1 Story)
Manu Raju / Politico:
GOP braces for shutdown fallout
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama notes health care glitches, blasts ‘Republican shutdown’
Discussion: Colorlines
Government shutdown: President Obama holds the line
Discussion: The Hill and
Wall Street Journal:
Lawmakers Resume Budget Battle Amid Shutdown
Discussion: Washington Wire
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
In Congress, a not-so-brief case of delusion over government shutdown
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Politico: Obama Shows ‘Resolve and Strength’ By Shutting Government
Discussion: Hot Air
House GOP to vote on narrow funding bills
Ross Douthat:
Is Republican Intransigence Reasonable?
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
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
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.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
KKK Rally At Gettysburg Military Park Canceled Due To Gov't Shutdown  —  A planned Ku Klux Klan gathering in Gettysburg, Pa. was canceled due to the government shutdown, Philadelphia's WCAU reported Tuesday.  —  A Maryland-based KKK group was approved to hold a rally on Saturday at Gettysburg National Military Park, according to WCAU.
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Witness: Mississippi Congressman ‘Opened The Barricade’ To Closed WWII Memorial
Discussion: The Raw Story
Leo Shane III / Stars & Stripes:
WWII veterans storm D.C. memorial closed by government shutdown
Discussion: ThinkProgress and WJLA-TV
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.
Misstripleem / Twitchy:
Surprise!  Obamacare health insurance exchange websites don't work; a total mess  —  No need to shut it down.  The Obamacare health insurance exchange websites don't work. … Who will be blamed for this mess? … [Update]  —  Welcome to!
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?
Sen. Durbin: “It's conceivable” …
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
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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Emma Dumain / Roll Call:
House Leaders Seize on Ted Cruz's Idea to End Shutdown (Updated)
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Stand Pat  —  Our upcoming WEEKLY STANDARD cruise had me thinking …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
House To Pass Legislation Reopening National Parks, VA Claims
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and PolicyMic
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Ben Carson: ‘I had my first encounter with the IRS’ after challenging Obama
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and WND
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Spy agencies forced to furlough 70 percent of civilian employees
Discussion: Firedoglake
Eugenio Scalfari /
The Pope: how the Church will change
 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
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Rand Paul: Open the government