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4:45 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 …
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
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
THE DEMOCRATS ARE BRINGING GUNS TO A GUNFIGHT  —  This is more like it, thank you. … This would only be responding in kind.  For years, Washington worked on a system of both written and unwritten rules of behavior.  One of the marked characteristics of the reign of the morons has been to trash …
Fox News:
Congressional stalemate rings in government slimdown
Manu Raju / Politico:
GOP braces for shutdown fallout
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
In Congress, a not-so-brief case of delusion over government shutdown
Discussion: The Mahablog and The Raw Story
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.
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama notes health care glitches, blasts ‘Republican shutdown’
Discussion: ABC News and Colorlines
Ross Douthat:
Is Republican Intransigence Reasonable?
House GOP to vote on narrow funding bills
Government shutdown: President Obama holds the line
Discussion: and The Hill
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Why This Is Not Just ‘Washington Breakdown,’ in 3 Graphs (and 1 Story)
Charlie Cook /
Ted Cruz May Be Unwittingly Boosting Rand Paul's Brand
Discussion: Politico and Conservatives4Palin
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Politico: Obama Shows ‘Resolve and Strength’ By Shutting Government
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
Leo Shane III / Stars & Stripes:
WWII veterans storm D.C. memorial closed by government shutdown  —  WASHINGTON — Wheelchair-bound elderly veterans pushed aside barricades to tour the World War II Memorial Tuesday morning, in defiance of the government shutdown which closed all of the memorials in the nation's capital.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
KKK Rally At Gettysburg Military Park Canceled Due To Gov't Shutdown
Philadelphia News, Local News, Weather …:
Gettysburg KKK Rally Scuttled by Shutdown
Washington Post:
Visiting veterans storm closed war memorials
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Witness: Mississippi Congressman ‘Opened The Barricade’ To Closed WWII Memorial
Discussion: The Raw Story
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 …
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Sebelius: “Give Us the Same Slack You Give Apple”
Discussion: Firedoglake, Via Meadia and Unfair Park
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.
Emma Dumain / Roll Call:
House Leaders Seize on Ted Cruz's Idea to End Shutdown (Updated)  —  Updated 2:18 p.m. |  House Republican leaders Tuesday told rank-and-file members that they will attempt to pass several separate bills to reopen the government a few agencies at a time.  —  A GOP aide confirmed that leaders …
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
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)
Philip Ewing / Politico:
Government shutdown: Navy-Air Force football game canceled  —  The Defense Department has canceled intercollegiate sports at its three service academies during the government shutdown, according to an announcement Tuesday.  —  The Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy and the U.S. Military Academy …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Accidentally Shows Press Cover of Classified Document  —  Vice President Joe Biden appeared Monday to show the cover of a codeword-classified document to reporters during a meeting between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  —  The contents of the document …
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Alec Torres / National Review:
Booker's Lead Slips to Six Points
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Long lines, closed shops as shutdown hits gridlocked Capitol Hill
Discussion: Politico
Ben Goad / The Hill:
Delay of ObamCare's employer mandate draws legal challenge
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
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
Tal Kopan / Politico:
‘Boss’ Chris Christie: How I'd solve it