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9:50 AM ET, October 1, 2013

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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House GOP seeks conference with Senate Dems on shutdown  —  House Republican leaders will seek a conference committee with Senate Democrats in a last-ditch effort to find a compromise on a short-term spending bill, a GOP aide confirmed late Monday night.  —  The GOP proposal to meet comes …
Discussion: The Reaction
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The House GOP's Legislative Strike  —  In January, demoralized House Republicans retreated to Williamsburg, Virginia, to plot out their legislative strategy for President Obama's second term.  Conservatives were angry that their leaders had been unable to stop the expiration of the Bush tax cuts …
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Congress, tea party hit all-time low in CNN polling  —  Washington (CNN) — As the hours wind down toward a possible government shutdown because of a bitter partisan battle over the new health care law, the approval rating for Congress is plummeting to historic lows.
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.
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Those Banana Republicans  —  They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.  Why is it that the Republicans in Congress seem so determined to prove this maxim?  —  Let's start with the Affordable Care Act, a k a Obamacare.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Two hours before deadline, Senate rejects latest House funding bill
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Conservatives With a Cause: 'We're Right'
Discussion: Politico and WJLA-TV
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:   House Dems hitting House GOP with robocalls on shutdown
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
House Dems make counteroffer to GOP: We'll accept sequester cuts
New York Times:
Government Shuts Down in Budget Impasse
Jonathan Strong / National Review:
Moderates Revolt Over CR  —  For almost three years, the story in the House has been about Speaker John Boehner's restive right flank causing him problems.  But Republican moderates have apparently had enough.  —  In what is by far their boldest stand since the GOP took control of the House in 2010 …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
How 30 House Republicans are forcing the Obamacare fight  —  CONGRESS OBAMACARE JOHN BOEHNER HEALTH CARE STENY HOYER RAUL LABRADOR GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN  —  There are 233 Republicans in the House.  Insiders estimate that three-quarters of them, or about 175 GOP lawmakers, are willing …
Jonathan Strong / National Review:
Moderate Threat Fizzles  —  The size of a bloc of GOP moderates ready to bring down a vote on the House floor over the government funding bill shriveled from 25 lawmakers on Saturday to just two when the House voted just now to pass the rule.  —  New York Representative Peter King …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Meredith Shiner / The World's Greatest …:
Democrats Mull Divulging Emails With Boehner Staff as Shutdown Fight Gets Personal  —  Reid's office is considering leaking emails between his chief of staff, David Krone, above, and Boehner's chief.  (CQ Roll Call File Photo)  —  Senate Democrats are considering leaking a series …
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Government shutdown begins as gridlocked Congress gives up
Discussion: Scared Monkeys, The Hill and WND
Russell Berman / The Hill:   Government shuts down as lawmakers miss funding deadline
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Cruz Offers To Donate Salary To Charity If ‘Reid Forces’ Shutdown
Wall Street Journal:
Government Shuts Down as Congress Misses Deadline
CNN:
CNN Poll: Will Obamacare help you?  —  Less than one in five Americans say their families will be better off under the new health care law, according to a new poll.  —  But a CNN/ORC International survey released Tuesday morning also indicates a majority say the Affordable Care Act …
Discussion: The Hill
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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
President Obama: Expect months of ‘glitches’  —  President Barack Obama on Monday said he “absolutely” expects glitches and problems with Obamacare as enrollment kicks off Tuesday.  —  But even with the inevitable complications and issues that accompany the new health insurance exchanges …
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Full steam ahead for Obama healthcare law
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Why This Is Not Just ‘Washington Breakdown,’ in 3 Graphs (and 1 Story)  —  Tea Party members say they are expressing the public's will.  Gee, if only there were some way to judge popular sentiment in a democracy.  —  From the Washington Post this morning:
NY Daily News:
SEE IT: Pack of motorcyclists chase man in SUV, attack him on upper Manhattan street after fender bender turned hit-and-run on West Side Highway prompted by driver running over biker as he fled  —  Alexian Lien's Range Rover was surrounded by several bikers on the West Side Highway on Sunday.
Associated Press:
Chris Christie Appeals Gay Marriage Ruling To Higher Court  —  TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie's administration on Monday asked New Jersey's top state court to take an appeal of a judge's ruling that the state must allow gay marriage.  —  Citing “far-reaching implications,” …
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Bloomberg:
N.J. Mayor Prepares to Marry Same-Sex Couple After Ruling
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
12 Republicans Vote ‘Nay’ On House GOP Anti-Obamacare Bill  —  Twelve Republicans broke ranks with their House colleagues and voted against the House's latest continuing resolution proposal.  —  The twelve Republicans were Reps. Phil Gingrey (GA), Peter King (NY), Thomas Massie (KY) …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
In Congress, a not-so-brief case of delusion over government shutdown  —  I almost shut down the government.  —  As I waited outside a meeting of the House Republican caucus in the Capitol basement Monday afternoon, I put down my briefcase next to a flowerpot and walked around the corner to catch lawmakers as they exited.
Discussion: The Raw Story, Balloon Juice and Gawker
 
 
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Susan Svrluga / Washington Post:
Washingtonians worry about impact of looming government shutdown
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Ed Miliband / Daily Mail:
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Paul Lewis / Guardian:
Binyamin Netanyahu urges Obama to keep Iran sanctions in place
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Guardian:
Chvrches' Lauren Mayberry: ‘I will not accept online misogyny’
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Alec Macgillis / The New Republic:
Meet the House Republican Who Compared Himself to the Flight 93 Heroes
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Fresh DOJ loss in ‘Fast and Furious’ docs fight
Discussion: Hot Air, Talking Points Memo and CNN
Karen McVeigh / Guardian:
US employers slashing worker hours to avoid Obamacare insurance mandate
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Joshua Keating / Slate:
If It Happened There ... the Government Shutdown
Discussion: The Week and ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
David Lawler / Telegraph:
10 things affected by the US government shutdown
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
NBC Scraps Hillary Clinton Miniseries