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4:30 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.
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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  —  What the Obama administration is portraying as a “shutdown” of the federal government — complete with signs posted at the entrances to government buildings, parks and monuments — is turning out to be more of a “slimdown,” …
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.
Politico:
House GOP to vote on narrow funding bills
Manu Raju / Politico:
GOP braces for shutdown fallout
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Why This Is Not Just ‘Washington Breakdown,’ in 3 Graphs (and 1 Story)
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama notes health care glitches, blasts ‘Republican shutdown’
Discussion: Colorlines
Politico:
Government shutdown: President Obama holds the line
Discussion: americanthinker.com and The Hill
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
CNN:
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.
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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.
Leo Shane III / Stars & Stripes:
WWII veterans storm D.C. memorial closed by government shutdown
Discussion: ThinkProgress, msnbc.com and WJLA-TV
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 …
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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 healthcare.gov  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL BARACK OBAMA OBAMACARE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN  —  A friend and I spent the morning trying unsuccessfully to create an account on healthcare.gov and shop for cheaper health insurance.
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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.
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CNN:
Sen. Durbin: “It's conceivable” …
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 …
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Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
Ted Cruz May Be Unwittingly Boosting Rand Paul's Brand
Discussion: Politico and Conservatives4Palin
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)
Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
The Beginning of the End for Washington  —  This impasse could be the breaking point for a political system that has gone from dysfunctional to nonfunctioning.  —  U.S. President Barack Obama signs H.R. 3210, Pay Our Military Act, which provides continuing appropriations for members of the Armed Forces during the government shutdown.
 
 
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Ben Goad / The Hill:
Delay of ObamCare's employer mandate draws legal challenge
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
Ross Douthat:
Is Republican Intransigence Reasonable?
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 / Repubblica.it:
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
Tal Kopan / Politico:
‘Boss’ Chris Christie: How I'd solve it