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12:40 AM ET, October 2, 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.
Collision course: CR and debt ceiling  —  A harsh reality began setting into Capitol Hill on Tuesday: The U.S. government may not reopen until the two parties reach a deal to raise the national debt ceiling.  —  Hours after federal agencies shuttered their doors for the first time in nearly two decades …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House votes down GOP's piecemeal spending bills  —  The House on Tuesday night rejected three appropriations resolutions that would have funded the District of Columbia, veterans programs and national parks, after House Republicans set them up in a way that required Democratic support for passage.
Discussion: Politico and voteview blog
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House GOP to try piecemeal funding; Obama threatens veto  —  House Republicans on Tuesday will move to re-open small portions of the federal government, bringing up bills to fund the National Park Service, part of the Department of Veterans Affairs and operations for the District of Columbia.
John Boehner / USA Today:
Obama owns this shutdown now  —  Washington Democrats have slammed the door on reopening the government.  —  CONNECT  —  The president isn't telling the whole story when it comes to the government shutdown.  The fact is that Washington Democrats have slammed the door on reopening …
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.
Corey Boles / Washington Wire:
Senate: Shutdown May Persist More Than Two Weeks, Brush Against Debt Ceiling
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Vulnerable Republicans: End the shutdown
Discussion: Post Politics, and The Hill
Nick Gillespie / Reason:
Let Us Be Clear: Obama Deserves Chief Responsibility for Gov't Shutdown.
Discussion: NPR, Outside the Beltway, Hit & Run and CNN
Matt Vasilogambros /
The Day After the Government Shut Down  —  Live updates …
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
McCain: ‘Apocalypse is upon us’ (Video)  —  The Department of Defense released a statement early Tuesday that shocked college sports fans.  The department said that all athletic competitions at the Army, Navy and Air Force academies would be postponed for as long as the government remained closed.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Veterans Plot To Expand Revolt Against Government Shutdown  —  They might tear down the barricades at the Lincoln Memorial next — and pee on the trees — to protest Washington dysfunction.  “People here need to be thinking about serving their country and not their own sorry butts.”
Discussion: Power Line, Twitchy and Instapundit
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Cruz apologizes for ‘Bataan Death March’ comment
Discussion: CNN
Jordan Weissmann / The Atlantic Online:
The Saddest Paragraph You'll Read About the Government Shutdown Today  —  With NIH furloughs, children with cancer are being turned away from clinical trials.  —  You've heard about the Pandacam, the closed monuments and national parks, and the furloughed federal workers.
Discussion: Balloon Juice, Guardian and Hullabaloo
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Shutdown Is Pain for Some, Irritant for Most
Discussion: Daily Kos and Wonkblog
Joan Walsh / Salon:
The real story of the shutdown: 50 years of GOP race-baiting  —  A House minority from white districts want to destroy the first black president, and the GOP majority abets them  —  On the day the Affordable Care Act takes effect, the U.S. government is shut down, and it may be permanently broken.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Unskewing Obama's Sexuality  —  Dean Chambers, the man who helped “unskew” polls during the 2012 presidential campaign to show Mitt Romney was actually leading, now says President Obama is gay.  —  “I think Sullivan is right, but not for the right reason.  I do believe that Barack Obama is in fact our first gay president.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Elise Young / Political Capital:
Perry: Wife Misspoke About Abortion  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry, right, and his wife, Anita, arrive for his state of the state address in the house chambers at the state capitol, on, Jan. 29, 2013, in Austin, Texas.  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry today owned up to an “oops” moment that wasn't even his.
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:   Rick Perry Dismisses His Wife's Abortion Comments, Tries To Explain What She Really Believes
Josh Eidelson / Salon:
Grayson blames shutdown on GOP literally drinking on the job  —  “Many of them seem loaded,” the liberal congressman says, charging his GOP colleagues smelled like alcohol  —  In a Tuesday interview, Rep. Alan Grayson charged that Republican House members have been literally intoxicated …
Discussion: The Reaction and The Raw Story
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Sebelius: “Give Us the Same Slack You Give Apple”  —  A number of people trying to access or equivalent state level marketplaces this morning are experiencing technical difficulties.  This will not be surprising to devoted Moneybox readers, and at a briefing I attended yesterday …
Discussion: Unfair Park, Via Meadia and Firedoglake
Washington Post:
Obamacare site goes live, with some glitches
Julia Ioffe / The New Republic:
Two Russians Walk Into a Parliamentary Crisis...  What is a president in a presidential constitutional republic to do when faced with an intransigent, bull-headed faction among his people's representatives?  —  Well, Boris Yeltsin, Russia's first democratically elected president …
Gov. Jay Nixon / Politico:
Education should rise above partisanship  —  Gainesville, Mo., is a small town tucked into the foothills of the Ozarks.  It is home to about 800 people, in a county with a median income of $32,000.  Each morning, a few hundred students wake up and go to Gainesville High, home of the Bulldogs …
Rose Garden / The White House:
Remarks by the President on the Affordable Care Act and the Government Shutdown  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good morning, everybody.  At midnight last night, for the first time in 17 years, Republicans in Congress chose to shut down the federal government.  Let me be more specific: One faction …
Ross Douthat:
Is Republican Intransigence Reasonable?  —  Tyler Cowen on the politics of the looming government shutdown: … This is as good a summary as I've seen of the basic strategy being pursued by the savvier of what you might call the House Intransigents.  Not by all of them, however: Pace Cowen …
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Administration will not release number of Obamacare enrollees on opening day  —  While the Obama administration has touted the opening of the Obamacare exchanges as a win for Americans, it is not be releasing any data on the number of people who successfully enrolled Tuesday.
Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
The Nullification Party  —  I've been trying to think of something original to say about the absurdity now transpiring in Washington, DC.  I've said roughly what I think in short; and I defer to Fallows for an important dose of reality against the predictably moronic coverage of the Washington Post.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court grants eight cases  —  The Supreme Court, returning from its summer recess, on Tuesday granted review of eight new cases, including one involving a long-running copyright dispute in Hollywood over the screenplay for the Oscar-nominated 1980 movie, Raging Bull, about the life of boxer Jake LaMotta.
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Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
GOP “Anarchists” Now Talking About Reopening...National Parks?
Discussion: Politico, National Review and Hot Air
House GOP Didn't Blink, Focused On Defunding Obamacare
Discussion: The Raw Story
Ron Paul / Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity:
Latest Posts  —  Own a Piece of Ron Paul History In 1979 …
Eyder Peralta / NPR:
Obama: ‘Perpetual Cycle Of Brinksmanship ... Has To End’
Discussion: Hit & Run and WND
Ehren Goossens / Bloomberg:
Exploding Fuel Tankers Driving U.S. Army to Solar Power
Discussion: E2-Wire and Yahoo! News
Michael Kazin / The New Republic:
Why Aren't Those New, Millennial Liberals Protesting the Shutdown?
Discussion: ThinkProgress
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Accidentally Shows Press Cover of Classified Document
Emma Dumain / Roll Call:
House Leaders Seize on Ted Cruz's Idea to End Shutdown (Updated)
Ron Fournier /
The Beginning of the End for Washington
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Even With The Government Shutdown, 80% Of Federal Employees Will Keep Working