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10:35 AM ET, October 2, 2013

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Politico:
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 …
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Robert Costa / National Review:
Holding Firm  —  The same question keeps popping up: why doesn't Speaker John Boehner just pass a “clean” continuing resolution to fund the government?  It's a ubiquitous query at the Capitol, and it was asked many times this afternoon as House Republicans left their closed-door conference meeting.
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Why Boehner doesn't just ditch the hard right  —  Robert Costa is the National Review's Washington editor and one of the best-sourced reporters among House Republicans.  Like many others, I've relied on his reporting in recent days about how House Republicans are strategizing around the government shutdown.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems: Prolonged shutdown will give us leverage on debt limit  —  Senate Democrats believe the longer the government remains shut down, the more leverage they will wield in the debt-limit debate later this month.  —  There is growing sentiment among Democrats that the short-term funding resolution …
New York Times:
Staunch Group of Republicans Outflanks House Leaders  —  WASHINGTON — They have had their fleeting moments on cable television.  Their closed-door run-ins with Speaker John A. Boehner spill occasionally into the pages of Capitol Hill newspapers.  But outside their districts …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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: Shakesville, Politico and voteview blog
Telegraph:
US government shutdown: Barack Obama looks like a bitter, petty and partisan president  —  The American Left's hatred for all things conservative has been on full display in Washington in recent days, with the White House and its allies in Congress heaving with anger and indignation …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
This time, it's different: Negotiations have no place in latest fiscal crisis  —  Everything is different this time.  —  The fiscal showdowns of the past three years have all followed a familiar script: chapter and verse leading to a messy but predictable end.
Susan Page / USA Today:
News analysis: Can this government be saved?  —  There's no question that the federal system is broken.  But can it be fixed?  —  CONNECT  —  WASHINGTON — Count on the Greatest Generation to storm the shutdown.  —  A group of World War II veterans from Mississippi …
Discussion: First Read and Washington Post
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
House G.O.P. Pushes Piecemeal Approach as Democrats Stand Firm  —  WASHINGTON — House Republicans are likely to try again on Wednesday to pass three piecemeal spending bills that would reopen parts of the government, as both parties try to force the other to crack under mounting public pressure to end the two-day-old shutdown.
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Republicans following Cruz's playbook as crisis unfolds
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House turns to star power for ObamaCare boost
Discussion: Politico
Meredith Shiner / Roll Call:
Boehner-Reid Relationship Unravels Over Health Care Benefits Fight
Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Where leadership is needed, Obama stays on the sidelines—except when he's attacking Republicans.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
John Boehner / USA Today:
Obama owns this shutdown now
Tal Kopan / Politico:   President Obama shortens Asia trip
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Washington braces for prolonged government shutdown
Charles C. Johnson / The Daily Caller:
Obama admin. knew about WWII veterans' request and rejected it  —  The White House and the Department of the Interior rejected a request from Rep. Steven Palazzo's office to have World War II veterans visit the World War II memorial in Washington, the Mississippi Republican told The Daily Caller Tuesday.
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Cruz apologizes for ‘Bataan Death March’ comment
Discussion: Politico, Connecting.the.Dots and CNN
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:   McCain: ‘Apocalypse is upon us’ (Video)
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Business leaders dread debt-limit battle  —  The Treasury Department estimates the government will exhaust its borrowing capacity by Oct. 17, which is just three weeks away.  —  Lobbyists have been pushing Congress to raise the debt ceiling without drama or delay, but say the chances …
Discussion: Politico
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Josh Eidelson / Salon:
Grayson blames shutdown on GOP literally drinking on the job
Discussion: The Reaction, The Raw Story and Reuters
Brent Johnson / New Jersey Online:
Rick Perry calls Obamacare ‘a criminal act’ as he stumps for Lonegan in Bergen County  —  Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan (left) stands next to Texas Gov. Rick Perry (right) at a rally outside the Bendix Diner in Hasbrouck Heights this afternoon.  (Brent Johnson/The Star-Ledger)
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Associated Press:
With Traditional GOP Allies Defecting, Big Business Takes Sides With Obama  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Having failed to persuade their traditional Republican allies in Congress to avert a government shutdown, business leaders fear bigger problems ahead, and they're taking sides …
Discussion: Associated Press
Dan Bilefsky / New York Times:
Jellyfish Invasion Paralyzes Swedish Reactor  —  In an episode that evokes B-grade sci-fi movie plots from the 1950s, but actually reflects a continuing global problem, nuclear engineers in southeastern Sweden have been wrestling with a giant swarm of jellyfish that forced the shutdown of the world's largest boiling-water reactor.
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.
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Conservative Organization Moves Forward With Hillary Clinton Movie Plans  —  Citizens United, which went to the U.S. Supreme Court over a film about the former first lady five years ago, is making a doc about her role as secretary of state to be released in 2016.
 
 
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White House stands by alleged anti-nuke fatwa in Iran
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Education should rise above partisanship
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Administration will not release number of Obamacare enrollees on opening day
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