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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.
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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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Reaches Out to Congressional Leaders  —  Lawmakers From Both Parties Invited for Talks on Budget, Debt Limit … WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama invited congressional leaders from both parties to the White House on Wednesday to discuss the partial government shutdown and looming debt-limit crisis, a White House official said.
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 …
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Republicans following Cruz's playbook as shutdown crisis unfolds
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
This time, it's different: Negotiations have no place in latest fiscal crisis
Discussion: The Fix and First Read
Meredith Shiner / Roll Call:
Boehner-Reid Relationship Unravels Over Health Care Benefits Fight
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
House G.O.P. Pushes Piecemeal Approach as Democrats Stand Firm
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Where leadership is needed, Obama stays on the sidelines—except when he's attacking Republicans.  —  President Obama is sitting out one of the most important policy struggles since he entered the White House.  With the government shutdown, it has reached the crisis stage.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House turns to star power for ObamaCare boost
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Rand Paul: ‘Goons’ blocked WWII Memorial  —  Sen. Rand Paul blasted the federal government for trying to block World War II vets from visiting their memorial, saying “some idiot in government sent goons out there to set up barricades.”  —  “If Harry Reid and the President want to keep the parks closed …
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Charles C. Johnson / The Daily Caller:
Obama admin. knew about WWII veterans' request and rejected it
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
America flirts with self-destruction  —  The fallout of a US government default, particularly one that lasts, is beyond prediction  —  Is the US a functioning democracy?  This week legislators decided to shut down a swath of the federal government rather than allow an enacted health law go into operation at the agreed moment.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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David Weigel / Slate:
The Sad and Predictable Death of the “Fund Our Veterans” Republican Gambit  —  Ideally, as of this morning, Republicans were hoping that Democrats would come to Jesus and agree to form a conference committee to hammer out the continuing resolution.  As of this afternoon …
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Erick Erickson / RedState:
Hold Your Ground and Shut John Cornyn Up
Dan Froomkin / Al Jazeera America:
Shutdown coverage fails Americans … U.S. news reports are largely blaming the government shutdown on the inability of both political parties to come to terms.  It is supposedly the result of a “bitterly divided” Congress that “failed to reach agreement” (Washington Post) or …
CNN:
Sources: Author Tom Clancy dead  —  Tom Clancy: The Cold War's novelist  —  (CNN) — Author Tom Clancy, whose novel, “The Hunt for Red October” propelled him to fame, fortune and status as a favorite storyteller of the American military, has died, according to sources with his publisher and family.
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
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Rick Perry: Implementing Obamacare “a Criminal Act”  —  HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J. — In a campaign appearance Tuesday on behalf of New Jersey Republican Senate nominee Steve Lonegan, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said the government's implementation of the national health care reform law constituted “a criminal act.”
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Brent Johnson / New Jersey Online:
Rick Perry calls Obamacare ‘a criminal act’ as he stumps for Lonegan in Bergen County
Discussion: The Raw Story
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.
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
What Happens to Conservatism When the Obamacare War Is Over?  —  When we look back decades from now, one of the keys to understanding this period in our political history will be the story of how a set of market-based health insurance reforms that started as a proposal from the Heritage Foundation …
Katherine Gregg / The Providence Journal:
R.I. GOP under fire for gun raffle, even in own ranks/ Poll  —  kgregg@providencejournal.com  —  PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island GOP's attempt to raise money by raffling off guns, including Smith & Wesson's version of the AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle linked to the Newtown, Conn. …
 
 
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