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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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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Hold Your Ground and Shut John Cornyn Up  —  After three years of getting ready, yesterday the nation signed on to get Obamacare only to have websites across America crash.  The ones that were not crashing were scam sites designed for identity theft.  Amid all of that, if you tried …
Discussion: protein wisdom and LifeNews.com
Jon Terbush / The Week:
How the government shutdown is tearing the GOP apart  —  Entering day two of the shutdown, Republicans have turned this into a fight between themselves  —  I  —  n the past few weeks, as Congress has lumbered inexorably toward a government shutdown, we've seen the emergence of a new faction …
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 …
Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Where leadership is needed, Obama stays on the sidelines—except when he's attacking Republicans.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Mark Schmitt / The New Republic:
What We Need to Fix Congress: More Partisanship
New York Times:
Staunch Group of Republicans Outflanks House Leaders
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
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House turns to star power for ObamaCare boost
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Politico
Meredith Shiner / Roll Call:
Boehner-Reid Relationship Unravels Over Health Care Benefits Fight
Discussion: Business Insider
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.
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Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Tom Clancy, Best-Selling Novelist of Military Thrillers, Dies at 66
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Shutdown overreach: More guards at WWII memorial than Benghazi; Park Service closes park it doesn't run  —  WASHINGTON SECRETS BENGHAZI GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN  —  The National Park Service is sending so many officials out to shut down federal parks from visiting Americans that at this rate …
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Chris Delcamp / Northwest Ohio:
Honor Flight to World War II Memorial in jeopardy due to shutdown
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 …
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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 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 …
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: Salon and Crooks and Liars
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.
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Obama Summons Congressional Leaders to White House
 
 
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