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8:25 AM ET, October 2, 2013


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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 …
Discussion: NPR, Taylor Marsh, Reuters and Fox News
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Where leadership is needed, Obama stays on the sidelines—except when he's attacking Republicans.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Susan Page / USA Today:   News analysis: Can this government be saved?
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Government shutdown: John Boehner's private fight for Hill health subsidies
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: Twitchy, Power Line and Instapundit
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.
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Cruz apologizes for ‘Bataan Death March’ comment
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Washington Post:
Visiting veterans storm closed war memorials
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.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House turns to star power for ObamaCare boost  —  The White House is turning to local politicians and celebrities Wednesday to promote the second day that uninsured Americans can purchase coverage on the ObamaCare exchanges, following a launch that featured intense interest — and serious technical glitches.
Discussion: Politico
Michael Kazin / The New Republic:
Why Aren't Those New, Millennial Liberals Protesting the Shutdown?
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Ron Fournier /
The Beginning of the End for Washington
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
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 …
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.
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Shutdown Is Pain for Some, Irritant for Most
Discussion: National Review, Daily Kos and Wonkblog
Tal Kopan / Politico:
President Obama shortens Asia trip  —  President Barack Obama is canceling part of his planned trip to Asia this weekend because of the government shutdown, the White House announced on Wednesday.  —  Obama called the presidents of the Philippines and Malaysia on Tuesday night …
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
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
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 …
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, The Raw Story and Reuters
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
GOP “Anarchists” Now Talking About Reopening...National Parks?  —  National Review reports on plans by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) to push small continuing resolutions (CRs) funding a bunch of junk at current levels.  The idea, apparently, is to drive home the notion that the GOP didn't want to shut …
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.
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.
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White House stands by alleged anti-nuke fatwa in Iran
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Education should rise above partisanship
House GOP Didn't Blink, Focused On Defunding Obamacare
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Administration will not release number of Obamacare enrollees on opening day
Eyder Peralta / NPR:
Obama: ‘Perpetual Cycle Of Brinksmanship ... Has To End’
Discussion: Hit & Run and WND
 Earlier Items: 
Ehren Goossens / Bloomberg:
Exploding Fuel Tankers Driving U.S. Army to Solar Power
Discussion: E2-Wire and Yahoo! News
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Vulnerable Republicans: End the shutdown
Discussion: and Post Politics
Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Accidentally Shows Press Cover of Classified Document
Charlie Cook /
Ted Cruz May Be Unwittingly Boosting Rand Paul's Brand
Discussion: Hot Air, The Week and Politico
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
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Discussion: The Week and Booman Tribune
Ross Douthat:
Is Republican Intransigence Reasonable?
Discussion: National Review and Spectator