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6:20 PM ET, October 2, 2013


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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.
Washington Free Beacon:
Reid: ‘Why Would We Want To’ Help One Kid With Cancer?  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) asked why Senate Democrats would want to fund the National Institutes of Health to “help one child who has cancer” Wednesday when asked that question by CNN reporter Dana Bash.
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Grover Norquist on Ted Cruz: ‘He pushed House Republicans into traffic and wandered away’  —  Grover Norquist is the president of Americans for Tax Reform and the creator of the anti-tax pledge that nearly every Republican in Congress has signed.  We spoke on Tuesday about the government shutdown and its consequences for his agenda.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid offers to talk tax reform if GOP ends federal shutdown  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) offered to open negotiations on tax reform Wednesday if Republicans agree to a clean resolution to reopen the government.  —  Reid sent a letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) …
Discussion: CNN and WND
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why the Shutdown Is Leading to Debt Default; or, What Happens When You Take Hostages Without a Plan  —  The federal government shutdown, while important, is a dry run for the potentially cataclysmic debt-ceiling standoff.  What does it portend?  Evidence can be found for both alarm and complacency …
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.
Debbi Wilgoren / Washington Post:
‘Exasperated’ Obama cancels part of Asia trip, calls congressional leaders to White House
Discussion: Mediaite, Voices, The Fix and Post Politics
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
This time, it's different: Negotiations have no place in latest fiscal crisis
Discussion: The Fix, and Politico
Patrick Poole / The PJ Tatler:
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: McDonald's Employee Admits Being Paid $15 to Protest WW2 Veterans (UPDATED)  —  Yesterday I reported from the National World War Two Memorial on several members of Congress crashing the barricades set up by the National Park Service that were keeping out several hundred Honor Flight veterans …
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 …
Jillian Rogers /
RNC Will Pay To Keep WWII Memorial Open  —  WASHINGTON - This afternoon RNC Chairman Reince Priebus visited the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC to announce that the Republican National Committee would cover the cost of keeping it open for the next 30 days.
Lachlan Markay / Washington Free Beacon:
Shutdown Theater  —  The National Park Service has ordered …
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Rand Paul: ‘Goons’ blocked WWII Memorial
Leo Shane III / Stars & Stripes:
Park service: Honor Flight visits are a ‘First Amendment activity’
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Fox News:
New wave of WWII veterans move barricades to access DC memorial
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 …
John Harwood / CNBC:
Obama to Wall Street: This time be worried  —  Obama to Wall Street: You should be concerned this time  —  In an exclusive interview with CNBC's John Harwood, President Obama says Wall Street should be concerned about the ongoing impasse between him and House Republicans over funding the government and the debt limit.
Discussion: Daily Kos, NPR and The PJ Tatler
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 …
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Tom Clancy, Best-Selling Novelist of Military Thrillers, Dies at 66  —  Tom Clancy, whose complex, adrenaline-fueled military novels made him one of the world's best-selling and best-known authors, died on Tuesday in a hospital in Baltimore.  He was 66.  —  Ivan Held, the president …
Sources: Author Tom Clancy dead
USA Today:
Author Tom Clancy dies at 66
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Tal Kopan / Politico:
D.C-savvy Tom Clancy dead at 66
Discussion: CNN and The Week
Jay Z / Vanity Fair:
Exclusive: Mia Farrow and Eight of Her Children Speak Out on Their Lives, Frank Sinatra, and the Scandals They've Endured  —  See a slide show of Mia's children and quotes from Orth's piece.  —  Twenty years after Vanity Fair special correspondent Maureen Orth reported on the sexual-abuse …
Dylan Matthews / Wonkblog:
The shutdown is the Constitution's fault  —  You made this happen, buster.  (National Archives)  —  The government is shut down.  Two million federal workers are having paychecks delayed, and 800,000 of them might never be repaid at all.  Food safety inspections are on hold.
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Juan Linz's Bad News for America
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
The truth is, Americans love Obamacare  —  Among the many delusions guiding the Republican campaign against the Affordable Care Act, surely the most consistent is the idea that the public detests the law and is clamoring for repeal.  —  Here's the truth: The American public loves Obamacare …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Why Are So Many People in a Blind Rage These Days?  —  Paul Waldman, as he so often does, says what I've been thinking: … Roger that.  But then he adds this: … This is conventional wisdom, of course.  The reason the tea party caucus isn't willing to compromise is because there's no pressure on them to compromise.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
David Weigel / Slate:
The Sad and Predictable Death of the “Fund Our Veterans” Republican Gambit
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Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Obamacare marketplaces raise data security concerns
Discussion: protein wisdom and Hot Air
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi rallies Dems behind sweeping immigration proposal (Video)
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Bank CEOs huddle with Obama
Discussion: Politico and Washington Monthly
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
N.S.A. Experiment Traced U.S. Cellphone Locations
Sabrina Siddiqui / The Huffington Post:
Republicans Split On Whether To Give Back Pay To Workers Furloughed In Government Shutdown
Discussion: Wonkblog, and Daily Kos
Siobhan Gorman / Washington Wire:
Intelligence Chiefs: Shutdown Threatening National Security
Discussion: Motherboard and Business Insider
 Earlier Items: 
Katie J.M. Baker / Dissent:
Cockblocked by Redistribution: A Pick-up Artist in Denmark
Discussion: American Prospect and Unfogged
Mark Schmitt / The New Republic:
What We Need to Fix Congress: More Partisanship
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
America flirts with self-destruction