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8:25 PM ET, October 2, 2013


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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.
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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid offers to talk tax reform if GOP ends shutdown (Video)  —  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: Politico, 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 …
Robert Costa / National Review:
Boehner to GOP: Grand Bargain in the Works  —  House Republicans tell me Speaker John Boehner wants to craft a “grand bargain” on fiscal issues as part of the debt-limit deliberations, and during a series of meetings on Wednesday, he urged colleagues to stick with him.  —  The revelation came quietly.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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
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
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.
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 …
Sy Mukherjee / ThinkProgress:
Meet Butch Matthews, A Republican Who Came To Love Obamacare After Realizing It Will Save Him $13,000  —  61-year-old Butch Matthews, left, with his wife Debbie  —  Butch Matthews is a 61-year-old former small business owner from Little Rock, Arkansas who used to wake up every morning at 4 …
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 …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
What Happens to Conservatism When the Obamacare War Is Over?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
President Obama Turns His Back on Veterans  —  The White House and congressional Democrats aren't satisfied with simply shutting the government down.  Today the president reiterated his threat to veto a simple, common-sense measure to stand with our nation's veterans and ensure that veterans' programs are funded during the shutdown.
Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
No sign of government shutdown ending after White House meeting
Discussion: Politico
Debbi Wilgoren / Washington Post:
‘Exasperated’ Obama tells congressional leaders he ‘will not negotiate’
Discussion: Mediaite, New York Times, Voices and The Fix
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Hold Your Ground and Shut John Cornyn Up
Discussion: protein wisdom and
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.
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Juan Linz's Bad News for America  —  The Yale political scientist died this week.  His life's work tells us that American democracy is doomed.  —  Juan Linz, the distinguished Yale political scientist, died on Tuesday morning in New Haven, Conn., at the age of 86.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Dylan Matthews / Wonkblog:
The shutdown is the Constitution's fault
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 …
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
Tal Kopan / Politico:
D.C.-savvy Tom Clancy dead at 66
Discussion: CNN and The Week
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.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Bank CEOs huddle with Obama  —  Top banking executives emerged from a meeting with President Obama on Wednesday warning of the “extremely adverse” consequences of a national default.  —  Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein said there is broad agreement in the banking industry that the debt ceiling …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Monthly
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Cruz warns shutdown could lead to terrorist attacks  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) warned on Wednesday that the government shutdown could leave the United States vulnerable to terrorist attacks.  —  “If, God forbid, we see an attack on the United States because the intelligence community …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
President praises pope  —  President Obama said Wednesday he had been “hugely impressed” by Pope Francis after being asked about the new pontiff's comments that issues of homosexuality and abortion had consumed too much of the church's attention.  —  The president said that his admiration came …
Discussion: Politico, CNN and
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Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
BREAKING: Iowa Sen. Kent Sorenson resigns after report finds he received money from Bachmann campaign
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Kevin Poulsen / Wired:
Edward Snowden's E-Mail Provider Defied FBI Demands to Turn Over Crypto Keys, Documents Show
Discussion: The Verge and GigaOM
Sam Baker / The Hill:
HHS: 4.7 million visits to ObamaCare site on Day 1
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)
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Sabrina Siddiqui / The Huffington Post:
Republicans Split On Whether To Give Back Pay To Workers Furloughed In Government Shutdown
Discussion: Wonkblog, Daily Kos and
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
Katherine Gregg / The Providence Journal:
R.I. GOP under fire for gun raffle, even in own ranks/ Poll
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
America flirts with self-destruction
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Here's A Tally Of Which House Republicans Are Ready To Fund The Government, No Strings Attached