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2:55 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.
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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 …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Hold Your Ground and Shut John Cornyn Up
Discussion: protein wisdom and LifeNews.com
Mark Schmitt / The New Republic:
What We Need to Fix Congress: More Partisanship
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Republicans following Cruz's playbook as shutdown crisis unfolds
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Reid Offers to Negotiate on Budget, Policy  —  Obama Invites Congressional Leaders for Talks … WASHINGTON—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) on Wednesday offered to engage in wide-ranging budget and policy negotiations with House Republicans, marking the first formal overture …
Politico:
Collision course: CR and debt ceiling
Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Where leadership is needed, Obama stays on the sidelines—except when he's attacking Republicans.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
This time, it's different: Negotiations have no place in latest fiscal crisis
Discussion: The Fix, Politico and First Read
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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USA Today:
Author Tom Clancy dies at 66
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Tom Clancy, Best-Selling Novelist of Military Thrillers, Dies at 66
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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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
N.S.A. Experiment Traced U.S. Cellphone Locations  —  WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency in 2010 and 2011 conducted a secret pilot project to test the collection of bulk data about the location of Americans' cellphones, but the agency ultimately decided against putting such a program …
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Siobhan Gorman / Washington Wire:
Intelligence Chiefs: Shutdown Threatening National Security
Discussion: Business Insider
Stephen Braun / Associated Press:
NSA: Social Network Searches, but No Dossiers
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
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 …
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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Chris Delcamp / Northwest Ohio:
Honor Flight to World War II Memorial in jeopardy due to shutdown
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 Mahablog and The Raw Story
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 …
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
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.
Katie J.M. Baker / Dissent:
Cockblocked by Redistribution: A Pick-up Artist in Denmark  —  Thirty-three-year-old Daryush Valizadeh, known to his predominantly heterosexual male fan base as Roosh, is a well-known pick-up artist within the worldwide “Seduction Community,” which relies on pop evolutionary psychology to teach the art of getting laid.
Discussion: American Prospect and Unfogged
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
 
 
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Sabrina Siddiqui / The Huffington Post:
Republicans Split On Whether To Give Back Pay To Workers Furloughed In Government Shutdown
Discussion: msnbc.com, Wonkblog and Daily Kos
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
The truth is, Americans love Obamacare
Discussion: Business Insider and Guardian
New York Times:
Netanyahu Pushes Back on Iran
Discussion: americanthinker.com
First Read / NBCNews:
First Thoughts: GOP digs in deeper
Katherine Gregg / The Providence Journal:
R.I. GOP under fire for gun raffle, even in own ranks/ Poll
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Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Business leaders dread debt-limit battle
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
Americans Think GOP's Top Priority Is Troublemaking
Discussion: The Hill and First Read
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New York Times:
Staunch Group of Republicans Outflanks House Leaders