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5:25 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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
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  —  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 …
Discussion: Power Line and The Jawa Report
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.
ABC News:
World War II Veterans Prove Unstoppable, Entering Memorial  —  Another day, another barricade crossed.  —  Following the example set on Tuesday by a group of fellow veterans from Mississippi, World War II “honor flights” from Missouri, Illinois and Michigan entered the closed World War II memorial …
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
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
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.
Discussion: Trail Blazers Blog
David Weigel / Slate:
The Sad and Predictable Death of the “Fund Our Veterans” Republican Gambit
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Hold Your Ground and Shut John Cornyn Up
Discussion: protein wisdom and
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Eschaton and American Prospect
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi rallies Dems behind sweeping immigration proposal  —  House Democratic leaders unveiled legislation Wednesday to overhaul the nation's broken immigration system and create a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal residents.  —  The sweeping proposal, which largely mirrors …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Bank CEOs huddle with Obama
Discussion: Politico
Rebecca Catalanello / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Obamacare website glitches leave Blue Cross of Louisiana without new enrollees after first day
Discussion: Wonkblog, National Review and Twitchy
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
N.S.A. Experiment Traced U.S. Cellphone Locations
Dylan Matthews / Wonkblog:
The shutdown is the Constitution's fault
Sabrina Siddiqui / The Huffington Post:
Republicans Split On Whether To Give Back Pay To Workers Furloughed In Government Shutdown
Discussion: Wonkblog, and Daily Kos
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
The truth is, Americans love Obamacare
Discussion: Business Insider and Guardian
Katie J.M. Baker / Dissent:
Cockblocked by Redistribution: A Pick-up Artist in Denmark
Discussion: American Prospect and Unfogged
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Netanyahu Pushes Back on Iran
Mark Schmitt / The New Republic:
What We Need to Fix Congress: More Partisanship
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
America flirts with self-destruction
New York Times:
Staunch Group of Republicans Outflanks House Leaders