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9:40 AM ET, October 3, 2013


 Top Items: 
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.
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
GOP stands firm against funding bill, will link to debt ceiling fight  —  OBAMACARE DEBT CEILING PENNAVE BUDGETS AND DEFICITS GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN  —  House Republicans are unlikely to blink in the standoff over Obamacare that precipitated a government shutdown, fearing that acceding …
Government shutdown: Is a grand bargain the only way out?  —  Many pragmatic House Republicans have come to a simple conclusion: Navigating their way out of this fiscal mess won't be easy.  —  They think their best chance to fund the government, raise the debt ceiling and extract any concession …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Government shutdown: Why many Republicans have no reason to deal  —  The prevailing wisdom ahead of the government shutdown was that tea party lawmakers who agitated for it would fold within a few days, once they got an earful from angry constituents and felt the sting of bad headlines.
Suzy Khimm /
What's the fight about? Republicans struggle to explain
Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
No sign of government shutdown ending after White House meeting
Discussion: Politico
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Bank CEOs huddle with Obama
Discussion: Politico and Washington Monthly
Manu Raju / Politico:
Ted Cruz blasted by angry GOP colleagues  —  Ted Cruz faced a barrage of hostile questions Wednesday from angry GOP senators, who lashed the Texas tea party freshman for helping prompt a government shutdown crisis without a strategy to end it.  —  At a closed-door lunch meeting …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Coburn challenges McConnell on ‘leadership vacuum’
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
David Espo / ABC News:
Analysis: Republicans Get Opposite of Stated Goals
Discussion: Associated Press and Politico
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Cruz warns shutdown could lead to terrorist attacks
Washington Post:
Government shutdown puts U.S. security at risk
CBS News:
Poll: Americans not happy about shutdown; more blame GOP  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  On day three of the partial government shutdown, a new CBS News poll reveals that a large majority of Americans disapprove of the shutdown and more are blaming Republicans than President Obama and the Democrats for it.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Poll Confirms Americans Blame GOP For Shutdown  —  A poll released Thursday provided confirmation of what's long been anticipated: more Americans blame Republicans — not President Barack Obama and Democrats — for the first government shutdown since 1996.  —  According to the latest CBS News poll …
Jim Williams / Public Policy Polling:
Conspiracy Theories Round Two: Republicans More Likely To Subscribe to Government Conspiracy Theories
Discussion: PoliticusUSA, Reuters and CANNONFIRE
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 …
Andrew Johnson / National Review:
Zero Enroll in New LA Plan on Obamacare's First Day
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House passes bills to fund DC, parks and medical research  —  The House approved three targeted spending resolutions to the Senate on Wednesday, daring Senate Democrats to vote against measures to immediately fund the District of Columbia, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Park Service.
Washington Free Beacon:
Reid: ‘Why Would We Want To’ Help One Kid With Cancer?
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid offers to talk tax reform if GOP ends shutdown (Video)
Discussion: Hot Air, Politico, Fix the Debt, CNN and WND
Chad Terhune / Los Angeles Times:
California exchange overstated its Web traffic for Obamacare launch  —  Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, discusses the launch of the state's insurance exchange Tuesday in Los Angeles.  (Reed Saxon/AP / October 2, 2013)  —  California's health insurance exchange vastly overstated …
The Right Scoop:
Mark Levin to Obama: You lay one hand on WW2 vets and I'LL BRING HALF A MILLION PEOPLE TO THAT MEMORIAL!  —  Mark Levin warned everyone on Capitol Hill that if they lay a hand on the WWII vets at the memorial to arrest them for visiting their own memorial, he'll bring a half a million people to march on Washington.
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.
Patrick Poole / The PJ Tatler:
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: McDonald's Employee Admits Being Paid $15 to Protest WW2 Veterans (UPDATED 2x)  —  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 …
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.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Brendan Mahoney Saves ObamaCare  —  Great news!  They got a 30-year-old dude to sign up!  —  “People complain of having to stand in line for hours, often in vain, and many are losing patience with the government's explanation that unsavory conspirators are to blame for the nation's problems,” reports the New York Times.
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Discussion: Hot Air, Israpundit and The Greenroom
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Discussion: Firedoglake
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 Earlier Items: 
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
Sam Baker / The Hill:
HHS: 4.7 million visits to ObamaCare site on Day 1
Justin Sink / The Hill:
President praises pope
Discussion: Politico, and CNN
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi rallies Democrats behind sweeping immigration package (video)