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9:35 PM ET, October 2, 2013

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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.
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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
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.
Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
No sign of government shutdown ending after White House meeting  —  President Obama and congressional leaders met for the first time Wednesday in a bid to find common ground on ending the government shutdown, a standstill both parties acknowledge could last weeks.
Discussion: Politico and Pat Dollard
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Power Line and The Gateway Pundit
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Shutdown overreach: More guards at WWII memorial than Benghazi; Park Service closes park it doesn't run
Jillian Rogers / GOP.com:
RNC Will Pay To Keep WWII Memorial Open
Fox News:
New wave of WWII veterans move barricades to access DC memorial
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 …
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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 …
Andrew Johnson / National Review:
Zero Enroll in New LA Plan on Obamacare's First Day
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
What Happens to Conservatism When the Obamacare War Is Over?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
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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.
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.
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Dylan Matthews / Wonkblog:
The shutdown is the Constitution's fault
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 and Balloon Juice
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 …
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
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Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Focus shifts to looming debt-ceiling deadline as shutdown talks at White House go nowhere
Discussion: Mediaite, The Fix, Voices and New York Times
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
BREAKING: Iowa Sen. Kent Sorenson resigns after report finds he received money from Bachmann campaign  —  By Jason Noble and Jennifer Jacobs  —  Kent Sorenson, the Iowa state senator embattled over accusations that he inappropriately received pay from at least one presidential campaign …
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
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 …
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Tom Clancy, Best-Selling Master of Military Thrillers, Dies at 66  —  Tom Clancy, whose complex, adrenaline-fueled military novels spawned a new genre of thrillers and made him one of the world's best-known and best-selling authors, died on Tuesday in Baltimore.  He was 66.
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: Liberal Values and Eschaton
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT  —  Let's just spitball a bit here.  Right now, even if their campaign of public vandalism ended at this very moment, the Republicans would still have three-quarters of a loaf because the status quo ante would be a federal budget at (or beneath) the spending levels mandated by The Sequester.
Discussion: susiemadrak.com and ThinkProgress
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New York Times:
Staunch Group of Republicans Outflanks House Leaders
 
 
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Thomas Frank / Salon:
Reaching for the pillars: The conservative plan is sabotage
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
Justin Sink / The Hill:
President praises pope
Discussion: Politico, CNN and LifeNews.com
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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Bruno Waterfield / Telegraph:
Belgian killed by euthanasia after a botched sex change operation
Sabrina Siddiqui / The Huffington Post:
Republicans Split On Whether To Give Back Pay To Workers Furloughed In Government Shutdown
Discussion: Wonkblog, msnbc.com and Daily Kos
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Hold Your Ground and Shut John Cornyn Up
Discussion: protein wisdom and LifeNews.com
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