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5:40 PM ET, October 3, 2013


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ABC News:
Attempt to Ram White House Gate Ends With Female Suspect Dead … An attempt to ram the White House gates ended with shots fired at the U.S. Capitol, senators put under lockdown and a female suspect dead, sources told ABC News.  —  A Capitol police officer was also reported shot, sources said.
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Capitol lockdown lifted after shots fired  —  The U.S. Capitol and adjacent buildings were locked down Thursday afternoon, after multiple gun shots were fired on Capitol Hill.  —  Capitol Police have advised House and Senate employees to “shelter in place” and move away from and lock doors and windows.
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
House Republican reports being assaulted outside the Capitol  —  Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) reported being the victim of a minor assault outside the Capitol on Wednesday night.  —  The congressman told Capitol Police he was walking from his Longworth office building for votes when …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jewel Samad / ABC News:
LIVE UPDATES: Shots Fired At The Capitol
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and CNN
New York Times:
Car Chase Ends in Gunshots at Capitol
Washington Post:
Shots fired at Capitol
Discussion: Washington Monthly
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
GOP Donors Revolt Against Republican-Led Government Shutdown  —  It's not just Democrats who are angry at the Tea Party-led shutdown.  Republican donors are furious their party has managed to ‘grab defeat from the jaws of victory’ on Obamacare—and some are withholding funds, reports David Freedlander.
Manu Raju / Politico:
Ted Cruz blasted by angry GOP colleagues
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:   House Republican Admits To Donors: GOP Had To Shut Down The Government To Please The Tea Party
Debra J. Saunders / San Francisco Chronicle:
GOP lemmings - in their suicide vests
Discussion: CNN and The Reaction
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Extremists, Not “Nihilists”  —  The rapidly spreading progressive CW …
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Politically Safe Lawmakers See No Shutdown Urgency
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
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.
Mark Segraves /
Congressman Confronts Park Ranger Over Closed WWII Memorial  —  Conflict over the responsibility for the government shutdown got personal at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Wednesday when a member of Congress confronted a U.S. Park Service Ranger over access to the closed park land.
New York Times:
Republicans Say Boehner Vows to Avert Federal Default  —  WASHINGTON — With a budget deal still elusive and a deadline approaching on raising the debt ceiling, Speaker John A. Boehner has told colleagues that he is determined to prevent a federal default and is willing to pass a measure through …
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Fiscal Crisis Continuing Coverage of the Budget Debates  —  Republicans Say Boehner Has Offered Assurances on Default  —  WASHINGTON — With a budget deal still elusive and a deadline approaching on raising the debt ceiling, Speaker John A. Boehner has told colleagues that he is determined …
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
GOP aides: Boehner tells colleagues he will avoid a default on federal debt  —  House Speaker John A. Boehner, apparently sharing Obama administration alarm about a possible debt default, has told colleagues he will act to raise the federal debt limit even if he has to rely on the votes of House Democrats, GOP aides said Thursday.
Roberta Rampton / Reuters:
Obama blames Republican ‘obsession’ for government shutdown
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Telegraph
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Cantor suggests ‘clean’ continuing resolution wouldn't pass House
Discussion: The Fix and Politico
David Rogers / Politico:
Different era: Piecemeal bills stumble
Discussion: The Hill and Weekly Standard
Mason Stevenson / WPSD Local 6:
Live mic catches Senators McConnell and Paul talking strategy  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - WPSD Local 6 got an inside glimpse Wednesday night to how much the government shutdown is about the messaging for congressional lawmakers.  —  After finishing an interview with CNN, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul ran …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
McConnell, Rand Paul Caught On Hot Mic Talking Shutdown Strategy (VIDEO)  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) were caught on a hot mic Wednesday night while discussing their party's messaging on the government shutdown.
New York Times:
Millions of Poor Are Left Uncovered by Health Law  —  A sweeping national effort to extend health coverage to millions of Americans will leave out two-thirds of the poor blacks and single mothers and more than half of the low-wage workers who do not have insurance, the very kinds of people …
The Atlantic Online:
The Republican Hardliners Aren't Conservatives, They're Radicals  —  The legislators driving the direction of the GOP aren't interested in smart, limited government.  They're aiming to eviscerate even the parts that work well.  —  In their third iteration of shutdown poker …
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Mansplains The Shutdown To CNN Anchor: 'You're Beautiful But You Need To Be Honest'  —  CNN's Carol Costello confronted Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) over his party's continued crusade against Obamacare Thursday morning, pushing him to admit that Republicans' “divisive approach” …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Gawker
Brian Beutler / Salon:
The right's new lie about its shutdown intentions  —  If Ted Cruz is making John Boehner dance like a marionette, then Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., is the guy helping Cruz keep the strings untangled.  —  He's the author of the House's version of the famous letter insisting that Republicans …
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John B. Judis / The New Republic:
The Shutdown Standoff Is One of the Worst Crises in American History
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
White House Press Secretary And Fox News Reporter Argued Over Violent Rhetoric Earlier Today
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Neilajamee / CBS Los Angeles:
OC High School Student Ordered To Remove NRA T-Shirt Because It Promotes Gun Violence
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Katie McHugh / The Daily Caller:
Need health care coverage? Just dial 1-800-F**KYO to reach Obamacare's national hotline
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Why did Obama try to scare the markets?
Discussion: and Free exchange
 Earlier Items: 
George F. Will / Washington Post:
George Will: For GOP in 2016, some medicine
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Soopermexican / Twitchy:
'You're exposed': Scantily-clad models prowl the streets of Denver selling Obamacare [pics]
Discussion: and Weasel Zippers
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
State DNR refuses federal directive to close some popular parks
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Power says she's regretted calling Hillary a monster ‘every day since’
Discussion: Politico, Shakesville and CNN
Chad Terhune / Los Angeles Times:
California exchange overstated its Web traffic for Obamacare launch