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11:50 PM ET, October 4, 2013


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Robert Costa / National Review:
The Emerging Offer  —  It hasn't been announced, and you won't hear about it today, but the final volley of the fiscal impasse, at least for House Republicans, is already being brokered.  And according to my top sources — both members and senior aides — it won't end with a clean CR, or with a sprawling, 2011-style budget agreement.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dems move to force Republicans to reopen the government  —  House Democratic leaders believe they have hit on a new way to potentially force House Republican leaders into allowing a vote on a “clean CR” funding the government without any defunding of Obamacare attached.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Devil's Xmas Tree Lite  —  So long as House Republicans maintain the initiative in the current fiscal fight, we're all living in Robert Costa's world.  His latest missive from Boehnerland (entitled “The Emerging Offer") suggests that the Speaker and such helpmeets as Paul Ryan are already far advanced …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Thomas Mann / CNN:
GOP House can't claim to speak for America  —  Editor's note: Tom Mann is a senior in governance studies at the Brookings Institution and the W. Averell Harriman Chair.  His most recent book, co-authored with Norman Ornstein and now out in paperback, is “It's Even Worse Than It Looks …
Matt Fuller / Roll Call:
Democrats Plan to Discharge GOP Bill to End Shutdown (Updated)  —  Miller, right, is heading up a Democratic plan to end the government shutdown by bringing up a GOP measure through a discharge petition.  (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)  —  Updated: 3:13 p.m. |
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Cruz: GOP Already Compromised By Demanding To Defund, Not Repeal Obamacare  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), or “the joint speaker of the House” as Harry Reid calls him, argued Friday that Republicans have already offered Democrats a concession in their stand against reopening the government in demanding …
Discussion: Politico, Hullabaloo and Weasel Zippers
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dems plan discharge petition to force vote on ending shutdown  —  House Democratic leaders will begin circulating a discharge petition Friday in hopes of forcing a vote on a “clean” spending bill.  —  GOP leaders have so far refused to stage a vote on the Senate-passed continuing resolution …
Democrats tap procedural trick to force House CR vote  —  House Democrats will use a parliamentary procedure to try to break a logjam over government funding and bring a “clean” continuing resolution to the floor, according to senior Democratic lawmakers and leadership aides.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
House Democrats Propose Hail Mary Strategy For Ending Shutdown  —  House Democrats think they've found a legislative ploy to bring the Senate-passed temporary spending bill to the House floor and end the government shutdown.  —  The move amounts to a legislative Hail Mary …
Matt Fuller / Roll Call:
Boehner Vows He Won't ‘Roll Over’ to Obama, Democrats (Updated)
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and First Read
Wall Street Journal:
White House's Hard Line on Shutdown, Debt Ceiling Has Risks Attached … President Barack Obama is sticking to his stance that he won't negotiate with Republicans over the government shutdown or the higher-stakes fight over the federal debt ceiling.  —  The question, for Republicans …
Jonathan Bernstein / PostPartisan:
The Insiders: The World War II Memorial is not a political prop
Discussion: Gawker and EconLog
Peter Suderman / Reason:
Obamacare Poster Boy Chad Henderson and His Dad Haven't Signed Up for Obamacare, Says His Father  —  An exclusive interview with Bill Henderson.  —  Chad Henderson is the media's poster boy for Obamacare.  Reporters struggled this week to find individuals who said they had been able …
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Priests threatened with arrest if they minister to military during shutdown  —  In a stunning development, some military priests are facing arrest if they celebrate mass or practice their faith on military bases during the federal government shutdown.  —  “With the government shutdown …
Michael Pearson / CNN:
Source: Meds for mental disorders found in D.C. driver's home  —  Washington (CNN) — Authorities searching the home of a Connecticut woman who rammed barricades and led police on a chase near the U.S. Capitol found discharge papers from a 2012 mental health evaluation that listed prescriptions …
Woman in DC chase may have thought Obama was stalking her, sources say
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
How to Make a Non-Disastrous Debt-Limit Deal  —  We are nearing the limit of the borrowing authority that Congress has given the federal government.  —  Almost everyone agrees that the debt ceiling needs to be raised.  Not even the flintiest conservative has advanced a plan for bringing …
Boehner Suggests Taking The Country Into Default Unless Republicans Get Additional Spending Cuts
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Brian Beutler / Salon:
Dumbest extortion attempt ever: Republican scheme's perverse logic
Discussion: The New Republic and The Raw Story
Baton Rouge news, sports and entertainment …:
Wallace indicted again in killing of Angola guard in 1972 by bill lodge  —  New Orleans resident Herman J. Wallace, released from a life sentence Tuesday by a federal court order, was reindicted Thursday by a West Feliciana Parish grand jury in the 1972 murder of a prison security officer.
Discussion: theGrio, Colorlines and Democracy Now
Lauren McGaughy / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Angola 3 member Herman Wallace died quietly in his sleep, friends say
Discussion: The Lede, ThinkProgress and NPR
NSA and GCHQ target Tor network that protects anonymity of web users  —  • Top-secret documents detail repeated efforts to crack Tor  —  • US-funded tool relied upon by dissidents and activists  —  • Core security of network remains intact but NSA has some success attacking users' computers
Michael C. Bender / Bloomberg:
Tea Party's Ross Says Debt Worth Yielding on Obamacare  —  U.S. Representative Dennis Ross, a Florida Republican, said he would support a broad spending deal that didn't include changes to the health-care law, becoming the first Tea Party-backed House lawmaker to publicly back off the fight …
Fox News:
Arizona Gov. Brewer, local businesses fight to reopen Grand Canyon  —  Oct. 1, 2013: Sebastian Ramirez, 27, of Austin, Texas, hikes out of the Bright Angel Trail in Grand Canyon National Park.AP  —  With the partial suspension of U.S. government services showing no signs of ending …
Washington Times:
PRUDEN: The cheap tricks of the game  —  The games politicians play: Barack Obama is having a lot of fun using the government shutdown to squeeze the public in imaginative ways.  The point of the shutdown game is to see who can squeeze hardest, make the most pious speech and listen for the applause.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Economic Confidence Plummets as Gov't Shutdown Begins  —  Current -34 three-day average is worst since December 2011  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' confidence in the U.S. economy has dropped sharply as the partial government shutdown caused by Congress' inability to pass a spending bill has become reality.
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Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
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Fred Vogelstein / New York Times:
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Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Newt Gingrich Wants The Government Out Of The Panda Cam Business
Discussion: DCist
Rebecca Ballhaus / Washington Wire:
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Robert Brodsky / Newsday:
Hillary Clinton to begin considering presidential run ‘sometime next year’
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