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9:30 PM ET, October 11, 2013


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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Ted Cruz confronts President Obama at White House  —  Sen. Ted Cruz confronted President Barack Obama over his health care law during a meeting at the White House Friday attended by dozens of GOP senators.  —  Cruz told Obama that any deal to reopen the government must also provide relief for those negatively affected by Obamacare.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
McCain To Fox News: No, The Shutdown Is The GOP's Fault (VIDEO)  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) channeled his inner-maverick Friday during an appearance on Fox News Channel, repeatedly reminding the conservative network that the government shutdown was brought about by the quixotic effort to halt the Affordable Care Act.
Associated Press:
NEW GOP SHUTDOWN/DEBT PLAN, BUT NO AGREEMENT YET  —  You are here  —  Home » United States government » New GOP shutdown/debt plan, but no agreement yet  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are offering to pass legislation to avert a default and end the 11 …
Washington Post:
Congressional Republicans rush to develop plan to reopen government, avoid default  —  Congressional Republicans rushed late Friday to develop a new plan for reopening the government and avoiding a first-ever default in hopes of crafting a strategy that can win the support of the White House before financial markets open Monday.
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Obama tells Senate GOP he's willing to talk ObamaCare changes  —  Senate Republicans emerged from a lengthy meeting at the White House Thursday saying the president had indicated he was at least willing to talk about changes to his signature healthcare reform law.
Discussion: Washington Wire
MJ Lee / Politico:
Gene Sperling: GOP has plenty of leverage without default threat
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
House Republicans make new offer to Obama in fiscal fight
Discussion: Daily Kos and CNN
Jonathan Bernstein / A plain blog about politics:
Ted Cruz?  Winnowed, Probably  —  I've been on the side of those who thought that Ted Cruz was a viable candidate for the Republican nomination in 2016.  Not a likely winner, but very plausible.  —  I'm pretty sure that's done now.  —  I was willing to defend Cruz's chances despite …
Discussion: Business Insider
Daniel Larison / The American Conservative:
Ted Cruz's Debacle  —  Jonathan Bernstein considers what the pointless shutdown fight has done to Ted Cruz's political prospects: … It would have been different if Cruz's gamble had been over a minor issue that drew little attention, but the purpose of the gamble all along seems …
Discussion: National Review and Gallup
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Rep. Pete King: Obama Should Donate To Ted Cruz  —  Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said Friday that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has done so much to unintentionally boost Obamacare's popularity with his crusade to defund it that President Obama should thank Cruz with a campaign donation.
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Liberal heckling sparks stream of one-liners from Ted Cruz
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Cruz wows conservative crowd at Values Voter summit
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
The Last Days of the GOP  —  We could be witnessing the death throes of the Republican Party  —  I once wrote about lobbying, and this week I called some Republicans I used to talk to (and some that they recommended I talk to) about the effect the shutdown is having on the Republican Party in Washington.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Perceived Need for Third Party Reaches New High  —  Twenty-six percent believe Democratic and Republican parties do adequate job  —  This article is part of an ongoing series analyzing how the government shutdown and the debate over raising the debt ceiling are affecting Americans' views …
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
A Republican Party no one could control
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Piers Morgan Expected to Lose 9PM Hour on CNN; Bill Weir to Move In?  —  Earlier this morning, we reported that Nightline anchor Bill Weir was departing ABC News for other pastures.  —  TVNewser beat us to the punch on the news that his new role is with CNN.  But that is only part of the story.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Bill Weir is joining CNN, TVNewser has learned.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
Joe Wurzelbacher / Joe For America:
America Needs a White Republican President  —  Admit it.  You want a white Republican president again.  —  Now before you start feeling like you're a racist, understand you are not.  —  Follow Joe For America on Facebook!  —  Wanting a white Republican president doesn't make you racist, it just makes you American.
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
'She's Got Really Hot Breasts, Man!'  Lonegan Aide Bashes Booker With X-Rated Rant  —  A top aide to Republican New Jersey Senate hopeful Steve Lonegan went into decidedly not-safe-for-work territory when TPM asked why he thinks his candidate has been gaining on Democratic opponent Cory Booker in recent polls.
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Ben Carson Says Obamacare Is ‘Worst Thing’ To Happen To America Since Slavery  —  Tea Party favorite Dr. Ben Carson said the Obama administration's healthcare reform law is the worst thing to happen to the United States since slavery.  —  “I have to tell you Obamacare is, really I think …
Matt Katz /
Christie: 'If I was in the Senate right now, I'd kill myself'  —  Gov. Christie today blamed Republicans and Democrats for the government shutdown, saying “it's irresponsible of both sides to have allowed this to get where it's gotten.”  —  Asked during an editorial board meeting …
Discussion: Reuters, The Hill and The Daily Caller
Will Lewis / WFMZ-TV:
Local group urges House Republicans to stand ground against Affordable Care Act  —  ‘The fight is here and now,’ says local business owner  —  Group urges GOP to stand ground against Affordable Care Act  —  DOYLESTOWN -  —  It's called the Affordable Care Act, but some say the president's …
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
McLean Youth Lacrosse fights government shutdown in court; Langley Fork Park reopens  —  Fed up that the federal shutdown was keeping them off their practice fields, a group of young lacrosse players in Northern Virginia challenged the government in court.  And at least for now, they won.
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
C.I.A. Warning on Snowden in '09 Said to Slip Through the Cracks  —  WASHINGTON — Just as Edward J. Snowden was preparing to leave Geneva and a job as a C.I.A. technician in 2009, his supervisor wrote a derogatory report in his personnel file, noting a distinct change in the young man's behavior …
First Read / NBCNews:
First Thoughts: A divided GOP cannot stand  —  Why Republicans are losing the shutdown fight per the NBC/WSJ poll: They're divided — just look at the Tea Party vs. non-Tea Party split... Why Democrats are winning: They're united... There's now a sense of urgency for both the GOP and Obama …
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
OSHA hands out penalties for Texas fertilizer blast  —  The company at the center of an April fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people and damaged hundreds of homes is being charged with violating a number of workplace safety regulations.  —  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration …
Discussion: Liberaland
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Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Business, labor and nonprofits demand that shutdown end ‘immediately’
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Paul Krugman:
Janet Joy  —  I've been remiss in not writing anything …
Cord Jefferson / Gawker:
Gun Groups Declare Newtown Massacre Anniversary “Guns Save Lives Day”
Discussion: Death and Taxes
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
GOP Sen. wants Sebelius out over Obamacare
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Trucker protest hits Beltway but causes no major delays, authorities say
Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:
Christmas spirit dies at White House as ornament-hawking gift shop goes broke
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jonathan D. Salant / Bloomberg:
Budget Battle Ends Soon With Tea Party Loss: King, Corker
 Earlier Items:
New National Survey: Shutdown Severely Damaging GOP
Luis Martinez / ABC News:
Air Force Fires Two Star General in Charge of Nuke Missiles
Discussion: The Greenroom
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Only 2 People Attend ‘Obamacare and You!’ Event in South Carolina
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Sources: Cash-Strapped FreedomWorks In State Of Financial Disarray