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2:30 PM ET, October 11, 2013


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Jonathan Karl / ABC News:
Analysis: Republicans Are Working Out the Terms of Their Surrender  —  ANALYSIS:  —  Beware of irrational exuberance.  Thursday night's meeting between President Obama and House Republican leaders was clearly a breakthrough, but both sides are cautioning this morning that progress is fragile.
Charlie Cook /
How Democrats Can Get to Yes  —  If they want to end the shutdown and avoid default, they must find a way to let Republicans save face.  —  Google is a pretty amazing thing.  The other day I was thinking about the government-shutdown mess and how it might be resolved …
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 …
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Reid pans six-week debt deal  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Friday rejected the House Republican proposal for a six-week increase in the debt limit.  —  “They're talking about extending the debt ceiling for two months or six weeks — please,” Reid said Friday.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Jonathan Strong / National Review:
Missing From New CR Negotiations: Harry Reid
GOP sends fiscal proposal to President Obama
New York Times:
No Quick Deal, but Offer by G.O.P. on Debt Shifts the Tone
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
A Crisis of the President's Own Making
Discussion: Washington Post and Betsy's Page
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Fed up with House, senators grab at reins of fiscal debate
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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 …
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.
Mark Murray / NBCNews:
NBC/WSJ poll: Shutdown debate damages GOP  —  The Republican Party has been badly damaged in the ongoing government shutdown and debt limit standoff, with a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finding that a majority of Americans blame the GOP for the shutdown, and with the party's popularity declining to its lowest level.
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
House GOP makes new offer  —  House Republican leaders have offered a new plan to lift the debt ceiling and re-open the government after meeting with President Obama on Thursday.  —  The offer, made late Thursday night, would allow the House to vote as early as Friday on a six-week extension …
Discussion: Daily Kos
New National Survey: Shutdown Severely Damaging GOP
Discussion: Politico
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Gallup: 60% Of Americans Say Third Party Is Needed
Discussion: Gallup
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Liberal heckling sparks stream of one-liners from Ted Cruz  —  After his recent 21-hour filibuster-style marathon speech on Obamacare, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz found himself heckled over and over again by liberal activists during remarks at a conservative conference in Washington D.C. on Friday.
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Cruz wows conservative crowd at Values Voter summit  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) whipped the conservative crowd into a frenzy at Friday's Values Voter summit, painting the fight over ObamaCare as a battle for basic freedom and calling on Republicans to redouble their efforts to end the program.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Perkins: Cruz is de facto leader of Republican Party
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Paul: Aid funds ‘war on Christianity’
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Carson compares ObamaCare to slavery  —  Neurosurgeon Ben Carson said Friday that ObamaCare is the worst thing to happen to the United States since slavery.  —  “I have to tell you ObamaCare is, really I think, the worst thing that's happened in this nation since slavery,” …
Discussion: CNN, Politico, ABC News and AMERICAblog News
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 …
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Chemical Weapons Watchdog Wins Nobel Peace Prize  —  LONDON — The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the 2013 Peace Prize on Friday to the United Nations body charged with destroying Syria's stocks of chemical weapons under a deal brokered by Russia and the United States.
Chemicals weapons watchdog OPCW wins Nobel Peace Prize
Discussion: The Hill and Liberaland
Ronald Brownstein /
Will the Kamikaze Caucus Doom the GOP?  —  When Congress devolves into perpetual conflict, each party's more militant voices gain influence at the expense of its deal-makers.  —  When congressional insiders say John Boehner could lose his speakership if he moves to end the confrontations …
Noah Smith / Not Quite Noahpinion:
The Ferg-beast attacks  —  I'm breaking my blogging hiatus to briefly respond to Niall Ferguson, not because I'm mad, but because it's fun.  For those who haven't seen it, Ferguson has posted a massive three-part rant (part 1, part 2, part 3) in which he attempts to take Paul Krugman to task …
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Justin Parkinson / BBC:
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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
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Ryan Is Again in the Forefront for the G.O.P.
Discussion: Guardian and The Hugh Hewitt Show
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Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Sources: Cash-Strapped FreedomWorks In State Of Financial Disarray
Rich Miller / Bloomberg:
Default Doubters Repudiated by Republican Economists Citing Harm
Todd S. Purdum / Reuters:
The year the government broke
Discussion: Politico, Capitol Report and CNN
Michael Tackett / Bloomberg:
Obamacare Foes Using Shutdown Echo South's Nullifiers