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11:45 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.
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.
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
Discussion: Washington Wire
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
Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:
ESTABLISHMENT GOPERS ASSAIL TEA PARTY ON SHUTDOWN  —  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — From county chairmen to national party luminaries, veteran Republicans across the country are accusing tea party lawmakers of staining the GOP with their refusal to bend in the budget impasse in Washington.
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
A Republican Party no one could control
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
The Last Days of the GOP  —  We could be witnessing the death throes …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Perceived Need for Third Party Reaches New High
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.
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
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Court: NSA can continue sweeping phone data collection (Video)  —  The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has granted the National Security Agency (NSA) permission to continue its collection of records on all U.S. phone calls.  —  The Office of the Director of National Intelligence announced …
Discussion: Politico and ODNI Newsroom Feed
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 …
Darren Goode / Politico:
States pony up to open national parks, sights  —  The Grand Canyon, Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore are all open for business again — at least for about a week.  —  The three iconic national symbols will be at least temporarily reopened after the states of Arizona …
Discussion: CNN
Lee Enterprises / Helena Independent Record:
Bullock: Montana won't pay to open national parks
Discussion: GovBeat and E2-Wire
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
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.
MJ Lee / Politico:
Gene Sperling: GOP has plenty of leverage without default threat
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Business, labor and nonprofits demand that shutdown end ‘immediately’  —  The most prominent names in business, labor and the nonprofit world on Friday demanded that Washington “immediately” end the government shutdown.  —  In a joint letter sent to President Obama and lawmakers …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
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.
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 …
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.
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Liberal heckling sparks stream of one-liners from Ted Cruz
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
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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Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Rape Kits May Stop In D.C. If Government Shutdown Continues
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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:
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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
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
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