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9:45 PM ET, October 13, 2013


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Rallier tells Obama to ‘put the Quran down’  —  Washington (CNN) - Angered by the closure of national landmarks due to the partial government shutdown, a crowd of conservatives removed barricades Sunday at the World War II Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial as they rallied against President Barack Obama …
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Sarah Palin joins Ted Cruz, confederate flag, as new face of shutdown  —  As if the Republican party didn't have enough troubles, Sarah Palin has now emerged as the new face of the GOP government shutdown.  —  Yes, there really is a God.  —  Palin joined GOP Tea Party Senator …
Crowd storms World War II Memorial … WASHINGTON - Thousands of people converged on the World War II Memorial on the National Mall on Sunday morning and tore down the barricades blocking it off, protesting the closure of the memorial during the federal government shutdown.
Lindsay Abrams / Salon:
D.C. protestors wave Confederate flag, tell Obama to “put the Quran down”  —  Anti-Obama sentiment abounded at a Sunday morning rally  —  About 200 people, counting among their ranks Republican Senator Mike Lee, Senator Ted Cruz and former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin, converged on D.C.'s World War II memorial Sunday morning.
Associated Press:
Protesters reopen World War II Memorial on National Mall that's closed for gov't shutdown  —  WASHINGTON — A crowd of people has converged on the World War II Memorial on the National Mall, pushing through barriers to protest the memorial's closing under the government shutdown.
Rally at World War II Memorial Ends at White House  —  Protestors of the government shutdown began at the World War II Memorial early Saturday morning and ended at the White House gates and fence Saturday afternoon.  —  The group was upset with the closure of memorials in Washington due to the shutdown stalemate.
Discussion: Fox News, The Impolitic and Hot Air
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Government Shutdown Negotiations Stuck On Sequestration  —  WASHINGTON — As the United States government approaches a deadline for raising the debt limit and the government shutdown nears its second week, Senate Democrats are taking a stand on sequestration.
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
How Collins budget plan collapsed
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Lindsey Graham: No Debt Deal Without House GOP Support
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Greg Clary / CNN:
Talking seen as ‘breakthrough’ on Capitol Hill
Discussion: Politico and The People's View
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Senate Leaders Talk but Fail to Reach Deal on Shutdown
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Photos From the Million Vets March [Updated With Ridicule of Liberals]  —  Today the Million Vets March is taking place in D.C. and around the country.  It will be interesting to see how much news coverage it receives.  I'm sure there weren't a million vets, but there were a heck of a lot of them:
Discussion: The PJ Tatler, Twitchy and Ed Driscoll
Lori Ziganto / Twitchy:
#1MVetMarch: Barrycades down! Spite House barricades no match for Million Vets March [photos]
Jijo Jacob / International Business Times:
Debt Ceiling: China Calls for World to Be ‘De-Americanised’  —  Chinese government mouthpiece says ‘Pax Americana’ has failed on all fronts  —  China's official news agency has called for the creation of a “de-Americanised world”, saying the destinies of people should not be left in the hands …
Malcolm Moore / Telegraph:
World should ‘de-Americanise’, says China
Robert Pear / New York Times:
From the Start, Signs of Trouble at Health Portal  —  WASHINGTON — In March, Henry Chao, the chief digital architect for the Obama administration's new online insurance marketplace, told industry executives that he was deeply worried about the Web site's debut.
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Baghdad Bobs of Obamacare
Kathleen Pender / San Francisco Chronicle:
Lower 2014 income can net huge health care subsidy  —  People whose 2014 income will be a little too high to get subsidized health insurance from Covered California next year should start thinking now about ways to lower it to increase their odds of getting the valuable tax subsidy.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Attorney General Gansler depicted as reckless passenger by Md. troopers who drove him  —  Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler regularly ordered state troopers assigned to drive him to turn on the lights and sirens on the way to routine appointments, directing them to speed …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Rand Paul: Sequester's the law of the land  —  Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday “the one thing” he could not accept as part of a deal to end the government shutdown is an increase in the sequestration caps.  —  “It's funny,” the Kentucky Republican said of Democrats.
Discussion: Business Insider
Keith Laing / The Hill:   Paul ‘cannot accept’ sequester increase
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Austin Wright / Politico:
Senate chaplain knocks shutdown ‘insanity’
Washington Post:
Endorsement: Terry McAuliffe for Virginia governor
Discussion: NewsBusters
Eric Liu / The Atlantic Online:
3 Reasons ‘Saving Face’ Is Overrated
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
McCain: Get Biden out of ‘witness protection’
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Politico
N. Gregory Mankiw / New York Times:
From Summer Camp, a Parable for Washington
Discussion: Brad DeLong
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G.O.P.'s Hopes to Take Senate Are Dimming
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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Corker: ‘Things Are Not Moving Now’ On Debt Deal
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
A Mad Tea Party