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4:15 PM ET, October 13, 2013

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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.
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Government Shutdown Talks Move To Spending Levels As Mitch McConnell Holds The Line  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans are holding the line against Democratic demands for a framework to alleviate the across-the-board spending cuts established by sequestration as part of any deal to end …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Lindsey Graham: No Debt Deal Without House GOP Support  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Sunday that no Senate Republicans would vote to advance a government spending/debt-limit increase bill that replaces the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration, which Senate Democrats are reportedly considering.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:   Corker: ‘Things Are Not Moving Now’ On Debt Deal
Greg Clary / CNN:
Talking seen as ‘breakthrough’ on Capitol Hill
New York Times:
Senate Leaders Talk; G.O.P. Blames Obama for Gridlock
Discussion: Gawker
CNN:
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 …
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WTOP.com:
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.
nbcwashington.com:
Rally at World War II Memorial Ends at White House
Discussion: Fox News and Hot Air
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.
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Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Baghdad Bobs of Obamacare
Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
Michael Needham: The Strategist Behind the Shutdown
Discussion: The Mahablog and Hullabaloo
Eric Liu / The Atlantic Online:
3 Reasons ‘Saving Face’ Is Overrated  —  There's a lot of talk now about how any resolution to the shutdown/default crisis will have to allow leaders to “save face”—particularly Speaker John Boehner, whose weakness in his own caucus precipitated the crisis and now prolongs it.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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
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Keith Laing / The Hill:
Paul ‘cannot accept’ sequester increase
Discussion: Politico
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
A Mad Tea Party  —  WASHINGTON — HOW awful are Ted Cruz and his Cruzettes?  —  They have done the impossible.  They have made Americans look back at the Bush II era, the most reckless wrecking ball in American history, with relative nostalgia.  —  With 78 percent of Americans feeling blue …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
Discussion: WJLA-TV and Power Line
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
G.O.P.'s Hopes to Take Senate Are Dimming  —  WASHINGTON — Next year was supposed to be a prime opportunity for Republicans to retake the Senate.  And for a while, everything seemed to be breaking their way: a wave of Democratic retirements, a fluke in the electoral map that put a large number …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
 
 
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