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4:10 PM ET, October 14, 2013


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Harry Reid makes budget offer to Mitch McConnell  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has privately offered Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a deal that would reopen the government until mid-to-late December while extending the U.S. debt ceiling until next year, according to several sources familiar with the talks.
Joshua Green / Businessweek:
Ted Cruz Could Force a Debt Default All by Himself  —  Here's a cheerful thought as Congress remains deadlocked over the debt ceiling and the hours tick away toward default: Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), who basically forced the shutdown and whose own private polls have convinced …
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Obama postpones meeting with congressional leaders; Collins cites ‘progress’ in talks
Senate leaders nearing a deal
Discussion: Washington Monthly and
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dems dare GOP to provoke another hostage crisis during 2014 elections
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Noreen Malone / The New Republic:
This Is the Single Most Ridiculous Thing That's Been Said During the Shutdown  —  On Sunday, Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz converged on Washington, D.C., to co-headline a protest against the federal government's closure of the World War II Memorial.  It is perhaps not surprising that one of the more cynical …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Why Sarah Palin is Back  —  Wondering why Sarah Palin has reemerged on the political scene in recent days?  —  She has a new book out next month: Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas by Sarah Palin.  —  Sponsored  —  UNC-Chapel Hill Offers MPA Program Online
Discussion: Liberaland
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Sarah Palin's coming to Iowa
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Dixiecrat Solution  —  So you have this neighbor who has been making your life hell.  First he tied you up with a spurious lawsuit; you're both suffering from huge legal bills.  Then he threatened bodily harm to your family.  Now, however, he says he's willing to compromise …
Robert Costa / National Review:
Divided and Uneasy  —  As the debt-ceiling deadline nears …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Dish
Stan Collender / Stan Collender's Capital Gains …:
Still No Better Than 50% That Debt Ceiling Is Raised By 10/17...And A Few Other Things
Discussion: The Dish
The Fix:
Poll: Republicans losing no-win game  —  All of Washington's elected leaders earn negative marks for handling budget negotiations, but the public's ire toward Republicans in Congress has hardened quicker than disapproval of President Obama and Democrats through a fortnight of failed negotiations.
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Disapproval of GOP Peaks in Blame for the Budget Crisis  —  A new high of 74 percent of Americans disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling Washington's budget crisis, up significantly in the past two weeks and far exceeding disapproval of both President Obama and congressional Democrats on the issue.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
This Video Of Republicans Tightening Control Of House Is As Unusual As It Seems  —  The video of an exchange between Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen and GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz over Republican rule changes spread like wildfire this weekend.  GOP leaders are hanging on by their fingernails.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
GOP seizes advantage on Obamacare, White House struggles to defend: An alternative history of the past two months  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL WHITE HOUSE BARACK OBAMA OBAMACARE PRESIDENT HEALTH CARE DEBT CEILING ECONOMY GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN  —  What if, instead of throwing its political energy …
Discussion: Power Line and Betsy's Page
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Five thoughts on the Obamacare disaster
Discussion: Slate and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Charles C. Johnson / The Daily Caller:
Neighbors: Cory Booker never lived in Newark  —  As Cory Booker looks set to win the junior Senate seat in New Jersey Wednesday, his supposed neighbors in Newark say Mayor Booker doesn't live in the Gateway City.  —  Multiple residents of Newark told The Daily Caller that the longtime mayor …
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Poll: New Jersey Senate race tightens
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
GOPers eye Donald Trump for governor run  —  Increasingly desperate New York Republicans, seeking the political equivalent of a Hail Mary pass, are trying to get Donald Trump to run against Gov. Cuomo next year, The Post has learned.  —  They're seeking to make the case that while Trump …
Discussion: Mediaite
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Report: New York GOP wants Gov. Donald Trump
Lloyd Green / The Daily Beast:
The GOP's Backdoor Impeachment Scheme  —  Republicans have lost at the ballot box and the Supreme Court, so they've decided to nullify President Obama another way: keep his government from working, period.  —  The dance over the debt ceiling and the fight over the government shutdown …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Dinesh Ramde / Associated Press:
Son Of Slain Sikh To Challenge Paul Ryan In Wisconsin 2014  —  MILWAUKEE (AP) — The son of a slain Sikh temple president plans to challenge U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan in next year's congressional election, in a Wisconsin district where support for the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee has been strong but slipping.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Susan Page / USA Today:
Colo. governor suggests gun-control groups stay away  —  WASHINGTON — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper suggests national gun-control groups stay away from a looming recall battle that could switch control of the state Senate to the GOP.  The groups poured money into an unsuccessful defense …
Alec Baldwin Betters MSNBC In Crowd But Costs In Demo, Trounced by Hannity  —  Alec Baldwin's premiere of his new MSNBC interview show Up Late With Alec Baldwin logged an average of 654,000 viewers on Friday - up 53% compared to the timeslot's take one week earlier.
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Josh Barro / Business Insider:
6 Questions For Niall Ferguson
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Robert Gibbs: People Should Be Fired For ‘Excruciatingly Embarrassing’ Obamacare Rollout
Discussion: Mediaite
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
Obamacare Website Source Code: ‘No Reasonable Expectation of Privacy’
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters:
After Two Weeks CNN Reporter Still Hasn't Been Able To Sign Up For ObamaCare
Los Angeles Times:
Obamacare: Don't trust anyone over 60?
Discussion: VodkaPundit
 Earlier Items: 
Bill Keller / New York Times:
Obamacare: The Rest of the Story
Discussion: Right Wing News
Paul Schwartzman / Washington Post:
Fearing a lost governor's race, Virginia Republicans confront party divide
Discussion: NBCNews and First Read
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Mark Halperin: GOP ‘terms of surrender’
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show