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8:50 PM ET, October 15, 2013


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New York Times:
Boehner Puts Off Vote as G.O.P. Balks  —  WASHINGTON — On the brink of a historic default, House Republicans on Tuesday put off a vote on their latest proposal to reopen the government and raise the debt limit, as a major credit agency warned that the United States was on the verge of a costly ratings downgrade.
Robert Costa / National Review:
Boehner Searches for Votes  —  After a relatively calm conference meeting this morning, Speaker John Boehner is moving forward with his new fiscal strategy, which slightly revises the bipartisan framework being discussed in the Senate.  But he's treading carefully.
Budget battle escalates  —  House Republican leaders scrambled Tuesday afternoon to rewrite their bill to lift the debt ceiling and reopen government in a bid to attract enough conservative support to ensure passage.  —  In a closed-party meeting Tuesday morning, the House GOP leadership announced …
Fitch puts US AAA rating on rating watch negative  —  Fitch puts US credit rating on negative watch  —  Fitch has put the U.S. credit rating on negative watch, reports CNBC's Dominic Chu.  —  Fitch Ratings put the US government's “AAA” credit rating on ‘rating watch negative’ Tuesday …
Brian Beutler / Salon:
John Boehner makes his final move  —  A massive GOP retreat — but a greedy one  —  This is probably the penultimate twist in the debt limit saga, both because there isn't much time left, and because this is John Boehner's last real move.  —  House Republican leaders, not content with back-seat status …
Robert Costa / National Review:
House Conservatives Revolt  —  Later this morning, House Republicans will meet in the Capitol's basement.  The chief topic of conversation: the emerging Senate deal.  But before the meeting even begins, House conservatives are bashing it behind the scenes, and they're pushing the leadership to reject the compromise.
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
House GOPer: We're Gonna Make Them An Offer They Can't Refuse
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Conservative groups urge ‘no’ votes on House plan
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
House GOPers Pushing for Anti-Birth-Control Measure in Debt Ceiling Deal
Discussion: Liberaland and Hullabaloo
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:   Chaos Ensues As Conservatives Tank House GOP's New Debt Plan
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Pelosi: House GOP bill is ‘decision to default’
Discussion: Politico
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House hopes to move own debt plan, but may not have the votes
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Exclusive: Glenn Greenwald Will Leave Guardian To Create New News Organization  —  The reporter who broke the NSA story promises “a momentous new venture.”  A “very substantial new media outlet” with serious backing, he says.  Updated.  —  Greenwald in Rio de Janeiro in July.  —  Sergio Moraes / Reuters
Erick Erickson / Heritage Action for America:
KEY VOTE: “NO” ON HOUSE SPENDING AND DEBT DEAL  —  Tonight, the House is scheduled to vote on a plan that would extend government funding to December 15 and the debt ceiling through February 7 in exchange for overturning the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) ruling that created the congressional exemption.
Rielle Hunter / The Huffington Post:
I, Rielle Hunter, Apologize  —  I behaved badly.  That may seem obvious to you but it's taken me a long time to admit that, even to myself.  For years I was so viciously attacked by the media and the world that I felt like a victim.  I now realize that the attacks are actually beside the point.
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Senate GOP Aide: ‘Ted Cruz And His Tortilla Coast Republicans Are Leading Us To A Default’  —  With the possibility of breaching the debt limit looking more and more plausible as House Republicans struggle to appease their caucus and come up with a plan to re-open the government and increase the debt ceiling …
Matt Fuller / Roll Call:
Ted Cruz, House Republicans Meet in Secret at Tortilla Coast
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
Obama vows veto over Vitter measure  —  President Barack Obama told House Democratic leaders Tuesday that he would veto debt-ceiling legislation if it includes a provision pushed by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) and House GOP leaders that would cut health subsidies for congressional …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and PoliticusUSA
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
As Debt Limit Deadline Nears, Concern Ticks Up But Skepticism Persists  —  Despite Image Problems, GOP Holds Ground on Key Issues  —  With just two days to go before an Oct. 17 deadline to raise the nation's debt limit, 51% of the public views a rise in the nation's debt limit as …
Boehner to Tea Party: Shut Yourself Down  —  “Thank you, Mr. President.  Signed, John Boehner.”  —  Deep beneath the year-round tan, the Camel Ultra Lights and the merlot, there beats a grateful heart.  Somebody had to take on the Tea Party that has turned Boehner's tenure as House speaker into a living hell.
Mark Duell / Daily Mail:
Hillary who?  Bloody-minded London traffic warden defies five furious secret service agents to give Hillary Clinton a ticket  —  This is the extraordinary moment that Hillary Clinton's security staff got into an argument with a traffic warden after he issued her car with a parking ticket.
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
OFA hits the Hill  —  And on the 15th day of the government shutdown, President Barack Obama's supporters came to a rally on the Capitol steps.  —  It was a somewhat disorganized group, composed at its peak of about three dozen out-of-work federal employees, still-employed federal employees …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
“Tea-Tard” Sign At OFA Protest Draws Bipartisan Condemnation From House Disabilities Caucus
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Tony Perry / Los Angeles Times:
Ex-Mayor Bob Filner pleads guilty to false imprisonment, battery  —  SAN DIEGO — Ex-Mayor Bob Filner, who left office in a scandal over allegations of sexual harassment of women, Tuesday pleaded guilty to one felony count of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of battery.
The Atlantic Online:
What This Cruel War Was Over  —  It is not so much the behavior of the lone idiot that matters, but the tenor of the crowd around him.  —  On Sunday, a group of conservative radicals held a protest in Washington.  Eventually they walked to the White House.
Felix Salmon:
The default has already begun  —  The big question in Washington this week is whether, in the words of the NYT, we're going to see “a legislative failure and an economic catastrophe that could ripple through financial markets, foreign capitals, corporate boardrooms, state budget offices and the bank accounts of everyday investors”.
Don Kaplan / NY Daily News:
'The Kelly File's' surge is legit, Nielsen says  —  MSNBC had questioned Fox News show's 100% ratings increase  —  Megyn Kelly hosts the Fox News Channel's new show “The Kelly File.”  —  Nielsen has conducted an investigation into the ratings for Megyn Kelly's new Fox News Channel show …
U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works:
The Top Ten Reasons The Government Shutdown Isn't All Bad  —  10. Approximately 15,000 EPA employees are furloughed, making it less likely fake CIA agents at EPA will be ripping off the taxpayer  —  Last month, John C. Beale, a former EPA senior official in the Office of Air & Radiation …
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Thomas Sowell / National Review:
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