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9:50 PM ET, October 16, 2013


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House to vote first on Senate plan  —  The House will vote first on an emerging Senate proposal to open government and lift the debt ceiling, a move that would expedite bipartisan legislation developed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
New York Times:
Senate Passes Bill to End Fiscal Impasse  —  WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans conceded defeat Wednesday in their bitter budget fight with President Obama over the new health care law, agreeing to end a disruptive 16-day government shutdown and extend federal borrowing power to avert …
Jonathan Strong / National Review:
The Last Conference  —  At the last GOP conference meeting of the two-week government shutdown, no lawmakers went to the microphones to give their take.  —  Instead, after Speaker John Boehner told Republicans they had “fought the good fight,” they all rose up to offer a standing ovation.
Houston Chronicle:
Why we miss Kay Bailey Hutchison  —  Things surely would look far different with Sen. Hutchison in office in the nation's capital  —  Does anyone else miss Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison?  —  We're not sure how much difference one person could make in the toxic, chaotic, hyperpartisan atmosphere in Washington …
The Atlantic Online:
Republicans Shut Down the Government for Nothing  —  After two weeks of closed government and a debt-limit freakout, a deal is on the horizon—and the GOP has little to show for the crisis caused by its demands.  —  With a deal to reopen the government apparently imminent Wednesday …
John Boehner to Willie: 'We Just Didn't Win'  —  ( Tri-State ) - US Speaker of the House John Boehner was on with Bill Cunningham on Wednesday afternoon.  —  He says he will bring the deal reached in the US Senate to a vote in the House, and he's encouraging Republicans to vote for the plan.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Matt Drudge Predicts Pelosi Will Be Next Speaker  —  Conservative news aggregator Matt Drudge seemed to suggest Wednesday that Democrats will win back control of the House of Representatives next year.  —  In a message to his more than 200,000 followers on Twitter, Drudge predicted …
Jonathan Strong / National Review:
Boehner Safe  —  Speaker John Boehner may be preparing to bring the Senate government-funding and debt-ceiling bill to the House floor and pass it with mostly Democratic votes, but his colleagues on the right side of the aisle don't seem perturbed about it in the least.
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep. Mulvaney: Boehner ‘Hundred Percent Stronger’ Now
Discussion: Mediaite
ABC News:
House, Senate Vote Tonight on Fiscal Compromise
Discussion: Liberaland, Politico and ThinkProgress
David Corn / Mother Jones:
House Dems Sent Boehner a Message: Strike a Deal and Maybe We Can Help Protect Your Speakership
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Houston Chronicle Expresses Regrets For Endorsing Cruz
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Abby D. Phillip / ABC News:
Why Ted Cruz's Hometown Newspaper May Regret Endorsement
Wall Street Journal:
It's time to wrap up this comedy of political errors.
Joshua Green / Businessweek:
Why Ted Cruz Might Still Try to Force a Default
Discussion: Hot Air and Sky Dancing
Washington Times:
Senate leaders announce agreement to end shutdown, raise debt
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Tea Party's Image Turns More Negative  —  Ted Cruz's Popularity Soars among Tea Party Republicans  —  The Tea Party is less popular than ever, with even many Republicans now viewing the movement negatively.  Overall, nearly half of the public (49%) has an unfavorable opinion of the Tea Party, while 30% have a favorable opinion.
Fox News:
Hume: Tea Party pushed budget stand-off because GOP ‘utterly failed’ to restrain bloated gov't
Senate Conservatives Fund:
McConnell Deal Includes Kentucky Kickback  —  Americans are familiar with the “Cornhusker Kickback” that U.S. Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) got in exchange for his vote on Obamacare.  —  Well now U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has an Obamacare earmark of his own.
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Shutdown Deal Includes Nearly $3 Billion For Kentucky Dam Project  —  “According to the Army Corps of Engineers, 160 million taxpayer dollars will be wasted because of canceled contracts if this language is not included,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander, one of the authors of the language.
Discussion: National Review
U.S. eavesdropping agency chief, top deputy expected to depart soon  —  (Reuters) - The director of the U.S. National Security Agency and his deputy are expected to depart in the coming months, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, in a development that could give President Barack Obama a chance to reshape the eavesdropping agency.
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
NSA chief to step down in spring
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Emily Yoffe / Slate:
College Women: Stop Getting Drunk  —  It's closely associated with sexual assault.  And yet we're reluctant to tell women to stop doing it.  —  In one awful high-profile case after another—the U.S. Naval Academy; Steubenville, Ohio; now the allegations in Maryville, Mo.—we read about a young woman …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Ted Cruz Admits Budget Standoff Was All About Building Fundraising Lists  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) conceded on Wednesday that he would not hold up a vote on an emerging Senate deal to re-open the federal government and avert federal default, but admitted that the three-week long budget standoff …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Obama Has Already Won The Shutdown Fight And He's Coming For Immigration Next  —  Immigration reform advocates plan an aggressive campaign to bring the issue back — and the White House has signaled it's on board.  Can Obama emerge from the fiscal crisis with enough momentum to win the immigration fight?
Mark Felsenthal / Reuters:
Obama plans immigration push after fiscal crisis ends
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
‘Lying To The American People’: House Conservatives Blame Press For Shutdown Surrender  —  House conservatives conjured a familiar bogeyman Wednesday to explain their imminent surrender in the government shutdown fight: the liberal media.  —  Their tactics weren't to blame.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Shutdown hurts GOP Senate chances  —  New PPP polls of 6 key Senate races that will determine control of the body after next year's election finds voters extremely unhappy about the government shutdown.  As a result Republicans trail in 5 of the 6 key races and are tied in the 6th.
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Fox's Keith Ablow: Obama's Grandma 'Didn't Trust People of Color,' So He's Taking It Out on America  —  Psychiatrist and Fox News Medical A-Team member Keith Ablow engaged in some psychoanalysis of President Barack Obama on Wednesday's Fox & Friends.  He said that Obama sees himself as the …
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Votes To Re-Open Government, Raise Debt Limit  —  In the first step of a two-step process, the Senate voted Wednesday night to re-open the federal government and raise the debt ceiling.  —  The bill passed 81-18.  Among the senators who voted against the bill: Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn …
Steven Perlberg / Business Insider:
S&P: The Shutdown Took $24 Billion Out Of The US Economy  —  The S&P has cut the annualized U.S. growth view closer to 2% from 3%, Bloomberg is reporting.  —  The ratings agency — which recognizes the Senate deal will be approved — says that the shutdown has taken $24 billion out of the economy …
Washington Post:
READ: Here's the bill that will end the government shutdown  —  Congressional leaders struck a deal earlier today to end the government shutdown.  The measure also raises the debt limit, gives back pay to furloughed federal workers and just barely touches Obamacare.
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Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Shutdown misstep: How Obama administration plan put country at risk
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George W. Bush, Surprise Guest at Jewish Gala, Says Unlikely Iran Intentions Towards Israel Have Changed
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Discussion: The Raw Story
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: Mediaite
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Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Move On Everybody, It Just Doesn't Matter
Discussion: Hot Air, Power Line, alicublog and The Dish
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Carl Bernstein: GOP leadership ‘cancerous’
Discussion: CNN
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
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