FROM THE BLOGS:
Default trumps shutdown
Andrew Taylor of The Associated Press describes the details of the aftermath of a government shutdown and a scenario where Congress fails to lift the debt ceiling.
After rally, stocks drop
Bloomberg reports that U.S. stocks fell Thursday after spiking when the Federal Reserve announced Wednesday it would not begin to slow its bond buying.
Cruz rankles GOP
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) — leading a charge to defund ObamaCare — is a divisive figure within his own party, Robert Costa of the National Review reports.
Same company reviews Snowden, Alexis
The Wall Street Journal reports that the same government contractor that conducted a background check on Edward Snowden also approved one for Aaron Alexis, who killed 12 people in Navy Yard on Monday.
OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
House passes $39 billion food stamp cut
The legislation passed in a narrow vote, 217-210, with no Democratic support and 15 GOP defections, reports The Hill’s Pete Kasperowicz and Erik Wasson.
Former Rep. Tom Delay (R-Texas) stood on the House floor during the food stamp vote on the same day his money laundering charges from 2010 were thrown out, Emily Goodin and Russell Berman report for The Hill.