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FROM THE BLOGS:

Shutdown is a democracy, not a mess
Timothy Stanley at CNN argues that the perceived Congressional dysfunction surrounding the shutdown is really just democracy in action.

GOP blackmail threatens U.S. democracy
Michael Cohen at The Guardian says Republicans are threatening U.S. democracy.

Dems have no chance at the House in 2014
Nate Cohn at The New Republic breaks down why the GOP will maintain power in the House.

Republicans will suffer long-term political damage
Albert Hunt at Bloomberg says it may not be immediately evident, but the GOP will pay a price for the shutdown.

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

GOP disapproval rating hits 70 percent over shutdown
Jonathan Easley at The Hill reports on the GOP’s growing image problem.

House GOP to do ‘foxhole’ strategy check
Molly Hooper at The Hill reports that Republican leadership will hold a meeting to see where it stands within its caucus on the shutdown.

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