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Gansler’s mistaken pool party
Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler (D), who is running for governor, conducted a bizarre press conference in which he said he made...

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Newsweek predicted Ted Cruz’s rise

In 1999, the Huffington Post reports, the magazine wrote a cover story about young Hispanics changing America. The freshman senator was among those profiled for the story as someone to watch. 

@NatSecWonk accused official of Stuxnet leak

The now-fired White House National Security Council staffer Jofi Joseph had accused Deputy National Security Adviser for Communications Ben Rhodes of leaking Stuxnet—classified information about U.S. operations against Iran. The Daily Beast’s Josh Rogin reports

Rogue state: Israel?

Foreign Policy’s Uri Sadot writes Israel probably won’t ask for the United States’ permission to strike Iran if its government decides to do so. 

Federal workers may receive backpay Thursday

The Washington Post reports IRS employees and those who work for Customs and Border Protection may receive their pay Thursday, which had been delayed because of the government shutdown. 

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White House denies Durbin claim

The Hill’s Justin Sink reports the White House denies a claim by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in which he accused an GOP House leader of saying “I cannot even stand to you at you,” to President Obama. 

Boehner not worried about 2014

The House speaker predicts the GOP is “going to be fine” in next year’s midterms elections despite recent polls showing Republicans’ low approval ratings. The Hill’s Alexandra Jaffe reports

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China rails against U.S.

The New York Times reports China says the answer to a potential government default in the U.S. is creating a “de-Americanized world.”

Everyone takes Obama’s calls

In a local TV interview Tuesday, Obama said the coolest thing about being president is that everyone takes your calls: scientists, sports figures, writers, etc., Reuters reports

Investors unsure of default aftermath

Fortune magazine writes investors aren’t taking the threat of a default seriously enough. A former aide to former British prime minister said she was unsure how a default would unfold. 

No Iran bomb because of this woman

A social worker turned nuclear negotiator, Wendy Sherman, at the State Department is responsible for preventing Iran from getting a nuclear bomb, Foreign Policy reports

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House cancels vote on debt plan

The Hill’s Bernie Becker, Peter Schroeder and Russell Berman report House Republicans canceled a scheduled vote Tuesday night on a plan to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. 

Fight over birth control mandate not over

Conservative House lawmakers say they only want to fund the government through mid-December in order to force  a fight over the birth control mandate in ObamaCare, The Hill’s Elise Viebeck reports

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Public opposes online voting
A poll commissioned by USA Today before the shutdown finds many people support a number of election reforms, but not online voting.

Churchill bust to the Capitol
A bust of Winston Churchill will adorn the Capitol at the request of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Los Angeles Times reports.  

Steve King won’t forfeit salary 
The Huffington Post reports that Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said he does not know if he is getting paid during the government shutdown but is not planning on giving it up.

‘Unborn’ question makes it on Colorado ballots
Some abortion activists are worried that a ballot measure in 2014 could curb abortion rights if passed, The Associated Press reports. 

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Senate could miss debt deadline
The Hill’s Peter Schroeder outlines the legislative steps necessary to approve a budget deal, which could extend beyond the debt-limit deadline. 

Union-opposed tax explained
The Hill’s Elise Viebeck outlines the reinsurance tax in ObamaCare that will likely be part of a budget deal.

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Silver on the shutdown
Nate Silver offers context and history to the government shutdown and what it means, or doesn’t, for the 2014 elections.

Furloughs during the shutdown
The Washington Post charts how the government shutdown has affected different federal departments. 

If not Gerrymandering
An op-ed in Bloomberg View argues that gerrymandering of congressional districts did not cause the government shutdown

Cash in Hart
Yahoo News reports on a protest against Monsanto involving bags of cash in the Senate’s Hart Office Building

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Yoho opposes back pay
Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), after voting to give back pay to furloughed workers, says he is now against the idea, Mario Trujillo writes for The Hill

No deal yet
The Hill reports President Obama and congressional leaders have vowed to continue budget discussions. 

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Admiral fired amid Casino investigation 
A top U.S. admiral in charge of nuclear forces was fired Tuesday amid an investigation that he used phony chips at a casino, The Associated Press reports. 

Cruz commissioned his own poll
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) unveiled his own polling on the government shutdown during a closed-door meeting with Senate colleagues, the Washington Examiner reports.  

Craft brewers hit during shutdown
The Associated Press reports that a government agency that approves new breweries has been closed during the government shutdown.

NJ debate gets personal 
NBC details the debate between Cory Booker (D) and Steve Lonegan (R) one week before the Senate election in New Jersey. 


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Yellen’s confirmation 
Peter Schroeder of The Hill reports that Janet Yellen’s confirmation in the Senate to head the Federal Reserve will be no cakewalk. 

The ice breaks in negotiations 
The Hill reports that President Obama and congressional Republicans have finally decided to negotiate. 

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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.

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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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Boehner goes grand
Robert Costa of the National Review reports that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has floated the idea of wrapping an increase of the debt limit and the funding of the government with a “grand bargain” of fiscal issues.

Members of Anonymous indicted
Thirteen members of the hacking group Anonymous have been indicted for carrying out cyberattacks worldwide, The Associated Press reports. 

Capitol car chase route
The Washington Post put together a graphic showing the route of the car chase that ended with a shootout near the Capitol. 

Anger directed at Washington
A new poll from CBS finds nine in 10 people are unhappy with Washington, including 43 percent who are angry. 


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Rep. Holding sleeps
Rep. George Holding (R-N.C.) was caught dozing off during a colleague's floor speech Thursday night, Pete Kasperowitcz with The Hill reports.

Wendy Davis declares
Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D), who gained prominence with a 13-hour filibuster, announced her intentions to run for Texas governor Thursday, The Hill’s Cameron Joseph reports. 

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House GOP is delusional
Dana Milbank at The Washington Post is not a fan of the Republican strategy to defund ObamaCare.

The most underrated Congress of all-time
David Harsanyi at The Federalist argues that Speaker Boehner is an inadvertent hero.

Welcome to the age of unlimited government
Nick Gillespie at The Daily Beast details why he says libertarianism is on the rise.

The Banana Republicans
Joe Nocera at The New York Times says the GOP can’t break from its constant brinkmanship.

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Obama, Democrats reject Republican piecemeal approach
Bernie Becker and Russell Berman at The Hill report on the Democrats digging in their heels in the shutdown fight.

Obama schedules events to hammer Republicans on shutdown
Amie Parnes and Justin Sink at The Hill report on the president’s media blitz.

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Clinton hosts McAuliffe

Hillary Clinton hosted a fundraiser Monday night for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe (D), CNN reports.

ObamaCare’s inception colors its opposition today

Michael Barone in Real Clear Politics explains that opposition to ObamaCare and the battles it has bred all spawned from the way in which it passed in 2010.

Shutdown vs. debt ceiling

Matthew Yglesias at Slate reminds people that the debt ceiling debate is the real budget battle to fear.

Voter ID challenged in NC

NPR reports that the Justice Department filed a lawsuit Monday challenging North Carolina’s voter identification law.

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Clinton programming canceled 

NBC and CNN on Monday canceled planned productions about Hillary Clinton to the delight of the Republican National Committee, The Hill’s Rebecca Shabad reports.

Health exchanges open

The healthcare insurance exchanges mandated by ObamaCare are set to launch Tuesday amid budget battles, Sam Baker of The Hill reports.



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