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FBI Drones
The Los Angeles Times reports that the FBI has been using drone technology since 2006.

Flake would have voted ‘no’
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) will miss the vote on the continuing funding resolution Friday to attend his son’s wedding, The Washington Post reports.

Compromise is over
Michael Gerson of Real Clear Politics writes that Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) speech Tuesday is an example of a new strain of populism that discourages compromise. 

Peter King receives ‘vile’ calls
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), an outspoken critic of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), said his office has been receiving ugly calls from the senator’s supporters, CNN reports.


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GOP votes lacking on debt ceiling
The Hill reports that Republicans may not have the votes to raise the debt ceiling, even with a host of GOP proposals attached. 

Where’s the president?
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) said President Obama is refusing to negotiate with Republicans, Pete Kasperowicz writes for The Hill. 

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There’s nothing Ted Cruz can do to stop ObamaCare
Ted Cruz and his GOP allies are headed for defeat in the effort to defund ObamaCare, writes Brian Beutler at Salon.

Cruz and Paul are the future of the GOP
Nick Gillespie at The Daily Beast says the party is transitioning from the old guard to the new.

Ted Cruz and the power of conviction
David French at the National Review says Cruz’s conviction is what the country needs right now.

Wendy Davis’s stand was far greater than Cruz’s
Steve Benen at The Maddow Blog writes about the differences between the two recent filibusters.

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Congress down to one-week CR
The latest gambit to avoid a shutdown will only do so for a week, reports Alexander Bolton at The Hill.

Top spook asks public to back him up
The director of the National Security Agency is asking for public help in defending his agency’s powers, writes Brendan Sasso at The Hill.

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Odds favor resolution before shutdown

With the government less than a week away from shutdown, the Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein argues that the debate is following a familiar pattern toward resolution.

Five filibusters through history

USA Today ticks off five famous filibusters from history, including those waged by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in March and one by Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.) in 1957.

Pentagon rejects Guantanamo Bay funding request

The Pentagon rejected a request for millions of dollars to renovate the military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, The New York Times Charlie Savage reports.  

Sixty-eight Percent say US on wrong track

A new Bloomberg poll finds that 68 percent of people say the United States is on the wrong track. 

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Past, present and potential future presidents talk healthcare

The Hill’s Niall Stanage reports that the Clinton family and President Obama highlighted the healthcare law during a panel Tuesday.

Ethics rejects Reid, Boxer probe

The Senate committee dismissed a complaint by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), saying his charges were not backed up by evidence, Mario Trujillo writes for The Hill.

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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. 


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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.

Delay's return

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

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A defund/delay compromise for Republicans
Sean Davis at The Federalist has a potential out for Republicans struggling to unify behind a fiscal battle strategy.

House GOP unifies over defunding ObamaCare
Caitlin Huey-Burns at RealClearPolitics says House Republicans are in it together in the budget showdown and committed to taking down ObamaCare.

Republicans courting doom over debt ceiling fight
Julian Zelizer at CNN says the Republican debt-ceiling strategy is set to backfire.

President’s setbacks accumulating
Jill Lawrence at the National Journal counts the ways Obama has damaged his presidency.

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Assad vows to destroy his chemical weapons
The White House will believe it when it sees it, Jonathan Easley at The Hill reports.

Boehner bows to conservative demands on ObamaCare funding
Russell Berman and Erik Wasson at The Hill report on the Speaker’s decision to cast his lot with Tea Party conservatives.

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Rumsfeld hits Obama on Syria

In an interview with The Blaze, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld says President Obama’s leadership in Syria is has caused the U.S. to be “almost mocked in the world.”

CNN uses caution in Navy Yard reporting

Erik Wemple of The Washington Post writes that CNN used caution before releasing the name of the Navy Yard Shooter after past mistakes.

Former Senate leaders fight for farm bill

Two former Senate Majority Leaders urge Congress to stop playing politics and pass a farm bill that does not include large cuts in food stamps. 

Political families don’t always share interests

Political family dynasties — like the Bush family and the Clintons — do not always march in lockstep, writes Rich Rubino in The Huffington Post.

Defense IG will report on Navy Yard security

Time’s Alex Rogers reports that the Defense Department’s Inspector General will soon release an audit that finds Navy Yard and other facilities relaxed security for outside contractors to reduce costs.

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Daley is out

Mario Trujillo reports that Bill Daley is dropping out of the Illinois gubernatorial race.

Yellen ahead 

With Larry Summers out, Janet Yellen has become the most likely choice to head the Federal Reserve after Ben Bernanke steps down —but she is not guaranteed, Peter Schroeder reports for The Hill.





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Anarchy in the House
Jonathan Chait at New York Magazine says Speaker Boehner will face a coupe from Tea Party Republicans if he doesn’t go along with their scheme to defund ObamaCare.

The collapse of the Obama presidency
Peter Wehner at Commentary counts the ways he says Obama’s presidency is falling apart.

Democrats woke a sleeping giant in Colorado
John R. Lott Jr. writes at the National Review that Democratic overreach on guns has stirred a Republican resurgence in Colorado.

Syria is a legal triumph
Emily Bazelon at Slate says that despite Obama’s bungling, the outcome in Syria is a victory for international law.

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Forty-three House Republicans back bill to defund ObamaCare
Elise Viebeck at The Hill reports on the new hardline approach from House conservatives.

Dem campaign chief counters Putin with op-ed in top Russian paper
Jonathan Easley at The Hill reports on Rep. Steve Israel’s response to the Russian president.

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Amazon's PAC spending — rather modest and slanted a bit toward Democrats
Slate.com's Matthew Yglesias analyzes Amazon.com's political action committee in response to Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos's purchase of The Washington Post. Yglesias finds a slight tilt toward Democrats.

Detroit's emergency manager could sell the city's art collection
At the Atlantic Wire, Abby Ohlheiser writes that the state-appointed emergency manager for Detroit, Kevyn Orr, could auction off the city's art collection.

Obama Day
F.H. Buckley at The American Spectator's Spectacle blog has a prediction on how President Obama's birthday will be celebrated in the future. 

Three things the new terrorism threat does not prove
Time's Michael Crowley lists a trio of things the new terror alert concerning a possible al Qaeda attack does not show.

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Resurgent al Qaeda casts doubt on Obama’s national security record
The growth of al Qaeda over the last year or so has created new national security challenges for the Obama administration, reports The Hill's Jeremy Herb.

Decision on Russia summit coming soon
In the next few days the White House will announce whether President Obama will cancel upcoming bilateral talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to The Hill's Justin Sink.

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Suicide: The biggest issue for new veterans

The Huffington Post's Jason Hansman writes that the high suicide rate among war veterans is reason to push for more preventative measures.

North Carolina legislators also did a lot of environmental damage this year
An environmental proposal being pushed by North Carolina legislators is destined for failure, according to Mother Jones' Kate Sheppard.

Running away from his own words already?

Right Turn's Jennifer Rubin weighs in on Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) use of the phrase "surrender caucus."

No, the IRS did not target progressives like it targeted conservatives

An examination of the data shows the Internal Revenue Service targeted only conservative organizations, not progressive groups as well, writes David French at The Corner.

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Lawmaker to TSA: 'Stop with the napping, the stealing, the tardiness and the disrespect'

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), the chairman of a House Homeland Security subcommittee that handles oversight, slammed the Transportation Security Administration after a report said some employees had been sleeping on the job. 

McCain strolls into Dem caucus meeting

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) provoked laughs after he accidentally walked into President Obama's meeting with Senate Democrats at the Capitol, The Hill's Judy Kurtz reports.

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Carlos Danger plummets in the polls
David Wiegel of Slate looks at the latest poll that shows how new revelations about Anthony Weiner's private life have damaged his run for New York mayor.

A roadmap to defunding ObamaCare
The Heritage Foundation's Kelsey Harris looks at how the GOP can topple President Obama's signature legislative achievement.

Time for Obama to explain ObamaCare
Dean Oeidallah writes at CNN that the president has been a poor advocate of his healthcare law, and that the time is finally here for him to take control.

Reid’s legacy rides on 2014
Karoun Demirjian at the Las Vegas Sun says Reid must keep his majority leader status in the Senate to cement his legacy.

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Weiner pushes back against Clinton pressure
The Hill's Alexander Bolton reports that Weiner won't bow to pressure from the former First Family.

RNC has new head of digital operations
The Hill's Jennifer Martinez reports that the Republican National Committee has tapped a former Bush flack its new chief digital officer, an area where the GOP has trailed Democrats in recent years.




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