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3:10 PM ET, October 4, 2013


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Wall Street Journal:
White House's Hard Line on Shutdown, Debt Ceiling Has Risks Attached … President Barack Obama is sticking to his stance that he won't negotiate with Republicans over the government shutdown or the higher-stakes fight over the federal debt ceiling.  —  The question, for Republicans …
Bad blood: Four feuding leaders  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid privately told fellow Democratic senators this week what he really thought of Speaker John Boehner.  —  “He's a coward,” Reid angrily said, referring to Boehner's private push for federal health care contributions for lawmakers and their staff.
Boehner Suggests Taking The Country Into Default Unless Republicans Get Additional Spending Cuts  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) raised the idea of taking the country into default if Republicans don't get more spending cuts during a press conference on Friday.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Brian Beutler / Salon:
Dumbest extortion attempt ever: Republican scheme's perverse logic  —  GOP's demands are putting the economy and American presidency on the line — and now they can't back away from them  —  This is the fourth day of the GOP's government shutdown and the sequence of events that will ultimately end it …
Discussion: The New Republic and The Raw Story
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Senior Admin. Official: 'We Are Winning...It Doesn't Really Matter to Us' When Shutdown Ends  —  Although the government shutdown continues, it appears President Barack Obama and the White House are not getting any closer to negotiating with Republicans.  A quotation from an unnamed senior …
Aamer Madhani / USA Today:
Obama hammers Boehner on shutdown, debt ceiling
Peter Suderman / Reason:
Obamacare Poster Boy Chad Henderson and His Dad Haven't Signed Up for Obamacare, Says His Father  —  An exclusive interview with Bill Henderson.  —  Chad Henderson is the media's poster boy for Obamacare.  Reporters struggled this week to find individuals who said they had been able …
Woman in DC chase may have thought Obama was stalking her, sources say  —  Investigators have found indications that the woman who led authorities on a chase from the White House to the Capitol before she was shot to death by police thought that President Barack Obama was stalking her, law enforcement sources told NBC News.
Washington Post:
Police suspect dental hygienist Miriam Carey was behind the wheel of Capitol chase
ABC News:
Miriam Carey, Capitol Suspect, Suffered Post-Partum Depression
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dems move to force Republicans to reopen the government  —  House Democratic leaders believe they have hit on a new way to potentially force House Republican leaders into allowing a vote on a “clean CR” funding the government without any defunding of Obamacare attached.
Democrats tap procedural trick to force House CR vote  —  House Democrats will use a parliamentary procedure to try to break a logjam over government funding and bring a “clean” continuing resolution to the floor, according to senior Democratic lawmakers and leadership aides.
Discussion: protein wisdom
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
WWII Memorial Barricade Wired Shut  —  On Tuesday morning, seven National Park Service employees were seen erecting and tending to a barricade around the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. One NPS employee was operating a forklift.  There usually aren't any NPS employees working at the World War II memorial.
Jonathan Bernstein / PostPartisan:
The Insiders: The World War II Memorial is not a political prop
Discussion: EconLog
Tom Corbett / CNN:
Gov. compares same-sex marriage to incest  —  (CNN) - Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's stance on same-sex marriage is no secret, after bringing a legal challenge against a county clerk who tried to sign marriage licenses for same-sex couples.  Friday, Corbett went a step further, comparing gay marriage to a union between siblings.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
G.O.P. Elders See Liabilities in Shutdown  —  WASHINGTON — The hard-line stance of Republican House members on the government shutdown is generating increasing anger among senior Republican officials, who say the small bloc of conservatives is undermining the party and helping President Obama …
Washington Post:
We need climate-change risk assessment  —  Michael Bloomberg, an independent, is mayor of New York.  Hank Paulson, a former chairman of Goldman Sachs and Treasury secretary in the George W. Bush administration, is chairman of the Paulson Institute, which promotes sustainable economic growth.
Ellie Hall / BuzzFeed:
Obama And Biden Go Out For Lunch  —  President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden walked out of the White House to grab lunch at a nearby restaurant.  —  The two headed for Taylor Gourmet, a sandwich shop a few blocks away.  —  Via  —  Cable news had absolutely no idea what was going on.
CBS News:
Nearly 9 in 10 Americans displeased with Washington, poll says  —  As the partial federal government shutdown continues with no break in the impasse between Democrats and Republicans in Congress, nearly nine in 10 Americans are unhappy with the way things are going in Washington …
Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Voters support delaying Obamacare, but oppose defunding it
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, NPR and PoliticusUSA
Robert Costa / National Review:
The Emerging Offer  —  It hasn't been announced, and you won't hear about it today, but the final volley of the fiscal impasse, at least for House Republicans, is already being brokered.  And according to my top sources — both members and senior aides — it won't end with a clean CR, or with a sprawling, 2011-style budget agreement.
How A Rand Paul Republican From Alabama Learned To Love Obamacare  —  Joshua Pittman is a 31-year-old self-employed videographer from Montgomery, Alabama.  A libertarian Republican who voted for Ron Paul in 2012 and believes that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is the future of the GOP …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Booman Tribune
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Elizabeth Titus / Politico:
Davis supporters sent to wrong site
Joshua Green / Businessweek:
Republicans Are No Longer the Party of Business
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner and GOP Shutdown
Steve Eder / New York Times:
Rodriguez Sues M.L.B., Claiming a ‘Witch Hunt’
Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
Fox News Host To Nicaraguan Co-Host: “You Grew Up On Tacos, Correct?
Washington Post:
The question facing Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Stay or go?
Brett French / Billings Gazette:
Federal government shutdown foul-hooks small Montana angling town
 Earlier Items: 
Jessica Ravitz / CNN:
'I'm the original voice of Siri'
Discussion: GigaOM, The Week and Mashable
Gerard Magliocca / Washington Post:
Why Obamacare isn't ‘settled’  —  Gerard Magliocca is a professor …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Cory Booker's lackluster campaign
Timothy Egan / Opinionator:
Wrong Side of History
Discussion: Balloon Juice