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Congress’ Dual-Track Trainwreck & All the Jellyfish You Can Handle—THE EDGE

October 15, 2013

By Patrick Reis and Dustin Volz

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The House and Senate are engaging in dual-track negotiations today in search of a debt-ceiling deal, but it appears they're stepping on each other's toes. In the Senate, Harry Reid and Republicans appeared close to a deal that would extend the debt ceiling for several months, as well as reopen the government with funding to last through the year's end. But those talks hit a hitch—though not necessarily a fatal one—after details leaked about a separate proposal from House Republicans, which would raise the debt ceiling but again included provisions modifying Obamacare. Now, progress is shaky in the Senate, and the House plan is under siege: Reid declared it a nonstarter in the Senate, and there are questions about whether it could pass the House, as a number of the most conservative Republicans say John Boehner is giving away too much. Stay tuned.


TRACK THE LATEST: Another day, another round of fever-pitched almost-fixes to the shutdown and looming debt-ceiling catastrophe. Keep pace with National Journal's live blog. (NJ)


SCOTUS: The Supreme Court will hear a case challenging the EPA's emissions rules on greenhouse gases. (Adam Liptak, NYT)

OBAMACARE, THE BIG QUESTION: Some exchanges tout impressive numbers of enrollees, yet others are still barely operational. But just exactly how many people total are signed up? (Garance Franke-Ruta, The Atlantic)

OBAMACARE, AN EXPLAINER: Because the Senate's end-the-shutdown proposal would delay the collection of Obamacare's $63 reinsurance program fee—and not the program itself—for one year, insurers might get some unexpected profit in 2014. (Sarah Kliff, WaPo)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Both the House and Senate are in session. The House Oversight and House Natural Resources committees will hold a joint hearing to discuss the National Park Service's implementation of the shutdown at 9:30 a.m. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel Al-Jubeir at the State Department at 2 p.m.


BLUE STATE, RED ENERGY: Californians love to talk about clean energy, but their state is quietly undergoing a fossil-fuel boom. (Amy Harder, NJ)

THE HOUSE AND SENATE AREN'T SO FAR APART: Democrats still aren't likely to budge due to political considerations, but the most recent offering by Boehner and Co. is, despite some nitpicky changes to Obamacare, very similar policy-wise to the Senate deal. But it's the plans' political differences that are a bridge too far. (Ezra Klein, WaPo)

IRAN: "We no longer want to walk in the dark," Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said in Geneva in reference to his country's isolationism and nuclear program. (Jahn/Heilprin, AP)

MANNING TOLD COLTS TO GET LUCK[Y]: Manning told Colts' owner Jim Irsay to draft Andrew Luck, and—though Manning is currently playing some of the best ball of his career—Irsay says he has no regrets. (Jarrett Bell, USA Today)

FELONY FOR CALIFORNIA DEMOCRAT: Bob Filner, the former congressman and San Diego mayor, pleaded guilty today to felony false imprisonment "by violence, fraud, menace and deceit" and two misdemeanor counts of battery. (Elliot Spagat, AP)

APPLE: Burberry Group's CEO Angela Ahrendts has been poached by the tech giant to lead its retail efforts. (Kathy Gordon, WSJ)

JELLYFISH: They're everywhere, and nothing we can do will stop their invasion of our seas. (Gwynn Guilford, Quartz)


THE REAL IMPACT OF 20-WEEK ABORTION BANS: Recently enacted state law in Arkansas bans women from getting abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Exceptions to states' late-term abortion bans include rape and incest and health emergencies for the mother—but not for severe or even fatal fetal abnormalities. Twelve states and the House have voted to nix abortion after 20 weeks, but mothers often have little idea at that time whether the baby will be healthy, disabled, or live past birth at all. (Beth Reinhard, NJ)

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