By Patrick Reis and Dustin Volz
TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Senate Republicans are pitching to President Obama a plan to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. The plan, touted by moderate Republican Susan Collins of Maine, would offer Democrats a resolution to both fiscal crises and would offer Republicans the repeal of Obamacare's medical-device tax. House Republican leadership is also looking to advance its proposal for a short-term lift to the debt limit, but Senate Democrats still insist it's a nonstarter. Stay tuned over the weekend: A deal is not imminent, and it's not definite, but the wheels are in motion.
OUTLINE OF DEBT DEAL BREWING: Senate Republicans, after meeting with President Obama, are optimistic about the prospects of a short-term resolution to raise the debt ceiling and end the shutdown. Compromise is in the air after Obama rebuffed an offer from the House GOP last night because it would have kept the government closed. Today yielded more incremental progress, with House Republicans offering a revised proposal. Sen. Susan Collins is still pushing a plan that would raise the ceiling, end the shutdown, and repeal Obamacare's medical-device tax, which she indicated Obama is mulling over. (Montgomery/Helderman, WaPo)
NUKES FROM THE HOUSE: The House on Friday continued its parade of bills to reopen the government piecemeal, sending legislation to the Senate that would restore funding for nuclear security and nonproliferation.
WE MISSED YOU, PAUL RYAN: The House member from Wisconsin is boldly reasserting himself into the budget talks after shrinking from the fiscal fights for the first several days of the shutdown. He's writing op-eds and attempting to broker a compromise that doesn't include Obamacare, which means his plan just might have a chance. (Jonathan Weisman, NYT)
SHUTDOWN HURTS. SHUTDOWN SCARS. And it is wounding us pretty much everywhere across the country. An interactive map is allowing thousands of people to detail how they are being affected by government's willful closure. (WaPo)
CRUZ CHANNELS INNER-REAGAN IN FACE OF HECKLERS: Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul were among a number of conservatives speaking at the Values Voter Summit today, but Cruz's interruption by a group of hecklers stole the show. "I'm actually glad the president's whole political staff is here instead of doing mischief in the country," Cruz said. Chants of "U-S-A" erupted from Cruz's adoring fans. (Matt Berman, NJ)
THE WEEKEND IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The House will reconvene at 9 a.m. Saturday. The Senate is also expected to be in session.
FURLOUGHED FEDS: Workers stuck on the Hill without pay are close to losing it. "If this goes past the end of the month, I'm f***ed," one said. (Kate Nocera, BuzzFeed)
SNOWDEN LAPTOPS: The four computers the leaker-in-chief took to Hong Kong and Moscow were a "diversion," according to an ex-CIA official who met with him this week. (Mark Hosenball, Reuters)
JOHN KERRY: He's zigzagging around the world—and is getting a lot done. Is our top diplomat surpassing the storied tenure of his predecessor, Hillary Rodham Clinton? (Michael Hirsh, NJ)
SYRIA: Rebels killed almost 200 and abducted an equal number of people during an attack on pro-Assad villages in August, says Human Rights Watch. (Karin Laub, AP)
NATE SILVER, NOW WITH PROFANITY: Famed statistician Nate Silver returned to the Internet on Thursday with his "six big takeaways" on the government shutdown, including a bid to explode the myths of the last big shutdown ... and a few choice words that, we suspect, he has long longed to use. (Grantland)