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Women and Siri First! THE EDGE—Brought to you by the American Medical Association

October 4, 2013

By Dustin Volz and Patrick Reis

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: House Republicans continue their piece-by-piece budget onslaught Friday, this time with legislation that would extend funding for a nutrition program for women, infants and children. The GOP has the votes to pass the bill, and are expected to do so Friday evening. But though the House continues to send the Senate legislation to fund the country's most sympathetic constituencies, Harry Reid is showing no signs that he'll retreat from the stance he's held since the beginning: the House should re-open the government in its entirety by passing their continuing resolution. Meanwhile, the White House and John Boehner over a Wall Street Journal article quoted an unnamed senior administration official claiming victory in the shutdown war, and more information was revealed about the driver shot dead Thursday outside the Capitol. Hillary Rodham Clinton says she won't start seriously weighing a 2016 run sometime next year, and the voice behind Apple's Siri has finally been revealed.


FURLOUGH FRIDAY YIELDS LITTLE MOVEMENT ON BUDGET TALKS: Day four of the shutdown came and went without evident progress on a compromise that would end the shutdown. Meet the new boilerplate, same as the old boilerplate: "Lawmakers on both sides held fast to positions that led to the shutdown that has furloughed hundreds of thousands of workers. Democrats pleaded with Republicans to pass a temporary spending measure that reopens the government, and then turn to debate on broader fiscal and policy matters. House Republicans continued to insist on changes to the 2010 health law as a condition of funding the government." (Hughes/Hook, WSJ)

WHITE HOUSE LINE GETTING PLAY: "We are winning.... It doesn't really matter to us" how long the shutdown lasts "because what matters is the end result." (Lee/Nicholas, WSJ)


White House press secretary Jay Carney later attempted to distance the administration from the quote: "Nobody in America wins (during the shutdown) and that includes politicians.". (Epstein, Politico)

BOEHNER RESPONSE GETTING PLAY: "This isn't some damn game." (Sherman/Bresnahan, Politico)

AN OFFER BEGINS TO TAKE SHAPE—MAYBE: National Review's Robert Costa reports that "the final volley of the fiscal impasse, at least for House Republicans, is already being brokered." No one ones what the deal might look like, except that it is unlikely to be either a clean continuing resolution or something akin to 2011's wide-reaching budget agreement. Costa's House whisperers tell him there "will be a 'mechanism' for revenue-neutral tax reform, ushered by [Paul] Ryan and Michigan's Dave Camp, that will encourage deeper congressional talks in the coming year. There will be entitlement-reform proposals, most likely chained CPI and means testing Medicare; there will also be some health care provisions, such as a repeal of the medical-device tax.… Boehner, sources say, is expected to go as far as he can with this offer." Oh, and sequestration could be on the table, too. ( National Review)

OFFICIAL: YESTERDAY'S CAR-CHASE CULPRIT WAS DELUSIONAL: Miriam Carey, 34, drove through barricades outside the White House because she held delusions that President Obama was trying to communicate with her, a federal law enforcement official said today. Family members told investigator that Carey's mental health had been deteriorating over the past 10 months. (Eric Tucker, AP)

THIS WEEKEND IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The House will be in session Saturday, though times for floor votes have not yet been scheduled. Speaker Boehner, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, and Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz will make the rounds on the Sunday morning circuit. The Senate schedule remains in flux.

HILLARY: The 2016 favorite will begin thinking "seriously" about a presidential bid next year.(Robert Brodsky, Newsday)


OBAMA'S ASIA TRIP: The president has canceled plans to visit Indonesia and Brunei, a day after nixing stops in Malaysia and the Philippines. (Jacob Schlesinger, WSJ)

A HISTORY OF DEFAULTS: People often say the government has never defaulted on its obligations, but that's not true--it's actually happened multiple times throughout history. (Matt Phillips, Quartz)

A-ROD SUES BASEBALL: The Yankees third baseman is charging Commissioner Bud Selig and the league with practicing "vigilante justice" against him for suspensions levied for his PED use. (Ellen Wulfhorst, Reuters)

VIETNAM LEGEND PASSES: Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, hailed in his country as a national hero that led guerrillas in beating back French and American occupiers, died at 102. (Margie Mason, AP)


THE WOMAN BEHIND THAT VOICE IN YOUR POCKET: Apple's keeping mum, but it looks (and sounds) like CNN just solved the greatest whodunnitsince Deep Throat: the voice behind Siri, the iPhone's not-so-helpful voice-activated assistant, appears to be Susan Bennett, a middle-aged woman from suburban Atlanta. CNN's backyard reporting has gleaned that Bennett, a voiceover actor, "laid down recordings for a client eight years ago. She had no idea she'd someday be speaking to more than 100 million people through a not-yet-invented phone." (Jessica Ravitz, CNN)

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