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Boehner Disputes Clean CR Has Votes; Bloomberg Backs Booker With TV Ad; Cornyn, Cotton on the Air

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  • House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday "flatly refused to schedule votes for full government funding or to raise the debt ceiling without concessions from Democrats" and "disputed" the "notion" that the votes exist for a government-funding bill that didn't include those concessions. Boehner: "There are not the votes in the house to pass a clean CR." (ABC News)
  • But, with "[a]ll but five House Democrats" signing "a letter urging" Boehner "to allow a vote on a 'clean' continuing resolution bill," the bill does appear "to have the support of a majority of House members." (Washington Post)
  • "The House on Saturday unanimously approved legislation to provide retroactive pay for furloughed federal workers after the government shutdown ends." (NBC News)
  • In the NJ SEN Special, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) "will start spending more than $1 million on Monday to broadcast television commercials" supporting Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D), "trying to exploit unhappiness over the government shutdown to promote ... Booker ... as a problem solver who eschews the kind of hard-line partisanship crippling the Capitol." (New York Times) Booker earned the endorsements of the Asbury Park Press, Newark Star-Ledger and Philadelphia Inquirer this weekend.
  • In VA GOV, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) launched a new TV ad on Monday, hitting former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe (D) for his support of new environmental regulations proposed by the Obama administration. (release) McAuliffe "released a pair of campaign ads Friday certain to give voters whiplash: a sunny TV commercial hailing his bipartisan appeal and an ominous-sounding radio spot packing a highly partisan punch." (Washington Post)
  • In AR SEN, Rep. Tom Cotton (R) debuted a new TV on Saturday, hitting Sen. Mark Pryor (D) on the congressional health-care subsidy. (Politico)
  • In MI SEN, former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R) will report raising $2.05 million in the third quarter, with "about $1 million" coming from a personal loan. (Detroit News)
  • In TX SEN, Sen. John Cornyn (R) "has released his first TV ad, a 30-second spot that touts his votes against Obamacare and his National Journal ranking as the second-most-conservative U.S. senator." (Texas Tribune)
  • In WY SEN, "an outside group is jumping into the contest with the first TV spot of the campaign, a 30-second advertisement that attacks" activist Liz Cheney (R) "for, one is led to believe, backing same-sex marriage." (Los Angeles Times)
  • Florida Gov. Rick Scott's (R) "Let's Get to Work" FL GOV reelection committee raised $3.65 million in September. (News Service of Florida)
  • Massachusetts Treasurer Steve Grossman (D) "accelerated" his MA GOV fundraising in September, "giving him a commanding lead in the money race for the 2014 Democratic nomination." (Boston Globe)
  • In TX GOV, state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) said Friday "that she expects to raise a $40 million in the next 13 months to effectively compete" against Attorney General Greg Abbott (R). (WFAA-TV)
  • In FL-18, Rep. Patrick Murphy (D) raised $530,000 in the third quarter and has $1.4 million cash on hand. (Hotline reporting)
  • New York state Sen. Lee Zeldin (R) "will formally announce Monday that he will challenge" Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY) in NY-01, "saying, 'The best way to end the dysfunction is to change the people we send there.'" (Newsday)
  • "In an interview from his Senate office last week," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid "insisted he's running for reelection in 2016. He's ramping up his campaign organization, and he's getting ready for the onslaught the GOP is preparing to send his way." (Politico)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• This next month will amount to a reality check for House Democrats' spin that the majority is in play. If the government shutdown is as punishing for Republicans as MoveOn's PPP robopolls suggest, expect a wave of credible Democratic recruits to emerge in these narrowly-Republican districts. With only 45 GOP-held districts with a PVI of R+4 or better, the party needs a historic wave to accomplish the feat.

• One example of the opportunities and barriers facing House Dems is in southern New Mexico. Democrats are putting national muscle behind Roxanne "Rocky" Lara (D) in her challenge to Rep. Steve Pearce (R) in NM-02. Government spending cuts have hit the Land of Enchantment hard, and Pearce's hard line on the shutdown presents a possible opening. But the seat's R+5 rating is a shield for the incumbent (only five Dems hold seats that Republican), and Pearce has shown some aptitude at reaching out to the seat's majority-Hispanic population.


    "In the past several weeks" at Yale, "an unknown individual or group, who students have dubbed the 'poopetrator,' has repeatedly defecated in students' laundry, leaving many fearful about the safety of their clothes." (Yale Daily News)


  • In an interview with the Associated Press last week, President Obama "said if he were the owner of the Washington Redskins football team, 'I'd think about changing' their name because it offends many people." (AP)
  • "An accident triggered by a fire and explosion in a subway tunnel along Metro's busy Red Line near Union Station" early Sunday morning "killed one man and seriously injured two transit agency workers, disrupting elaborate maintenance and rebuilding plans on the system." (Washington Post)
  • "A man who set himself on fire on the National Mall" on Friday "has died of his injuries, which were so severe that authorities will have to use DNA and dental records to identify him," MPD said Saturday. (AP)
  • "I think it's going to be another Democratic president. ... The Democrats do fine in presidential elections; their problem is they can't get out the vote in the midterm elections." -- Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on calls for her to resign before the next presidential election, lest a Republican nominate her replacement (Washington Post Magazine)
  • "My God! Are you so out of touch with most of America, most of which believes in the Devil? I mean, Jesus Christ believed in the Devil! It's in the Gospels! You travel in circles that are so, so removed from mainstream America that you are appalled that anybody would believe in the Devil!" -- Justice Antonin Scalia, asked in an interview with New York magazine's Jennifer Senior if he believes in the Devil.
  • "Remember, my prayer is the first thing they hear every day. I have the opportunity, really, to frame the day in a special way." -- Senate chaplain Barry Black (New York Times)
  • "Ten years after recall, California still feels effects" (Los Angeles Times)



  • A Tornado Watch is in effect. (until 5 p.m.)
  • Today's weather, from the National Weather Service: Showers this morning, then showers with isolated thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs in the mid 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph, becoming west this afternoon. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
  • The House returns at noon, and the Senate is back at 2 p.m.
  • The Supreme Court begins its new term with arguments in two cases. (10 a.m.)
  • The Oneida Indian Nation holds a forum on the "Change the Mascot" movement and why the Washington Redskins "should end its use of a racial slur as its mascot." (Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, 11 a.m.)
  • The Tigers host the Athletics in the first of four playoff baseball games. (MLB Network, 1 p.m.)
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  • James Naismith was the first basketball coach at the University of Kansas.
  • The winner is Todd Novascone, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "Which former NFL quarterback once starred in the TV reality program 'The Bachelor?'" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"Race Ratings Change: GOP Chances Improve in California's 57th" (Roll Call)



"I've now been in 57 states, I think -- one left to go." -- Obama, in May of 2008 (Reuters)

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Steven Shepard, Executive Editor

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