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- House Speaker John Boehner "has privately told Republican lawmakers anxious about fallout from the government shutdown that he would not allow a potentially more crippling federal default as the atmosphere on Capitol Hill turned increasingly tense on Thursday." (New York Times)
- President Obama "is canceling a trip to Asia to stay in Washington and push for an elusive funding bill to get the nation's business back up and running." (AP)
- In VA GOV, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) "will campaign for" Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) "on Oct. 16 in suburban Richmond and Charlottesville, her campaign said Thursday." (Columbia State)
- A new New York Times/Siena College poll of New York City mayor LVs, conducted Sept. 28-Oct. 2, shows Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (D) leading former MTA chairman Joe Lhota (R), 68-19%. (release)
- In the MA-05 Special, state Sen. Katherine Clark (D) "has taken the lead in fundraising for the October 15th primary," according to pre-primary reports, which cover activities from July 1-Sept. 25, filed with the FEC. (Roll Call)
- On his first day as an MT SEN candidate, Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh (D) "predicted his likely opponent," Rep. Steve Daines (R-MT), "could have trouble because of his role in a Congress that shut down the government amid stalemate." (Helena Independent Record)
- In SD SEN, former Gov. Mike Rounds (R) "raised about $607,000" during the third quarter. (The Hill)
- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) compared gay marriage "to incest" in an interview with WHP-TV on Friday morning. (AP)
- Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) "stormed into the race for governor Thursday, vowing to ensure Texans have a path to success and to protect them from a Republican leadership that she said routinely looks out for itself." (Dallas Morning News)
Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day
• In the House, there are as many credible incumbent primary challengers from the establishment wing of the party as from the grassroots. Reps. Justin Amash (R-MI), Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI) and Walter Jones (R-NC) all are facing the prospect of running against well-funded GOP opponents. Meanwhile, the Club for Growth has only endorsed against one House Republican so far (Mike Simpson).
• It's never good for a candidate to be parodied on the "Daily Show," but it may not be a catastrophe for Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), the GOP frontrunner against Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA). The segment portrays him as a conservative caricature, even though he's been taking heat from the base for being too close to the establishment.
HAIR OF THE DOG
"Cussin' cops could get ax under proposed legislation" (Boston Herald)
FRESH BREWED BUZZ
- "A woman with a 1-year-old girl in her car was fatally shot by police" near the Capitol on Thursday, "after a chase through the heart of Washington that brought a new jolt of fear to a city already rattled by the recent Navy Yard shooting and the federal shutdown." (Washington Post)
- The woman, identified as 34-year-old Miriam Carey, "a dental hygienist from Stamford, Conn.," was suffering from "post-partum depression following the recent birth of her daughter," her mother told ABC News. (ABC News)
- "The lengthy report implicating" now-resigned Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson (R) "in possible ethics violations and felonious misconduct also suggests" Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and then-Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) may have violated campaign finance laws. A PAC run by Bachmann "may have violated federal law by paying Sorenson for work he did on her presidential campaign," while the issue with Paul's presidential campaign "revolves around a $25,000 check written by" Paul WH '12 deputy national campaign manager Dimitri Kesari to a company owned by Sorenson. (Des Moines Register)
- "Mitch McConnell Will Ask Supreme Court To Scrap Campaign Contribution Limits Entirely" (Huffington Post)
- Federal prosecutors on Thursday asked a court to sentence former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (D) "to at least 28 years in prison for his multitude of crimes -- a request that raised eyebrows within the legal community as some experts said Kilpatrick could get the stiffest punishment for public corruption in U.S. history." (Detroit Free Press)
- "Six decades in Detroit: How abandonment, racial tensions and financial missteps bankrupted the city" (Detroit News)
- The most aggressive drivers drive blue BMWs, a recent study showed.
- The winner is Krisann Pearce, and here's her Swizzle Challenge: "In honor of Midnight Madness, the official start of college basketball practices, which former University of Kansas men's basketball coach was the inventor of basketball?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.
NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS
- Kentucky Governor's Obamacare Advocacy Could Help Mitch McConnell
- Why Is Marco Rubio So Quiet?
- Why Republicans Will Never Have an Electoral Incentive to Compromise
- The Uninsured Are Spread Throughout Red States, Too
- How Obama Botched an Earlier Chance in Syria
"It seemed to me Congressman Rokita was trying to deflect these questions with 'flattery.'" -- CNN's Carol Costello, in a statement after Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), in a contentious interview about the government shutdown, said, "Carol, you're beautiful, but you have to be honest as well." (Politico)
"Flattery will get you nowhere." -- "Miss Moneypenny" ("Dr. No")
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