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- "After shutting down the U.S. government for 16 days and driving the nation toward the brink of default, a chastened Congress voted late Wednesday to reopen federal agencies, call hundreds of thousands of civil servants back to work and raise the $16.7 trillion debt limit." President Obama "signed the measure into law shortly after midnight." (Washington Post)
- The Senate voted, 81-18, to approve the measure, with Republicans voting 27-18 for the bill. But a majority of House Republicans opposed the measure; though it passed, 285-144, Republicans voted 87-144. (Hotline vote count)
- "Barriers went down at National Park Service sites," and "thousands of furloughed federal workers began returning to work across the country Thursday." (AP)
- The DSCC raised $4.6 million in September, has $10 million cash on hand and $7.5 million in debt. The NRSC raised $3.4 million and has $3.4 million cash on hand and no debt. (Washington Post)
- Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) won Wednesday's NJ SEN Special election, defeating former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan (R), 55-44%, "after a two-month campaign marked by bizarre turns, wild accusations, erratic polling numbers and blistering attacks." (Newark Star-Ledger)
- A new Quinnipiac University poll of NJ GOV LVs, conducted Oct. 10-14, shows Gov. Chris Christie (R) leading state Sen. Barbara Buono (D), 62-33%. In the previous poll, conducted Oct. 5-7, Christie also led Buono, 62-33%. (release)
- Former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe (D) "earned $9.5 million and paid $2.7 million in taxes in 2012, according to a summary of his returns released" by his VA GOV campaign "Wednesday evening." (Washington Post)
- In NYC Mayor, former MTA chairman Joe Lhota (R) "is hoping an aggressive new advertisement can refocus the race on an issue that Republicans typically dominate: public safety." (New York Times)
- In KY SEN, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R) "Republican enemies seized" on a dam authorization provision included in the final Senate deal "they said was a betrayal of conservative causes." (Lexington Herald-Leader)
- In NC SEN, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) endorsed physician Greg Brannon (R) on Wednesday, giving Brannon's "low-profile campaign a needed boost." (Raleigh News & Observer)
- In CA-07, Rep. Ami Bera (D) "raised more than $462,000 in the third quarter" and has "nearly $899,000" cash on hand, "outpacing a trio of Republican challengers." (Sacramento Bee)
- In FL-26, Rep. Joe Garcia (D) "raised $411,000 in the third quarter" and has "more than $1 million" cash on hand. (Miami Herald)
- In PA-09, Rep. Bill Shuster (R) "raised well over $350,000" in the third quarter and has "more than $1.1 million" cash on hand, about $1 million more than his primary challenger, businessman Art Halvorson (R). (PoliticsPA.com)
- In TX-23, Rep. Pete Gallego (D) raised $193,000 in the third quarter," while former CIA officer Will Hurd (R) raised $155,000. (Dallas Morning News)
- In UT-04, Rep. Jim Matheson (D) "raised a little more than $278,000" in the third quarter and has $678,000 cash on hand. 2012 nominee Mia Love (R) raised $569,000 and has "nearly $672,000." (Salt Lake Tribune)
- Retired Army Maj. Corinna Robinson (D) "is preparing to launch" a SD-AL bid against Rep. Kristi Noem (R). (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)
- A new Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies poll of MD GOV Democratic primary voters, conducted Oct. 1-14, shows Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown leading Attorney General Doug Gansler, 41-21%, with Del. Heather Mizeur at 5%. (Baltimore Sun)
Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day
• Last night's vote to fund the federal government divided Republican Senate candidates down the middle. Members of Congress facing a clear path to the Senate nomination (Cotton, Daines, Capito) supported the bill. Those facing Republican opposition in their races (Cassidy, Broun, Kingston, Gingrey) voted against. The one exception to the rule? McConnell, who engineered the deal despite facing a credible challenge on his right from Matt Bevin.
• Gansler is having a rough week: After a series of unflattering stories about his tendency to order state troopers driving him to speed and run red lights, one of the first independent polls of the Democratic primary shows him trailing Brown by 20 points.
HAIR OF THE DOG
"A sheep that made a surprise visit to a Detroit auto collision shop is getting a new home at a Michigan animal sanctuary." (AP)
FRESH BREWED BUZZ
- "We fought the good fight, we just didn't win." -- House Speaker John Boehner (WLW-AM)
- "I think he did a good job on this one and that is not something I have said often in the past." -- Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), on Boehner (Daily Beast)
- "I could have written this story from day one. If you follow the Cruz plan, you end up exactly where we are." -- Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) (Buzzfeed)
- The House vote "was briefly interrupted" when Dianne Reidy, a House floor stenographer from Long Island, "went into a zany rant about Freemasons and the Constitution before being dragged off from the House floor by officers." (New York Post)
- The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Caroline Kennedy as U.S. ambassador to Japan. (AP)
- "You see a lot of teen angst as you walk down here." -- Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX), during a Capitol tour that included walking by "the display of artwork from students who had won a congressional art competition" (Washington Post)
- "Bill Young, still in hospital, gets a call from George W. Bush" (Tampa Bay Times)
- "Why do I always get 'bitch face' in airports? It's always from middle-aged women. I'm the Thomas Edison of sexting, and they hate it. They think I'm out to steal their husbands!" -- Sydney Leathers, in a profile of her one-time Internet paramour, former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) (GQ)
- "The Conservative War on the GOP" (The Atlantic)
- Today's weather, from the National Weather Service: Cloudy. Scattered showers early this morning, then numerous showers this afternoon. Highs in the mid 70s. Light and variable winds, becoming south around 5 mph this afternoon. Chance of rain 70 percent.
- The House and Senate will not meet Thursday.
- Obama speaks from the White House. (10:35 a.m.)
- Pianist Valentina Lisitsa performs Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Chopin and Liszt. (Library of Congress, 7 p.m.)
- Tied 2-2, the Red Sox and Tigers meet in a pivotal Game 5 of the ALCS. (WTTG-TV, 8 p.m.)
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- Woodrow Wilson H.S. (Davey O'Brien, Tim Brown), Mater Dei H.S. (John Huarte, Matt Leinart) and Fork Union Military Academy (Vinny Testaverde, Eddie George) are the only high schools to produce mutiple Heisman Trophy winners.
- The winner is Ben Pearlman, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "What was the most recent year a future member of Congress won an Olympic medal (claimed or unclaimed) in basketball?" The 2nd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.
NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS
- Finally Over, Showdown Tees Up New Battles
- For House Republicans, Lessons in Loss
- How Harry Reid Kept His Nose Clean in the Fiscal Fight
- The Next Budget Crisis Is Only 90 Days Away
- The Sledgehammer Politics of the GOP
"Mike Lee is literally his only friend." -- NBC News' Kasie Hunt, on Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) relationship with his Senate colleagues ("Morning Joe")
"This fight is not about personalities. Look, most Americans could not give a flying flip about a bunch of politicians in Washington. Who cares? ... You know, almost all of us are in cheap suits with bad haircuts. Who cares?" -- Cruz, during his 21-hour floor speech last month (Time)
Josh Kraushaar, Editor-in-Chief
Steven Shepard, Executive Editor