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- "What started as a mad dash to strike a deal to lift the federal debt limit slowed to a crawl over the weekend as stalemated Senate leaders waited nervously to see whether financial markets would plunge Monday morning and drive the other side toward compromise." (Washington Post)
- In the NJ SEN Special, former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan (R) "fired" top adviser Rick Shaftan, after profane comments Shaftan gave to Talking Points Memo, "ridiculing" Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D). (Newark Star-Ledger)
- In VA GOV, the Washington Post endorsed former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe (D) in Sunday's editions, writing that McAuliffe's "flaws notwithstanding," he "represents continuity in a state that has been well served by comity, compromise and political coexistence between the parties." (Washington Post) Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) released a new TV ad on Friday, hitting McAuliffe for investing in a scheme that allegedly preyed on dying people. (release)
- In the New York City mayoral race, former MTA chairman Joe Lhota (R) released a new TV ad, highlighting his support for -- and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio's (D) opposition to -- increased funding for charter schools. (release)
- In CO SEN, state Rep. Amy Stephens (R) "kicked off her bid ... becoming the fourth GOP contender vying to oust" Sen. Mark Udall (D). (KUSA-TV)
- In GA SEN, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R) "raised just over $287,000" in the third quarter and has $2.5 million cash on hand. (AP)
- In HI SEN, Sen. Brian Schatz (D) "raised more than $677,900" in the third quarter, while Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D) "raised more than $440,800." (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
- In IA SEN, Rep. Bruce Braley (D) "raised more than $900,000 in the third quarter" and has "more than $2.3 million" cash on hand. (Quad-City Times)
- In KY SEN, Senate Min. Leader Mitch McConnell (R) "raised $2.27 million in the third quarter" and "has just less than $10 million cash on hand." (Lexington Herald-Leader) Businessman Matt Bevin (R) raised $222,000 in the quarter and kicked in $600,000 of his own money. (release)
- 2010 FL GOV nominee Alex Sink (D) "is now seriously considering entering" the FL-13 race to succeed retiring Rep. Bill Young (R). (Tampa Tribune)
- In KY-06, Rep. Andy Barr (R) "raised more than $265,000 in the third quarter" and "has more than $781,000 cash on hand." (Lexington Herald-Leader)
- In NE-02, "after initially saying he would not run," Omaha city Councilor Pete Festersen (D) announced he will challenge Rep. Lee Terry (R), saying "the partial government shutdown -- and not Terry's controversial comments about his paycheck during the shutdown -- was the tipping point." (Omaha World-Herlad)
- In MD GOV, Attorney General Doug Gansler (D) "is expected to name" Del. Jolene Ivey (D) as his running mate, "according to two people familiar with her selection." (Washington Post)
- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) "won the Values Voter Summit's presidential straw poll on Saturday with a plurality of votes against big-name conservatives in the mix for 2016." (Politico)
- In the D.C. mayoral race, Councilmember Jack Evans (D) raised more money in the latest filing period (Aug. 1-Oct. 10), but he also spent more than Councilmembers Muriel Bowser (D) and Tommy Wells (D). (Washington City Paper)
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• It's been a relatively quiet couple of weeks on the fundraising front. Under more normal circumstances we would expect an inundation of third quarter fundraising numbers in the first weeks of October, but lots of members -- perhaps mindful of Congress's unpopularity and the delicate nature of playing politics at the moment -- have withheld their numbers so far. No matter; the FEC deadline is tomorrow, though the shutdown makes tracking certain items more difficult than usual.
• The race in Maryland between Gansler and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D)is supposed to be one of the most competitive primary contests of the cycle. So far, the two events in the race generating the most headlines have been embarrassing stories about Gansler. In August, a recording surfaced of Gansler telling a group of campaign volunteers that Brown was relying on his race to get elected. And now the Gansler campaign is dealing with front-page stories about his alleged repeated abuses of his state police escort. There's a long way to go before next year's primary, but Gansler's candidacy, which only officially launched last month, is off to a decidedly rocky start.
HAIR OF THE DOG
FRESH BREWED BUZZ
- "Rallier tells Obama to 'put the Quran down'" (CNN)
- "If I was in the Senate right now, I'd kill myself." -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) (Philadelphia Inquirer)
- "We have nominated a ticket that Virginians don't want to buy." -- Former Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), on Cuccinelli's chances (Washington Post)
- Gansler "regularly ordered state troopers assigned to drive him to turn on the lights and sirens on the way to routine appointments, directing them to speed, run red lights and bypass traffic jams by using the shoulder, according to written accounts by the Maryland State Police. ... When troopers refused to activate the emergency equipment, Gansler ... often flipped the switches himself, according to the police accounts." (Washington Post)
- George W. Bush's recent heart problems were far more dangerous than generally believed -- potentially life-threatening, in fact. (National Journal)
- "I'm used to being the tallest guy around. I look up and this giant is walking down the hallway. I'm like 'What just happened to my tall status?'" -- de Blasio, who is 6'5", on going to high school with 7-footer Patrick Ewing (Wall Street Journal)
- "No one has asked nor do they need too [sic]." -- Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), telling Capital New York that he's supporting Public Advocate de Blasio for mayor, though the de Blasio camp never asked for his endorsement (Capital New York)
- "Post Mortem: A (somewhat premature) newspaper autopsy" (New York magazine)
- Today's weather, from the National Weather Service: Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 60s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
- The House returns at noon, and the Senate is back at 2 p.m.
- "Transit, service suspensions in area for Columbus Day" (WTOP-FM)
- The Caps try to bounce back against the Oilers. (Verizon Center, 7 p.m.)
- The Dodgers look to get back in the NLCS when they host the Cardinals in Game 3. (TBS, 8 p.m.)
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- Tim Seder scored his team's (Dallas Cowboys) first rushing touchdown of the 2001 season.
- Both Brian Bartlett and Bill Pascoe got it right. But today we have a bonus, Columbus Day-edition of the Swizzle Challenge: "Who was the first politician to be grand marshal of the New York City Columbus Day Parade?" The 2nd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.
NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS
- Senate Talks Hit Snag, but Reid Sounds Optimistic
- Reid and McConnell Take the Reins
- Actually, Obama Has Been Terrible for Immigrants
- John Kerry: A Diplomatic One-Man Band
“He has the dumbest attorney general [Eric Schneiderman, who has filed a fraud suit against his Trump University] in the United States, who is driving business out of New York and his father, Mario, was one of the worst governors in the history of the state. Otherwise, I like him very much." -- Real-estate magnate Donald Trump (R), asked about the prospect he could run against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) (New York Post)
"Having said that, I think this is a terrific title." -- Jerry Seinfeld ("Curb Your Enthusiasm")
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