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- With top House Republicans and Senate Democrats set to huddle with President Obama in separate White House meetings Thursday, the devil remained in the still-undetermined details of any stopgap bill that could end the government shutdown and avert a first-ever national default. The House could soon approve a short-term deal to raise the debt ceiling and force Democrats to the negotiating table, but there is little clarity about how GOP demands for commitments in future talks would mesh with continuing Democratic refusals to pass anything but a "clean" bill with no strings attached. (National Journal Daily)
- In the NJ SEN Special, Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) and former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan (R) "accused each other of being proxies for partisan figures who would only worsen Washington's problems" in "a heated debate" on Wednesday night. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
- A new Quinnipiac University poll of NJ GOV LVs, conducted Oct. 5-7, shows Gov. Chris Christie (R) leading state Sen. Barbara Buono (D), 62-33%. In the previous poll, conducted Sept. 19-22, Christie led Buono, 64-30%. (release)
- A new Quinnipiac University poll of VA GOV LVs, conducted Oct. 2-8, shows former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe (D) leading Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R), 47-39%, with Robert Sarvis (L) at 8%. In the previous poll, conducted Sept. 9-15, McAuliffe led Cuccinelli, 44-41%, with Sarvis at 7%. (release)
- McAuliffe is "among those who invested" with R.I.-based estate planner Joseph Caramadre, who is one of two men accused of causing "more than $46 million in losses to insurance companies through the investment approach that used the identities of terminally ill people." (Providence Journal)
- In NH SEN, former Sen. Bob Smith (R) "has decided against" mounting a comeback bid. (New Hampshire Union Leader)
- EMILY's List on Wednesday endorsed Democratic House candidates Amanda Renteria (CA-21) and Emily Cain (ME-02). (releases)
- In FL-13, following Rep. Bill Young's (R) announcement that he wouldn't seek reelection, a list of "contenders" for the seat began to emerge. (Tampa Bay Times)
- In NE-02, Rep. Lee Terry (R) raised $389,000 in the third quarter and has $558,000 cash on hand. (Omaha World-Herald)
- In NY-24, Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci (R), who had met with the NRCC last month, said Wednesday that he won't run against Rep. Dan Maffei (D). (Syracuse Post-Standard)
- In NC-07, Rep. Mike McIntyre (D) "raised $189,000 in the third quarter," less than he raised the quarter before. (Roll Call)
- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) "tried to distance himself Wednesday from a growing crisis in the state ethics commission by casting himself as an outsider who is caught in the crossfire of a legal dispute between warring staffers at the agency. ... Deal said he's confident the review won't reopen the complaints against him lodged in 2010." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
- "A group of longtime Christian conservative activists are holding a private meeting Thursday in Washington to hear informal presentations from two of the most talked-about potential Republican presidential candidates," Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY). (New York Times)
Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day
• The biggest takeaway from today's Quinnipiac VA GOV poll: McAuliffe is actually viewed favorably by a narrow plurality of likely voters (41%/40%). The CW that voters dislike both candidates isn't exactly true. Indeed, it's stunning that Cuccinelli hasn't pushed McAuliffe's numbers underwater despite a wealth of oppo to work with.
• Democrats will probably be looking for a stronger contender for Bill Young's seat, now that he's retiring. Indeed, the current Dem candidate Jessica Ehrlich may have gotten a little too excited when Bill Young announced his retirement yesterday. With Charlie Crist boosting turnout in his home district next year, this is one of the Democrats' best pickup opportunities next year.
HAIR OF THE DOG
"Pot-belly pig terrorizes Des Moines neighborhood" (Des Moines Register)
FRESH BREWED BUZZ
- "Part of the atmosphere that allowed this shutdown to take place was this attitude that these folks aren't providing important services and value to our country and they're dead wrong about that. Those politicians who are always complaining about federal workers ... I guess they're doing it for political reasons." -- Obama, asked about the government employees furloughed as a result of the shutdown (WRC-TV)
- The government shutdown "has closed an obscure agency that quietly approves new breweries, recipes and labels, which could create huge delays throughout the rapidly growing craft industry, whose customers expect a constant supply of inventive and seasonal beers." (AP)
- "Tammy Duckworth Reunited With Army Medic Who Saved Her Life" (Huffington Post)
- Former Sen. Rod Grams (R-MN), "a 'stoic farm kid' who grew up to be a TwinCities TV anchor, congressman and U.S. senator, died at his rural Minnesota home Tuesday night after a long battle with colon cancer. He was 65." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
- "I've never done twerking in my life and I don't intend to take it up." -- Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) (Politico)
- Arizona state Rep. Brenda Barton (R) issued a statement on Thursday, saying she never compared Obama to Adolf Hitler, and "her original Facebook reference to 'De Fuhrer' referred to the general German term for 'leader,' and not the actual official title of Hitler." (Arizona Capitol Times)
- "Post-Mayoral Anthony Weiner Has Another Epic TV Interview" (Politicker.com)
- John Scott Harrison was son (William Henry Harrison) and father (Benjamin Harrison) of a president.
- The winner is Dawson Hobbs, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "Until this year, every Cleveland Browns kicker since 1991 attended the same high school. Name the school, hometown and the kicker(s)." The 1st correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.
NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS
- Poll: Huge Majority of Americans Have Seen No Impact From Sequester
- Congress Must Stop Using Default as a Weapon
- Obamacare Already Top Issue in Senate Race in Arkansas
- Some Tea Partiers Say Obama Plays Too Rough
- The Two Filmmakers Who Spent 12 Years Shooting a Movie About Congress
"I'm on your side. Don't screw it up, OK. I'm on your side." -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D), after Gray "crashed a Senate press conference as part of his campaign against the federal government shutdown. (WRC-TV)
"I didn't take lessons on how to speak on television, and I don't spend a lot of time worrying about who I am. I don't like to read stuff about me, but I've become accustomed to it: you know, 'Reid misspeaks.' I’d rather people were saying, 'Oh, that guy is a golden-tongued devil.'" -- Reid, to the New York Times Magazine in Dec. 2009 (New York Times Magazine)
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