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Senate Begins CR Debate as House Pivots to Debt Limit; Cuccinelli, McAuliffe Spar in NoVa Debate

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  • "The Senate voted 100-0 to take up the House-passed continuing resolution Wednesday," while Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), at the end of his 21-hour control of the Senate floor "indicated a willingness to accelerate the timetable for the more important vote to cut off debate on the bill" (Roll Call).
  • House GOPers "began exploring a potential detour on the path to a shutdown: shifting the fight" to defund the health care law "to a separate bill that would raise the nation's debt limit" (Washington Post).
  • Pres. Obama on Thursday "will deliver a speech" at Prince George's Community College in Largo, MD, on Thursday, "to raise awareness" about the '10 health care law's "benefits" and "counter the ongoing conservative campaign against it" (CBS News).
  • In Wednesday night's VA GOV '13 debate, AG Ken Cuccinelli (R) "pushed his knowledge" of state gov't, while ex-DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe (D) said Cuccinelli's "actions against gay rights ... had almost driven business" from the state, "and that he had put wealthy benefactors and campaign contributors ahead of ... taxpayers" (WRC-TV). Robert Sarvis (L), who was not invited, aired a TV ad during a commercial break in the middle of the debate (Hotline reporting).
  • In IL SEN, '08 IL-14 nominee/'08 IL-14 special nominee/'02/'04 SEN candidate/'06 GOV candidate/state Sen./dairy magnate Jim Oberweis (R) "said 'a number of groups and individuals' have talked to him about possibly running" against Sen. Dick Durbin (D) next year, "but he still would need to know" GOP donors "were committed to him" before taking the plunge (Chicago Sun-Times).
  • In WV SEN, EMILY's List endorsed Sec/State Natalie Tennant (D) (release).


  • According to a new CBS News/New York Times poll of nat'l adults, conducted 9/19-23, 43% approve of the way Obama is handling his job as POTUS, while 49% disapprove. In the previous poll, conducted 9/6-8, 46% approved of Obama, and 46% disapproved (release).


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• Cuccinelli had an opportunity during last night's debate to reintroduce himself to voters and to turn the tide on recent polling that's shown McAuliffe with a slight lead. And he was successful in portraying himself as a candidate with a firm grasp of the issues and strong experience to governor. But he let some of McAuliffe's attacks on women's issues go unanswered, missing an opportunity to close a key, double-digit gap with female voters. It's important to note that Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) won women by 8 points four years ago.

Red flag for Kay Hagan: A Manhattan Institute analysis of the HHS data on the new health care exchanges shows that North Carolinians who purchase insurance on the individual market will see their premiums will go up the most. The good news for Dems: two of the states with meaningful reductions in premiums are battleground CO and OH.



  • DC Mayor Vincent Gray (D) "moved Wednesday to designate the entirety of the District government as 'essential to the protection of public safety, health, and property,' in a bid to allow city services to continue during a federal shutdown" (Washington Post).
  • "Scary new video footage released by the FBI Wednesday shows Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis in the moments before his deadly rampage, entering the facility in his car and stalking through hallways and staircases armed with a shotgun" (NBC News).
  • OR stripper Lynsie Lee "revealed her private online correspondence" with NJ SEN Special nominee Cory Booker (D), but her "correspondence with ... Booker, unearthed by BuzzFeed, suggests that she was exchanging casual banter with him." Booker spokesperson Kevin Griffis: "The most shocking part of the story was learning that there is a vegan strip club in Portland" (New York Times).
  • In his NYU college yearbook photo, NYC Mayor '13 nominee Bill de Blasio (D) sports "a hairdo almost as distinctive as son Dante's Afro, a beard to match and a far-away gaze" (New York Post).
  • George H.W. Bush "was an official witness at the same-sex wedding of two longtime friends" last weekend in ME, "his spokesman said" (AP).
  • Ex-Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-NV) "lambasted" her '12 NV SEN campaign consultants on Wednesday, "saying 'without a doubt' she would" have won the election "if she'd listened to her own advice." Berkley: "If I had to do it over again, I wouldn't let these people run my bathwater" (Las Vegas Sun).
  • Contributors to '12 OH SEN nominee Josh Mandel (R) and Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH) "face federal charges" that they illegally "funneled about" $200K to the two last year (Columbus Dispatch).
  • NV state Assembly Min. Leader Pat Hickey (R), "sitting down with a friendly interviewer ... on conservative talk radio, got careless and talked about how great for the GOP that young people and minorities won't turn out in presidential year numbers" in '14 (Ralston Reports).
  • Ex-ME Gov. John McKernan (R) on Wednesday was named pres. of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and senior adviser to Chamber Pres./CEO Tom Donohue (Politico).
  • "He said, 'Are you Josh Rogin?' I said yes, and he punched me in the jaw" -- Daily Beast's Josh Rogin, after stand-up comedian Dan Nainan was arrested for attacking Rogin, "apparently over some wisecracks" Rogin made over Twitter about Nainan's set at the DC Improv (Washington Post).
  • Pollster Larry Hugick passed away "suddenly" earlier this week (Trenton Times).



  • Then-Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) referenced late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) in his final Senate vote.
  • The winner is Brent Perrin, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "Who was the last elected senator to just serve one term in the House before moving to the upper chamber?" The 4th correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"Deep down inside, I feel he doesn't like me, and if he doesn't like me, that's why I've held back" -- NYC Mayor '13 candidate John Catsimatidis (R), over "a lunch that included five appetizers and two desserts," on why he hasn't endorsed GOP nominee Joe Lhota (New York Daily News).



"Am I a Republican? Yes. Am I a Democrat? Yes. Am I a conservative? Yes. Am I a liberal? Yes. ... We're right in the middle. What are we? We're pro-people" -- Catismatidis, last Dec. (New York Times).

Josh Kraushaar, Editor-in-Chief

Steven Shepard, Executive Editor

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