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- "Top aides" to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell "are working to finalize plans to raise the debt limit through Feb. 7 and end the 16-day-old government shutdown, after a House Republican effort to forge a solution collapsed Tuesday in humiliating failure." (Washington Post)
- "Anatomy of an Implosion" (National Journal Daily)
- "As the bickering continued" over the House GOP plan on Tuesday, "senior aides to rank-and-file Republicans resorted to watching the Twitter feeds of congressional reporters to learn who was demanding what." (Washington Post)
- Polls are open in New Jersey for a special Senate election that's drawn national attention because of its unique timing and near-celebrity status." The "odd timing of the election stands to keep voting light at the polls, which opened at 6 a.m. and remain open until 8 p.m." (Philadelphia Inquirer)
- In NJ GOV, Gov. Chris Christie (R) and state Sen. Barbara Buono (D) "went at each other with renewed vigor in their second debate on Tuesday night, clashing over property-tax relief and same-sex marriage as the campaign entered its critical final stage." (Bergen Record)
- In VA GOV, former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe (D) $6.2 million in September and had $1.85 million cash on hand at the end of the month. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) $3.4 million and had $1 million cash on hand. (Washington Post)
- New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blaiso (D), "not content to rest on a lopsided lead in the race for New York City mayor, relentlessly pounded" former MTA chairman Joe Lhota (R) "in their first televised debate on Tuesday, repeatedly linking him to what he called an obstructionist national Republican Party and the divisive mayoralty of" former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R). (New York Times)
- Massachusetts state Rep. Martin Walsh (D) and Boston city Councilor John Connolly "struggled to differentiate themselves Tuesday in Boston's first major mayoral debate, as both men appeared hesitant and offered few concrete policy differences to make the case why they should succeed" Mayor Tom Menino (D). (Boston Globe)
- In the MA-05 Special, state Sen. Katherine Clark "bested six Democratic rivals" in the primary on Tuesday, "winning her party's nomination" in the Dec. 10 special election, when she will be "the strong favorite" against attorney Frank Addivinola (R). (Boston Globe)
- In AR SEN, Sen. Mark Pryor (D) "raised $1.04 million in the third quarter and has $4.4 million cash on hand." Rep. Tom Cotton (R) raised $1.07 million and has "about $1.8 million" cash on hand. (Politico)
- In CO SEN, 2010 nominee Ken Buck (R) raised "about $228,000" in the third quarter and has $300,000 cash on hand. State Sen. Owen Hill (R) raised $250,000 and has "roughly $190,000" cash on hand. (KDVR-TV)
- In KY SEN, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) raised $2.5 million in the third quarter and has roughly $2 million cash on hand. (Hotline reporting)
- In ME SEN, Sen. Susan Collins (R) raised $806,000 in the third quarter and has $2.77 million cash on hand. (release)
- In MN SEN, Sen. Al Franken (D) raised "about $2.1 million" in the third quarter and has $3.9 million cash on hand. (AP)
- In NH SEN, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) raised $950,000 in the third quarter and has $2.8 million cash on hand. (AP)
- Doña Ana County GOP chairman David Clements (R) announced Tuesday he would challenge Sen. Tom Udall (D) in NM SEN. (AP)
- In NE SEN, Midland University president Ben Sasse (R) raised $815,000 in the third quarter and has $806,000 cash on hand. Former state Treasurer Shane Osborn (R) raised $336,000 and has "nearly $427,000" cash on hand. Attorney Bart McLeay (R) raised $303,000 and has $260,000 cash on hand. (Lincoln Journal Star)
- In NC SEN, Sen. Kay Hagan (D) raised $1.8 million in the third quarter and has $5.4 million cash on hand. State House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) hasn't "released his actual report late Tuesday or provided specific third-quarter numbers." (AP)
- Oregon state Rep. Jason Conger (R) entered the OR SEN race on Tuesday, charging that Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) "has wasted time on 'obscure procedural technicalities like filibuster reform.'" (Portland Oregonian)
- In SC SEN, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) raised $1.15 million in the third quarter and has $6.95 million cash on hand. (Hotline reporting)
- In TN SEN, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R) raised $838,000 in the third quarter and has $2.8 million cash on hand. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
- In WY SEN, Sen. Michael Enzi (R) raised $848,000 in the third quarter and has $1.21 million cash on hand. Activist Liz Cheney (R) raised $1.03 million. (Casper Star-Tribune)
- In CA-36, Assemb. Brian Nestande (R) formally unveiled his campaign against Rep. Raul Ruiz (D). Ruiz raised $322,000 in the third quarter and has $876,000 cash on hand. Nestande raised $77,000, "roughly half of what he had raised the previous three months," and has $151,000 cash on hand. (Palm Springs Desert Sun)
- In CO-06, former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D) raised $525,000 in the third quarter and has $1.33 million cash on hand, narrowly outraising Rep. Mike Coffman (R). (KDVR-TV)
- In GA-12, Rep. John Barrow (D) raised $274,000 in the third quarter and has $1 million cash on hand. 2010/2012 candidate Rick Allen (R) raised $125,000 and has $92,000 cash on hand. (Hotline reporting)
- In IL-10, Rep. Brad Schneider (D) raised "about $365,000" in the third quarter and has $796,000 cash on hand. Former Rep. Robert Dold (R) raised $318,000 and has $819,000 cash on hand. (Arlington Heights Daily Herald)
- In IL-17, Rep. Cheri Bustos (D) raised $305,000 in the third quarter and has $613,000 cash on hand. Former Rep. Bobby Schilling (R) raised $171,000 and has $163,000 cash on hand. (Quad-City Times)
- In MA-06, Rep. John Tierney (D) raised $251,000 in the third quarter and has $561,000 cash on hand. Marine veteran Seth Moulton (D) raised $356,000 and has $302,000 cash on hand. (Boston Globe)
- In MN-08, businessman Stewart Mills (R) raised $244,000 in the third quarter. (Duluth News Tribune)
- In NY-11, Rep. Michael Grimm (R) raised $351,000 in the third quarter and has $828,000 cash on hand. New York City Councilman Domenic Recchia (D) raised $304,000 and has $904,000 cash on hand. (Staten Island Advance)
- In NY-23, Rep. Tom Reed (R) raised $550,000 in the third quarter and has $910,000 cash on hand. (Roll Call)
- In NC-07, 2012 nominee David Rouzer (R) raised $92,000 and has $178,000 cash on hand. (Hotline reporting)
- In TN-04, Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R) raised $113,000 in the third quarter and has $171,000 cash on hand. State Sen. Jim Tracy (R) raised $182,000 and has $767,000 cash on hand. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
- In AR GOV, former Rep. Mike Ross (D) raised $1.12 million in the third quarter and has $2.4 million cash on hand. Former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R) raised $390,000 and has $1 million on hand. (Arkansas Times)
- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) "says he is having discussions with advisors about running" for president in 2016. (CBN News)
- A new Pew Research Center poll of national RVs, conducted Oct. 9-13, shows Democrats leading the House generic ballot, 49-43%. (release)
Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day
• As third-quarter fundraising reports roll in, Dems are hearing good news from an unlikely place -- the South. In nearly every competitive Senate contest, Democrats outraised their GOP counterparts, thanks to strong reports from Mary Landrieu, Hagan, Grimes and Michelle Nunn. The only Dem losses came in Arkansas, where Cotton bested Pryor by a mere $5,000, and in West Virginia, where Natalie Tennant jumped into the race just two weeks before the deadline. The GOP still has a cash-on-hand advantage in several of those races (Kentucky, Georgia, West Virginia), but Dems are showing early strength in tough territory.
• Yesterday, we hailed Coffman's three straight quarters of $500,000+ fundraising. But he's been matched by Romanoff, whose haul outstripped Coffman's. Meanwhile, the GOP's challenger to Ruiz, Nestande, turned in a five-figure third quarter, less than one-fourth of what the freshman Ruiz raised. Nestande may have just had his public campaign launch yesterday, but he'll have to start putting his political connections to greater use soon.
• If he wasn't already, it's time for Tierney to start worrying about his primary challenge. Moulton outraised Tierney by more than $100,000 and demonstrated that he'll have financial strength to go along with his compelling biography. At the very least, Tierney is going to have to spend a lot of money to win the nomination. IF he survives, the primary fight could leave him bloodied and at a financial disadvantage heading into a potential general election rematch with 2012 nominee Richard Tisei (R), who narrowly lost to Tierney a year ago and is considering running again.
• In the wide-open NE SEN race, any one of the four Republicans running could have a shot at the nomination -- but Sasse's first quarter of fundraising proved he'll be a formidible contender. The first-time candidate far surpassed expectations with an $815,000 haul that blew the rest of the field out of the water.
HAIR OF THE DOG
"I, Rielle Hunter, Apologize" (Huffington Post)
FRESH BREWED BUZZ
- "Perhaps the Speaker just needs to humor his troops so they can sow their oats and then get to the responsible place." -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, on Speaker John Boehner (Bloomberg News)
- "Unfortunately, the proposed deal will do nothing to stop Obamacare's massive new entitlements from taking root." -- A statement from Heritage Action, opposing the House GOP plan before it was abruptly dropped. (National Journal Daily)
- "I think they think they won somehow. Whatever echo chamber they live in, they're only hearing good things." -- Rep. Peter King (R-NY), on some of his House GOP colleagues (Washington Post)
- Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's (D) "professional and personal collapse continued on Tuesday as he pleaded guilty to three criminal charges that he grabbed and fondled women during his first and last spring at City Hall." Filner "pleaded guilty to one felony charge of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor charges of battery at a hearing in San Diego Superior Court," but he "will not face any jail or prison time." (U-T San Diego)
- "The Maryland State Police sharply rebuked" state Attorney General/GOV candidate Doug Gansler (D) on Tuesday "after he called a veteran police commander a 'henchman' for having documented allegations that Gansler ordered troopers assigned to him to regularly speed and run red lights even to routine appointments." (Washington Post)
- "An earlier version of this article misspelled, on second reference, the surname of a representative. He is Charlie Dent, not Debt." -- A New York Times correction
- "Hillary who? Bloody-minded London traffic warden defies five furious secret service agents to give Hillary Clinton a ticket" (London Daily Mail)
- "This never happened, and I will not dignify this absurd distortion of the facts with a response, except to to say that this is nothing more than a typical Democrat-led smear campaign." -- Grimm, on allegations he and a woman had sex in the bathroom of a bar in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn last month. "A source close to Grimm added, 'Yes, they were there, they were having a good time. This was an old friend ... I think he did go in [to the bathroom with her] to check on her. She was upset. But it certainly wasn't 15 minutes' and they did 'absolutely not' have sex." (New York Post)
- Today's weather, from the National Weather Service: Mostly cloudy. Highs in the lower 70s. East winds around 5 mph, becoming south around 5 mph this afternoon.
- The House and Senate both return at 10 a.m.
- Ford's Theatre Society Director Paul Tetreault holds a media availability to discuss the re-opening of the theater. (Ford's Theatre, 9 a.m.)
- The Cardinals look to close out the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLCS. (TBS, 4 p.m.)
- The Caps host the struggling Rangers. (Verizon Center, 8 p.m.)
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- Kurt Warner is the only QB to qualify for the Super Bowl in every season in which he started each game.
- That one stumped the Wake-Up Call! community, so here's a bonus Swizzle Challenge: "Three high schools have the honor of having more than one graduate win the Heisman Trophy. Name the schools and the winners." The 1st correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.
NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS
- Talks Swing Back to Reid and McConnell
- Why Isn't the Crisis Vise Forcing Compromise?
- Southern Democrats Raising Big Bucks
- Senate Chaplain's Calls for a Divine Intervention
- Inside The Conservative Media Bubble
"Republicans have to understand we have lost this battle, as I predicted weeks ago, that we would not be able to win because we were demanding something that was not achievable." -- Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (New York Times)
"Well, we all know how much you love to say 'I told you so.'" -- "Bruce Wayne" ("The Dark Knight")
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