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Dustin Volz and Patrick Reis
Sept. 26, 2013, 12:07 p.m.

TODAY IN ONE PARA­GRAPH: The House is back with a ven­geance today, with Speak­er John Boehner warn­ing that Re­pub­lic­ans won’t simply go along with the Sen­ate’s bill to ex­tend the fed­er­al budget but leave Obama­care un­touched, and prom­ised the GOP will con­tin­ue to de­mand policy con­ces­sions in ex­change for sign­ing off on a budget deal. House Re­pub­lic­ans also mapped out their strategy on the up­com­ing debt-ceil­ing de­bate, where they’re prom­ising to take an­oth­er crack at de­fund­ing Obama­care, for­cing ap­prov­al of the Key­stone XL pipeline, and scor­ing oth­er policy ob­ject­ives. Else­where, the ad­min­is­tra­tion an­nounced an­oth­er delay to im­ple­ment­ing Obama­care — mov­ing the en­roll­ment date in most small-busi­ness ex­changes to Novem­ber — while Texas state Sen. Wendy Dav­is signaled her plans to run for gov­ernor.

HAP­PEN­ING RIGHT NOW: Harry Re­id is ask­ing for the Sen­ate to ac­cel­er­ate the timetable for a clo­ture vote on the budget res­ol­u­tion, hop­ing to move votes to Wed­nes­day and Thursday rather than the pre­vi­ously ex­pec­ted sched­ule of votes Fri­day and Sat­urday. Utah Re­pub­lic­an Mike Lee is ob­ject­ing. (Watch on C-SPAN

TOP NEWS

HOUSE GOP DOUBLES DOWN ON SHUT­DOWN: “Top House Re­pub­lic­an lead­ers Thursday re­jec­ted the short-term spend­ing plan ex­pec­ted to be passed by the Sen­ate in com­ing days, in­creas­ing the pos­sib­il­ity of a gov­ern­ment shut­down next week.” Speak­er John Boehner, R-Ohio, when asked if the House could pass the Sen­ate ver­sion of the bill un­changed, offered simply: “I do not see that hap­pen­ing.” (O’Keefe/Hel­d­er­man/Mont­gomery, WaPo)

OBAMA­CARE DELAYED FOR SMALL BUSI­NESSES: En­roll­ment for most small-busi­ness ex­changes, ori­gin­ally set to open Tues­day, has been delayed un­til Novem­ber. While the ex­changes are still open­ing for in­di­vidu­als on time, the an­nounce­ment is “yet an­oth­er PR head­ache for the White House as it ramps up a ma­jor Obama­care sales pitch.” (Mill­man/Haberkorn, Politico)

OBAMA: GOP WANTS TO ‘BLACK­MAIL A PRES­ID­ENT’: Speak­ing pas­sion­ately about Obama­care to a crowd in Mary­land,”the pres­id­ent aban­doned the pro­fess­or­i­al tone he some­times takes while de­scrib­ing the pro­gram and de­par­ted from his text to fire up sup­port­ers. He por­trayed crit­ics as bil­lion­aires who would deny help for the sick, and politi­cians who have be­come host­age to tea-party ideo­logues.” (Peter Baker, NYT)

HOW OBAMA­CARE WILL CHANGE 8 LIVES: The Wash­ing­ton Post pro­files how eight di­verse people are likely to be af­fected by the rol­lout of the new health law. (Kliff/Somashekhar/Sun/Tu­multy, WaPo)

KERRY’S U.N. MEET­ING WITH IR­AN’S ZA­RIF IS AL­MOST HERE:  “The meet­ing in New York in­volves a very rare en­counter between top of­fi­cials of the United States and Ir­an. Ir­a­ni­an For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­hammad Javad Za­rif will meet with Kerry as well as dip­lo­mats from Bri­tain, France, Rus­sia, China, and Ger­many at a ses­sion aimed at jump-start­ing ef­forts to re­solve a dec­ade-long stan­doff over Ir­an’s nuc­le­ar pro­gram.” (Mo­hammed/Spetal­nick, Re­u­ters)

WENDY DAV­IS SIG­NALS A RUN TO DEMS: The fili­buster-fam­ous Texas state sen­at­or has “be­gun in­form­ing in­flu­en­tial Demo­crats that she in­tends to run for gov­ernor in 2014.” (Al­ex­an­der Burns, Politico

TO­MOR­ROW IN ONE PARA­GRAPH: As­sum­ing Re­id is un­able to get the timetable ac­cel­er­ated to this even­ing, the ac­tion heads back in the Sen­ate on Fri­day morn­ing, when the cham­ber is sched­uled to un­der­take a pivotal clo­ture vote on an ex­ten­sion of the soon-to-ex­pire fed­er­al budget. If Harry Re­id can clear the 60-vote hurdle for clo­ture, he’ll have a clear path to passing a budget ex­ten­sion that does not af­fect fund­ing for Obama­care. Mitch Mc­Con­nell and oth­er Re­pub­lic­an sen­at­ors have said they won’t stand in Re­id’s way on clo­ture, but Sen. Ted Cruz is de­mand­ing his fel­low Re­pub­lic­ans do everything they can to keep Obama­care from be­ing fun­ded — and prom­ising to make them pay polit­ic­ally if they don’t. The clo­ture vote is set for the morn­ing, while fi­nal pas­sage of the bill is likely to come Sat­urday.

TOP LINES

KENYA: “Only days after heav­ily-armed as­sail­ants stormed a crowded mall and killed scores of people in the cap­it­al, mil­it­ants killed three people near the bor­der with Somalia.” (Get­tle­man/Kul­ish, NYT)

HOLD­ER, DI­MON MEET: The JP­Mor­gan CEO met with the at­tor­ney gen­er­al “amid in­tensi­fy­ing talks of a pos­sible $11 bil­lion set­tle­ment to avoid po­ten­tial crim­in­al and civil charges against the bank.” (Bar­rett/Crit­tenden, WSJ)

SYR­IA: “The five most power­ful mem­bers of the United Na­tions Se­cur­ity Coun­cil are close to agree­ment on a res­ol­u­tion to im­ple­ment a deal to des­troy Syr­ia’s chem­ic­al weapons without the im­me­di­ate threat of sanc­tions or mil­it­ary ac­tion to en­force it.” (Joe Lauria, WSJ)

FED TAPER­ING: Two seni­or of­fi­cials ad­mit the cent­ral bank con­fused fin­an­cial mar­kets with its de­cisions on draw­ing back bond pur­chases. (Suon­in­en/Scrut­ton, Re­u­ters)

SAT SCORES: Just 43 per­cent of some 1.66 mil­lion Class of 2013 high school stu­dents who took the SAT are ready for col­lege-level work, says the Col­lege Board. (Ju­lia Ry­an, The At­lantic)

MI­CROSOFT’S ‘MIS­TAKE’: Bill Gates re­veals that “Con­trol-Alt-De­lete” was nev­er meant to be an es­cape hatch to clos­ing pro­grams if not for a screw up by an IBM key­board de­sign­er. (Will Oremus, Slate)

TOP READS

THE FUKUSHI­MA MYTHS “The true story of what happened at Fukushi­ma is not ex­actly suit­able for a hor­ror movie, but it is mind-bog­gling in its own way” (Blustein, Slate).

‘THIS OTH­ER TOWN’: Also, John Fee­hery’s es­say on the vic­tims of the Navy Yard shoot­ing is a week old, but it de­serves a second look for its in­sight in­to an all-too-of­ten ig­nored seg­ment of Wash­ing­ton (Fee­hery The­ory).

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