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)
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.
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)
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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The Las Vegas Review-Journal, owned by casino magnate and GOP donor Sheldon Adelson, became the first major city newspaper to endorse Donald Trump over the weekend.“Mr. Trump represents neither the danger his critics claim nor the magic elixir many of his supporters crave,” the editorial read, acknowledging concerns about Trump’s temperament. “But neither candidate will ever be called to the dais to accept an award for moral probity and character,” the paper said. “And we are already distressingly familiar with the Clinton way, which involves turning public service into an orgy of influence peddling and entitlement designed to line their own pockets — precisely what a disgruntled electorate now rises up to protest.”
Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 12 percentage points among likely voters, 50 to 38 percent, in a new ABC News tracking poll, "her highest support and his lowest to date in ABC News and ABC News/Washington Post polls. Gary Johnson has 5 percent support, Jill Stein 2 percent. Clinton led by only four points in the last ABC/Post poll on Oct. 13.
President Obama "will make a late splash into races for state senate and assembly over the next week, endorsing roughly 150 candidates across 20 states. He’ll also back a candidate for the North Carolina Supreme Court. The endorsements — which will come along with a variety of robocalls, social media posts, mailers, photos of Obama with the candidates taken as he’s been traveling to campaign in recent weeks, and even a few radio ads — are Obama’s biggest investment in state races ever by far."
If you need a marker for how confident Hillary Clinton is at this point of the race, here's one: CNN's Jeff Zeleny reports "she's been talking to Republican senators, old allies and new, saying that she is willing to work with them and govern."
"According to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, the first national post-debate survey, 43 percent of registered voters said the Democratic candidate won, compared with 26 percent who opted for the Republican Party’s standard bearer. Her 6-point lead over Trump among likely voters is unchanged from our previous survey: Clinton still leads Trump 42 percent to 36 percent in the race for the White House, with Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson taking 9 percent of the vote."