Boehner Tells GOPers He Won't Risk Default; Obama Cancels Asia Trip; Davis Launches TX GOV Campaign

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  • House Speaker John Boehner "has privately told Republican lawmakers anxious about fallout from the government shutdown that he would not allow a potentially more crippling federal default as the atmosphere on Capitol Hill turned increasingly tense on Thursday." (New York Times)
  • President Obama "is canceling a trip to Asia to stay in Washington and push for an elusive funding bill to get the nation's business back up and running." (AP)
  • In VA GOV, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) "will campaign for" Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) "on Oct. 16 in suburban Richmond and Charlottesville, her campaign said Thursday." (Columbia State)
  • A new New York Times/Siena College poll of New York City mayor LVs, conducted Sept. 28-Oct. 2, shows Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (D) leading former MTA chairman Joe Lhota (R), 68-19%. (release)
  • In the MA-05 Special, state Sen. Katherine Clark (D) "has taken the lead in fundraising for the October 15th primary," according to pre-primary reports, which cover activities from July 1-Sept. 25, filed with the FEC. (Roll Call)
  • On his first day as an MT SEN candidate, Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh (D) "predicted his likely opponent," Rep. Steve Daines (R-MT), "could have trouble because of his role in a Congress that shut down the government amid stalemate." (Helena Independent Record)
  • In SD SEN, former Gov. Mike Rounds (R) "raised about $607,000" during the third quarter. (The Hill)
  • Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) compared gay marriage "to incest" in an interview with WHP-TV on Friday morning. (AP)
  • Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) "stormed into the race for governor Thursday, vowing to ensure Texans have a path to success and to protect them from a Republican leadership that she said routinely looks out for itself." (Dallas Morning News)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day

• In the House, there are as many credible incumbent primary challengers from the establishment wing of the party as from the grassroots. Reps. Justin Amash (R-MI), Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI) and Walter Jones (R-NC) all are facing the prospect of running against well-funded GOP opponents. Meanwhile, the Club for Growth has only endorsed against one House Republican so far (Mike Simpson).

• It's never good for a candidate to be parodied on the "Daily Show," but it may not be a catastrophe for Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), the GOP frontrunner against Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA). The segment portrays him as a conservative caricature, even though he's been taking heat from the base for being too close to the establishment.



  • "A woman with a 1-year-old girl in her car was fatally shot by police" near the Capitol on Thursday, "after a chase through the heart of Washington that brought a new jolt of fear to a city already rattled by the recent Navy Yard shooting and the federal shutdown." (Washington Post)
  • The woman, identified as 34-year-old Miriam Carey, "a dental hygienist from Stamford, Conn.," was suffering from "post-partum depression following the recent birth of her daughter," her mother told ABC News. (ABC News)
  • "The lengthy report implicating" now-resigned Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson (R) "in possible ethics violations and felonious misconduct also suggests" Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and then-Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) may have violated campaign finance laws. A PAC run by Bachmann "may have violated federal law by paying Sorenson for work he did on her presidential campaign," while the issue with Paul's presidential campaign "revolves around a $25,000 check written by" Paul WH '12 deputy national campaign manager Dimitri Kesari to a company owned by Sorenson. (Des Moines Register)
  • "Mitch McConnell Will Ask Supreme Court To Scrap Campaign Contribution Limits Entirely" (Huffington Post)
  • Federal prosecutors on Thursday asked a court to sentence former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (D) "to at least 28 years in prison for his multitude of crimes -- a request that raised eyebrows within the legal community as some experts said Kilpatrick could get the stiffest punishment for public corruption in U.S. history." (Detroit Free Press)
  • "Six decades in Detroit: How abandonment, racial tensions and financial missteps bankrupted the city" (Detroit News)



Today's weather, from the National Weather Service: Mostly sunny. Hot with highs in the upper 80s. West winds around 5 mph. The House returns at 10 a.m., and the Senate is back in session at 10:30 a.m. The Cardinals look to take a 2-0 lead on the Pirates in Game 2 of the NLDS, the first of four games being played on Friday. (MLB Network, 1 p.m.) The Washington National Cathedral hosts a film screening and discussion of "Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine," a documentary that "explores the life of Matthew Shepard and examines the wreckage left behind after his death." (7:30 p.m.) D.C. United hosts the Chicago Fire. (RFK Stadium, 8 p.m.) Have an event for us to highlight? Email us!


  • The most aggressive drivers drive blue BMWs, a recent study showed.
  • The winner is Krisann Pearce, and here's her Swizzle Challenge: "In honor of Midnight Madness, the official start of college basketball practices, which former University of Kansas men's basketball coach was the inventor of basketball?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"It seemed to me Congressman Rokita was trying to deflect these questions with 'flattery.'" -- CNN's Carol Costello, in a statement after Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), in a contentious interview about the government shutdown, said, "Carol, you're beautiful, but you have to be honest as well." (Politico)


"Flattery will get you nowhere." -- "Miss Moneypenny" ("Dr. No")

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