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Top Links: October 14

"Every day is a federal holiday thanks to Congress."
  • The pressure is on for Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell to make a deal (Politico)
  • “Washington couldn’t have gone dark without a radicalized Republican Party. Or maybe it was destined to all along.” (NY Mag)
  • Rep. Gregory Meeks: “If it wanted to, the House Republican majority could immediately end the government shutdown it has caused.” (Queens Chronicle)
  • Sen. Ted Cruz dominates the Values Voter Summit straw poll, of course… (Time)
  • D.C. protesters wave Confederate flag, tell President Obama to “put the Quran down” (Salon)
  • In a now-deleted Facebook post, GOP Rep. Steve Pearce suggested furloughed government employees take out short-term loans to pay their bills (Huffington Post)
  • Saturday Night Live parodied the Senate chaplain this past weekend (VIDEO)