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Top Links: October 7

Welcome to week two of the government shutdown.
  • Sen. Rand Paul: President Obama is ‘irresponsible’ to talk default. “There is no reason for us to default,” he said Sunday. (Politico)
    • Speaker Boehner, however, is not so sure: “We are not going to pass a clean debt limit.” (MSNBC/Daily Rundown)
  • The Supreme Court is back in action and taking on some hot button issues, including prayer in school and money in politics. (NBC News)
  • The U.S. captured an al-Qaida suspect in Libya over the weekend, which the Libyan government is calling the “kidnapping of a Libyan citizen.” (NY Times)
    • Speaking of U.S. terror raids, here’s one from the weekend that didn’t work out… (CNN)
  • The federal budget crisis has actually been a plan months in the making. (NY Times)
  • Sen. Ted Cruz doesn’t think he’s damaged the GOP’s reputation one bit. (Huffington Post)
  • This anti-Hillary Clinton button from the California GOP convention is reprehensible. (Huffington Post)
  • This SNL parody music video about the goverment shutdown is worth watching...though it's probably NSFW... (NBC)

Another weekend highlight you may have missed…