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It's all Cruzapalooza in DC today. Greg Dworkin rounds up the chatter on Ted, polling on the shutdown scenario, and the new rates coming out and looking lower than expected. Joan McCarter joined us, and we discussed the very big differences between U.S. Senate filibuster rules, and those Wendy Davis faced in the Texas Senate, plus procedural strategery on the CR and the debt ceiling from this point forward. Other stories: Senate ethics committee dismisses Vitter's complaint. The launch of the ACA exchanges. The stalling of all other legislative business. The ultimate Congressional health care perk: the Office of the Attending Physician. The Church Committee versus the modern NSA. Movement, and another looming crisis, on judicial nominations. Starbucks & guns. The 401(k) train wreck. Fuzz2347's comment on gun insurance.

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