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6:18am

Tue September 24, 2013
Politics

Sen. Durbin Wants Budget Showdown To End Quickly

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 7:13 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

All right. Let's talk more about that debate in Congress, which must pass a bill by Sept. 30 to keep the government running or see a partial shutdown. Republicans in the House passed a bill to fund the government but defund Obamacare; and now that bill is in the Senate, where Richard Durbin of Illinois is the Senate majority whip, the No. 2 Democrat in charge of counting votes. Senator, welcome back to the program.

SEN. RICHARD DURBIN: Good to be with you, Steve.

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5:59am

Tue September 24, 2013
The Two-Way

UPDATED: Obama And Iranian President Rouhani Will Not Meet

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 1:59 pm

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during an interview with NBC — part of a charm offensive ahead of his visit to the U.N. General Assembly.
Rouzbeh Jadidoleslam AP
  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Ari Shapiro on what President Obama will tell the U.N.

Update at 3:07 p.m. ET. Leaders Will Not Meet:

After intense speculation that the United States and Iran were on the verge of making history today by coordinating a meeting between President Obama and new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, there came word this afternoon that the two would not meet during the ceremonies surrounding the opening session of the U.N. General Assembly.

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5:13am

Tue September 24, 2013
Around the Nation

New York State Tries To Safely Accommodate Texting Drivers

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 7:13 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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5:12am

Tue September 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Siege Over, Kenya Has 'Defeated The Monster Of Terrorism'

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 2:12 pm

Kenyan police officers take cover outside the Westgate mall in Nairobi on Monday.
Simon Maina AFP/Getty Images

Update at 12:55 p.m. ET:

Telling his nation that security forces have "ashamed" those who attacked a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday declared "we have defeated the monster of terrorism."

As night fell in Kenya and after four days that captured attention around the world, it appeared the crisis was over.

Kenyatta said, as the BBC reports, that the death toll from Saturday's attack by Somalia-based terrorists and the siege that followed was:

-- 61 civilians.

-- 6 security officers.

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5:03am

Tue September 24, 2013
It's All Politics

Some GOP Leaders Tee Up Cruz For Blame If There's A Shutdown

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 9:36 am

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is becoming the face of a possible government shutdown over Obamacare, and that has many fellow Republicans bashing him for what they see as an ill-conceived gambit.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Just a week before the federal government could shut down if no agreement is reached to fund it past the end of September, it's anyone's guess whether Democrats and Republicans will avoid plunging over this particular cliff.

More certain, however, is that if a shutdown happens over Obamacare and Republicans wind up taking the heat, many GOP fingers of blame will point squarely at Sen. Ted Cruz.

The Texas Republican will likely become the face of the 2013 shutdown, just as Newt Gingrich became the poster boy of two government shutdowns of the mid-1990s.

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