The Note's Must-Reads for Thursday October 3, 2013

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SHUTDOWN/ SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE JOHN BOEHNER ABC News' Jeff Zeleny: " John Boehner Tells GOP Moderates to 'Trust Me'" The White House session tonight was important, but perhaps an even more critical meeting for Speaker John Boehner took place earlier today in his Capitol office. He met with a group of more than a dozen moderate Republicans, urging them to stick with him in what he acknowledged was an anxious and tense period during the government shutdown. "Trust me," was the message relayed from Boehner, one lawmaker told ABC News. LINK

ABC News' Abby Phillip: " No Shutdown Deal in Sight After White House Meeting" President Obama and leaders of both houses of Congress left a 90-minute meeting at the White House this evening no more closer to ending a government shutdown. Neither side gave any indication that the talks, however cordial, moved them toward a compromise. "They will not negotiate," House Speaker John Boehner told reporters after leaving the West Wing. "We had a nice conversation, a light conversation, but at some point we've got to allow the process the Congress gave us to work out." LINK

ABC News' Mike Levine: " Less Pay? The Shutdown Message FBI Agents Didn't Want to Read" For FBI agents who've devoted their careers to protecting the U.S. homeland or rooting out major crime across the country, this certainly was not the message they wanted to read at 5:49 p.m. on Wednesday, the second day of the government shutdown: "Unfortunately, whether you are in an 'Excepted' or 'Non Excepted' status, there may be a financial impact to your paycheck." In other words, if you're furloughed or not, your salary this year may be different than you planned. "Only if congressional action is taken to pass legislation which allows for the retroactive payment of compensation for the time period encompassing the government shutdown, then all employees will be compensated for that time period," said the email to FBI employees, obtained by ABC News. LINK

ABC News' Joan Greve: " Shutdown Already Weighing on Low-Income Americans" The federal government's partial shutdown is only two days old, but lower-income families have already been pinched by the "lapse of funding." Here are some of the at-risk programs: LINK

USA Today's Deidre Shesgreen: " Boehner's options: The good, the bad, the ugly?" As House Speaker John Boehner contemplates what he should do next in the current impasse which has shut down government, there's no shortage of pundits, experts, and colleagues offering him advice. But the Ohio Republican's options are limited - and none are very good. Here's a look at the choices Boehner faces in the coming days - and the possible consequences: Don't budge Boehner's most obvious path is to stay the course by insisting that any legislation to fund the government must include provisions aimed at delaying or dismantling key elements of Obamacare

The New York Times' Michael Wines: " As Government Slugs it Out, Government Workers Take It On the Chin" Lyn Kirshenbaum understands why President Obama and Congressional Republicans keep exchanging roundhouse swings over health care and federal spending. Politics is a brutal business. What she does not understand is why she is the one who is black and blue. Ms. Kirshenbaum, a 61-year-old policy specialist at the Department of Housing and Urban Development here, is among more than 800,000 workers furloughed from federal payrolls since a governmentwide shutdown began Tuesday. Assuming it continues, her next paycheck will include only six days of earnings instead of the usual 10. LINK

Politico's Manu Raju: " Ted Cruz Blasted by Angry GOP Colleagues" Ted Cruz faced a barrage of hostile questions Wednesday from angry GOP senators, who lashed the Texas tea party freshman for helping prompt a government shutdown crisis without a strategy to end it. At a closed-door lunch meeting in the Senate's Mansfield Room, Republican after Republican pressed Cruz to explain how he would propose to end the bitter budget impasse with Democrats, according to senators who attended the meeting. A defensive Cruz had no clear plan to force an end to the shutdown - or explain how he would defund Obamacare, as he has demanded all along, sources said. LINK

The Boston Globe's Noah Bierman: " Boehner pulled from two directions" Detractors on Capitol Hill derisively joke that John A. Boehner is more of an event planner than a House speaker. When Republicans meet, he can schedule the time and the place, and even decide on the food. But he has no real control over the agenda. Boehner's leadership has never been under more scrutiny, as his inability to harness a small band of rebellious arch-conservative Republicans has become the defining feature of Washington dysfunction, and the central thread in the first government shutdown in 17 years. LINK

The Washington Times' Stephen Dinan: " No go: Boehner says Obama still won't negotiate on government funding" Congressional leaders emerged Wednesday night from a meeting with President Obama at the White House reporting little progress as all sides struggle for a solution to the government shutdown, which began Tuesday and showed no signs of breaking. At the Capitol, the House continued to try to chip away at the problem by passing bills to fund high-profile programs such as national parks and the National Institutes of Health. LINK Bloomberg's Michael C. Bender and James Rowley: " Boehner Keeps Unruly House Republicans United in Shutdown" In a defining moment for Congress's most powerful Republican, Boehner's boxed in by competing factions within his party in the House. One side is pushing to make a stand against President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, while the other says the shutdown goes too far and that it's time to retreat. LINK

The Washington Post's Paul Kane: " John Boehner, Between A Rock And A Hard Place On Shutdown And Debt Limit" House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) has at his disposal the political tools to reopen the government at a moment's notice. But he would have to rely on an uneasy coalition of Democrats and a few moderate Republicans to pass a bill to fund federal agencies and national parks for the next six weeks. Such a move could provide a political escape hatch for Republicans who have been shouldering much of the public blame for the shutdown. LINK

HEALTH CARE The Wall Street Journal's David Wessel: " Obamacare - A Game-Changer in the Making?" What if Obamacare actually works? More precisely, what if the new health-insurance marketplaces called exchanges work? They might just change the way most Americans get health insurance. Admittedly, this is a big if. The launch of the exchanges was marred by software glitches, confusion and outright resistance in some states. The Obama administration has delayed so many provisions of the law, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, that it resembles departure monitors on a stormy summer afternoon at New York's La Guardia Airport. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS " WWII Vets Enter Memorial Despite Shutdown" LINK " Reid to GOP: Open Government, Then We'll Negotiate" LINK

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