The Note's Must-Reads for Thursday, September 26, 2013

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Compiled by ABC News' Jayce Henderson, Amanda VanAllen, Will Cantine and Jordan Mazza

THE U.N. ABC News' Dana Hughes: "Kerry Signs Arms Treaty…That Has Almost No Chance of Being Ratified" Secretary of State John Kerry signed the International Arms Trade Treaty today at UN. The treaty took more than a month to negotiate and would regulate the international trade of conventional weapons to curb illegal arms and ammunition trafficking to organized crime, terrorists and militias. LINK

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN The Washington Post's Lori Montgomery and Juliet Eilperin: " House Republicans Explore Strategy To Avoid Federal Government Shutdown" With federal agencies set to close their doors in five days, House Republicans began exploring a potential detour on the path to a shutdown: shifting the fight over President Obama's health-care law to a separate bill that would raise the nation's debt limit. If it works, the strategy could clear the way for the House to approve a simple measure to keep the government open into the new fiscal year, which will begin Tuesday, without hotly contested provisions to defund the Affordable Care Act. LINK

The Hill's Alexander Bolton: " Congress Down To One Week" Gridlocked over a months-long spending bill, the widely unpopular 113th Congress is trying to see if it is capable of passing a stopgap measure for just one week. Washington often kicks the can down the road on tough issues; but this time, down the road means not a year or even a few months, as it usually does, but just a handful of working days. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Damian Paletta: "Lew Issues Debt-Ceiling Warning" The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday said it would exhaust emergency measures to avoid falling behind on government obligations no later than Oct. 17 and would be left with $30 billion in cash to run the government, a warning that could hasten fiscal discussions on Capitol Hill. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, in a letter to Congress, said the $30 billion in cash would "be far short of net expenditures on certain days, which can be as high as $60 billion." LINK

SENATOR TED CRUZ The Washington Times' Jessica Chasmar: " John McCain Rips Ted Cruz's Obamacare Nazi Comparison" Sen. John McCain blasted Sen. Ted Cruz for his anti-Obamacare talkathon that ended Wednesday, saying he "resoundingly rejects "Mr. Cruz's Nazi comparison. "If you go to the 1940s, Nazi Germany," Mr. Cruz said. "Look, we saw in Britain, Neville Chamberlain, who told the British people, 'Accept the Nazis. Yes, they'll dominate the continent of Europe but that's not our problem. Let's appease them. Why? Because it can't be done. We can't possibly stand against them.'" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Michael A. Memoli: " Ted Cruz's Senate Talkathon Is Over, But He's Still Talking" Even when he was done talking in the Senate, Sen. Ted Cruz wasn't really done. After holding the floor for 21 hours and 19 minutes, the Texas Republican talked just a bit longer outside the chamber, talking to reporters about, well, talking. He said he hoped the public would carry his message of opposition to President Obama's healthcare law and pressure Republicans to support his drive to prevent federal spending on it. LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA The New York Times' Jonathan Martin Allison Kopicki: " Obama's Approval Rating Matches Two-Year Low, Poll Shows" President Obama's standing with Americans has slumped significantly, as the public remains skeptical about his health care law and unsure about the economy, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. Forty-nine percent of the public disapproves of Mr. Obama's job performance, and 43 percent approves, matching his worst measures in two years, the poll shows. LINK

IMMIGRATION REFORM Politico's Seung Min Kim: " House Dems Question Immigration Plan" The new House Democratic strategy on reviving immigration reform in Congress is already being questioned by some of its own members. That was on display during a party meeting Wednesday night, when at least two House Democrats voiced concerns about the new approach on immigration that was made public earlier this week, according to several sources inside the room. LINK

HEALTH CARE The Washington Times' Dave Boyer: " Obamacare Insurance Premiums 'Lower Than Expected,' White House Says" An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and the White House said Wednesday that insurance premiums under Obamacare at least will be more appealing for consumers than a wormy apple. The nauseating analogy came as the administration released cost projections for the government-subsidized health insurance program that is set to start on Tuesday, in the midst of a furious sales job by President Obama. LINK

TERRORISM Bloomberg's Gopal Ratnam: " U.S. Cites Renewed Terror Threat In Global Travel Warning" Americans traveling abroad should beware of potential terror attacks aimed at them in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East by al-Qaeda or its affiliated groups, the U.S. State Department said in a global travel alert. "Extremists may elect to use conventional or nonconventional weapons, and target both official and private interests," the department said yesterday. Potential targets may include high-profile sports events, residences, businesses, hotels, clubs, restaurants, schools, places of worship, shopping malls and tourist destinations where Americans congregate. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO "Jay Carney Reacts to Cruz 'Obamacare' Speech at Briefing" LINK

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