The Note's Must-Reads for Monday October 7, 2013

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Compiled by ABC News' Carrie Halperin, Jayce Henderson, Will Cantine and Jordan Mazza

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN ABC News' Rick Klein: "Boehner: No 'Clean' Votes on Reopening Government or Debt Ceiling Without Negotiations with President Obama" House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday flatly refused to schedule votes for full government funding or to raise the debt ceiling without concessions from Democrats, asserting that the House couldn't and shouldn't take either step without addressing problems with the new health care law and the nation's debt crisis. In an exclusive interview on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," Boehner said he does not know how and when the current standoffs will end. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Patrick O'Connor and Peter Nicholas: "Boehner Ties Deal to Talks on Debt" The government shutdown enters its second week with the two parties still bitterly divided and Republicans increasingly tying the fight to a fast-approaching deadline to avoid a default on U.S. debt. "I think he does," Mr. Reid said via Twitter. "Let the House vote, and we'll find out." LINK

THE SUPREME COURT The New York Times' Adam Liptak: " Supreme Court Has Deep Docket In Its New Term" After back-to-back terms ending in historic rulings that riveted the nation, the Supreme Court might have been expected to return to its usual diet of routine cases that rarely engage the public. Instead, the court's new term, which starts Monday, will feature an extraordinary series of cases on consequential constitutional issues, including campaign contributions, abortion rights, affirmative action, public prayer and presidential power. LINK

The Washington Post's Robert Barnes: " Political Gridlock Puts Supreme Court At Center Of Controversial Social Issues" The Supreme Court on Monday resumes its role as the uneasy arbiter of America's intractable social conflicts with a new docket that features battles over affirmative action, campaign finance and abortion, among other divisive issues. No single case may thrust the court into the national spotlight as did its cliffhanger ruling on the constitutionality of President Obama's signature health-care law in 2012 or June's victories for advocates of same-sex marriage. LINK

Politico's Byron Tau: " Supreme Court Set To Consider Donor Limits" Shaun McCutcheon never thought the case that bears his name would make it this far. But Tuesday, the 46-year-old electrical engineer, conservative activist and donor will watch the Supreme Court hear the case that could erase Watergate-era caps on campaign donations. McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the lawsuit challenging the total amount of money a single donor can give to all federal candidates could have far-reaching implications for the way campaigns and political parties are financed. LINK

SPEAKER BOEHNER Bloomberg's Phil Mattingly: " Boehner Says House Won't Vote on Clean Debt Limit Bill" U.S. Speaker John Boehner said the House can't pass an increase to the U.S. debt ceiling without packaging it with other provisions - something President Barack Obama has labeled a nonstarter. "We are not going to pass a clean debt limit," Boehner said yesterday in an interview on ABC's "This Week" program. "The votes are not in the House to pass a clean debt limit." LINK

ATF / OTHER The Washington Times' John Solomon: " ATF tries to block whistleblowing agent's 'Fast and Furious' book" The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is blocking the main whistleblower in the Fast and Furious case from publishing a book for pay, claiming his retelling of the Mexico "gun-walking" scandal will hurt morale inside the embattled law enforcement agency, according to documents obtained by The Washington Times. ATF's dispute with Special Agent John Dodson is setting up a First Amendment showdown that is poised to bring together liberal groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and conservatives in Congress who have championed Mr. Dodson's protection as a whistleblower. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO "Government Shutdown: Then and Now" LINK

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