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RANK AND FILE GONE ROGUE: Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle are having a tough time keeping the rank-and-file members in line. Problem Solver Rep. Jim Moran said, "I’ve been here for 20 years, and I've never seen so much of a repudiation of the conventional sources of power in the legislative or executive branch." With members of Congress bucking the party leaders, will there be more chance of solutions — or less?
BUDGET PRIORITIES: "With President Obama's bid for congressional support for a military strike against Syria on hold for the time being, members of the House and Senate can devote their attention to what was previously supposed to have been their priority for September: avoiding a potential political and economic train wreck over the federal government’s finances," writes The Washington Post Editorial Board. Lawmakers only have two weeks to agree to a budget before the government shuts down: The Washington Post Editorial Board: Congress can turn back to the budget now
NOT BLINKING: "President Barack Obama won't negotiate with congressional Republicans over the U.S. government's borrowing limit, he said in an interview that aired Sunday," writes Arthur Delaney. Conservative members of Congress aren't buying that and say that a weakened Obama will eventually back down. Instead of political posturing, lawmakers should be sitting down together to find a solution.
ODDS: "There’s a 60 percent chance the government will shut down for at least a few days at the end of this month, according to budget expert Stan Collender," writes Chris Cillizza. Collender added that the chances of the debt ceiling not being raised are far smaller — in the "10 to 20 percent range." Chris Cillizza for The Washington Post: What are the chances of a government shutdown? Better than 50-50
FARM BILL: While the fiscal fights continue to consume most of the public's attention, the deadline for the farm bill is quickly approaching with no progress toward a solution. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is expected to release the final text of his proposed cuts for nutrition spending today. The fight is expected to fall along regional lines as members of agricultural communities want the farm subsidies while urban members want to ensure food stamps do not get cut: David Rogers for POLITICO: The farm bill is back
STRUGGLING TO GET PASSED: Why do some bills with broad across-the-aisle support fail to be passed? Find out here.
PROBLEM SOLVER BIRTHDAY: Happy birthday to Problem Solver Rep. Joaquin Castro! Listen to his speech at the Rally to Make Government Work! now.
STAT OF THE DAY: After a strong year, the housing market is showing signs of slowing, with economists surveyed last week by Dow Jones Newswires estimating that the pace of home sales fell about 3 percent from July: Nick Timiraos and Conor Dougherty for The Wall Street Journal: Home-Sales Frenzy Eases