Ted Cruz ‘Filibusters’ on the Senate Floor

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Senator Cruz has been speaking since 2:41 EST, and I’ve been live tweeting, here.While his filibuster will no doubt fail, his attempt to delay Senate procedure is certainly succeeding. . Livestreaming video, here.

Senator  Lee and Senator Vitter have both offered assists.

Via The Hill: 

The Texas Republican says he will hold the Senate floor until he can’t any longer, but if he really goes on long enough, it’ll be the job of the presiding officer to stop him. That’s because a new day will begin at noon on Wednesday and the Senate will adjourn, somewhat magically.

The vote to limit debate on the motion to proceed to the fiscal 2014 stopgap spending bill — including for the moment the defunding of the 2010 health care law that Cruz supports — will occur no later than 1 p.m. Wednesday, according to a senior Democratic aide.

Cruz gained recognition at 2:41…

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10 Things You Need to Know Today: September 24, 2013

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Iran agrees to start nuclear talks, Cruz and Reid head for a Senate clash, and more

Ted Cruz is making Tea Partiers happy, and Harry Reid very angry.
Ted Cruz is making Tea Partiers happy, and Harry Reid very angry. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

1. Iran offers to negotiate on its nuclear program
Iran took its charm offensive to the next level at the United Nations, agreeing to nuclear talks ahead of President Obama’s Tuesday speech to the General Assembly. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart will participate in a Thursday meeting, marking the highest-level contact between the two nations in more than 30 years. President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani might even meet, if only to shake hands. [ReutersWall Street Journal]
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2. Cruz and Reid head for a Senate clash as a shutdown looms
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) vowed Monday to use “every procedural means available” to block funding for ObamaCare in…

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Terra Incognita: It’s time to define Islamism as a crime against humanity

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By SETH J. FRANTZMAN  |  09/23/2013 21:46
 

The attacks at Nairobi, Kenya’s Westgate shopping mall follow a familiar pattern to other attacks that occurred in the last few days: in Pakistan, where 81 were killed in the bombing of a church, and in Nigeria where 159 people were slaughtered by Islamists near Maiduguri.

 
The Westgate shopping mall during a shootout between armed men and the police in Nairobi Sept. 22
The Westgate shopping mall during a shootout between armed men and the police in Nairobi Sept. 22 Photo: REUTERS
 
The attacks at Nairobi, Kenya’s Westgate shopping mall follow a familiar pattern to other attacks that occurred in the last few days: in Pakistan, where 81 were killed in the bombing of a church, and in Nigeria where 159 people were slaughtered by Islamists near Maiduguri.

The media and political reactions also follow a neatly crafted script we have all become accustomed to.

First Islamist terrorists attack civilians, attempting to sort out the Muslims from…

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Army to Ban Tattoos on Wrist, Ankle and Neck

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Uncle Sam wants you to enlist in the U.S. Army — unless you have a tattoo on your wrist, ankle or neck.

According to Stars and Stripes, new Army recruits will no longer be able to have tats below the elbow and knee or above the neckline. It’s likely that soldiers who already have ink in those locations will have their tattoos grandfathered in on a case-by-case basis.

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler outlined the policy change in front of a group of soldiers in Afghanistan on Saturday.

“We’re just waiting for the secretary to sign,” Chandler said, explaining that Secretary John McHugh approves of the changes, but has not officially signed them.

Tattoos that are considered “offensive” will not be grandfathered in, and soldiers will have to pay for their removal.

Chandler expects the changes to be implemented in the next 30 to 60 days. Other possible policy…

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