Morning Must Reads: October 11

In the news: Shutdown drags on, truckers are headed to Washington, and weapons watchdog awarded Nobel Peace Prize

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The US Capitol in Washington is seen on September 30, 2013 , a day before the government shutdown began.

  • After Meeting Obama, Republicans to Continue Talks: “President Barack Obama and a delegation of House Republicans concluded a lengthy meeting at the White House on Thursday afternoon without an agreement on how to raise the debt limit or reopen the government, but both sides described the summit as a positive step toward resolving a crisis that has bedeviled negotiators.” [TIME]
  • Chemical weapons watchdog tasked with destroying Syria’s stockpile has been awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. [NYT]
  • The hoax that may not have been a hoax…maybe: “Organizers of the “Truckers Ride for the Constitution” rally say they are indeed coming to Washington on Friday — but whether they will shut down the Beltway or just make a lot of noise remains to be seen.” [Washington Post]
  • Obama’s Crisis of Credibility: “Obama’s ineffectiveness, always a hallmark of his presidency, has reached a new cruising altitude this year. Not even a year into his second term, he looks like a lame duck and quacks like a lame duck. You guessed it — he’s a lame duck.” [Politico]
  • “Six in 10 people said they would defeat and replace every member of Congress if they could, including their own, a warning to members of both parties just a year before the midterm elections.” [The Hill]
  • Now is the Time to Delay Obamacare [WSJ]
  •  Obamacare Foes Using Shutdown Echo South’s Nullifiers: “The current fight, a budget standoff that threatens the creditworthiness of the U.S, has vestiges of the secession from the union that started in South Carolina and led to the Civil War. It carries echoes of the nullification crisis over tariffs in the 1830s and the so-called “massive resistance” movement to oppose desegregation of public schools in the 1950s.” [Bloomberg]
  • In 2009, Edward Snowden was suspected of trying to hack into classified files at the C.I.A., but the N.S.A. was reportedly never alerted [NYT]