Morning Must Reads: October 14

In the news: Shutdown update: government still closed; U.S. inches closer to default; Iran nuclear talks; and Supreme Court takes another look at affirmative action

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

  • Democrats Push for GOP Concessions as Debt-Limit Negotiations Continue: “While the Democrats and Republicans are much closer to an agreement to reopen the government and continue government borrowing than they were two weeks ago, there is still no certainty that President Obama and Senate majority leader Harry Reid can broker a deal with Republicans in the House and Senate before the next major deadline later this week.” [TIME]
  • Obama’s Top WMD Ex-Official on the Iran Nuclear Talks [TIME]
  • World Leaders Press the U.S. on Fiscal Crisis: “Leaders at World Bank and International Monetary Fund meetings on Sunday pleaded, warned and cajoled: the United States must raise its debt ceiling and reopen its government or risk “massive disruption the world over,” as Christine Lagarde, the fund’s managing director, put it.” [NYT]
  • Bloomberg: The U.S. could end up being the first major Western nation to default since Nazi Germany in 1933.
  • Federal agencies are urging furloughed workers to find another job, as long as they let their lawyers know first. [Washington Post]
  • A Fresh Chance to Rein in  Racial Preferences [WSJ]
  • ‘It is time to tell Congress to go to hell’: “Federal judges, long used to being blasted as “judicial activists” by members of Congress, are now directing a stream of anger and vitriol right back at Capitol Hill.” [Politico]