Morning Must Reads: October 9

In the news: More back-and-forth between Republicans and Democrats, lawmakers arrested at immigration rally, and Janet Yellen's nomination

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

  • Time Running Out for Obamacare Fixes: “They have one month. If the officials running the new Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges cannot fix crippling computer glitches by then, the health law’s future could be imperiled, according to a former high-ranking health care official.” [TIME]
  • Three Parts of the U.S. Being Hammered Economically By the Shutdown [TIME]
  • Poll: Dysfunction at a 74-year High: “More than doubling from the month before, 33 percent of Americans said dysfunctional government was the biggest problem facing the country in Gallup’s poll out Wednesday, topping the 19 percent who said the economy and the 12 percent each who chose unemployment, the deficit and health care.” [Politico]
  • Republicans Say Obama Underestimates Their Resolve as Debt Default Nears: “I can assure you it’s not posturing. It’s not a political play or anything like that,” Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., told CQ Roll Call on Tuesday.  [Roll Call]
  • Shutdown Cuts at VA Blasted by Congress, Advocates: “More than 7,000 Veterans Benefits Administration employees and 2,754 VA Office of Information Technology employees were placed on furlough starting Tuesday. And VA said the move will eliminate public access to VBA regional offices, meaning the agency can’t conduct personal interviews, process GI Bill benefits and offer work and education counseling — and American Legion service officers will no longer be able to use space at those offices.” [Politico]
  • Paul Ryan: Here’s How We Can End This Stalemate [WSJ]
  • Eight Democrats Arrested at Immigration Rally: Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), Keith Ellision (D-Minn.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Al Green (D-Texas) were among the estimated 200 people arrested by Capitol Police for protesting at an immigration sit-in on the National Mall on Tuesday. [The Hill]
  • Why I’m Very Happy About Janet Yellen [Bloomberg]
  • The Uncompromiser In-Chief “If you wanted to hear words of sweet conciliation, the White House was the wrong place to go this week. ‘We’re not going to pay a ransom for America paying its bills, President Obama said Tuesday, sticking to his demand that Congress pass a spending bill and raise the federal debt ceiling without conditions. ‘I’m not budging.'” [LA Times]