GOP Refocuses On Debt Ceiling; Cruz Speech Makes Americans Call Congress, Congress Shuts Off Phones; Terror Group al-Shabab Could Attack U.S.; Americans Increasingly Favor Secession; Clinton Says Putin Can Be Trusted; And Rich Americans Rush To Buy Armored Cars — Thursday Morning News Roundup 9-26-2013

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Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

  • Republicans are looking at a buffet of GOP priorities that could accompany a yearlong increase to the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling, including modest changes to entitlements and a one-year delay of Obamacare. Source: The Hill… 

 

  • Following the epic, 21-hour speech by Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, supporting the defunding of Obamacare, either voters made so many calls to establishment Republicans that their phone lines melted, or those GOP leaders took their phones off the hook. Source: WND… 

 

  • The Somali-based terrorist organization al-Shabab, which claimed credit for the devastating attack in Nairobi this week, is an international organization that could attack anywhere, including the United States, according to the president of Somalia. Source: The Daily Beast… 

 

  • Some residents in Maryland, California, Michigan and Colorado are looking to secede from their respective states, and nearly one out of five Americans think that’s a good idea. Source: Rasmussen… 

 

  • Former U.S. President Bill Clinton told CNN Russian President Vladimir Putin can be trusted and has never broken his word on a personal agreement between them. Source: UPI… 

 

  • Rich and famous Americans are increasingly choosing to travel in armored vehicles with features like electrified door handles and sealed ventilation systems to protect against gas attacks. Source: Daily Mail…   

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