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Government shut: just another day in bedlam (Times, £) Prospect editor Bronwen Maddox on why Obamacare has brought America to a standstill and exposed dangerous divisions in its democracy.

Cameron and Miliband: the stampede for a phoney centre ground is now over (Guardian) For three decades politicians have decreed that electoral success can only be established on corporate orthodoxy. But the crisis has cut the ground beneath it, says Seumas Milne.

The Tories will wither away without migrant votes (Guardian) The demographics of Conservative strongholds…

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