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8:35 PM ET, October 20, 2013

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Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House photographer weds in Rose Garden  —  President Obama hosted a wedding for White House photographer Pete Souza and Patti Lease on Saturday evening in the Rose Garden, according to a White House official.  —  “They ceremony was performed by [White House] Chaplain Rev. [Stan] …
Discussion: Reuters, CNN and The Impolitic
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Edward Klein / New York Post:
Even Oprah isn't on board with ObamaCare  —  As the White House was gearing up to sell ObamaCare to the American people last summer, Valerie Jarrett, the president's pointwoman on a host of issues, phoned Oprah Winfrey.  —  She invited the Queen of All Media to join celebrities …
Justin Sink / The Hill:   ObamaCare enrollees to join president in Rose Garden (Video)
HHS.gov:
Doing Better: Making Improvements to HealthCare.gov  —  Over the past two and a half weeks, millions of Americans visited HealthCare.gov to look at their new health care options under the Affordable Care Act.  In that time, nearly half a million applications for coverage have been submitted from across the nation.
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Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
‘Tech Surge’ Planned to Fix Obamacare Exchanges  —  The Department of Health and Human Services said Sunday it was bringing in outside help to resolve some of the technical woes that have beset the federally run insurance exchanges, which the agency acknowledged “has not lived up to the expectations of the American people.”
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Jeb Bush urges Cruz to show ‘self-restraint’  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said in an interview airing Sunday that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) needs to “ have a little bit of self-restraint” if the Republican Party is to succeed in repealing ObamaCare.  —  The brother of former President …
Discussion: his vorpal sword and Politico
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Cruz to CNN: 'I don't work for the party bosses in Washington'
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Greg Clary / CNN:
Rubio weighs in on McConnell's election fight
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Cruz defiant on stopping ObamaCare
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Prairie Weather
NY Daily News:
Brooklyn group of black youths blocks white couple's car, bloody victims in racial attack: cops  —  Authorities say Ronald and Alana Russo were pummeled by attackers — ranging in age from 12 to 18 — who showered them with racial slurs.  One Brooklyn teen says he was falsely arrested …
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Top Senate Democrat says ObamaCare is on its way to ‘substantial success’  —  A top Senate Democrat said on Sunday that ObamaCare is “on its way to be a substantial success.”  —  Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.), the No. 2 Democrat in the chamber, defended the rollout of the healthcare reform law in an appearance on …
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Fox News:
Sebelius ‘will testify’ on ObamaCare website woes, Durbin says
Joanne Kenen / Politico:
Obamacare figures leave a lot unsaid
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Obamacare, Failing Ahead of Schedule  —  THIS is not the column about the Obamacare rollout I expected to write.  —  If you had told me, months ago, that weeks after the health care law's coverage expansion went into effect I would be writing about the problems its launch had exposed …
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Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:   Four Things We Think We Know About Obamacare
Spiegel Online:
NSA Accessed Mexican President's Email  —  The NSA has been systematically eavesdropping on the Mexican government for years.  It hacked into the president's public email account and gained deep insight into policymaking and the political system.  The news is likely to hurt ties between the US and Mexico.
Abigail Haworth / Guardian:
Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?  —  What happens to a country when its young people stop having sex?  Japan is finding out... Abigail Haworth investigates  —  Ai Aoyama is a sex and relationship counsellor who works out of her narrow three-storey home on a Tokyo back street.
ThinkProgress:
Marco Rubio: Obama Has Undermined Immigration Reform By Refusing To Defund Obamacare  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) suggested on Sunday that President Obama's refusal to compromise with Republicans on Obamacare to re-open the government and raise the nation's debt ceiling has jeopardized …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Dan Nowicki / USA Today:
Time running out for immigration reform
Discussion: The Reaction
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Lew: Obama upset about website failures  —  Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Sunday that President Obama is more upset about failures in ObamaCare's rollout than anyone else.  —  “There are millions of Americans who want health insurance.  It's important for our economy for them to have health insurance …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Scared Monkeys and CNN
New York Times:
Fiscal Crisis Sounds the Charge in G.O.P.'s ‘Civil War’  —  After the budget standoff ended in crushing defeat last week and the political damage reports began to pile up for Republicans, one longtime party leader after another stepped forward to chastise their less seasoned, Tea Party-inspired colleagues who drove the losing strategy.
 
 
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To save the Republican Party, look to the states
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Now, lead from the front  —  Let us hear no more about President …
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