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3:10 PM ET, October 21, 2013


 Top Items: 
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
GOP, Boehner take shutdown hit in new CNN poll  —  Washington (CNN) — Just over half the public says that it's bad for the country that the GOP controls the House of Representatives, according to a new national poll conducted after the end of the partial government shutdown.
New York Times:
Contractors See Weeks of Work on Health Site  —  Federal contractors have identified most of the main problems crippling President Obama's online health insurance marketplace, but the administration has been slow to issue orders for fixing those flaws, and some contractors worry that the system …
No More Apologies: Why Obama Has to Get Mad About His Broken Obamacare Websites  —  Whenever a President of the U.S. stops believing his own spin, the people should take notice  —  When the Obamacare website debuted on Oct. 1, Barack Obama walked into the Rose Garden and compared it to, and the iPhone.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Flashback: Obama Told People They Could Keep Their Health Care Plan  —  About that...  In 2009, President Obama said this: “Let me be clear: If you like your doctor or health care provider, you can keep them.  If you like your health care plan, you can keep that too.”  —  View Video ›
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The Morning Plum: Don't squander your shutdown gains, Dems
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Lousy Medicaid Arguments
Discussion: The Mahablog and Daily Kos
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Kathleen Sebelius to testify on Obamacare  —  HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius plans to testify before Congress about the rocky Obamacare rollout as early as next week, her office confirmed Monday.  —  Sebelius intends to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee whenever they can find a …
Discussion: The Hill and National Review
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Obama: ‘No one is madder than me’ about healthcare website
John Fund / National Review:
Reality Check for
Discussion: Hot Air and The Hill
Billy House /
House Starts What Could Be a Bellwether Week
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
Marc Santora / New York Times:
Christie Withdraws Appeal of Same-Sex Marriage Ruling in New Jersey  —  Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey announced on Monday that his administration would drop its legal challenge to allowing gay marriage in the state, hours after same-sex couples started exchanging vows.
Peter Wallsten / Washington Post:   Gay rights supporters wage a quiet campaign to push Republicans to the middle
Salvador Rizzo / New Jersey Online:
Christie withdraws appeal of gay marriage ruling
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy and Hot Air
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
At the White House: Obamacare success stories that aren't  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL WHITE HOUSE BARACK OBAMA OBAMACARE PRESIDENT HEALTH CARE  —  President Obamainvited a number of people to stand behind him as he delivered his speech on the state of Obamacare at the White House Monday morning.
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Of the 13 people who flanked President Obama during his speech defending Obamacare in the Rose Garden Monday, just three had successfully registered for the new Obamacare exchanges.  —  A list of the people who joined Obama on stage provided by the White House included people who have or …
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Roby Brock / Talk Business:
Cong. Tim Griffin Won't Seek Third Term (UPDATED)  —  Second District Cong. Tim Griffin (R) says he will not seek a third term in the U.S. House of Representatives, citing his young family as his primary reason.  —  “God has blessed me with a wonderful wife, Elizabeth, and two precious children …
Discussion: Politico, ABC News, CNN and The Caucus
Emily Cahn / Roll Call:
Tim Griffin to Retire After 2 Terms (Updated)
Discussion: Daily Kos and Booman Tribune
Reno Gazette-Journal:
Shooting this morning at Sparks Middle School  —  Police: Shooting at Sparks Middle School: 10/21/13 8:18 AM  —  Sparks police will hold a press conference at around 9 a.m. on the shooting at Sparks Middle School.  —  Vickie Campbell of the Washoe County School District said Agnes Risley and Sparks Middle School closed.
Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Our choice for governor in 2013: none of the above  —  The Times-Dispatch is not endorsing a candidate for governor in 2013.  —  The words that follow should not come as a surprise.  During recent months, numerous editorials in The Times-Dispatch have lamented the gubernatorial campaign.
Daily Progress:
Bill Bolling for governor
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Kaiser Health News:
Thousands Of Consumers Get Insurance Cancellation Notices Due To Health Law Changes  —  Health plans are sending hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters to people who buy their own coverage, frustrating some consumers who want to keep what they have and forcing others to buy more costly policies.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Weasel Zippers
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
One Big Problem With Heritage's New Obamacare Study  —  The conservative Heritage Foundation released last week a new report on insurance premiums under Obamacare, and the conclusion was that favorite of conservative talking points: people are going to pay more for insurance under Obamacare.
Allison Linn / NBCNews:
Food stamp benefits going down before the holidays  —  Cheyenne Phillips, 17, Angela Phillips, 44, and Cassidy Phillips, 14, stand outside their home in Knoxville, Tenn. Phillips used SNAP from from July 2012 to February 2013, and will be applying for the benefit again on Monday because her temp job ended on Friday.
Klein Online:
INVESTIGATIVE RADIO SHOW  —  Listen to this shows podcast  —  How Obama is secretly negotiating away United States sovereignty, including some shocking rights.  How the home front is wide open for an Iranian missile attack.  Inside secret White House-brokered talks to divide Jerusalem...and guess who is leading the way!
Rachel Zarrell / BuzzFeed:
Republican Senator Says Obamacare Would Have Killed Him
Discussion: The Right Pundit
Mireya Navarro / New York Times:
Widow's Bankruptcy Case Poses Risk to Rent-Stabilized Tenants  —  After her husband died, Mary Veronica Santiago fell behind on her bills, and the creditors began to call.  —  So two years ago, she took refuge in bankruptcy, hoping to have her debts wiped away.
Discussion: JustOneMinute, Hit & Run and Althouse
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Ohio moves to expand Medicaid
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Law Scholarship's Lackluster Reviews
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy and Althouse
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama's Job Approval Declines to 44.5% in 19th Quarter
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Ezekiel Emanuel wants Obamacare website briefings
Discussion: National Review
CBS News:
Dick Cheney's heart
Discussion: American Spectator
 Earlier Items: 
Dianne Feinstein / USA Today:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein: Continue NSA call-records program
Discussion: Guardian
Associated Press:
Sanford's lover speaks out on TV
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Stan Schroeder / Mashable:
Facebook Suffers Sitewide Errors for Many Users
Discussion: TechCrunch and
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Shutdown fuels GOP primaries
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Republicans blame each other after shutdown fiasco
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and CNN
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
CONNECT  —  Cracks are showing in the Democratic coalition …