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8:45 PM ET, October 21, 2013


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McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Republican Mega-Donors Quietly Celebrate Chris Christie's Marriage Surrender  —  Activists are angry, but GOP elites are praising Christie's step away from culture war.  “I mean, he's a rare guy who's been able to appeal to people with sincerely held beliefs on both sides of this issue.”
Discussion: The Daily Caller
NJ Gov. Christie drops gay marriage case, risking some Republican ire
Discussion: Business Insider
Obama on ACA website: ‘No excuse for these problems’  —  President Barack Obama on Monday tossed aside months of messaging about how easy it would be to sign up for health care under his signature law and sought to remind Americans that the Affordable Care Act has benefits far beyond the chance to apply for insurance online.
Discussion: PERRspectives, CNN and Power Line
Travis Gettys / The Raw Story:
Palin: Obamacare website glitches are a feature, not a bug, and will push U.S. into socialism
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:   Flashback: Obama Told People They Could Keep Their Health Care Plan
Jim Siegel / The Columbus Dispatch:
Medicaid expansion funding gets approval  —  Ending months of debate, a legislative oversight panel approved spending $2.56 billion in federal money today to expand Medicaid coverage to about 275,000 low-income Ohioans.  —  Almost immediately after the bipartisan 5-2 vote …
ThinkProgress:   Ohio Will Expand Medicaid Under Obamacare, Extending Health Coverage To Nearly 300,000 Residents
Jim Provance / Toledo Blade:
State budgetary panel votes to accept $2.56B in federal funds for Medicaid expansion
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Ohio OKs Obamacare Medicaid expansion
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.
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Your daily jolt: Statue of white supremacist to be removed from Capitol entrance
Discussion: The Raw Story and Liberaland
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.
Reno Gazette-Journal:
Teacher Michael Landsberry, killed in Sparks Middle School shooting, called a hero
2 killed, 2 injured in Nevada school shooting
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
As Obamacare runs into problems, Americans still want to give it a chance  —  A new Washington Post/ABC News poll once again drives home a core truth about our politics right now: Disapproval of Obamacare does not translate into support for GOP tactics against the law.  We've long known that to be the case.
The Fix:
Poll: Majority believe health-care Web site problems indicate broader issue with law  —  Most Americans say the rocky start for is a harbinger of bigger problems for the Affordable Care Act, according to results of a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Tod Lindberg / The New Republic:
There's a New Political Story Line—and it's Good for Republicans  —  Better to be two warring tribes than a single reviled one.  —  The story most Democrats and progressive have long told about the GOP is that it's a party that has been captured by its right wing.  It's a fairly simple story to tell.
Jon Favreau / The Daily Beast:
The Tea Party, Not Democrats or Republicans, Is the Problem
Discussion: Wonkblog
Darryl Isherwood / New Jersey Online:
Lonegan: The government shutdown cost me the election  —  Former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan (Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger)  —  Though Republican Steve Lonegan publicly supported the shutdown of the federal government during his campaign for U.S. Senate …
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
At the White House: Obamacare success stories that aren't
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.
Adam Goldenberg / Slate:
And that's a good thing.  —  See Slate's complete coverage of Obamacare.  David Auerbach explains what's gone wrong with, and David Weigel explains why Republicans are calling for Kathleen Sebelius to be fired.  —  Last week Canada's Supreme Court ruled that doctors …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Associated Press Fires Two Journalists Over Erroneous Terry McAuliffe Report  —  NEW YORK — The Associated Press has fired a reporter and editor over an erroneous Oct. 9 report that Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe lied to an investigator in a federal fraud case, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Eva Ruth Moravec /
Local elected official to switch parties  —  SAN ANTONIO — A Bexar County judge elected during the 2010 election's “red tide” is switching parties.  —  County Court-at-Law No. 11 Judge Carlo Key will announce that he is joining the Democratic Party, said U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro.
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.
Paul Rosenberg / Salon:
Stop enabling the right: The media just makes dysfunction worse  —  Our politics are a disaster because the media — and the president — pretend conservatives are dealing with facts  —  The study of logical and rhetorical fallacies dates back to the ancient Greeks, but for all that studying …
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White House Has Some Doubts About Chuck Todd's IT Skills (VIDEO)
Lauren Donovan / The Bismarck Tribune:
White supremacist disrupts Leith council meeting
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
NC Gov.: State Atty General Should Keep Opinion On Voter ID Quiet
Leo Kelion / BBC:
Facebook lets beheading clips return to social network
Discussion: The Verge
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The Morning Plum: Don't squander your shutdown gains, Dems
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Law Scholarship's Lackluster Reviews
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama's Job Approval Declines to 44.5% in 19th Quarter
Dianne Feinstein / USA Today:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein: Continue NSA call-records program
Discussion: The Raw Story and emptywheel
Mireya Navarro / New York Times:
Widow's Bankruptcy Case Poses Risk to Rent-Stabilized Tenants
Discussion: Hit & Run, JustOneMinute and Althouse