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9:20 AM ET, October 22, 2013


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Washington Post:
Health insurance exchange launched despite signs of serious problems  —  Days before the launch of President Obama's online health ­insurance marketplace, government officials and contractors tested a key part of the Web site to see whether it could handle tens of thousands of consumers at the same time.
Rich Lowry / New York Post: is walking dead  —  In a White House speech Monday, President Obama assured the public that his new health-care law is up and running even in the absence of a functioning Web site.  He told people they can call an 800 number instead of buying coverage online.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
New York Times:
The Health Site's Chaotic Debut  —  President Obama rightly acknowledged on Monday that there is “no excuse” for the horrendously botched opening of the federal Web site consumers are supposed to use to sign up for health insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act.
Justin Sink / The Hill:   ObamaCare debacle in spotlight
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Embattled Sebelius to testify next week on ObamaCare rollout
USA Today: feeds doubts about rollout: Our view  —  President vows action, but where has he been?  —  CONNECT  —  Three weeks after it opened, the website — where millions of people are supposed to get insurance under the Affordable Care Act — remains plagued by problems.
Discussion: National Review
John Dickerson / Slate:
President Obama is a gifted politician and knows how to win an election. …
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Even Obamacare successes have hit some roadblocks
Discussion: CNN
The Atlantic Online:
Barack Obama, Insurance Salesman in Chief
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Barack Obama's passive voice
Discussion: Right Wing News
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Conservative group widens IRS lawsuit  —  A conservative group announced Monday that it was broadening out its lawsuit against the Obama administration for the IRS's singling out of Tea Party groups.  —  The American Center for Law and Justice, which first sued administration and IRS officials in May …
Jon Favreau / The Daily Beast:
The Tea Party, Not Democrats or Republicans, Is the Problem
Discussion: Daily Kos, CNN, The Reaction and Wonkblog
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Nearly half say replace everyone in Congress
Ron Fournier /
Why Obama Should Be Freaked Out Over Obamacare  —  It's worse than we know, this is the easy part, and millions of Americans could be hurt.  —  President Obama said Monday he's “frustrated” by the disastrous launch of an online computer marketplace for Obamacare.  Here are five reasons why frustration isn't enough.
Discussion: Power Line and Yahoo! News
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Man Spends 4.5 Hours on Obamacare Hotline But Still Can't Sign Up
Washington Post:
Poll: Major damage to GOP after shutdown, and broad dissatisfaction with government  —  Video: Will voters remember the shutdown next year?  Incumbents usually win elections.  But after a shutdown, near-default and historic lows in Congressional approval, voters are claiming they'll reverse that trend in 2014.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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.”
Michael Bloomberg to buy big for Terry McAuliffe  —  Michael Bloomberg's pro-gun-control super PAC will drop $1.1 million on ads for Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the final two weeks of the Virginia governor's race.  —  The billionaire New York City mayor's money will be siphoned through Independence USA PAC …
Discussion: Capital New York and The Fix
Washington Post:
Transcript: President Obama's Oct. 21 remarks on problems with the Obamacare rollout  —  President Obama delivered the following remarks on the rollout of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, on Oct. 21 at the White House.  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you.
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 …
Considering the Fairness of JPMorgan's Deal  —  Some on Wall Street have portrayed JPMorgan Chase as a victim of government zealotry.  —  The bank is close to striking a $13 billion settlement over mortgage practices — the largest sum a corporation has ever paid to resolve government investigations.
Discussion: naked capitalism and News Desk
Wall Street Journal:
A landmark that shows how much politicians now control U.S. finance.
Charlie Cook /
Democratic Takeover of the House Is Still a Long Shot  —  Democrats will need Republicans to continue self-destructing, among other things, to return to the majority in 2014.  —  Those who already are saying that the House of Representatives is now “in play” are getting a little ahead of their skis—forgetting a few key factors.
The Atlantic Online:
Meet the New Hillary  —  Back on the campaign trail for the first time since 2008, the former secretary of state has a new celebrity and gravitas—but some of the same old flaws.  —  FALLS CHURCH, Virginia — On Saturday, Hillary Clinton was a campaigner again.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Texas Judge Quits GOP Over Social Issues, Shutdown (VIDEO)  —  Carlo Key, a Republican judge in Bexar County, Texas, announced Monday in a campaign ad that he was leaving the Republican party and will run for re-election as a Democrat.  —  “I cannot tolerate a political party that demeans Texans based …
Discussion: and ThinkProgress
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Hannity Dials Obamacare Call Center, Operator Says No One Likes It  —  At the top of his radio program today, Sean Hannity called in to an Obamacare call center.  Hannity was able to get through to an operator after only several moments of waiting.  He spoke to the operator for nearly 10 minutes …
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Marco Rubio: White House hiding ‘ugly things’  —  Sen. Marco Rubio on Tuesday hit the Obama administration for a lack of transparency on Obamacare, saying the White House is withholding information so people won't see the “ugly things” of the law.  —  “I think what they're worried …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Special PACs Spent Money at Resorts, Book Says  —  WASHINGTON — A new book from a conservative advocate of tighter campaign finance regulations seeks to draw attention to a number of questionable but legal fund-raising activities — some potentially damaging, others certainly embarrassing …
Discussion: Liberaland and
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Inside The Meeting Where Obama And Reid Vowed Not To Be ‘Taken In By These Crazy People’
Jeremy Diamond / The GW Hatchet:
GW misrepresented admissions and financial aid policy for years
Discussion: Gawker and CBS DC
Mike Tolson / Houston Chronicle:
At home in Houston, Cruz continues fight against Obamacare
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Peter Schweizer / New York Times:
Politicians' Extortion Racket
Discussion: Belmont Club
Mike Allen / Politico:
‘UNACCEPTABLE’: Obama ‘tech surge’ to fix health website …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Rand Paul pushes constitutional amendment on Congress
Discussion: Roger L. Simon
 Earlier Items: 
Travis Gettys / The Raw Story:
Palin: Obamacare website glitches are a feature, not a bug, and will push U.S. into socialism
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
White House Has Some Doubts About Chuck Todd's IT Skills (VIDEO)
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
NC Gov.: State Atty General Should Keep Opinion On Voter ID Quiet