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8:55 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.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
ObamaCare debacle in spotlight  —  The disastrous rollout of ObamaCare's insurance exchanges has brought into sharp focus the GOP charge that President Obama is better at campaigning than governing.  —  Republicans have long needled the president as unable to convert adoring crowds …
John Dickerson / Slate:
President Obama is a gifted politician and knows how to win an election.  But his spin on may only make things worse.  —  An IT problem has never escalated faster than the president's Rose Garden speech Monday addressing the problems with He could no longer outsource responding to user complaints.
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 and Power Line
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Embattled Sebelius to testify next week on ObamaCare rollout
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
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
New York Times:
The Health Site's Chaotic Debut
The Atlantic Online:
Barack Obama, Insurance Salesman in Chief
Washington Post:
Transcript: President Obama's Oct. 21 remarks on problems with the Obamacare rollout
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  —  It's de rigueur to decry ‘partisanship’ as Washington's ‘real problem.’ Let's get real—the most destructive force in American politics today is the Tea Party, says Jon Favreau.  —  So now that our government is open and able to pay its bills …
Discussion: Daily Kos, CNN, The Reaction and Wonkblog
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.
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Nearly half say replace everyone in Congress
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.”
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 …
Eva Ruth Moravec /
Local elected official to switch parties
ABC News:
2 Dead, 2 Boys Hurt in Nevada School Shooting  —  Police say two people are dead and two more are injured in a shooting at Sparks Middle School in northern Nevada Monday morning.  —  Washoe County School District Police didn't immediately offer details of the identities of the dead.
Reno Gazette-Journal:
Teacher Michael Landsberry, killed in Sparks Middle School shooting, called a hero
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
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
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: Hot Air, Power Line and Yahoo! News
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
Mike Tolson / Houston Chronicle:
At home in Houston, Cruz continues fight against Obamacare  —  Criticized by senior leaders in his own party and blamed by Democrats for inspiring a government shutdown they claim was a pricey, pointless and painful waste of time, Ted Cruz returned to his hometown Monday night …
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
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 …
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 …
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Jeremy Diamond / The GW Hatchet:
GW misrepresented admissions and financial aid policy for years
Discussion: Gawker and CBS DC
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: The Fix and Roger L. Simon
Wall Street Journal:
A landmark that shows how much politicians now control U.S. finance.
 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
Darryl Isherwood / New Jersey Online:
Lonegan: The government shutdown cost me the election
Paul Rosenberg / Salon:
Stop enabling the right: The media just makes dysfunction worse