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10:40 AM ET, October 23, 2013


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Greg Botelho / CNN:
HHS chief: President didn't know of Obamacare website woes beforehand  —  (CNN) — President Barack Obama didn't know about the problems with the Affordable Care Act's website — despite complaints from insurance companies and the site's crashing during a test run — until days …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Approval of Affordable Care Act Inches Up  —  More Democrats now approve of the law, while most Republicans still disapprove  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Despite the highly publicized technical issues that have plagued the government's health insurance exchange website that went live on Oct. 1 …
Chicago Tribune:
Fixing software won't fix Obamacare  —  The problems with Obamacare go much deeper than a few million lines of faulty code and a sign-up system that swallows enrollee applications in a single electronic gulp.  —  Oct. 21 (Bloomberg)- President Barack Obama comments on the Affordable Care Act …
Josh Gerstein / Reuters:
Next up after website glitches: The lawsuits
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Sebelius Thrust Into Firestorm on Exchanges
Discussion: Politico and The Plum Line
Abby D. Phillip / ABC News:
Paul Ryan Calls for HHS Chief to Step Down for Obamacare Rollout
Steve Contorno / Washington Examiner:
Steny Hoyer wants more money to fix Obamacare exchanges
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
In Obamacare speech, Obama makes a desperate sales pitch
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: White House Official Fired for Tweeting Under Fake Name  —  A White House national security official was fired last week after being caught as the mystery Tweeter who has been tormenting the foreign policy community with insulting comments and revealing internal Obama administration information for over two years.
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
NSC aide admits Twitter attack on White House  —  A senior National Security Council staffer who was a key member of the White House team negotiating on Iran's nuclear weapons program told POLITICO he deeply regrets tweeting hundreds of anti-administration messages under the pseudonym @natsecwonk.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Report: WH official sacked for tweets
Discussion: Right Wing News
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Durbin: House leader told Obama ‘I cannot even stand to look at you’  —  A top Senate Democrat said that a leading House Republican told President Obama that they could not ‘even stand to look at you’ during negotiations over the government shutdown.  —  Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) …
Discussion: Shakesville, The PJ Tatler and theGrio
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Dick Durbin: GOP leader told Obama ‘I cannot even stand to look at you’  —  The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, Sen. Dick Durbin, says that a House Republican leader told off President Barack Obama during a negotiation meeting, and that they are so disrespectful it's practically impossible to have a conversation with them.
Discussion: Mediaite, Liberaland and Weasel Zippers
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
A Republican Senator Doubts His Party Can Govern
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Power Line
John Grisham / CBS News: pricing feature can be off the mark  —  (CBS News) CBS News has uncovered a serious pricing problem with It stems from the Obama administration's efforts to improve its health care website.  A new online feature can dramatically underestimate the cost of insurance.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
In Utah, tea party favorite Sen. Lee faces GOP backlash over government shutdown  —  SALT LAKE CITY — When Mike Lee toppled longtime Republican Sen. Robert F. Bennett here in 2010, it was the tea party's first big triumph.  But now, after a 16-day government shutdown, it's Lee who faces a revolt within his own party.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Sen. Mike Lee Takes Heat At Home Over Shutdown
Discussion: The Raw Story
Ezekiel J. Emanuel / New York Times:
How to Fix the Glitches  —  PHILADELPHIA — NOW that we are past the government shutdown and debt ceiling debacles, all eyes are on Obamacare.  For the last three weeks, the rollout of the federal exchange Web site, a centerpiece of the law, has been riddled with problems, leaving millions of Americans frustrated and dismayed.
Kyle Trygstad / Roll Call:
The 7 Republican Senators Most Vulnerable to a Primary  —  Enzi is vulnerable to a primary challenge in 2014.  (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)  —  Hard-line conservatives are rising out of the ashes of a weekslong government shutdown, emboldened by the possibility of adding …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
No Reason, Just Hate: That's a Modern Liberal  —  The Left's hatred for conservatives has become so obsessive that it is hard to engage a liberal in rational discussion of any public policy issue.  Take the Keystone XL pipeline: I think it is obviously a good idea, but if a liberal wants to argue to the contrary, fine.
Discussion: The Huffington Post, Grist and Truthdig
Associated Press:
Dead Boston marathon suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev tied to 2011 killings  —  BOSTON — Slain Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was named as a participant in an earlier triple homicide by a man who was subsequently shot to death while being questioned by authorities …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and RIA Novosti
New York Times:
Obama's Uncertain Path Amid Syria Bloodshed  —  WASHINGTON — With rebel forces in Syria in retreat and the Obama administration's policy toward the war-ravaged country in disarray, Secretary of State John Kerry arrived at the White House Situation Room one day in June with a document bearing a warning.
Art Swift / Gallup:
For First Time, Americans Favor Legalizing Marijuana  —  Support surged 10 percentage points in past year, to 58%  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — For marijuana advocates, the last 12 months have been a period of unprecedented success as Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize recreational use of marijuana.
Clive Crook / Bloomberg:
Democrats Are Stupid, Too  —  Even many Republicans agree that they lost the battle over the shutdown and the debt ceiling.  The Tea Party walked the country to the edge of economic ruin and their party to the edge of political catastrophe until Republican leaders in Congress flinched.
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Jeanne Shaheen calls for open enrollment extension  —  Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is calling on the White House to extend Obamacare's open enrollment period amid continued frustration with the troubled  —  “The difficulty that people in New Hampshire and in other states …
Niels Lesniewski / The World's Greatest …:
Democrat Tells Obama People Shouldn't Be Penalized For Problematic Health Insurance Website
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Wire
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Chad Blair / Civil Beat:
Civil Beat Poll — Schatz Has Narrow Lead Over Hanabusa
Discussion: Ballot Box
David Dayen / The New Republic:
The Media Can't Stop Sucking Up to Alan Greenspan
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Bill de Blasio and the New Urban Populism
Discussion: Politicker and Capital New York
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Sebelius: Obama Did Not Know About Obamacare Website Glitches
Nancy Pelosi: 'I'm here on a mission'
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Will Ryan cut a deal?
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Evangelical Leader Preaches Pullback From Politics, Culture Wars
 Earlier Items: 
Tax breaks could soften blow of JPMorgan deal
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hullabaloo
James Hohmann / Politico:
Liz Cheney: John McCain a ‘liberal Republican’
Discussion: Daily Kos and Liberaland
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN Poll: GOP & tea party unfavorables at all-time highs
Eliza Newlin Carney / Beltway Insiders:
Democratic Donors Surge Amid GOP Slump
Discussion: Daily Kos
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Fecundophobia: The Growing Fear Of Children And Fertile Women