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4:45 PM ET, October 22, 2013


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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.
Mike Tipping:
Gov. LePage lets slip what he really thinks about Maine people  —  At a speech to a conservative audience in Falmouth last week, Governor Paul LePage made a statement that is deeply revealing.  —  Informed that the event was wrapping up, LePage said he had two more points to make.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Maine Gov. LePage: ‘47 Percent’ Of Those Able To Work In State Don't (AUDIO)
Discussion: Mike Tipping
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.
Yahoo! News:
Carney has no answers on Obamacare ‘tech surge’  —  Want to know the names of the individuals and companies leading the “tech surge” called in to fix Obamacare's main website?  If you ask “the most transparent administration in history,” you're basically out of luck.
Discussion: Post Politics
Rich Lowry / New York Post: is walking dead
Rasmussen Reports:
Virginia Governor: McAuliffe (D) 50%, Cuccinelli (R) 33%, Sarvis (L) 8%  —  Democrat Terry McAuliffe has jumped to a 17-point lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia gubernatorial race following the federal government shutdown that hit Northern Virginia hard and Hillary Clinton's weekend visit to the state.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Bottom Falls Out For Cuccinelli  —  Two weeks from Election Day in Virginia, most observers are getting very comfortable with the idea that Terry McAuliffe will overcome the powerful myth that the party controlling the White House always loses gubernatorial races in the Commonwealth …
Discussion: Politico and Booman Tribune
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The Morning Plum: Outside the conservative bubble, GOP sustains epic damage  —  The Washington Post and ABC News have released a new batch of polling that shows in quite striking terms just how badly the shutdown fight has damaged the GOP.  —  The question, however, is …
CBS News:
Poll: Congress, tea party take hits from government shutdown
Discussion: ABC News, CNN, Politico, Hot Air and NewsBusters
Emily Cahn / Roll Call:
Alan Grayson Ties Tea Party to KKK (Updated)  —  Grayson sent a controversial fundraising email.  (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)  —  Updated 1:11 p.m. |  Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., an outspoken liberal, is taking heat from Republicans for raising money off an email that associates the tea party with the Ku Klux Klan.
Gideon Rachman / Financial Times:
Watch out for the rise of a European Tea Party
Discussion: Via Meadia and National Review
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Liberal rep. compares Tea Party to KKK in fundraising pitch
Discussion: CNN and Weekly Standard
USA Today:
HHS brings in Verizon to help  —  You might think that a website needed to help over 40 million people would be ready to accommodate those 40 million people.  Apparently, it's a little more complicated than that.  VPC  —  CONNECT  —  WASHINGTON — The international …
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Liberal pundit fail: Rush to attack Obamacare site only aids unhinged right  —  Pundits breathlessly pivot from covering GOP extremism to glitches, with the backing of liberals  —  As predictably as night follows day, on Monday the media establishment pivoted away from obsessing …
Brian Beutler / Salon:
Take this, conservatives: Criticism only makes Obamacare stronger!  —  Ignore most conservatives attacking — but it's a mistake to assume Obama's got it under control  —  Let's stipulate that the conservatives crying crocodile tears for uninsured Americans who've …
Discussion: Mediaite
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Inside The Meeting Where Obama And Reid Vowed Not To Be ‘Taken In By These Crazy People’  —  WASHINGTON — Barack Obama and Harry Reid needed to clear the air.  The relationship between the president and the Senate majority leader had been deteriorating since 2011, with Reid losing respect …
Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:   The Upside of the GOP Shutdown Defeat
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Bill Young's wife warns Charlie Crist: Stay away  —  Watch out, Charlie Crist.  —  Beverly Young has sent a letter to the former Florida governor telling him not to attend Thursday's funeral service for her late husband, GOP Rep. Bill Young, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Erica Ritz /
GLENN BECK PRESENTS ‘JUST THE BEGINNING’ OF WHY YOU NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO GROVER NORQUIST  —  Glenn Beck on Monday began what he said is “just the beginning” of his work to reveal the background and motivations of Grover Norquist, the founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform.
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Mediaite and Politico
Confronted With Example Of Obamacare Success, GOP Rep Freaks Out  —  A CNN host confronted a Republican congresswoman on Tuesday for dismissing some of the successes uninsured people have has in signing up for Obamacare, accusing the GOP lawmaker of rooting for the law's failure.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Mediaite
Ben Russell /
Parent Accuses Football Coaches of Bullying After 91-0 Win  —  Parent files complaint with school district after Aledo defeats Western Hills 91-0  —  The parent of a North Texas high school football player has filed a bullying complaint against a rival team's coaching staff after a 91-0 loss.
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
McCain considering seeking reelection in 2016  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday that he is considering running for another term in 2016, when he would be 80 years old.  —  “I'm seriously thinking about maybe giving another opportunity for you to vote for or against me in a few years from now …
A Technology Surge for  —  Site Tags:  —  Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services  —  Tuesday, October 22, 2013  —  Today, we are announcing key steps the Department is taking as part of a tech surge to continue to improve the consumer experience on
Discussion: Washington Wire and Post Politics
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.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and First Read
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Kaitlin Devine / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
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Discussion: Wonkblog
Susan Stellin / New York Times:
Security Check Now Starts Long Before You Fly
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Issa investigating OMB over ObamaCare site
Discussion: Mediaite, Politico and National Review
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Capitol to undergo $60M restoration
Discussion: Politico
Same-sex Oklahoma couple marries legally under tribal law
 Earlier Items: 
Fox News:
Fla. congressman's ex-chief of staff jailed for voter fraud scheme
Discussion: NewsBusters
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Have Barack Obama and Eric Holder Caused an Increase in Mass Murder?
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
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Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Mario Cuomo, Vocal Foe of Italian Stereotyping, Finally Sees ‘The Godfather’
The Atlantic Online:
Meet the New Hillary