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7:35 PM ET, October 23, 2013


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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 …
Center for American Progress:
The Affordable Care Act's Lower-Than-Projected Premiums Will Save $190 Billion  —  Endnotes and citations are available in the PDF version of this issue brief.  —  The Affordable Care Act is already working: Intense price competition among health plans in the marketplaces for individuals has lowered premiums below projected levels.
Bradley Allen / Wall Street Journal:
The website problems were finally solved. But the doctor shortage is a nightmare.
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
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.
Kyle Potter / INFORUM:
Feds ask Blue Cross Blue Shield not to release exchange numbers  —  FARGO - The Obama administration asked North Dakota's largest health insurer not to publicize how many people have signed up for health insurance through a new online exchange, a company official says.
Jen Wieczner / MarketWatch:
Obamacare mandate may be delayed
Ari Berman /
Texas Voter ID Law Discriminates Against Women, Students and Minorities  —  Texas's new voter ID law got off to a rocky start this week as early voting began for state constitutional amendments.  The law was previously blocked as discriminatory by the federal courts under the Voting Rights Act in 2012 …
Voter ID Law May Cause Problems for Women Using Maiden Names
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Raw Story
Texas Judge Almost Blocked From Voting Because Of New Voter ID Law
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.
Daily Mail:
Saudi Arabia severs diplomatic ties with US over response to conflict in Syria  — Saudi diplomats now promise a ‘major shift’ in relations with the U.S. over inaction in the conflict in Syria  — Secretary of State John Kerry says he is committed to keeping a good relationship with the Saudis
John G. Taft / New York Times:
The Cry of the True Republican  —  I AM a genetic Republican.  —  Five generations of Tafts have served our nation as unwaveringly stalwart Republicans, from Alphonso Taft, who served as attorney general in the late 19th century, through William Howard Taft, who not only was the only person …
New York Times:
The United States, Falling Behind
Discussion: News Desk and Liberaland
Ross Douthat:
Why Not Medicaid For All?  —  My Sunday column on the potential consequences of Obamacare's botched rollout ended by sketching a scenario in which the program's Medicaid expansion is deemed a success while its reform of the individual market leads to much-higher-than-expected costs and much-lower-than-expected participation rates.
Wall Street Journal:   The Ohio Governor's lawless, faith-based Obamacaid expansion.
Jill Lawrence /
Republicans Might Be Mad at John Kasich, But Voters Won't Be
Discussion:, Taylor Marsh and Yahoo! News
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Manchin Working On Bill To Delay Obamacare Individual Mandate  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is working on legislation to effectively delay Obamacare's individual mandate for one year, his office told TPM on Wednesday.  —  His spokesman, Jonathan Kott, said Manchin opposes a bill proposed by Sen. Marco Rubio …
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Two House Dems call for firings over healthcare rollout  —  At least two vulnerable congressional Democrats are calling for President Obama to fire someone over the shaky implementation of his signature healthcare law.  —  Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.) said Wednesday that Obama needed to …
Discussion: Reuters and CNN
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:   Frustrated Dems lament damage from website bugs
Yahoo! News:
Some Democrats open to changing Obamacare deadlines
Salt Lake Tribune:
The hidden room inside Mitt Romney's new Utah house  —  Holladay » The front door of Mitt Romney's soon-to-be-constructed Holladay house opens to a massive living room, and to your left, around the fireplace, lies a study.  —  If you look closely at the bookshelves there, you find something interesting: a secret door.
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
‘ is in de facto shutdown’  —  Robert Laszewski is president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, a policy and marketplace consulting firm that has him working closely with many in the heath industry as they try to navigate the Affordable Care Act, as well as the author …
Discussion: Hot Air, National Review and Guardian
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
Seven ‘Solutions’ That Won't Save Obamacare  —  With Nov. 1 storming toward us and the health insurance exchanges still not working, we face the daunting possibility that people may not be able to sign up for January, or maybe even for 2014.  The possibility of a total breakdown …
Boston Globe:
14-year-old student held without bail in slaying of Danvers High teacher  —  A 24-year-old Danvers High School teacher has been found dead, and a 14-year-old boy is being held without bail on a charge of murdering her.  —  Math teacher Colleen Ritzer's body was found in the woods behind the school …
Jonathan Strong / National Review:
Boehner, Cantor Spokesman Deny Durbin Account of White House Meeting  —  Spokesmen for both Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor say neither official said or remembers anyone else saying they couldn't stand to look at President Obama at a White House summit during the government shutdown …
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Dick Durbin: GOP leader told Obama ‘I cannot even stand to look at you’
Mike Konczal /
What Kind of Problem is the ACA Rollout for Liberalism?  —  “This massive IT launch sure came in on time, under budget, and without headaches” is a statement that nobody has ever said.  But even controlling for that, looks to be having a disastrous launch.
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
GOP Senate Candidate Addressed Conference Hosted by Neo-Confederate Group That Promotes Secessionism  —  Mississippi Republican Chris McDaniel, who is challenging Sen. Thad Cochran and backed by the Senate Conservatives Fund and the Club for Growth, took the stage with a historian who says Lincoln was a Marxist.
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Debbie Wasserman Schultz ‘disappointed’ by Alan Grayson email  —  DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said she is “disappointed in the use of that imagery” with regards to a controversial fundraising email sent by Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson that compared the tea party to the Ku Klux Klan.
Tabby Biddle / The Huffington Post:
Marianne Williamson Announces Run for Congress … Marianne Williamson announced her run for Congress at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA on October 20th, 2013.  She is running for the U.S House of Representatives, California District 33.  Photo courtesy of Marianne Williamson for Congress.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Liberaland and Moe Lane
TIME:   Not a Joke
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Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters:
‘Very, Very Major’ Social Media Site Co-Founder: Obamacare Technology ‘Sucks’
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Boehner: More people will lose insurance under Obamacare than sign up in exchanges
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
Morgan Freeman Says WTF to GOP, Dishes on ‘Last Vegas,’ ‘12 Years a Slave,’ and Batfleck
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Analysis: ObamaCare to raise premiums dramatically for some young women
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Steve Liesman / CNBC:
An apology from Steve Liesman
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Report: U.S. Spent $3.7 Trillion on Welfare Over Last 5 Years
Discussion: VodkaPundit and Weasel Zippers
Perry Chiaramonte / Fox News:
Craigslist makes turning food stamps into cash a SNAP
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and The PJ Tatler
Katie Pavlich /
BREAKING: Judge Refuses to Dismiss Case Challenging Obamacare Subsidies
Discussion: protein wisdom
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Alan Greenspan's Bank Capital Fraud
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: White House Official Fired for Tweeting Under Fake Name