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3:10 PM 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 …
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
Pelosi pushes back on extending health care enrollment  —  Washington (CNN) - The top Democrat in the House is pushing back against calls to extend open enrollment in the new health care exchanges because of the massive technical problems plaguing
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Health co-ops, created to foster competition and lower insurance costs, are in danger
Discussion: Firedoglake and Prairie Weather
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.
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.
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
Discussion: Jihad Watch and VodkaPundit
Katie Pavlich /
BREAKING: Judge Refuses to Dismiss Case Challenging Obamacare Subsidies  —  UPDATE: The judge will not issue an injunction to stop the IRS from issuing subsidies, meaning Obamacare can move forward as planned.  However, the lawsuit will also move forward and depending on the outcome, could limit IRS power to issue Obamacare subsidies.
Discussion: protein wisdom
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.
Discussion: Politico, Liberaland and ABC 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.) …
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
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Alan Greenspan's Bank Capital Fraud  —  I'm a little surprised to find myself saying this, but I think David Dayen's managed to be too soft on Alan Greenspan in his take on Greenspan's new book The Map and the Territory.  It's true that Greenspan's 2004-vintage pimping for adjustable-rate mortgages …
David Dayen / The New Republic:
The Media Can't Stop Sucking Up to Alan Greenspan
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.
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 …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Report: U.S. Spent $3.7 Trillion on Welfare Over Last 5 Years  —  New research from the Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee shows that over the last 5 years, the U.S. has spent about $3.7 trillion on welfare.  Here's a chart, showing that spending versus transportation, education, and NASA spending:
Discussion: VodkaPundit and Weasel Zippers
Perry Chiaramonte / Fox News:
Craigslist makes turning food stamps into cash a SNAP  —  Food stamp recipients are turning the government handouts into quick cash with ads on Craigslist, despite efforts to stem fraud.  —  The federally-funded grocery assistance coupons — which are issued by states in the form …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and The PJ Tatler
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Russia Putting a Strong Arm on Neighbors  —  CHISINAU, Moldova — It was not enough for Dmitri O. Rogozin, a deputy prime minister of Russia, to warn darkly that it would be “a grave mistake” for Moldova to seek closer ties with Europe.  —  Mr. Rogozin, wrapping up a visit here last month …
Discussion: Via Meadia and VodkaPundit
Billy Kenber / Washington Post:
Guantanamo Bay prison camp still at work on its image  —  GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA — Weeds now grow where nearly two dozen kneeling and blindfolded men in orange jumpsuits were photographed as guards in fatigues looked on.  —  It's been more than a decade since these iconic images …
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Bill de Blasio and the New Urban Populism  —  In an era of Clintonesque caution, when Democrats typically mute any expression of their leftward leanings, Bill de Blasio, who will almost certainly be elected mayor of New York City two weeks from now, does not concede an inch to the right.
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Steve Liesman / CNBC:
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Philip Weiss / Mondoweiss:
Adelson says Obama should fire ‘atomic weapon’ at Iran, not negotiate
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Texas Judge Almost Blocked From Voting Because Of New Voter ID Law
Discussion: KIII-TV and The Raw Story
Peter Wood / The Conversation:
Why Mitch Daniels Was Wrong
Discussion: Power Line
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
How Jon Stewart became President Obama's biggest problem
Discussion: American Spectator
 Earlier Items: 
Doug Palmer / Politico:
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
McCain Shoos Man From Phoenix Town Hall, Defends Conservative Record
Discussion: Mediaite and The PJ Tatler
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
California Appeals Court Upholds Assault Rifle Ban
Discussion: Liberaland
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
No Reason, Just Hate: That's a Modern Liberal
Ezekiel J. Emanuel / New York Times:
How to Fix the Glitches
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Associated Press:
Dead Boston marathon suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev tied to 2011 killings
Discussion: Jihad Watch and RIA Novosti
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Will Ryan cut a deal?
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …