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12:40 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 …
Chicago Tribune:
Fixing software won't fix Obamacare
Josh Gerstein / Reuters:
Next up after website glitches: The lawsuits
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
Seven ‘Solutions’ That Won't Save Obamacare
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Sebelius Thrust Into Firestorm on Exchanges
Discussion: The Plum Line, Politico, Power Line and CNN
Abby D. Phillip / ABC News:
Paul Ryan Calls for HHS Chief to Step Down for Obamacare Rollout
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:
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.) …
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.
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
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
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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
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: Liberaland
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
Doug Palmer / Politico:
Does President Obama have chops to wrap up his trade deals?  —  Some presidents have a natural affinity for trade deals, but in the first year of his administration, President Barack Obama seemed to many observers like he couldn't care less.  He appointed a likable Dallas mayor without …
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.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Will Ryan cut a deal?  —  Washington is wondering: Will Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) cut a deal?  —  Ryan faces a crucial moment in his political career as the formal House-Senate budget conference gets underway.  —  Those who want to see a deal — a group that includes deficit hawks …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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 …
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
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
California Appeals Court Upholds Assault Rifle Ban  —  California's law banning possession of a semi-automatic assault rifle is constitutional, according to a state appeals court that upheld the law Monday against a Second Amendment challenge.  As the court's opinion explains …
Discussion: Liberaland
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Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Part-Time Work Is on the Decline
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
How Jon Stewart became President Obama's biggest problem
Discussion: American Spectator
Sue Gardner / Wikimedia blog:
Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Sue Gardner's response to paid advocacy editing and sockpuppetry
Discussion: Politico and The Verge
CBS News:
Poll: Post-shutdown, Congress disapproval at all-time high
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
McCain Shoos Man From Phoenix Town Hall, Defends Conservative Record
Discussion: Mediaite and The PJ Tatler
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Health co-ops, created to foster competition and lower insurance costs, are in danger
Discussion: Firedoglake and Prairie Weather
Washington Post:
Businesses backed GOP lawmakers who spurned them on default
 Earlier Items: 
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Bill de Blasio and the New Urban Populism
Discussion: Politicker and Capital New York
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Evangelical Leader Preaches Pullback From Politics, Culture Wars
Clive Crook / Bloomberg:
Democrats Are Stupid, Too  —  Even many Republicans agree …
James Hohmann / Politico:
Liz Cheney: John McCain a ‘liberal Republican’
Discussion: Daily Kos and Liberaland