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6:00 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
Discussion: Liberaland, ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
Bradley Allen / Wall Street Journal:
The website problems were finally solved. But the doctor shortage is a nightmare.
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
Jill Lawrence /
Republicans Might Be Mad at John Kasich, But Voters Won't Be
Discussion:, Taylor Marsh and Yahoo! News
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
ThinkProgress:   Texas Judge Almost Blocked From Voting Because Of New Voter ID Law
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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Durbin: House leader told Obama ‘I cannot even stand to look at you’
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.
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 …
Not a Joke  —  By Joe Klein @JoeKleinTIMEOct.  22, 2013  —  The New Age spiritualist Marianne Williamson is thinking of running for Congress from Los Angeles as an independent.  —  There will be jokes about this.  She's been a glamevangelist, with a stable of celebrities swooning over her books and lectures.
Tabby Biddle / The Huffington Post:
Marianne Williamson Announces Run for Congress
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Liberaland and Moe Lane
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Philip Weiss / Mondoweiss:
Adelson says Obama should fire ‘atomic weapon’ at Iran, not negotiate  —  Last night in New York, Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire supporter of Israel, said that the U.S. should fire a nuclear weapon at Iran rather than negotiate.  He said that if Obama fires a weapon into the desert …
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.
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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
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Russia Putting a Strong Arm on Neighbors
Discussion: Via Meadia and VodkaPundit
Steve Liesman / CNBC:
An apology from Steve Liesman
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
Pelosi pushes back on extending health care enrollment
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
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
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
No Reason, Just Hate: That's a Modern Liberal
Ezekiel J. Emanuel / New York Times:
How to Fix the Glitches
Discussion: ABC News
Kyle Trygstad / Roll Call:
The 7 Republican Senators Most Vulnerable to a Primary
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: White House Official Fired for Tweeting Under Fake Name