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6:00 PM ET, October 24, 2013


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Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Harry Reid Told Caucus That Pete Sessions Was Behind Obama Insult, Senators Say  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told his Democratic caucus last week in a private meeting that a top House Republican said to President Barack Obama, “I cannot even stand to look at you …
Laura Barron-Lopez / E2-Wire:
Obama's former climate czar predicts president will reject Keystone XL  —  Former White House energy and climate czar Carol Browner on Thursday predicted President Obama will say no to building the controversial Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.  —  “Whether or not he will say no — well …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Palin: ‘No Wonder’ Why Some Think White House Fainting Was Staged
Jake Tapper / The Lead with Jake Tapper:
White House Deputy Chief of Staff told Durbin, others about erroneous rude GOP comment
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
White House says it was behind Durbin ‘miscommunication’
Discussion: Politico
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama: Immigration's fate up to GOP
Discussion: CNN
Todd S. Purdum / Politico:
Trash-talking the president
New York Times:
Health Care Law Fails to Lower Prices for Rural Areas  —  As technical failures bedevil the rollout of President Obama's health care law, evidence is emerging that one of the program's loftiest goals — to encourage competition among insurers in an effort to keep costs low — is falling short for many rural Americans.
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
ObamaCare website contractors blame Obama administration  —  Principal contractors hired to build the ObamaCare website are hitting back at the Obama administration for the site's overwhelming technical problems.  —  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) …
New York Times:
Republicans, Sensing Weakness in Health Law Rollout, Switch Tactics  —  WASHINGTON — Emboldened by the intense public criticism surrounding the rollout of the online insurance exchange, Republicans in Congress are refocusing their efforts from denying funds for the health care law to investigating it.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The Morning Plum: House GOP pivots from Obamacare to Obamacare
Jeane MacIntosh / New York Post:
Obama wants Marines to wear ‘girly’ hats  —  A change to the Marine Corps' uniform hats could take the hard-nosed Leathernecks from the Halls of Montezuma to the shops of Christopher Street.  —  Thanks to a plan by President Obama to create a “unisex” look for the Corps …
James Ball / Guardian:
NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders  —  • Agency given more than 200 numbers by government official  —  • NSA encourages departments to share their ‘Rolodexes’  —  • Surveillance produced ‘little intelligence’, memo acknowledges  —  The National Security Agency monitored …
Joan Walsh / Salon:
How I became the poster girl for liberal agitprop  —  For suggesting pundits wait before declaring the ACA a train wreck, I was called a hack - and the C-word, of course  —  I woke up Monday morning to a changed America.  After a month of news coverage focused on an extremist …
Nicholas G. Hahn III / RealClearReligion:
The Devil and Herman Cain  —  It's been two years since allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced, but Herman Cain is finally fighting back.  —  The former Republican presidential hopeful gave RealClearReligion an exclusive look at evidence he'll be using in a soon-to-be published column …
Discussion: Mediaite, Daily Kos and The Raw Story
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:   Herman Cain: The Devil Was Behind Sexual Harassment Allegations
Baltimore Sun:
Gansler says breaking up teen party was not his job  —  Attorney general has advocated against underage drinking  —  Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler (white shirt with cell phone, right of center) is seen in a photo posted to Instagram from a senior week party in Delaware this summer.
Lucy Kinder / Telegraph:
‘Offensive’ Halloween costumes banned by US university  —  University of Colorado Boulder tells students to avoid costumes including cowboys, indians, white trash or anything potentially deemed offensive  —  University students in America have been told not to wear “offensive” …
EndPlay / WIVB-TV:
Hillary Clinton speaks at UB, is heckled … AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) - Former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke to a large crowd at the University at Buffalo Wednesday night, as part of the university's Distinguished Speaker Series.
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
George Soros Backs ‘Ready For Hillary’ PAC
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
How The Pope Could Tear Apart The Religious Right  —  Conservative Christians revolt against the new pope's new tone.  “That man needs to read his Bible,” says one evangelical.  —  John Gara  —  WASHINGTON — As political spectators gawk at the “civil war” currently engulfing congressional Republicans …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Dish
Steven Rattner / New York Times:
The Biggest Economy Killer: Our Government  —  The government shutdown and debt ceiling crisis inflicted a toll on the American economy, but that cost is only a fraction of the total damage that the federal government has been causing to the American economy.
Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:
The Decline of Wikipedia  —  The sixth most widely used website in the world is not run anything like the others in the top 10.  It is not operated by a sophisticated corporation but by a leaderless collection of volunteers who generally work under pseudonyms and habitually bicker with each other.
Discussion: Techdirt and The Raw Story
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
New Budget Numbers May Kill A Medicare Age Hike  —  Raising the Medicare eligibility age to 67 saves far less than previously projected, a revelation that makes the policy far less attractive in upcoming deficit reduction negotiations in Congress.  —  The long-debated policy now cuts …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Russell Brand / New Statesman:
Russell Brand on revolution: “We no longer have the luxury of tradition”  —  But before we change the world, we need to change the way we think.  —  When I was asked to edit an issue of the New Statesman I said yes because it was a beautiful woman asking me.
Discussion: Gawker, Mediaite and The Raw Story
Laura Leslie / @NCCapitol:
‘Daily Show’ comments cost GOP precinct chair his post  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — A Buncombe County Republican precinct chairman has been asked to resign after making “offensive” comments on “The Daily Show.”  —  Buncombe GOP Chairman Henry Mitchell said Don Yelton officially stepped down from his position Thursday.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Bush Homeland Security Chief Slams Tea Party Opposition To Immigration Reform  —  Former DHS chief Tom Ridge throws his weight behind the push for immigration reform and bluntly warns against excesses of the security state.  “Are we willing to surrender the privacy to have absolute security?
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Nigerian ambassador demands Cruz apology  —  The Nigerian ambassador to the United States on Thursday decried Sen. Ted Cruz's joke earlier this week that “Nigerian email scammers” built the government's health care exchange website, saying his comments are offensive and demanded an apology.
Discussion: National Review
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
Why Obamacare Is Like Three Mile Island  —  I've been blogging a lot over the past week or so about the risk of an insurance market “death spiral” — where young people stay away, so the only people buying insurance are old and sick, causing the cost of insurance to rise over time and pushing ever …
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Obamacare Operator Fired After Taking Call From Hannity; Hannity To Give Her A Year's Salary  —  On the top of Thursday's broadcast of his radio show, Sean Hannity revealed Erling Davis, the Obamacare operator he called early in his Monday show, got fired.  Hannity quizzed her on how well the law …
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The False Glow of Remembered Childhood
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Salon
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Stung by a Twitter renegade, group in Obama administration launched sting of its own
Fox News:
Teachers' unions fight bill that would bar sex offenders from schools
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and “The Lid”
Yahoo! News:
Arctic Temperatures Highest in at Least 44,000 Years
Discussion: Liberaland
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
McCaskill Condemns Alan Grayson's Email Comparing Tea Party To KKK
Discussion: The Week, Mediaite and Hullabaloo
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Here's The Conversation We Should Really Be Having About Obamacare And Part-Time Work
Discussion: National Review
 Earlier Items: 
Jaclyn Friedman / American Prospect:
A Good Men's Rights Movement Is Hard to Find
Discussion: The Raw Story and man boobz
Teacher Took Students to Strip Club: Police
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Gawker
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Medicaid could be the next headache for Obamacare
Discussion: Reuters and
Beth Reinhard /
Inside the Messy but Moneyed Republican Plan to Neutralize the Tea Party
Discussion: Firedoglake, ABC News and First Read
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Case Explores Rights of Fetus Versus Mother
Discussion: Shakesville and Law Blog