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3:45 PM ET, October 25, 2013


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Carter Evans / CBS News:
Arrival of Obamacare forcing insurers to drop customers with low coverage  —  The Affordable Care Act was signed by President Obama in 2010 and since then he has repeated one reassuring phrase: “If you like your insurance plan you will keep it.  No one will be able to take that away from you.
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
10 Senate Democrats Now Calling For Extension Of Obamacare Enrollment Period  —  Ten Senate Democrats have signed a letter urging the Obama administration to extend Obamacare's open enrollment period beyond March 31.  —  The letter, which follows a similar letter that Sen. Jeanne Shaheen …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
GOP may vote again to delay Obamacare
Discussion: The Hill
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
DNC chief: Democrats can run and win on ObamaCare in 2014
House GOP plans no immigration vote in 2013  —  House Republican leadership has no plans to vote on any immigration reform legislation before the end the year.  —  The House has just 19 days in session before the end of 2013, and there are a number of reasons why immigration reform is stalled this year.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
GOP comfortable ignoring Obama pleas for vote on immigration bill  —  For President Obama and advocates hoping for a House vote on immigration reform this year, the reality is simple: Fat chance.  —  Obama repeatedly since the shutdown has sought to turn the nation's focus to immigration reform …
Jason Millman / Politico:
Jeff Zients: working by end of November  —  The troubled Obamacare enrollment website should be working smoothly for most users by the end of November, according to the longtime White House economic adviser tapped to oversee the repair effort.
Discussion: TechCrunch and National Review
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Leader Of HealthCare.Gov Tech Surge: We'll Have It Fixed In A Month
Discussion: Liberaland and ABC News
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:   HHS sets deadline of Nov. 30 for fixing ObamaCare enrollment site
CNN Anchor Challenges Congresswoman To Substantiate Obamacare Criticism, Hilarity Ensues  —  On Friday morning, CNN anchor Carol Costello challenged Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) to substantiate her claim that will endanger Americans' medical privacy.
Steve Liesman / CNBC:
Sen. Paul threatens to hold Yellen nomination: Source  —  Sen. Paul threatens Yellen nomination  —  CNBC's Steve Liesman reports Sen. Rand Paul has threatened to put Janet Yellen's Fed nomination on hold in exchange for an audit of the Federal Reserve.  —  Sen. Rand Paul is threatening …
Sabrina Siddiqui / The Huffington Post:
Rand Paul Threatens To Hold Up Janet Yellen Nomination To Fed: Report  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has threatened to block the nomination of Janet Yellen to chair the Federal Reserve, CNBC reported Friday.  —  Citing a source close to Paul, CNBC wrote that the Kentucky Republican …
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
Obamacare Fiasco Isn't a Single-Payer Conspiracy  —  I'm spending my morning listening to various contractors testify before Congress.  Back in the day, when I worked for a tech consultancy, the technical term for what is going on in this hearing was “Not it!”
Charlie Cook /
This Isn't the First Time Obama Ignored Health Care Warnings
Discussion: The Dish and First Read
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
MSNBC Panel Brawls Over Who to Blame for Obamacare Website Failure: Obama or GOP  —  The guests and fill-in host on MSNBC's Now tangled during a discussion over just which party was to blame for the failed roll-out of HealthCare.Gov. Some of the guests suggested that the White House was solely …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Weasel Zippers
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The implosion of the GOP brand, in one chart  —  Republicans successfully converted the 2010 elections into a referendum on President Obama, the economy, and liberal overreach.  As a result, they won big.  Now Democrats are hoping to turn the 2014 elections into a referendum on the GOP brand …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Addicted to the Apocalypse  —  Once upon a time, walking around shouting “The end is nigh” got you labeled a kook, someone not to be taken seriously.  These days, however, all the best people go around warning of looming disaster.  In fact, you more or less have to subscribe to fantasies …
Discussion: Business Insider and
Ktvtdeborah / CBS Dallas:
Woman Forced To Strip And Serve Jail Time For Overdue Ticket  —  NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) - A North Texas woman was handcuffed, stripped down and booked into jail - all because of an overdue traffic ticket.  —  It was just a ticket.  Sarah Boaz was cited in August after an officer said she ran a stop sign.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
GOP Lawmaker Says Obama Not a Traitor to Kenya  —  North Carolina state Rep. Larry Pittman (R) was videotaped telling a crowd of supporters that President Obama isn't a trator to his country — if that country is Kenya.  —  Said Pittman: “Someone had posted something with a picture …
Discussion: Liberaland and PoliticusUSA
Ben Terris /
How Kirsten Gillibrand Shed Her Past on the Way to Liberal Stardom  —  New York's junior senator was once a rural populist.  Now people call her the next Hillary Clinton.  How she got from there to here.  —  SYRACUSE, N.Y.—It's closer to breakfast than lunch, but Kirsten Gillibrand …
JonBenet Ramsey details coming  —  JonBenet Ramsey  —  (CNN) — Previously sealed court documents released Friday show that a Colorado grand jury voted in 1999 to indict the parents of murdered 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey on charges of child abuse resulting in death and being accessories to a crime.
Discussion: The Week, KTLA 5 and Scared Monkeys
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Follow the Law  —  Vladimir Lenin is said to have observed, “the worse, the better,” meaning the worse things got for Russians the better it was for the communists.  —  Lately, the left has taken to calling conservatives “Leninists” for our refusal to fix Obamacare.
Alex Seitz-Wald /
Grover Norquist Gives Thumbs Up to Pot Taxes  —  The anti-tax advocate tells National Journal that taxing marijuana does not violate his pledge.  —  Good news for Republicans who want to legalize marijuana: Taxing pot is A-OK with Grover Norquist, the keeper of the anti-tax pledge that hundreds of GOP lawmakers have signed.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hit & Run
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Jesse Jackson Jr. to sell Dupont townhouse  —  Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has agreed to sell his D.C. townhouse to help pay for a $750,000 forfeiture he owes, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune.  —  The former congressman “has been unsuccessful in his attempts to satisfy …
Discussion: CNN
Jeff Himmelman / New York Times:
A Game of Shark and Minnow  —  In a remote corner of the South China Sea, 105 nautical miles from the Philippines, lies a submerged reef the Filipinos call Ayungin.  —  SCROLL  —  Satellite imagery: NASA  —  In most ways it resembles the hundreds of other reefs, islands …
Germany wants a German Internet as spying scandal rankles  —  (Reuters) - As a diplomatic row rages between the United States and Europe over spying accusations, state-backed Deutsche Telekom wants German communications companies to cooperate to shield local internet traffic from foreign intelligence services.
The Baylor Lariat:
StuGov: Nix ‘homosexual’ from conduct code  —  Student Senate passed the Sexual Misconduct Code Non-Discrimination Act, a proposal to reword Baylor's Sexual Misconduct Code, in the Student Senate meeting Thursday.  —  The act proposed to remove the phrase “homosexual acts” …
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Ted Cruz in Iowa: 2016 force or flavor of the month?
Discussion: NBC Latino
Jonny Scaramanga / Salon:
Darwin inspired Hitler: Lies they teach in Texas
Discussion: The Mahablog and The Raw Story
Josh Eidelson / Salon:
If Congress won't stop deportations, Obama should do it himself, says congressman
Andrew Pulver / Guardian:
Rick Santorum calls Hollywood 'the devil's playground'
Brian Wingfield / Bloomberg:
Illinois Biggest Atomic Dump as U.S. Fails to Pick Site
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Discussion: CNN, Yahoo! News and The Hill
Peter Hamby / CNN:
The return of Sarah Palin
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Exclusive: Feds confiscate investigative reporter's confidential files during raid
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
CBO finds much less savings from raising Medicare age
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Alabama Man Pleaded Guilty To Hiring ‘KKK’ To Hang Neighbor ‘Like An Animal’
Discussion: The Raw Story and Liberaland
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Sen. Bullhead from Illinois is hooked on outrage
Discussion: Villainous Company and Power Line
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Officials alert foreign services that Snowden has documents on their cooperation with U.S.