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10:50 AM ET, October 25, 2013


 Top Items: 
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 …
Brian Beutler / Salon:
Republicans' embarrassing Obamacare overreach backfires  —  Beyond a basic misunderstanding of the Democrats' position in the shutdown and debt limit fights, one of the biggest reasons Republicans got themselves into so much trouble last month is that they badly misjudged both the party's commitment …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Charlie Cook /
This Isn't the First Time Obama Ignored Health Care Warnings  —  The president needs to apply an overdue reality check to the problem-plagued Affordable Care Act.  —  A woman looks at the insurance exchange internet site October 1, 2013.  (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images))
Discussion: First Read
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
Discussion: ABC News and Liberaland
Megan Slack / White Blog:
President Obama: We Should Pass Immigration Reform, and We Should Do It this Year
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Republicans need a new song
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Officials alert foreign services that Snowden has documents on their cooperation with U.S.  —  U.S. officials are alerting some foreign intelligence services that documents detailing their secret cooperation with the United States have been obtained by former National Security Agency contractor …
James Ball / Guardian:
NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders after US official handed over contacts  —  • Agency given more than 200 numbers by government official  —  • NSA encourages departments to share their ‘Rolodexes’  —  • Surveillance produced ‘little intelligence’, memo acknowledges
Germany and France demand talks with US over NSA spying revelations
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Snowden: NSA keeps record of every telephone call in the United States
Discussion: Techdirt and Talking Points Memo
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
CBO finds much less savings from raising Medicare age  —  The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on Thursday dramatically lowered its estimate of the amount of budget savings to be gained from raising the Medicare eligibility age.  —  The CBO now says that raising the Medicare age slowly …
CBO's Publications:
Raising the Age of Eligibility for Medicare to 67: An Updated Estimate of the Budgetary Effects  —  Medicare, one of the federal government's largest programs, provides health care benefits primarily to elderly people.  The usual age of eligibility for those benefits is 65, although certain people qualify for the program earlier.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
New Budget Numbers May Kill A Medicare Age Hike
Discussion: Washington Monthly
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Sen. Bullhead from Illinois is hooked on outrage  —  Dick Durbin not only baited his own hook, he swallowed it whole  —  A Facebook post by Sen. Dick Durbin asserting that a House Republican leader insulted President Barack Obama while negotiating with him has Durbin in hot water.
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 …
Washington Post:
Gansler says he should have checked drinking at party  —  A month after launching his campaign for governor, Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler was entangled Thursday in yet another controversy, this time acknowledging a lapse in judgment when he appeared at a beach-house party …
Oren Dorell / USA Today:
Report: Iran may be month from a bomb  —  Iran could produce enough weapons-grade uranium to build a nuclear bomb in as little as a month, according to a new estimate by one of the USA's top nuclear experts.  —  CONNECT  —  Iran could produce enough weapons-grade uranium to build …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Weasel Zippers
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Dems could break with Obama on Iran
Discussion: Liberaland
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!”
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Times:
Getting to the bottom of's flop  —  MILLIONS of Americans negotiating America's health care system know all too well what the waiting room of a doctor's office looks like.  Now, thanks to, they know what a “virtual waiting room” looks like, too.
Discussion: Computerworld
Croatian Parliament Puts Same-Sex Marriage Ban To Popular Vote  —  A top U.S. official refuses to comment on the decision, saying same-sex marriage isn't a core issue.  —  Around 15,000 people attended Zagreb's 12th pride parade in June.  —  Antonio Bronic / Reuters
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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Nicole Perlroth / NYT Bits:
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Discussion: Gizmodo and The Verge
Benjamin Weinthal / Fox News:
Iran gives Christians 80 lashes for communion wine as UN blasts human rights record
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
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Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
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Inside Prince Charles' World As He Quietly Takes Charge
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 Earlier Items: 
Alex Roarty /
What If Millennials Start to Hate Obamacare?
Discussion: Hot Air and Yahoo! News
James Hohmann / Politico:
‘Serious’ Ken Cuccinelli keeps calm at debate
Discussion: Blue Virginia and First Read
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Clinton: US ‘careening from crisis to crisis’
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, ABC News and CNN
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Santorum: Satan Controls The Film Industry
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Nigerian ambassador demands Cruz apology