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2:15 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 …
Jeanne Shaheen:
SHAHEEN LEADS COALITION OF SENATORS TO CALL FOR OPEN ENROLLMENT EXTENSION … (Washington, DC) - As Americans continue to experience technical difficulties with federal and state health insurance enrollment, a coalition of U.S. Senators led by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) …
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Strassel: Democrats Run for ObamaCare Cover  —  After weeks of vowing they wouldn't cave on the president's signature legislation, some Democrats are doing just that.  —  Jeanne Shaheen doesn't sound like a Democrat who just won a government-shutdown “victory.”
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: The Dish and First Read
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
DNC chief: Democrats can run and win on ObamaCare in 2014
Discussion: BizPac Review and Weasel Zippers
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.
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 …
Discussion: Liberaland and
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 Kanter / New York Times:
Germany and France Propose Talks With U.S. to Rein In Spying
Discussion: The Hill, The Week, Gawker and The Plum Line
Germany and France demand talks with US over NSA spying revelations
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 …
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!”
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
Discussion: American Prospect
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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: KTLA 5 and Scared Monkeys
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Exclusive: Feds confiscate investigative reporter's confidential files during raid  —  A veteran Washington D.C. investigative journalist says the Department of Homeland Security confiscated a stack of her confidential files during a raid of her home in August — leading her to fear that a number …
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” …
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
Peter Hamby / CNN:
The return of Sarah Palin  —  (CNN) — The Republican establishment can't stand her.  The media mocks her.  But Sarah Palin isn't going anywhere.  —  Far from it.  —  After laying low for much of this year, Palin is gingerly stepping back into the public arena with a national book tour …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
NC GOPer Who Resigned Over Racist Remark Says Party Is ‘Gutless’ (AUDIO)  —  The North Carolina GOP official who was asked to resign Thursday over a racially charged comment he made in a “Daily Show” interview doesn't regret the remark — rather, he thinks the Republican Party has “no guts.”
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Elderly patients sick over losing doctors under ObamaCare  —  ObamaCare is making seniors sick.  —  Elderly New Yorkers are in a panic after getting notices that insurance companies are booting their doctors from the Medicare Advantage program as a result of the shifting medical landscape under ObamaCare.
Des Moines Register:
Ted Cruz Q&A: The senator's private side  —  Q. What is your dream job?  —  A.  “I'd love to be the starting point guard for the Houston Rockets, and I'm confident that there is no universe in which that will ever come to pass.”  —  Q. What kind of car do you drive?  —  A.  “A 2011 Range Rover.”
Discussion: CNN, Yahoo! News and The Hill
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
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Brian Beutler / Salon:
Republicans' embarrassing Obamacare overreach backfires
Discussion: Daily Kos