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9:15 PM ET, October 25, 2013


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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Racism Out of Context  —  I had planned on ignoring the furor over North Carolina Republican precinct chairman Don Yelton, who was pushed into resigning after stupidly making racist remarks to a Daily Show camera.  I mean, the guy is a precinct chairman, not a county chair or an elected official …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and @NCCapitol
Tim Molloy / The Wrap:
Don Yelton tells TheWrap his party should have used his “lazy blacks” comment as proof it accepts all views  —  Don Yelton, the North Carolina Republican who lost a county precinct chairman position after deriding “lazy blacks” on “The Daily Show,” isn't exactly backing down.
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.”
Jake Sherman / Politico:
GOP may vote again to delay Obamacare
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Leader Of HealthCare.Gov Tech Surge: We'll Have It Fixed In A Month  —  Enrollment site for Obamacare should be good to go by “the end of November,” says Jeff Zients.  —  President Obama and Jeffrey Zients in April.  —  Larry Downing / Reuters  —  WASHINGTON — The man in charge of fixing …
Discussion: ABC News
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:   Obama Admin. Taps Contractor to Fix Health Website
Jason Millman / Politico:
Jeff Zients: working by end of November
David Frum / david-frum:
How Ted Cruz Can Win in 2016  —  Forget what you think you know about the next presidential election.  David Frum details how the junior senator from Texas can take the White House.  —  Three years out, few bets in U.S. politics looked as sure as Hillary Clinton's election to the presidency in 2016.
Alan Pyke / ThinkProgress:
Over 10 Percent Of America's Largest Companies Pay Zero Percent Tax Rates  —  Among companies listed on the S&P 500, almost one in nine paid an effective tax rate of zero percent — or even lower — over the past year, according to an analysis by USA Today.  —  There are 57 separate companies listed …
Matt Krantz / USA Today:   Large companies find ways to a zero tax rate
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Shepard Smith's Office Romance: A 26-Year-Old Fox Staffer  —  Shepard Smith, the endlessly endearing (and easily angered) Fox News anchor, has likened the right-wing channel to a “family,” with president Roger Ailes as its domineering father.  Which makes it only slightly awkward that in early 2012 …
Discussion: Erik Wemple and Joe. My. God.
NSA site down due to alleged DDoS attack  —  The website for the United States National Security Agency suddenly went offline Friday.  — has been unavailable globally as of late Friday afternoon, and Twitter accounts belonging to people loosely affiliated with the Anonymous hacktivism movement …
Chris Mooney / Mother Jones:
The Science of Tea Party Wrath  —  Jonathan Haidt on the psychology of politics, the emotions behind the Tea Party—and why as a self-described centrist, he thinks a Republican crackup may be coming.  —  Fibonacci Blue/Flickr  —  If you want to understand how American politics changed for the worse …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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!”
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Wow: This is How Sarah Palin ‘Politely’ Refused Piers Morgan's Invitation  —  It's Friday, and Sarah Palin and Piers Morgan are fighting on Facebook and Twitter.  It all started with a late morning Facebook post from Palin, “politely” declining Morgan's many “invitations” …
Discussion: Liberaland and The Daily Caller
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
Joshua Green / Businessweek:
Obama's Top Economic Adviser Tells Democrats They'll Have to Swallow Entitlement Cuts  —  This morning, Gene Sperling, director of the White House's National Economic Council, appeared before a Democratic business group for what was billed as a speech about the economy after the shutdown, followed by a Q&A session.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama says he doesn't want to hear about spending cuts  —  President Obama told Republicans in Congress that he doesn't want to hear about additional cuts to government programs after the 16-day shutdown.  —  The president said the country can afford to make investments in areas like education …
Zerlina / Feministing:
Dear Journalists: Your privilege is clouding your perspective on Obamacare website glitches  —  If I see one more journalist symbolically log on to the Obamacare website, I'm going to scream.  If you're making faux calls into the call center, only to complain about the lack of hold music …
Discussion: The Plum Line and Corrente
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Sorry liberals, Obamacare's problems go much deeper than the Web site
Jennifer Hlad / Stars & Stripes:
Marines shoot down Internet story on Obama's alleged push for ‘girly hats’ … The story is sweeping the Internet: President Barack Obama is trying to emasculate male Marines by making them wear a girly cover with their famed dress uniforms.  The only problem?  It's not true.
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 and Weasel Zippers
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
‘Joe The Plumber’ Says Democrats ‘Have A History Of Lynching Black Americans’  —  Samuel “Joe The Plumber” Wurzelbacher, the conservative activist and failed Ohio congressional candidate who rose to prominence after he had a campaign trail confrontation with President Barack Obama before his election in 2008 …
Discussion: Mediaite and Liberaland
CBS News:
Medicaid enrollment spike a threat to Obamacare structure?  —  (CBS News) The disastrous rollout of may have another serious problem: A CBS News analysis shows that in many of the 15 state-based health insurance exchanges more people are enrolling in Medicaid rather than buying private health insurance.
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 …
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: PoliticusUSA and Liberaland
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Paige Winfield Cunningham / Reuters:
‘Glitches’ hit Obamacare paper, phone applications too
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Politico
Chris Christie doc certifies health is A-OK
Discussion: Politico
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: ObamaCare Takes On Water
Suzanne Kennedy / WJLA-TV:
Doug Gansler party attendees say attorney general couldn't have missed drinking
Discussion: Politico
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Obama the Avatar  —  Discussing the Obamacare disaster …
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Jonny Scaramanga / Salon:
Darwin inspired Hitler: Lies they teach in Texas
Discussion: The Mahablog and The Raw Story
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Jesse Jackson Jr. to sell Dupont townhouse
Discussion: CNN
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Andrew Pulver / Guardian:
Rick Santorum calls Hollywood 'the devil's playground'
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The implosion of the GOP brand, in one chart
Peter Hamby / CNN:
The return of Sarah Palin
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Addicted to the Apocalypse  —  Once upon a time, walking around …
Discussion: Business Insider and
Carter Evans / CBS News:
Arrival of Obamacare forcing insurers to drop customers with low coverage