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11:35 AM ET, October 26, 2013


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Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
Michelle Obama's Princeton classmate is executive at company that built Obamacare website  —  First Lady Michelle Obama's Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company that earned the no-bid contract to build the failed Obamacare website.  —  Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of '85 …
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Delay Obamacare?  Not as easy as you think  —  More and more Democrats worried about the 2014 election are beginning to join the Republican call to delay the Obamacare enrollment season.  —  But it's not as easy as bumping things back a few days on the calendar.
Paige Winfield Cunningham / Reuters:   ‘Glitches’ hit Obamacare paper, phone applications too
David Feith / Wall Street Journal:
Xia Yeliang: The China Americans Don't See  —  A Peking University economics professor who was sacked for his political views explains the underside of elite Chinese higher education.  —  The 21st-century romance between America's universities and China continues to blossom …
Bryan Koenig / CNN:
Ted Cruz's grassroots: The new Reagan Revolution?  —  (CNN) - Sen. Ted Cruz tried to compare his relationship with his favored grassroots Friday with the momentum that propelled Republican President Ronald Reagan into the White House.  —  The response to the economic malaise of the late 1970s was …
Discussion: Politico
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.
New York Times:
Immigration Poses Threat of Another Republican Rift  —  WASHINGTON — A push to bring immigration legislation to the House floor, led by an unusual coalition of business executives, prominent conservatives and evangelical leaders, threatens to create another schism in the Republican Party …
Rod Dreher / The American Conservative:
GOP Civil War  —  Oh, it's on: … RINO hunt!  This is astonishing, and can only be driven by an ideological mindset so impervious to reality that it would rather destroy political conservatism's chances of actually running the country than succumb to the least impurity in the ranks.
Discussion: The Mahablog
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
Obamacare Website Flaws Imperil President's Activist Agenda  —  The rocky debut of the insurance exchanges at the heart of President Barack Obama's health-care law poses risks to his political agenda and the activist role for government that he has championed for his second term.
Juliet Eilperin / Post Politics:
Cindy McCain petitions husband to back gay rights bill  —  Call it a bold canvassing move that paid off: An organizer for the Human Rights Campaign asked Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) wife Cindy to sign a postcard Thursday urging the senator to back legislation barring workplace discrimination …
ABC News:
Spying on Allies Fits President Obama's Standoffish Profile  —  Diplomats are not surprised that the security agencies under U.S. President Barack Obama have reportedly been monitoring close allies like German Chancellor Angela Merkel.  He has failed to foster close relationships with other heads of state …
Discussion: Politico and New York Times
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
NSA site went down due to ‘internal error’, not DDoS attack, agency claims  —  The website for the United States National Security Agency suddenly went offline Friday.  — had been unavailable globally as of late Friday afternoon, and Twitter accounts belonging to people loosely affiliated …
Fox News:
Former Guantanamo detainee was on ground in Benghazi during terror attack, source says  —  A former Guantanamo Bay detainee with Al Qaeda ties was in Benghazi the night of the Sept. 11 attack, according to a source on the ground in Libya.  —  The source told Fox News that ex-detainee Sufian bin Qumu …
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 …
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 …
James Ball / Guardian:
Leaked memos reveal GCHQ efforts to keep mass surveillance secret  —  Exclusive: Edward Snowden papers show UK spy agency fears legal challenge if scale of surveillance is made public  —  The UK intelligence agency GCHQ has repeatedly warned it fears a “damaging public debate” …
Discussion: BBC, Techdirt and emptywheel
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
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John Fund / National Review:
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Jules Witcover / Chicago Tribune:
GOP fights on against Obamacare, at its peril
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Cheryl K. Chumley / Washington Times:
Fort Hood soldiers say Army warned them off tea party, Christian groups
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Chris Christie doc certifies health is A-OK
Discussion: Politico
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Wow: This is How Sarah Palin ‘Politely’ Refused Piers Morgan's Invitation
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Doug Gansler party attendees say attorney general couldn't have missed drinking
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
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Obama the Avatar  —  Discussing the Obamacare disaster …
Discussion: VodkaPundit
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The Science of Tea Party Wrath
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
‘Joe The Plumber’ Says Democrats ‘Have A History Of Lynching Black Americans’
Jonny Scaramanga / Salon:
Darwin inspired Hitler: Lies they teach in Texas
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Mahablog
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Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Raw Story