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12:30 PM ET, October 26, 2013


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Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
In Iowa, tea party defender Ted Cruz says he knows how to unite the GOP  —  Conservative purist Ted Cruz addressed the concerns of any Iowa Republicans who reject him as too rigid, arguing he knows exactly how to unify the GOP and how to turn the country around.  —  The answer: “Restore historic economic growth,” he said.
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
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 …
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 …
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
Lee Ferran / ABC News:
NSA Blames ‘Internal Error,’ Not Hackers, For Website Crash  —  The shadowy National Security Agency said late Friday that it was a glitch that brought down its public website for a few hours, not hackers as some claimed online.  —  “ was not accessible for several hours tonight …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Discussion: CNN
John Fund / National Review:
Obama's Valerie Jarrett: Often Whispered about, But Never Challenged  —  President Obama's aides went to extraordinary lengths to uncover the identity of a senior official who was using Twitter to make snarky comments about White House staffers.  Suspicion gradually centered on Jofi Joseph …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
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 …
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 …
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Anton Denisov / ABC News:
Spying on Allies Fits President Obama's Standoffish Profile
Discussion: Politico and New York Times
Jules Witcover / Chicago Tribune:
GOP fights on against Obamacare, at its peril
Discussion: Daily Kos
Cheryl K. Chumley / Washington Times:
Fort Hood soldiers say Army warned them off tea party, Christian groups
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama says he doesn't want to hear about spending cuts
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
Discussion: Liberaland
 Earlier Items: 
Doug Gansler party attendees say attorney general couldn't have missed drinking
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Alan Pyke / ThinkProgress:
Over 10 Percent Of America's Largest Companies Pay Zero Percent Tax Rates
Discussion: USA Today
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Obama the Avatar  —  Discussing the Obamacare disaster …
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Racism Out of Context  —  I had planned on ignoring the furor …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Chris Mooney / Mother Jones:
The Science of Tea Party Wrath
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
‘Joe The Plumber’ Says Democrats ‘Have A History Of Lynching Black Americans’