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4:25 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?
Discussion: Politico and The PJ Tatler
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 …
Steven Pearlstein / Wonkblog:
Marty Sullivan figured out how the world's biggest companies avoided billions in taxes.  Here's how he wants to stop them.  —  Marty Sullivan in the Arlington garage where he parses filings to figure out how multi-national corporations avoid taxes.  (Photo by Matt McClain/ The Washington Post)
Discussion: Brad DeLong
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
NSA: Website Crash Was Internal Error, Not Hacker Attack  —  The National Security Agency said in a statement late Friday that its website was brought down for a few hours by a glitch, not by rumored hackers.  —  “ was not accessible for several hours tonight because of an internal error …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, Business Insider and RT
Lee Ferran / ABC News:
NSA Blames ‘Internal Error,’ Not Hackers, For Website Crash
Discussion: Gizmodo and Mediaite
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
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 …
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Exclusive: The feds have made 330,000 Obamacare subsidy calculations  —  More than 330,000 people have managed to get deep enough into new government health insurance Web sites to learn how much financial assistance they will receive purchasing coverage, the Internal Revenue Service said Saturday.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Hill
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
After Year of Working Around Federal Cuts, Agencies Face Fewer Options  —  WASHINGTON — In the weeks that led to the huge across-the-board cuts to federal spending early this year, Obama administration officials warned of dire consequences for the Justice Department: F.B.I. agents dropped …
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.
Associated Press:
ObamaCare rollout casts cloud over 2014 Dems, despite GOP's budget fight bruises  —  Photo taken July 23, 2013 of the Capitol Dome in Washington, DC.  —  The Affordable Care Act's rocky rollout has put Democrats and the White House back on defense — allowing Republicans who were deeply divided over …
Jules Witcover / Chicago Tribune:
GOP fights on against Obamacare, at its peril
Discussion: Daily Kos
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
NSA critics rally, ‘Stop watching us’  —  Critics of U.S. surveillance activities will rally Saturday in Washington, D.C. in a sign of growing furor over the practice.  —  The “Stop Watching Us” rally and march is scheduled to take place Saturday morning, the 12th anniversary of the signing of the Patriot Act.
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Daily Caller
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 …
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 …
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Peggy Breit / KMBC Kansas Citys Channel 9:
Local server receives no tip, anti-gay message on bill
Anton Denisov / ABC News:
Spying on Allies Fits President Obama's Standoffish Profile
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Politico
John Fund / National Review:
Obama's Valerie Jarrett: Often Whispered about, But Never Challenged
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
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