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8:20 AM ET, October 26, 2013


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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.
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
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Ted Cruz in Iowa: 2016 force or flavor of the month?
Discussion: ABC News and NBC Latino
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
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.
Discussion: Reuters
Paige Winfield Cunningham / Reuters:
‘Glitches’ hit Obamacare paper, phone applications too
Discussion: Hot Air, The PJ Tatler and Politico
Jake Sherman / Politico:
GOP may vote again to delay Obamacare
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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
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 …
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:   Obama Admin. Taps Contractor to Fix Health Website
Jason Millman / Politico:
Jeff Zients: working by end of November
Small tsunami reaches Japan after earthquake  —  A small tsunami triggered by a quake has hit Japan's eastern coast - where the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is located - but no damage is reported.  —  The 30cm (1ft) waves reached the region after the 7.1 magnitude tremor struck at a depth of 10km …
Chris Christie doc certifies health is A-OK  —  (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is in good health, his cardiologist certified Friday.  —  Thought to be mulling a 2016 Presidential run, Christie's health has been a constant subplot of discussions around the Republican's political future.
Discussion: Politico
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Cheryl K. Chumley / Washington Times:
Fort Hood soldiers say Army warned them off tea party, Christian groups
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: ObamaCare Takes On Water
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
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
‘Joe The Plumber’ Says Democrats ‘Have A History Of Lynching Black Americans’
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
GOP Lawmaker Says Obama Not a Traitor to Kenya
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Liberaland
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Darwin inspired Hitler: Lies they teach in Texas
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Mahablog
 Earlier Items: 
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Jesse Jackson Jr. to sell Dupont townhouse
Discussion: CNN
Germany wants a German Internet as spying scandal rankles
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Gizmodo
Ktvtdeborah / CBS Dallas:
Woman Forced To Strip And Serve Jail Time For Overdue Ticket
Discussion: The Raw Story and Weasel Zippers
Peter Hamby / CNN:
The return of Sarah Palin