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10:25 PM ET, October 27, 2013


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Rolling Stone:
Lou Reed, Velvet Underground Leader and Rock Pioneer, Dead at 71  —  New York legend, who helped shape nearly fifty years of rock music, underwent a liver transplant in May  —  Lou Reed, a massively influential songwriter and guitarist who helped shape nearly fifty years of rock music, died today.
Rock legend Lou Reed dies at 71  —  Lou Reed: Rock legend  —  (CNN) — Lou Reed, who took rock ‘n’ roll into dark corners as a songwriter, vocalist and guitarist for the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist, died Sunday, his publicist said.  He was 71.
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
Meet The Florida Men Who Got Dressed Up As George Zimmerman And Trayvon Martin For Halloween  —  Buster  —  A pair of Florida men decided to celebrate Halloween this year by dressing up as George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, complete with blackface and blood-stained hoodie.
Discussion: Gawker, Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
Louise Barnett / Telegraph:
Barack Obama 'approved tapping Angela Merkel's phone 3 years ago'  —  President Barack Obama was told about monitoring of German Chancellor in 2010 and allowed it to continue, says German newspaper  —  President Barack Obama was personally informed about secret US monitoring …
Discussion: Infowars and Atlas Shrugs
Yahoo! News:
Obama did not discuss tapping Merkel's phone with NSA chief
Discussion: Guardian and emptywheel
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Clinton: Ideologues Reliable GOP Voters  —  Conservative ideologues are reliable voters who could threaten Democrat Terry McAuliffe's political chances, former President Bill Clinton warned Sunday as he joined his longtime buddy's campaign for Virginia governor.
Discussion: Politico, CNN and The Reaction
Alan Duke / CNN:
Chris Brown jailed on felony assault charge  —  (CNN) — Chris Brown and a bodyguard were arrested Sunday morning and charged with felony assault, the Washington Metropolitan Police Department said.  —  The singer and bodyguard Christopher Hollosy were allegedly involved in an altercation …
Tim Kreider / New York Times:
Slaves of the Internet, Unite!  —  NOT long ago, I received, in a single week, three (3) invitations to write an original piece for publication or give a prepared speech in exchange for no ($0.00) money.  As with stinkbugs, it's not any one instance of this request but their sheer number and relentlessness that make them so tiresome.
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
University Refuses To Lend Laptop To Gay Student: ‘You Look... Like A Girl’  —  Florida Atlantic University senior Abdul Asquith was trying to get some studying done at the campus library this past Wednesday, but when he attempted to check out a laptop, he was told that he could not because of his gender presentation:
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Florida Blue CEO Refuses to Play Along with David Gregory's Concern Trolling  —  You hear it on the lips of every single one of the Republican talking heads on every single Sunday news show: President Obama promised that if you liked your healthcare, you could keep it and HE LIED!!! (cue sobbing) …
Discussion: Mediaite and Angry Bear
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Cheney: Enzi lied about our relationship  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday that Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) lied about their relationship when he said that the two had gone fishing.  —  Cheney's daughter, Liz Cheney, is challenging Enzi in the Wyoming Republican Senate primary.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
60 Minutes confirms Benghazi is a real scandal, and you've been lied to  —  60 Minutes had an absolutely devastating report on the Obama administration's failure to protect Ambassador Chris Stevens and other Americans in Benghazi.  —  I'll post the video when available (update …
Discussion: Power Line
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Shaquille O'Neal Endorses Chris Christie  —  The NBA superstar is endorsing New Jersey's Republican governor—and so are many other African Americans.  John Avlon on what Christie can teach the GOP.  —  The big man of basketball is endorsing the big man of politics.
Chad Terhune / Los Angeles Times:
Some health insurance gets pricier as Obamacare rolls out  —  Many middle-class Californians with individual health plans are surprised they need policies that cover more — and cost more.  —  Jennifer Harris, a self-employed lawyer in Orange County, has been paying $98 a month …
Discussion: Hot Air
Republican Senator Ted Cruz on Cheney shooting incident: ‘Look, it happens’  —  AKRON, IA — Republicans have become accustomed to defending former Vice President Dick Cheney's political record, but Texas firebrand Sen. Ted Cruz is now defending his reputation as a hunter.
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:   Iowa's Steve King: We're not done ‘beating on’ ObamaCare
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Maher vs. Liberal Panel: Liberals “Worried They're Going To Be Called Racist If They Criticize Muslims”
Jeff Sommer / New York Times:
Eugene Fama, King of Predictable Markets
Discussion: EconLog
Daily Mail:
WHAT ARE ANTIBIOTICS?  —  Antibiotics, also known as antibacterials …
Hadas Gold / Reuters:
Rogers sees Obamacare site as security risk
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Jindal: 'I don't know' about 2016  —  Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Health Site Woes Undermine Obama's Vow on Government
Peter Galuszka / Washington Post:
Miners' deaths aren't a theme-park thrill
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
A frustrated and angry West Virginia has been cutting ties with its reliably Democratic roots
Discussion: Booman Tribune
New York Times:
Bill de Blasio for Mayor
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Gothamist and Politico
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Rice Offers a More Modest Strategy for Mideast
Discussion: Via Meadia