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2:54 AM ET, October 28, 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.
Ben Ratliff / New York Times:
Outsider Whose Dark, Lyrical Vision Helped Shape Rock ‘n’ Roll  —  Lou Reed, the singer, songwriter and guitarist whose work with the Velvet Underground in the 1960s had a major influence on generations of rock musicians, and who remained a powerful if polarizing force for the rest of his life …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and alicublog
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama unaware as U.S. spied on world leaders: officials.  —  The National Security Agency ended a program used to spy on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a number of other world leaders after an internal Obama administration review started this summer revealed to the White House the existence of the operations, U.S. officials said.
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: Atlas Shrugs
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
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
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 and The Gateway Pundit
CBS News:
60 Minutes: Benghazi  —  The following script is from “Benghazi” which aired on Oct. 27, 2013.  The correspondent is Lara Logan.  Max McClellan, producer.  —  When Chris Stevens was killed in Benghazi, Libya, on the anniversary of September 11th last year, it was only the sixth …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Guardian, Gawker and KTLA 5
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.
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Chad Terhune / Los Angeles Times:
Some health insurance gets pricier as Obamacare rolls out
Discussion: Hot Air
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Maher vs. Liberal Panel: Liberals “Worried They're Going To Be Called Racist If They Criticize Muslims”
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
University Refuses To Lend Laptop To Gay Student: ‘You Look... Like A Girl’
Tim Kreider / New York Times:
Slaves of the Internet, Unite!
Jeff Sommer / New York Times:
Eugene Fama, King of Predictable Markets
Discussion: EconLog
Daily Mail:
WHAT ARE ANTIBIOTICS?  —  Antibiotics, also known as antibacterials …
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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
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
In Fed and Out, Many Now Think Inflation Helps
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Health Site Woes Undermine Obama's Vow on Government
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
A frustrated and angry West Virginia has been cutting ties with its reliably Democratic roots
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Republican Senator Ted Cruz on Cheney shooting incident: ‘Look, it happens’
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and NBC Latino