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1:50 PM ET, October 27, 2013


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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:
Cruz calls for ‘grassroots army’ to trample ObamaCare
Discussion: Liberaland
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Iowa's Steve King: We're not done ‘beating on’ ObamaCare
Discussion: Liberaland
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 …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
A frustrated and angry West Virginia has been cutting ties with its reliably Democratic roots  —  PINEVILLE, W.Va. — Those old enough to remember still tell visitors how this mountain town helped make history on April 26, 1960.  That was the day 600 people showed up in front …
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Gawker
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
In Fed and Out, Many Now Think Inflation Helps  —  WASHINGTON — Inflation is widely reviled as a kind of tax on modern life, but as Federal Reserve policy makers prepare to meet this week, there is growing concern inside and outside the Fed that inflation is not rising fast enough.
Peter Galuszka / Washington Post:
Miners' deaths aren't a theme-park thrill  —  “Alone in the darkness . . . the only sound is the pulsing of your heart as the searing heat slowly boils you alive . . .  It was reported to be the worst coal mine accident in history.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
Discussion: CNN and Taegan Goddard's …
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Rice Offers a More Modest Strategy for Mideast  —  WASHINGTON — Each Saturday morning in July and August, Susan E. Rice, President Obama's new national security adviser, gathered half a dozen aides in her corner office in the White House to plot America's future in the Middle East.
Discussion: ParaPundit and Booman Tribune
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:
Jeff Sommer / New York Times:
Eugene Fama, King of Predictable Markets  —  Eugene F. Fama, 74, is one of the winners of this year's Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science, along with Lars Peter Hansen, a fellow professor at the University of Chicago, and Robert J. Shiller, a professor at Yale.
Discussion: EconLog
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
All the Wrong People Are Getting Obamacare  —  The state insurance exchanges have been the highlight of a so far dismal rollout process for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  When Obamacare's supporters are challenged on the law's merits, that's where they point to show …
Daily Mail:
WHAT ARE ANTIBIOTICS?  —  Antibiotics, also known as antibacterials, are types of drugs that destroy or slow down the growth of bacteria.  —  Antibiotics are used to treat infections caused by bacteria.  Bacteria are microscopic organisms, some of which may cause illness.
United States tracked Merkel's phone since 2002: report  —  (Reuters) - The United States may have bugged Angela Merkel's phone for more than 10 years, according to a news report on Saturday that also said President Barack Obama told the German leader he would have stopped it happening had he known about it.
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Hadas Gold / Reuters:
Rogers sees Obamacare site as security risk
Discussion: CNN
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Jindal: 'I don't know' about 2016  —  Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Health Site Woes Undermine Obama's Vow on Government
Discussion: Right Wing News and Booman Tribune
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Bill de Blasio for Mayor
Discussion: Politico
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Libertarians And Progressives Team Up Against NSA Surveillance
Discussion: Hot Air
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Exclusive: The feds have made 330,000 Obamacare subsidy calculations
Discussion: The Hill and Talking Points Memo