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10:00 AM 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.
Discussion: NBC Latino and First Read
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Cruz calls for ‘grassroots army’ to trample ObamaCare  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Saturday that his 21-hour Senate speech was a long time, but that's almost as long as it takes signing up on the ObamaCare website.  —  He was taking a shot at's technical setbacks …
Discussion: Liberaland
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Iowa's Steve King: We're not done ‘beating on’ ObamaCare  —  Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said while ObamaCare is not dead yet, conservative Republicans are not done ‘beating on it either.’  —  “We nearly killed ObamaCare,” King said at the annual Defenders of Freedom event in Le Mars, Iowa Saturday afternoon.
Discussion: Liberaland
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.
US bugged Merkel's phone from 2002 until 2013, report claims
Discussion: Gizmodo and Eschaton
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
What's Working in the Marketplace: The Data Services Hub  —  Site Tags:  —  Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services  —  Saturday, October 26, 2013  —  To give Americans a better way to shop for health coverage, the federal government and states recently launched Health Insurance Marketplaces.
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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 …
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
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Libertarians And Progressives Team Up Against NSA Surveillance  —  Hundreds of protesters descend upon Washington to protest NSA surveillance practices.  —  Gary Johnson and Medea Benjamin  —  Rosie Gray  —  WASHINGTON — Progressives and libertarians came together in Washington on Saturday …
Discussion: Hot Air and Balloon Juice
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
NSA critics rally, ‘Stop watching us’
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: Liberaland
New York Times:
Bill de Blasio for Mayor  —  The rise of Bill de Blasio, New York City's public advocate, has been remarkable.  In a clamorous primary campaign against better known, more seasoned candidates, he won the Democratic nomination without a runoff, by appealing directly and doggedly to struggling …
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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, RT and Business Insider
Lee Ferran / ABC News:
NSA Blames ‘Internal Error,’ Not Hackers, For Website Crash
Discussion: Mediaite and Gizmodo
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Peter Wallsten / Washington Post:
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Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Politico
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Discussion: Brad DeLong
Associated Press:
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