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11:10 PM ET, October 28, 2013

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Investigations:
Obama admin. knew millions could not keep their health insurance  —  President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it.  But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters …
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CBS News:
Policy cancellations, higher premiums add to frustration over Obamacare  —  (CBS News) Nearly five weeks into the launch of HealthCare.gov, the management expert brought in to turn around the website says its issues are fixable.  But it's going to take weeks, not days.
Associated Press:
Rand Paul warns eugenics on horizon unless conservatives stand up against abortion rights  —  LYNCHBERG, Va. — Tea party hero Rand Paul warned scientific advancements could lead to eugenics during a Monday visit at Liberty University, looking to boost the political fortunes of fellow Republican Ken Cuccinelli's bid for governor.
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Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
McAuliffe opens up double-digit lead over Cuccinelli in Virginia governor's race  —  Democrat Terry McAuliffe has opened a double-digit lead over Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II in the race for Virginia governor, in a new poll capturing increasing dissatisfaction among voters with Cuccinelli's party and his conservative views.
Washington Post:
October 2013: Washington Post/Abt-SRBI Virginia governor's race poll
Discussion: Politico, Daily Kos and Blue Virginia
James Hohmann / Politico:
Rand Paul stumps with Ken Cuccinelli
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Red Alert Politics
Becca Aaronson / The Texas Tribune:
Court Rules Abortion Restriction Unconstitutional … The Politics of Prevention is an occasional series on the effects of state policy on women's health services.  Participate in our project by sharing your women's health story here.  —  Less than 24 hours before new abortion regulations …
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Chris Tomlinson / Associated Press:
Federal Judge Declares Texas Anti-Abortion Law Unconstitutional  —  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — New abortion restrictions passed by the Texas Legislature are unconstitutional and will not take effect as scheduled on Tuesday, a federal judge has ruled.  —  District Judge Lee Yeakel wrote Monday …
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Judge in Texas Partly Rejects Abortion Law
Michael Lind / Salon:
Here's how GOP Obamacare hypocrisy backfires  —  GOP base doesn't understand right wants to turn Medicare, Social Security and more into a very similar program  —  The smartest thing yet written about the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act's federal exchange program is a post …
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Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Wall Street Journal Enlists Suzanne Somers To Critique Obamacare, And Of Course It's A Disaster  —  In a web feature titled “The Experts,” the Wall Street Journal ran a column today called “The Affordable Care Act Is a Socialist Ponzi Scheme.”  —  The author is Suzanne Somers …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
How Kentucky Built The Country's Best Obamacare Website
Discussion: The Week, Liberaland and Firedoglake
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Will the Left Turn on President Obama Like the Tea Party Did on President Bush?  —  He has transgressed against liberal and progressive values.  His supporters are likely to see that more clearly once he leaves office.  —  During President George W. Bush's tenure, most Republicans felt that criticizing him would just help Democrats.
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Fernando Espuelas / Pundits Blog:
Election 2014 and the GOP's ticking immigration reform bomb
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
Right-wing Populism Could Hobble America for Decades
Discussion: New Yorker
Dana Fields / Associated Press:
Former Rep. Ike Skelton Dead at 81  —  Former Democratic Rep. Ike Skelton, who built a reputation as a military expert and social conservative during 34 years representing western and central Missouri in the U.S. House, died Monday in Virginia.  He was 81.  —  Skelton died at Virginia Hospital Center …
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Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:   Former Rep. Ike Skelton has died at 81
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Poll Finds Vast Gaps in Basic Views on Gender, Race, Religion and Politics  —  An almost unfathomable gap divides public attitudes on basic issues involving gender, race, religion and politics in America, fueled by dramatic ideological and partisan divisions that offer the prospect …
Michael Schaffer / The New Republic:
What If POLITICO Had Covered the Civil War?  —  Playbook, Emancipation Day Edition  —  POLIT-ICO Play-Book, presented by UNION-PACIFIC RAILROAD - JAN 1, 1863 EDITION —ROSCOE CONKLING NEW YEAR'S PARTY — Democrats livid over ‘Caesar’ Lincoln executive power - New aide-de-camp for Gen'l Sherman …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
Obama Takes Friendly Fire  —  Incoming from Democrats:  —  “Dem Party is F****d.”  That was the subject line of an email sent to me Sunday by a senior Democratic consultant with strong ties to the White House and Capitol Hill.  The body of the email contained a link to this Los Angeles Times story about Obamacare “sticker shock:”
John McCormick / Political Capital:
McCain: Clinton ‘Very Strong Candidate’  —  Senator John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, right, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talk prior to a Senate Foreign Relations Committee nomination hearing in Washington, D.C.  —  Sen. John McCain knows a few things about presidential elections …
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
WHITE HOUSE OKS LIMITED WAIVER ON HEALTH PENALTY  —  You are here  —  Home » United States government » White House OKs limited waiver on health penalty  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — With website woes ongoing, the Obama administration Monday granted a six-week extension until March 31 …
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Feinstein lashes out at NSA  —  Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Monday called for a “total review” of all intelligence collection programs as she criticized the National Security Agency for spying on foreign leaders.  —  “It is abundantly clear that a total review …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Bill Keller / New York Times:
Is Glenn Greenwald the Future of News?  —  Much of the speculation about the future of news focuses on the business model: How will we generate the revenues to pay the people who gather and disseminate the news?  But the disruptive power of the Internet raises other profound questions …
Richard A. Posner / The New Republic:
I Did Not ‘Recant’ on Voter ID Laws  —  Richard A. Posner on judges, data, and consequences  —  A month or so ago, a new book of mine, called Reflections on Judging, was published by the Harvard University Press.  I have been a federal court of appeals judge since 1981 …
Associated Press:
Ex-U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi gets 3-year prison term  —  TUCSON, Ariz. — A federal judge on Monday sentenced former U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi to three years in prison for convictions on public corruption, money laundering and other charges.  —  U.S. District Judge David C. Bury also sentenced Renzi …
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
Travis Gettys / The Raw Story:
Ohio teacher suspended after using racial slurs to complain about trick-or-treaters in Facebook post  —  A northeast Ohio music teacher has been suspended after posting a Facebook rant over the weekend to complain about trick-or-treaters.  —  Akron Firestone High School teacher David Spondike described …
The Lead with Jake Tapper:
How many times has Dick Cheney cheated death?  —  By his count, former Vice President Dick Cheney has cheated death at least three times - if you start after the fifth heart attack.  —  In December of 2009, the year after he left the White House, Cheney went into sudden cardiac arrest …
Andrea Peyser / New York Post:
‘Uncomfortable truth’ in Matthew Shepard's death  —  Stephen Jimenez didn't set out to be the most dangerous journalist on earth.  —  Or, more to the point, the most dangerous gay journalist.  —  But Jimenez unearthed a story that few people wanted to hear.
Discussion: Politicker
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Mitch McConnell tells donors: No more shutdowns  —  Mitch McConnell isn't going to have another government shutdown on his watch.  —  The Kentucky Republican stood up over the weekend and said he wanted to address the “elephant in the room” at a fundraising retreat in Sea Island …
Discussion: Daily Kos
 
 
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Jonathan Bernstein / American Prospect:
Mission Affordabled: Why Obama's Website Problems Aren't “His Iraq”
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Lindsay Crouse / New York Times:
Striving Immigrants Find Long Distance Running Far From Lonely in New York City
Discussion: The Agonist
ABC News:
The White House is stepping up its lobbying for the confirmation …
Discussion: Associated Press
Clara Moskowitz / Scientific American:
United Nations to Adopt Asteroid Defense Plan
Discussion: Liberaland, Yahoo! News and Wired.co.uk
National Review:
No, You Can't Keep It  —  So far the part of the Obamacare rollout …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
E.J. Dionne Jr. / Washington Post:
First, admit the problem  —  Here's the mistake made by President Obama …
Discussion: The Dish
Reuters:
Obamacare headaches: More than the website
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Senate Conservatives fund backs Tea Party challenger Maness in Louisiana
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
Rude Awakening: Californians ‘Shocked’ by Premium Increases, Dropped Coverage
Discussion: protein wisdom and National Review
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Study: U.S. Hospitals Admit 7,500 Kids A Year With Gunshot Wounds
Discussion: ThinkProgress and NBCNews
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Filibuster Wars To Flare Up As Reid Moves On Top Judges
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Embattled IQ Scholar Reemerges As National Review Writer
National Review:
Against Despair  —  Prior to the government shutdown …