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10:35 AM ET, October 28, 2013

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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.
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Martha T. Moore / USA Today:
NSA denies Obama knew of spying on German leader  —  The National Security Agency Sunday denied German media reports that President Obama was told in 2010 of NSA spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and allowed it to continue.  —  On Sunday, the German tabloid Bild am Sonntag …
Discussion: Liberaland and Informed Comment
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Report: President Obama unaware of spying  —  President Barack Obama didn't know about the NSA spying on foreign leaders for years, and he put an end to it when the administration found out about the program, according to a new report.  —  The monitoring of 35 world leaders' communications …
Discussion: Liberaland, The Hill and ABC News
David Simpson / CNN:
Report: White House stopped phone tapping of foreign leaders this summer  —  (CNN) — The White House learned this summer that the National Security Agency had tapped the phones of world leaders and ordered a halt to some of the eavesdropping, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.
Discussion: Gawker
Alison Smale / New York Times:
Data Suggests Push to Spy on Merkel Dates to '02
Discussion: The Week
Louise Barnett / Telegraph:
Barack Obama 'approved tapping Angela Merkel's phone 3 years ago'
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 …
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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 …
Noneforallcbs / CBS News:
60 Minutes: Benghazi  —  Benghazi was a planned, sophisticated attack …
Discussion: The Hill and The PJ Tatler
Steve Coll / New Yorker:
PARTY CRASHERS  —  In the late nineteen-sixties, Mitch McConnell came to Washington to work as an aide to Senator Marlow Cook, a Kentucky Republican.  Cook backed clean-air standards and limits on strip mining.  It was a time of political diversity among Republicans: in 1970 …
Discussion: The Reaction
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Yahoo! News:
Ann Coulter's political love affair with Ted Cruz
Discussion: ABC News
Politico:
House leaders plot new fall GOP strategy  —  For the first time in months, House Republicans are facing no immediate cataclysmic deadlines, and GOP leaders are struggling to come up with an agenda to fill the 19 legislative days that are left in 2013.  —  Need evidence?
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Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Sebelius to face tough questioning on health law
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Big Kludge  —  The good news about HealthCare.gov, the portal to Obamacare's health exchange, is that the administration is no longer minimizing its problems.  That's the first step toward fixing the mess — and it will get fixed, although it's anyone's guess whether the new promise …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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Annie Lowrey / New York Times:   Health Site's Woes Could Dissuade Vital Enrollee: the Young and Healthy
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.
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Ben Ratliff / New York Times:
Outsider Whose Dark, Lyrical Vision Helped Shape Rock ‘n’ Roll
Tom Geoghegan / BBC:
Why is broadband more expensive in the US?  —  Home broadband in the US costs far more than elsewhere.  At high speeds, it costs nearly three times as much as in the UK and France, and more than five times as much as in South Korea.  Why?  —  Men's haircuts, loaves of bread …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
A model for Hillary Clinton 2016: Hillary Clinton 2000  —  The most urgent question Hillary Clinton would face if she runs for president again is whether she could avoid the blunders — the bitter staff rivalries going public, the poisonous relationship with the press, the presumption of inevitability …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:   Pelosi hints she might endorse Clinton
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Clinton: Ideologues Reliable GOP Voters
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.
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
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 …
 
 
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Juan Williams / The Hill:
GOP is deluding itself on spending
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Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Big government project, big failure: Column
Discussion: Hit & Run
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WISC-TV:
Police arrest man on battery, hate crime charges
Discussion: Liberaland and The Raw Story
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