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1:10 PM 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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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 …
Alison Smale / New York Times:
Data Suggests Push to Spy on Merkel Dates to '02
Discussion: The Week
CNN:
Report: White House stopped phone tapping of foreign leaders this summer
Discussion: Global Public Square and Gawker
Martha T. Moore / USA Today:
NSA denies Obama knew of spying on German leader
Discussion: Informed Comment and Liberaland
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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ThinkProgress:
Graham Promises To Block All Senate Nominations Over Benghazi  —  Amid the sense of gridlock that has become the norm in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is now threatening to block every single nomination from the Obama administration until he gets what he wants on Benghazi — again.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Graham threatens to block all nominations over Benghazi survivors  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Monday he would block confirmation of every presidential nomination until U.S. personnel who witnessed the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi were made available to congressional investigators.
Discussion: Liberaland
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 …
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: We can win
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Weasel Zippers
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
A model for Hillary Clinton 2016: Hillary Clinton 2000
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi hints she might endorse Clinton
Discussion: The Reaction
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 …
Discussion: Eschaton and Firedoglake
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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
How Kentucky Built The Country's Best Obamacare Website  —  Kentucky did it right.  The state's online health insurance marketplace has become Obamacare's city on a hill while the federal HealthCare.gov has been flummoxed by a month of glitches and bad press.
Discussion: Liberaland and Firedoglake
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Big Kludge
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Dems demand refund from ObamaCare website contractors  —  Five House Democrats are asking the Obama administration to seek a refund from the companies who built the ObamaCare website, which has so far failed to work for most people trying to sign up for health insurance.
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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 crush on Ted Cruz
Discussion: ABC News
Noneforallcbs / CBS News:
60 Minutes: Benghazi  —  Benghazi was a planned, sophisticated attack by al Qaeda against a barely protected American outpost.  Lara Logan reports.  —  WEB EXTRAS  —  See all 107 Comments
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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 …
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?
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 …
Austin Frakt / The Incidental Economist:
More on Senator Cruz's health insurance  —  When I posted about Senator Cruz's health insurance last week, I did not have all the relevant information, something I admitted in the post.  Since then, some readers and Adrianna have brought some of the missing information to my attention.  This is an update.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Cara Buckley / New York Times:
Gay Couples, Choosing to Say 'I Don't'  —  When the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in June, Brian Blatz, 47, marched into the kitchen of Fiddleheads, the restaurant in Jamesburg, N.J., that he owns with Dan Davis, 58.  —  “DOMA is dead,” Mr. Blatz said …
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Marianne Brown / Voice of America:
Hundreds Turn Out to Support Same-Sex Marriage in Vietnam
 
 
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National Review:
Against Despair  —  Prior to the government shutdown …
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
Right-wing Populism Could Hobble America for Decades
Bill Briggs / NBCNews:
Terrible tally: 500 children dead from gunshots every year, 7,500 hurt, analysis finds
Leonard Greene / New York Post:
Banksy rips New York Times for rejected op-ed
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Yaakov Lappin / Jerusalem Post:
IAF strikes underground rocket launchers in Gaza following rocket attacks on Israel
Discussion: Israel Matzav and The Jawa Report
Washington Post:
After troops leave, U.S. to lose access to Afghan reconstruction projects worth billions
Discussion: Liberaland and POGOBlog
Bloomberg:
Reagan Revolution Misses Tax Fiefdoms Flourishing in U.S.
Discussion: Hit & Run
 Earlier Items: 
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Pelosi: Redskins should change name
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Weasel Zippers
Juan Williams / The Hill:
GOP is deluding itself on spending
New York Post:
ObamaCare website might have to be rebuilt