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6:15 AM ET, October 28, 2013

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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  —  Lou Reed, the singer, songwriter and guitarist whose work with the Velvet Underground in the 1960s had a major influence on generations of rock musicians, and who remained a powerful if polarizing force for the rest of his life …
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 …
Discussion: Power Line and The Gateway Pundit
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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 …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
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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Louise Barnett / Telegraph:
Barack Obama 'approved tapping Angela Merkel's phone 3 years ago'
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
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.
Discussion: Gawker, Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
Paige Winfield Cunningham / Politico:
HHS says Obamacare Web problem on Sunday linked to Verizon Terremark  —  The Obama administration is attributing Sunday outages on HealthCare.gov to technical failures by Verizon Terremark, the company operating the federal data hub.  —  Visitors to the federal exchange were unable to access the website late Sunday.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Shaquille O'Neal Endorses Chris Christie  —  The NBA superstar is endorsing New Jersey's Republican governor—and so are many other African Americans.  John Avlon on what Christie can teach the GOP.  —  The big man of basketball is endorsing the big man of politics.
David Rohde / The Atlantic Online:
Our Fear of Al-Qaeda Hurts Us More Than Al-Qaeda Does  —  The government's ever-expanding culture of secrecy is excessive, unnecessary, and destructive.  —  Three disclosures this week show that the United States is losing its way in the struggle against terrorism.
Discussion: AllGov and Daily Kos
WISC-TV:
Police arrest man on battery, hate crime charges  —  2 men speaking Hebrew were attacked in downtown Madison, officials say  —  A Janesville man was arrested early Saturday morning for hitting two men who were speaking Hebrew in the 200 block of North Henry Street.
Discussion: Liberaland and The Raw Story
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Clinton: Ideologues Reliable GOP Voters  —  Conservative ideologues are reliable voters who could threaten Democrat Terry McAuliffe's political chances, former President Bill Clinton warned Sunday as he joined his longtime buddy's campaign for Virginia governor.
Discussion: CNN, Politico and The Reaction
 
 
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Chad Terhune / Los Angeles Times:
Some health insurance gets pricier as Obamacare rolls out
Discussion: Hot Air
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Maher vs. Liberal Panel: Liberals “Worried They're Going To Be Called Racist If They Criticize Muslims”
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Cheney: Enzi lied about our relationship
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
University Refuses To Lend Laptop To Gay Student: ‘You Look... Like A Girl’
Tim Kreider / New York Times:
Slaves of the Internet, Unite!
 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Sommer / New York Times:
Eugene Fama, King of Predictable Markets
Discussion: EconLog
Daily Mail:
WHAT ARE ANTIBIOTICS?  —  Antibiotics, also known as antibacterials …
Hadas Gold / Reuters:
Rogers sees Obamacare site as security risk
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