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11:50 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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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 …
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: Global Public Square and Gawker
Alison Smale / New York Times:
Data Suggests Push to Spy on Merkel Dates to '02
Discussion: The Week
Martha T. Moore / USA Today:
NSA denies Obama knew of spying on German leader
Discussion: Liberaland and Informed Comment
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 …
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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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.
Reuters:
Data center glitch is latest problem in ‘Obamacare’ rollout
Discussion: National Review and The Greenroom
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:   Sebelius to face tough questioning on health law
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 New Republic and The Reaction
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Yahoo! News:
Ann Coulter's political crush on Ted Cruz  —  Ann Coulter is standing by her “love,” Ted Cruz.  —  The conservative pundit told “Power Players” that Cruz has a “huge” future in the Republican Party after leading the effort that led to the 16-day government shutdown earlier this month.
Discussion: ABC News
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 …
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Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Health Site's Woes Could Dissuade Vital Enrollee: the Young and Healthy
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Marianne Brown / Voice of America:
Hundreds Turn Out to Support Same-Sex Marriage in Vietnam  —  Hundreds of people gathered in the center of Hanoi Sunday morning to watch a staged wedding ceremony between two same-sex couples ahead of a planned parliamentary debate on the topic next month.  —  Under the heat of an autumn morning …
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Cara Buckley / New York Times:
Gay Couples, Choosing to Say 'I Don't'
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 …
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
Juan Williams / The Hill:
GOP is deluding itself on spending  —  In Playboy magazine's current issue, Sen. Bernie Sanders offers an “Emperor Has No Clothes” view of Washington's current budget talks.  —  Later he added: “You would think that before you cut health care, education, nutrition or Social Security, you might want to take a hard look at that issue.
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
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Rubio vs. Comprehensive Immigration Reform  —  I'm not sure it has ever happened before that an architect of major legislation in the Senate has basically opposed its passage in the House.  But that's where Marco Rubio is.  Breitbart has more on this, getting a statement from Rubio's spokesman Alex Conant:
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Power Line
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Washington Post:
After troops leave, U.S. to lose access to Afghan reconstruction projects worth billions  —  As coalition forces withdraw from Afghanistan, U.S.-funded reconstruction projects worth billions of dollars in far-flung regions of the country will soon be impossible for American officials to safely visit and directly inspect.
Discussion: Liberaland and POGOBlog
 
 
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