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5:30 PM ET, October 28, 2013

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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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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
How Kentucky Built The Country's Best Obamacare Website
Discussion: Liberaland and Firedoglake
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:
Texas Abortion Restrictions Declared Unconstitutional By Federal Judge  —  AUSTIN, Texas — AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge has determined that new Texas abortion restrictions violate the U.S. Constitution, a ruling that keeps open — at least for now — dozens of abortion clinics …
Discussion: Liberaland and Outside the Beltway
Chuck Lindell / Austin American-Statesman:
Judge blocks key parts of Texas abortion law
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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.
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obamacare Rate Shock and Premium Joy: Now It's Real  —  The conversation about Obamacare shifted a bit over the weekend.  Nobody has forgotten about the technical problems with healthcare.gov. But now critics are also focusing on something else: Reports of sharp premium increases that some individual consumers are facing.
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:   Health Site's Woes Could Dissuade Vital Enrollee: the Young and Healthy
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
Right-wing Populism Could Hobble America for Decades  —  The tea party is going down.  Dysfunction is not.  —  In the Federalist Papers, James Madison promised that a large republic with a representative government would avoid the “instability, injustice and confusion” that had plagued many nations in Europe.
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Marco Rubio: Time To Scale Back Immigration Reform
Fernando Espuelas / Pundits Blog:
Election 2014 and the GOP's ticking immigration reform bomb
Discussion: CNN, Business Insider and NBC Latino
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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Alison Smale / New York Times:
Data Suggests Push to Spy on Merkel Dates to '02
Discussion: USA Today and The Week
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.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Daily Kos
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CBS News:
60 Minutes: Benghazi  —  The following script is from “Benghazi” …
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 …
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 …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Senate Conservatives fund backs Tea Party challenger Maness in Louisiana  —  The Senate Conservatives Fund is throwing its support to Tea Party-backed candidate Rob Maness (R) in Louisiana, potentially complicating Republicans' hopes of defeating Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.).
Discussion: Politico
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Steve Coll / New Yorker:
PARTY CRASHERS  —  In the late nineteen-sixties, Mitch McConnell came …
Discussion: The Reaction
Leonard Greene / New York Post:
Banksy rips New York Times for rejected op-ed  —  It isn't news that's fit to print.  —  Elusive British graffiti artist Banksy took a swipe at the New York Times today for denying him a spot on the newspaper's coveted op-ed page, where he was planning to trash the new World Trade Center tower.
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
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Harry Reid Will Bring ENDA Up For Senate Vote  —  WASHINGTON — The Employment Non-Discrimination Act could come up for a vote in the Senate as early as next week, according to the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).  —  ENDA would ban workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Filibuster Wars To Flare Up As Reid Moves On Top Judges
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
Rude Awakening: Californians ‘Shocked’ by Premium Increases, Dropped Coverage  —  Barack Obama waltzed to victory in California last year, trampling Mitt Romney by 21 percentage points.  For many middle class families in the Golden State, Obamacare's chicken are coming home to roost.
Congressman Pete Gallego:
Gallego: Fix Healthcare.gov and Give Taxpayers a Refund  —  Washington, D.C.: Congressman Pete P. Gallego (TX-23) today wrote U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder raising concerns about the healthcare.gov website.  The Congressman requested a thorough review of government contracts associated …
Discussion: National Review
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Dems demand refund from ObamaCare website contractors
Discussion: Reuters
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Embattled IQ Scholar Reemerges As National Review Writer  —  Jason Richwine, who parted ways with the Heritage Foundation over his research arguing Hispanics are intellectually inferior to whites, has quietly begun writing semi-regularly for the flagship conservative publication National Review.
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:”
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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Reuters:
Obamacare headaches: More than the website
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The Lead with Jake Tapper:
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Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Study: U.S. Hospitals Admit 7,500 Kids A Year With Gunshot Wounds
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Liberaland and NBCNews
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama blasts sequester during remarks at FBI
Discussion: Politico
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Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
How Sequestration Gets Even Worse Next Year
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Graham threatens to block all nominations over Benghazi survivors
Discussion: Liberaland
Bloomberg:
Reagan Revolution Misses Tax Fiefdoms Flourishing in U.S.
Discussion: ABC News and Hit & Run
Austin Frakt / The Incidental Economist:
More on Senator Cruz's health insurance
Juan Williams / The Hill:
GOP is deluding itself on spending