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7:25 PM ET, October 28, 2013

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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:
Federal Judge Declares Texas Anti-Abortion Law Unconstitutional  —  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — New abortion restrictions passed by the Texas Legislature are unconstitutional and will not take effect as scheduled on Tuesday, a federal judge has ruled.  —  District Judge Lee Yeakel wrote Monday …
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Judge Blocks Part of Texas Abortion Law  —  A federal judge in Texas on Monday blocked an important part of the state's restrictive new abortion law, which would have required doctors performing the procedure to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.
Chris Tomlinson / Associated Press:
Texas Abortion Restrictions Declared Unconstitutional By Federal Judge
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Liberaland
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.
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: The Week, Liberaland and Firedoglake
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
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Feinstein lashes out at NSA  —  Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Monday called for a “total review” of all intelligence collection programs as she criticized the National Security Agency for spying on foreign leaders.  —  “It is abundantly clear that a total review …
Discussion: Politico
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Alison Smale / New York Times:
Data Suggests Push to Spy on Merkel Dates to '02
Wall Street Journal:
Obama unaware as U.S. spied on world leaders: officials.
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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Anna Palmer / Politico:
Mitch McConnell tells donors: No more shutdowns
Discussion: Daily Kos
Steve Coll / New Yorker:
PARTY CRASHERS  —  In the late nineteen-sixties, Mitch McConnell came …
Discussion: The Reaction
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 …
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:”
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 …
Associated Press:
Rand Paul warns eugenics on horizon unless conservatives stand up against abortion rights  —  LYNCHBERG, Va. — Tea party hero Rand Paul warned scientific advancements could lead to eugenics during a Monday visit at Liberty University, looking to boost the political fortunes of fellow Republican Ken Cuccinelli's bid for governor.
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
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 …
The Lead with Jake Tapper:
How many times has Dick Cheney cheated death?  —  By his count, former Vice President Dick Cheney has cheated death at least three times - if you start after the fifth heart attack.  —  In December of 2009, the year after he left the White House, Cheney went into sudden cardiac arrest …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Filibuster Wars To Flare Up As Reid Moves On Top Judges  —  The Senate is likely to start voting this week on President Barack Obama's nominees to serve on the powerful D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, potentially sparking another war over rules and reform via the nuclear option unless Republicans …
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Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Harry Reid Will Bring ENDA Up For Senate Vote
 
 
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Clara Moskowitz / Scientific American:
United Nations to Adopt Asteroid Defense Plan
Discussion: Liberaland, Yahoo! News and Wired.co.uk
National Review:
No, You Can't Keep It  —  So far the part of the Obamacare rollout …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
E.J. Dionne Jr. / Washington Post:
First, admit the problem  —  Here's the mistake made by President Obama …
Discussion: The Dish
Reuters:
Obamacare headaches: More than the website
ThinkProgress:
TransCanada Shoots Down Idea To Build A Bike Path, Fields Of Sunflowers Next To Keystone XL
Discussion: Bloomberg
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
Rude Awakening: Californians ‘Shocked’ by Premium Increases, Dropped Coverage
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Study: U.S. Hospitals Admit 7,500 Kids A Year With Gunshot Wounds
Discussion: Liberaland, NBCNews and ThinkProgress
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Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
How Sequestration Gets Even Worse Next Year
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Embattled IQ Scholar Reemerges As National Review Writer
National Review:
Against Despair  —  Prior to the government shutdown …
Austin Frakt / The Incidental Economist:
More on Senator Cruz's health insurance
Politico:
House leaders plot new fall GOP strategy