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8:30 AM ET, October 28, 2013

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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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Power Line and The Gateway Pundit
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
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'
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 …
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi hints she might endorse Clinton  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi might endorse Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary.  —  In her interview with The Hill, the California Democrat left open the possibility of backing the former secretary of State.
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Clinton: Ideologues Reliable GOP Voters
Discussion: CNN, Politico and The Reaction
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.
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
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 …
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?
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
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 …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
 
 
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Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Health Site's Woes Could Dissuade Vital Enrollee: the Young and Healthy
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE—RUBIO NOW OPPOSES GOING TO CONFERENCE WITH SENATE IMMIGRATION BILL
WISC-TV:
Police arrest man on battery, hate crime charges
Discussion: Liberaland and The Raw Story
David Rohde / The Atlantic Online:
Our Fear of Al-Qaeda Hurts Us More Than Al-Qaeda Does
Discussion: AllGov and Daily Kos
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Shaquille O'Neal Endorses Chris Christie
Chad Terhune / Los Angeles Times:
Some health insurance gets pricier as Obamacare rolls out
Discussion: American Spectator and Hot Air
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Cheney: Enzi lied about our relationship
 Earlier Items: 
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
University Refuses To Lend Laptop To Gay Student: ‘You Look... Like A Girl’
Discussion: The Raw Story
Tim Kreider / New York Times:
Slaves of the Internet, Unite!
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