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1:30 AM ET, October 29, 2013

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Investigations:
Obama admin. knew millions could not keep their health insurance  —  President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it.  But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters …
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Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Wall Street Journal Enlists Suzanne Somers To Critique Obamacare, And Of Course It's A Disaster  —  In a web feature titled “The Experts,” the Wall Street Journal ran a column today called “The Affordable Care Act Is a Socialist Ponzi Scheme.”  —  The author is Suzanne Somers …
Charlie Wells / The Experts:
Suzanne Somers: The Affordable Care Act Is a Socialist Ponzi Scheme  —  What will the Affordable Care Act mean for retirees?  —  SUZANNE SOMERS: As a writer of 24 books mostly on health and wellness and by using my celebrity to get to the best and brightest doctors, scientists …
Michael Lind / Salon:
Here's how GOP Obamacare hypocrisy backfires
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.
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ABC News:
Obama to Campaign Sunday for McAuliffe in Va.  —  President Barack Obama plans to campaign for Virginia's Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Terry McAuliffe (mih-KAWL'-ihf), on Sunday.  —  A spokesman for McAuliffe's campaign says Obama will join McAuliffe at a rally in northern Virginia.
Discussion: Politico
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
McAuliffe opens up double-digit lead over Cuccinelli in Virginia governor's race
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Washington Post:
October 2013: Washington Post/Abt-SRBI Virginia governor's race poll
Discussion: Politico, Daily Kos and Blue Virginia
James Hohmann / Politico:
Rand Paul stumps with Ken Cuccinelli
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Red Alert Politics
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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Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Judge in Texas Partly Rejects Abortion Law
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Ian Welsh:
A brief note on why the progressive blog movement failed  —  In the early 2000s progressive blogging seemed like a big deal.  At the first Yearly Kos, as it was called then, big name politicians came and kissed our ass.  We were covered by major newspaper and TV outlets.  Etc...  Today, we are nothing.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Firedoglake
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Ian Welsh:
Jerome Armstrong on the Failure of the Netroots
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Balloon Juice
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Will the Left Turn on President Obama Like the Tea Party Did on President Bush?  —  He has transgressed against liberal and progressive values.  His supporters are likely to see that more clearly once he leaves office.  —  During President George W. Bush's tenure, most Republicans felt that criticizing him would just help Democrats.
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Senate Conservatives fund backs Tea Party challenger Maness in Louisiana
Discussion: Politico
Fernando Espuelas / Pundits Blog:
Election 2014 and the GOP's ticking immigration reform bomb
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Poll Finds Vast Gaps in Basic Views on Gender, Race, Religion and Politics  —  An almost unfathomable gap divides public attitudes on basic issues involving gender, race, religion and politics in America, fueled by dramatic ideological and partisan divisions that offer the prospect …
Michael Schaffer / The New Republic:
What If POLITICO Had Covered the Civil War?  —  Playbook, Emancipation Day Edition  —  POLIT-ICO Play-Book, presented by UNION-PACIFIC RAILROAD - JAN 1, 1863 EDITION —ROSCOE CONKLING NEW YEAR'S PARTY — Democrats livid over ‘Caesar’ Lincoln executive power - New aide-de-camp for Gen'l Sherman …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
WHITE HOUSE OKS LIMITED WAIVER ON HEALTH PENALTY  —  You are here  —  Home » United States government » White House OKs limited waiver on health penalty  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — With website woes ongoing, the Obama administration Monday granted a six-week extension until March 31 …
Dana Fields / Associated Press:
Former Rep. Ike Skelton Dead at 81  —  Former Democratic Rep. Ike Skelton, who built a reputation as a military expert and social conservative during 34 years representing western and central Missouri in the U.S. House, died Monday in Virginia.  He was 81.  —  Skelton died at Virginia Hospital Center …
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Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:   Former Rep. Ike Skelton has died at 81
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:”
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Mitch McConnell tells donors: No more shutdowns  —  Mitch McConnell isn't going to have another government shutdown on his watch.  —  The Kentucky Republican stood up over the weekend and said he wanted to address the “elephant in the room” at a fundraising retreat in Sea Island …
Discussion: Liberaland and Daily Kos
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 and CNN
ABC News:
The White House is stepping up its lobbying for the confirmation of Rep. Mel Watt to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency, a post to which President Barack Obama nominated him nearly six months ago.  —  Senior White House officials, including chief of staff Denis McDonough …
Discussion: Politico
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Here Are Obama's Favorite Columnists  —  The president uses an iPad to feed his “voracious” reading habit, former top advisers say.  But he reads the New York Times in print.  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama can't get enough of his iPad, former top aides Tommy Vietor and Jon Favreau told BuzzFeed Brews Monday.
Discussion: Liberaland
Travis Gettys / The Raw Story:
Ohio teacher suspended after using racial slurs to complain about trick-or-treaters in Facebook post  —  A northeast Ohio music teacher has been suspended after posting a Facebook rant over the weekend to complain about trick-or-treaters.  —  Akron Firestone High School teacher David Spondike described …
 
 
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
You've Come a Long Way, Elska
Discussion: NewsBusters
Jonathan Bernstein / American Prospect:
Mission Affordabled: Why Obama's Website Problems Aren't “His Iraq”
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Lindsay Crouse / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Agonist
Associated Press:
Ex-U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi gets 3-year prison term
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and CNN
Clara Moskowitz / Scientific American:
United Nations to Adopt Asteroid Defense Plan
Discussion: Yahoo! News, Wired.co.uk and Liberaland
Reuters:
Obamacare headaches: More than the website
The Lead with Jake Tapper:
How many times has Dick Cheney cheated death?
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
Rude Awakening: Californians ‘Shocked’ by Premium Increases, Dropped Coverage
Discussion: protein wisdom and National Review
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Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Study: U.S. Hospitals Admit 7,500 Kids A Year With Gunshot Wounds
Discussion: ThinkProgress and NBCNews
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Embattled IQ Scholar Reemerges As National Review Writer
Andrea Peyser / New York Post:
‘Uncomfortable truth’ in Matthew Shepard's death
Discussion: Politicker
National Review:
Against Despair  —  Prior to the government shutdown …
Bill Keller / New York Times:
Is Glenn Greenwald the Future of News?