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7:55 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 …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Admin: Half Of Young Americans Could Buy Insurance For $50 Or Less
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Liberaland
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The Redemption of Clintonism  —  Remember when Slick Willie was controversial?  Today, he's America's most powerful political brand, and he's not at all shy about it.  —  DALE CITY, Virginia — It's no secret that the post-presidential years have been exceedingly kind to Bill Clinton.
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Washington Post:
October 2013: Washington Post/Abt-SRBI Virginia governor's race poll
Discussion: Politico, Daily Kos and Blue Virginia
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
McAuliffe opens up double-digit lead over Cuccinelli in Virginia governor's race
ABC News:
Obama to Campaign Sunday for McAuliffe in Va.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
James Hohmann / Politico:
Rand Paul stumps with Ken Cuccinelli
Discussion: BuzzFeed
New York Times:
Obama May Ban Spying on Heads of Allied States  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is poised to order the National Security Agency to stop eavesdropping on the leaders of American allies, administration and Congressional officials said Monday, responding to a deepening diplomatic crisis …
Discussion: CBS DC, Liberaland and Mediaite
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United States Senator Dianne Feinstein:
Feinstein Statement on Intelligence Collection of Foreign Leaders  —  Washington—Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today issued the following statement on reports the National Security Agency has conducted surveillance on leaders of foreign countries:
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Feinstein lashes out at NSA
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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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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 FIRST DRAFT
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Ian Welsh:
Jerome Armstrong on the Failure of the Netroots  —  (This a comment elevated from my post on the failure of the progressive blog movement.  It is written by Jerome Armstrong, not by me.  Jerome was the founder of MyDD (Kos's Blogfather) and co-author of Crashing the Gates, among other things- Ian)
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Balloon Juice
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
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 …
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
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Battle lines for 2014 midterms are drawn  —  The 2014 midterm just got a lot more interesting.  —  The twin dramas of the government shutdown and botched rollout of Obamacare have snapped a sleepy 2014 election season out of its slumber, sharpening the battle lines for each party and setting …
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 …
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.
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.
 
 
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Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Ohio Governor Defies G.O.P. With Defense of Social Safety Net
Discussion: The Reaction
Associated Press:
Beleaguered Syrian Christians fear future, increasingly targeted by jihadis
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
‘The Nation’ seeks $120,272 from readers to cover cost of ‘Tea-Party’ backed postal-rate hikes
Discussion: Pundits Blog and Politico
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
You've Come a Long Way, Elska
Discussion: NewsBusters
Travis Gettys / The Raw Story:
Ohio teacher suspended after using racial slurs to complain about trick-or-treaters in Facebook post
ABC News:
The White House is stepping up its lobbying for the confirmation …
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Associated Press:
Ex-U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi gets 3-year prison term
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and CNN
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Mitch McConnell tells donors: No more shutdowns
Discussion: Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
The Lead with Jake Tapper:
How many times has Dick Cheney cheated death?
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Senate Conservatives fund backs Tea Party challenger Maness in Louisiana
Discussion: Politico
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
Rude Awakening: Californians ‘Shocked’ by Premium Increases, Dropped Coverage
Discussion: protein wisdom and National Review
Andrea Peyser / New York Post:
‘Uncomfortable truth’ in Matthew Shepard's death
Discussion: Politicker