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10:55 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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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:
Insurers Tell Congress: Beware Rate Shock If Obamacare Enrollment Extended  —  The health insurance industry is planning to warn members of Congress that extending Obamacare's open enrollment period, which a group of Democratic senators have begun to urge the White House to do, could have a disastrous effects on insurance premiums.
Discussion: Hot Air
CBS News:
Obamacare: More than 2 million people getting booted from existing health insurance plans  —  (CBS News) CBS News has learned more than two million Americans have been told they cannot renew their current insurance policies — more than triple the number of people said to be buying insurance under …
Discussion: CBS DC and Hot Air
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 …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
House to Take Up ‘Keep Your Health Plan Act’
New York Times:
The White House on Spying  —  The White House response on Monday to the expanding disclosures of American spying on foreign leaders, their governments and millions of their citizens was a pathetic mix of unsatisfying assurances about reviews under way, platitudes about the need for security …
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Guardian:
NSA: Dianne Feinstein breaks ranks to oppose US spying on allies  —  Senate intelligence committee chair Dianne Feinstein, who has been a loyal defender of the NSA, demands a ‘total’ surveillance review  —  The chair of the Senate intelligence committee, who has been a loyal defender …
Erin Durkin / NY Daily News:
Joe Lhota: Republican Sandy Foes Like Tom Coburn Shouldn't Use NYC As An “ATM”  —  As our Dan Friedman reported, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) was in the city Monday on the eve of the Sandy anniversary - to the chagrin of some critics who say senators like Coburn who fought Sandy aid should not draw …
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Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Report: Tom Coburn called Harry Reid an ‘absolute a—hole’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Steven T. Dennis / Roll Call:
The Incredible Shrinking Budget Talks
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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Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
McAuliffe opens up double-digit lead over Cuccinelli in Virginia governor's race
Associated Press:
Rand Paul warns eugenics on horizon unless conservatives stand up against abortion rights
Washington Post:
October 2013: Washington Post/Abt-SRBI Virginia governor's race poll
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
2014 Midterms Could Decide Senate Majority for Years to Come  —  Republicans can't afford to have any weak candidates next year if they want to regain control of the upper chamber.  —  This is not going to be one of those columns that we read almost every other year proclaiming the next election …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and First Read
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.
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Ian Welsh:
Jerome Armstrong on the Failure of the Netroots
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Booman Tribune
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
The Unbearable Lightness of Obama  —  The president didn't know the NSA was spying on world leaders, but he's found time for at least 146 rounds of golf.  —  Is there a method to President Obama's style of leadership, his methods of decision-making, his habits of attention, oversight and follow-through?
Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
Jackson Jr. turned away after showing up at prison early  —  WASHINGTON—Convicted former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. tried to report Monday to a federal prison in North Carolina but was turned away, a prison spokesman said this morning.  —  Chris McConnell, executive assistant …
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CNN:
Jesse Jackson Jr. reports to prison, but where is he?
Discussion: WLS-TV and Talking Points Memo
Sam Youngman / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Mitch McConnell's attack on Matt Bevin signifies larger battle plan  —  Facebook Twitter Google Plus Reddit E-mail Print  —  At first, the sound of Mitch McConnell attacking Matt Bevin last week hit the ears like the start of a train wreck with the potential to consume the Senate Minority Leader.
Erick Erickson / RedState:
The Hungry and the Well Fed  —  In William F. Buckley's mission statement for National Review, written in 1955, he did not mention winning elections.  That's not to say it is unimportant, unneeded, or unwanted.  But it was not mentioned.  In fact, Buckley wrote, “We believe that truth …
Discussion: Power Line and National Review
Philadelphia News, Local News, Weather …:
Gender-Neutral Restrooms Become the Law  —  When Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed legislation Thursday to afford equal rights to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, he said he hoped Philadelphia would become “the most LGBT-friendly” city in the world.
 
 
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Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The Texas abortion ruling gives a major victory to pro-choicers and a minor one to pro-lifers, but settles nothing.
Discussion: New York Times
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Right shifts fight plan on ObamaCare
Discussion: Hot Air
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Battle lines for 2014 midterms are drawn
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Ohio Governor Defies G.O.P. With Defense of Social Safety Net
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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Admin: Half Of Young Americans Could Buy Insurance For $50 Or Less
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
‘The Nation’ seeks $120,272 from readers to cover cost of ‘Tea-Party’ backed postal-rate hikes
Discussion: Politico and Pundits Blog
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Here Are Obama's Favorite Columnists
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
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Will the Left Turn on President Obama Like the Tea Party Did on President Bush?
Michael Schaffer / The New Republic:
What If POLITICO Had Covered the Civil War?
Discussion: FishbowlDC and Hullabaloo
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Poll Finds Vast Gaps in Basic Views on Gender, Race, Religion and Politics