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12:30 PM 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 …
ThinkProgress:
Here Is What's Wrong With That Story About Obama Knowing That Your Health Care Policy Would Get Cancelled  —  The NBC News investigations unit is reporting that “50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a ‘cancellation’ letter …
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 …
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
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Wall Street Journal Enlists Suzanne Somers To Critique Obamacare, And Of Course It's A Disaster
Discussion: National Review
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
House to Take Up ‘Keep Your Health Plan Act’
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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Steven T. Dennis / Roll Call:
The Incredible Shrinking Budget Talks
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Report: Tom Coburn Calls Harry Reid ‘An Absolute A—hole’
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Report: Tom Coburn called Harry Reid an ‘absolute a—hole’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:   Report: Coburn calls Reid an ‘absolute a—hole’
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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Foreign Policy:
'We're Really Screwed Now': NSA's Best Friend Just Shivved The Spies  —  One of the National Security Agency's biggest defenders in Congress is suddenly at odds with the agency and calling for a top-to-bottom review of U.S. spy programs.  And her long-time friends and allies are completely mystified by the switch.
Washington Post:
Obama didn't know about surveillance of U.S.-allied world leaders until summer, officials say
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 …
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
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?
Sandra Chereb / Associated Press:
Jim Wheeler, Nevada Lawmaker, Says He'd Vote For Slavery If That's What His Constituents Wanted  —  CARSON CITY, Nev. — CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada assemblyman came under fire Monday after a YouTube video surfaced in which he told a Republican gathering he would vote to allow slavery …
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.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Ohio Governor Defies G.O.P. With Defense of Social Safety Net  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — In his grand Statehouse office beneath a bust of Lincoln, Gov. John R. Kasich let loose on fellow Republicans in Washington.  —  “I'm concerned about the fact there seems to be a war on the poor,” he said …
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
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.
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Sigh.  Benghazi Again?  —  I watched Lara Logan's 60 Minutes report on Benghazi last night, and when it was over I had two thoughts:  — That took a year of reporting?  — Did you just outsource the whole script to the Republican National Committee?  —  Honestly, there was just nothing there.
Discussion: Liberaland and The Plum Line
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, WLS-TV and CNN
 
 
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Frank Bruni / New York Times:
A Bold Bid for Better Schools
Discussion: Off the Charts Blog and Eduwonk
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Docs resisting ObamaCare
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Rubio Now Opposes His Own Immigration Bill
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Koch brothers group launches ObamaCare ads against two Senate Dems
Discussion: CNN
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Cleveland State Law Profs File Unfair Labor Practice Charge Alleging That ‘Satanic’ …
Discussion: Above the Law and Althouse
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The Texas abortion ruling gives a major victory to pro-choicers and a minor one to pro-lifers, but settles nothing.
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Battle lines for 2014 midterms are drawn
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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:
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Discussion: NewsBusters
Washington Post:
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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