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2:05 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 …
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 …
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 …
CNN:
RNC targets Daily Show for anti-Obamacare ad
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Wall Street Journal Enlists Suzanne Somers To Critique Obamacare, And Of Course It's A Disaster
Discussion: National Review
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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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Report: Tom Coburn Calls Harry Reid ‘An Absolute A—hole’
Steven T. Dennis / Roll Call:
The Incredible Shrinking Budget Talks
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:   Report: Coburn calls Reid an ‘absolute a—hole’
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Report: Tom Coburn called Harry Reid an ‘absolute a—hole’
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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Anton Troianovski / Washington Wire:
Praise in Germany for Senate Intelligence Review
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
United States Senator Dianne Feinstein:
Feinstein Statement on Intelligence Collection of Foreign Leaders
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 …
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Jackson Jr. taken into custody  —  Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been taken into federal custody to begin serving his 30-month prison sentence.  —  Bureau of Prison spokesman Chris Burke told the Associated Press Jackson (D-Ill.) was taken into custody Tuesday morning, but provided no further details.
Discussion: Chicago Tribune, CNN and WLS-TV
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Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
Jackson Jr. turned away after showing up at prison early
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, WLS-TV and CNN
Alana Horowitz / The Huffington Post:
Rand Paul Plagiarized Speech From Wikipedia, Rachel Maddow Says  —  Did Rand Paul plagiarize his speech from Wikipedia?  It sure seems that way, as Rachel Maddow pointed out on Monday.  —  In a speech given in support of Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, Paul referenced the 90s science fiction movie Gattaca.
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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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Barack Obama to campaign for Terry McAuliffe
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
Jonathan Strong / National Review:
Top Dem Admits: ‘We Knew’  —  House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer conceded to reporters today that Democrats knew people would not be able to keep their current health care plans under Obamacare and expressed qualified contrition for President Obama's repeated vows to the contrary.
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?
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: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Public Religion Research Institute:
Survey |  2013 American Values Survey: In Search of Libertarians in America  —  ▶ Read the full report here.  —  ▶ Read the topline questionnaire, including the survey methodology, here.  —  ▶ Read the news release here.  —  According to a newly developed Libertarian …
Discussion: Hit & Run, Post Politics and Politico
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 …
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Cleveland State Law Profs File Unfair Labor Practice Charge: ‘Satanic’ $666 Merit Pay Raise Was Retaliation for Union Activities  —  The AAUP Chapter at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law has filed an  —  with the State of Ohio alleging that the law school retaliated against certain faculty …
Discussion: Above the Law, Law Blog and Althouse
 
 
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