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5:30 PM ET, October 29, 2013

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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Carney denies people misled on keeping healthcare coverage  —  White House press secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday denied President Obama had misled the public when he said that consumers could keep their health insurance plans after the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
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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: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Charlie Wells / The Experts:
Suzanne Somers: The Affordable Care Act Is a Socialist Ponzi Scheme
Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
Republicans Allege Obama Deception on Health Plan Cancellation
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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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Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Coburn wants to meet privately with Reid
Discussion: Liberaland
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:   Reid's Office Responds To Coburn's ‘A—hole’ Comment
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Report: Tom Coburn Calls Harry Reid ‘An Absolute A—hole’
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.
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. says France, Spain aided NSA spying.  —  U.S. officials say the phone records collected by the Europeans—in war zones and other areas outside their borders—were shared with the NSA as part of efforts to protect allied troops and civilians.
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.
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Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
Top House Democrat: We Knew Some Insurance Policies Would End
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Morning Plum: Why normal debate about Obamacare is impossible  —  Foes of Obamacare are excitedly citing a rash of new stories claiming untold Americans are “losing” their insurance, as CBS News' Norah O'Donnell puts it.  One of them is this NBC News story, which reports that …
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ThinkProgress:
Here Is What's Wrong With That Story About Obama Knowing That Your Health Care Policy Would Get Cancelled
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Why Won't The GOP Let Us Have a Normal Debate? Why!?
Discussion: protein wisdom
ThinkProgress:
Democratic Congressman Blows Up At GOP During Obamacare Hearing: ‘Are You Really Serious?’  —  Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) slammed Republicans for failing to support the Affordable Care Act once it became law, challenging them to go back to their districts and tell their constituents that they'll be taking away their coverage.
Andrew Doughman / Las Vegas Sun News:
Nevada lawmaker says he'd vote for slavery if his constituents wanted him to  —  A Nevada assemblyman said he would vote in favor of legislation allowing for slavery if it was something his constituents wanted him to do.  —  Jim Wheeler, a Republican from Gardnerville …
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William Pesek / Bloomberg:
How the Alger Hiss Case Explains the Tea Party  —  Many Americans have forgotten, or never learned about, the Alger Hiss case.  One of the most dramatic trials of the 20th century, it helps explain not only the rise of McCarthyism in the early 1950s and the presidencies of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: The Plum Line and Liberaland
Wayne Slater / Trail Blazers Blog:
Ted Cruz heads to early-primary state South Carolina to meet the pastors  —  Sen. Ted Cruz got a good — but mixed — reception in Iowa over the weekend among Republicans in the politically important Hawkeye state.  The Republican governor took a shot at Cruz and there is some anxiety …
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?
ThinkProgress:
Cheney Insists Iraq War Was Worth It Because Of WMD  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney said on Monday that what the United States gained as a result of the war in Iraq was that Iraq now does not have weapons of mass destruction.  —  While professing that he's not trying to blame Cheney …
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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Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
At Stand Your Ground Hearing, Ted Cruz Argues Florida Law Helps African-Americans
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Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Christie won't commit to full term as governor
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
What is the most likely path forward for the ACA exchanges?
Discussion: AEIdeas
Ryan Poppe / Texas Public Radio:
Tom DeLay Says He Is On A Mission From God
Discussion: Liberaland and The Raw Story
ThinkProgress:
California Conservatives Fabricate Another Story About Transgender Restroom Harassment
Angelo M. Codevilla / Library of Law & Liberty:
The War On Us  —  Increasingly, the US government's many police forces …
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Sebelius blames contractors for ObamaCare problems
Discussion: Politico and The PJ Tatler
William K. Rashbaum / New York Times:
New York Political Consultant Charged in Corruption Case
 Earlier Items: 
Manu Raju / Politico:
Mike Enzi says VP Dick Cheney telling fish tales
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
CNN:
RNC targets Daily Show for anti-Obamacare ad
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Michael Bloomberg hits Virginia attorney general candidate
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Docs resisting ObamaCare
Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
Jackson Jr. turned away after showing up at prison early
Discussion: WLS-TV, Talking Points Memo and CNN
Sam Youngman / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Mitch McConnell's attack on Matt Bevin signifies larger battle plan
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
The Hungry and the Well Fed  —  In William F. Buckley's mission …
Discussion: Mother Jones, Power Line and The Dish