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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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Carney denies people misled on keeping healthcare coverage
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Morning Plum: Why normal debate about Obamacare is impossible
Discussion: National Review and TheBlaze.com
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: Talking Points Memo and Liberaland
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Report: Tom Coburn Calls Harry Reid ‘An Absolute A—hole’
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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Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Exclusive: Obama orders curbs on NSA spying on U.N. headquarters  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama recently ordered the National Security Agency to curtail eavesdropping on the United Nations headquarters in New York as part of a review of U.S. electronic surveillance, according to a U.S. official familiar with the decision.
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.
New York Times:
Obama May Ban Spying on Heads of Allied States
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 …
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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.
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 …
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.
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
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
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, WLS-TV and CNN
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Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
Jackson Jr. turned away after showing up at prison early
Discussion: WLS-TV, Talking Points Memo and CNN
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?
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
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 …
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 …
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: Post Politics, Hit & Run and Politico
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 …
 
 
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Associated Press:
HHS head to testify on troubled website rollout
Discussion: Hot Air
Angelo M. Codevilla / Library of Law & Liberty:
The War On Us  —  Increasingly, the US government's many police forces …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Sebelius blames contractors for ObamaCare problems
Discussion: Politico
William K. Rashbaum / New York Times:
New York Political Consultant Charged in Corruption Case
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Bryan Fischer Will Not Have Sex With A Man!
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
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Michael Bloomberg hits Virginia attorney general candidate
 Earlier Items: 
ThinkProgress:
Cheney Insists Iraq War Was Worth It Because Of WMD
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Slate
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Docs resisting ObamaCare
Discussion: Hit & Run
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Koch brothers group launches ObamaCare ads against two Senate Dems
Discussion: CNN
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Admin: Half Of Young Americans Could Buy Insurance For $50 Or Less
Discussion: Weasel Zippers