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8:40 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.
Discussion: Liberal Values
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
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
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 …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Reid's Office Responds To Coburn's ‘A—hole’ Comment  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) office responded on Tuesday to Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-OK) comment on Monday in which he called Reid an “absolute a—hole.”  —  “Nothing says ‘comity’ like childish playground name-calling …
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Coburn wants to meet privately with Reid
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Why Won't The GOP Let Us Have a Normal Debate?  Why!?  —  Greg Sargent thinks it's unseemly and ill-mannered for Republicans to focus on the fact that a great many people are losing their health insurance because of ObamaCare.  He does make a few very reluctant concessions.  For instance:
Discussion: protein wisdom
Here Is What's Wrong With That Story About Obama Knowing That Your Health Care Policy Would Get Cancelled
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.
Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
Top House Democrat: We Knew Some Insurance Policies Would End
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
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 …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
What did President Obama know and when did he know it?
Discussion: Firedoglake, PostPartisan and AEIdeas
Foreign Policy:
'We're Really Screwed Now': NSA's Best Friend Just Shivved The Spies
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.
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.
Sam Ro / Business Insider:
NOBEL PRIZE WINNER FAMA TO CNBC'S SANTELLI: 'There's So Much Confusion In What You Said It's Difficult To Answer'  —  Nobel prize winner Eugene Fama was on CNBC earlier today to discuss the Federal Reserve and its extraordinary monetary policy.  —  Pragmatic Capitalism's Cullen Roche flagged …
Discussion: Brad DeLong and Mediaite
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 …
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 …
Ryan Poppe / Texas Public Radio:
Tom DeLay Says He Is On A Mission From God  —  Former U.S. House Majority Leader Republican Tom DeLay told a tea party group that God has told him to lead a constitutional revival.  What that means for his political future remains to be seen.  —  Speaking to the Texas Patriots at an event …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Liberaland
ABC News:
O'Connor Performs Same-Sex Wedding at High Court  —  Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has officiated at the wedding of a gay couple at the Supreme Court, at least the second such ceremony at the court since its June decision that expanded federal recognition of same-sex marriage.
Discussion: Politico and Liberaland
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 …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
U.S. Death Penalty Support Lowest in More Than 40 Years  —  Sixty percent of Americans favor death penalty for convicted murderers  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Sixty percent of Americans say they favor the death penalty for convicted murderers, the lowest level of support Gallup has measured since November 1972, when 57% were in favor.
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.
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 …
First on CNN: Obama administration warned about health care website  —  Washington (CNN) — The Obama administration was given stark warnings just one month before launch that the federal healthcare site was not ready to go live, according to a confidential report obtained by CNN.
Discussion: Hot Air
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Peterson: ‘Absolutely opposed’ to farm bill in a broad budget deal  —  The top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee is pushing back hard against the notion of wrapping farm policy into the broad budget conference set to launch this week.  —  A bipartisan group will begin negotiations Wednesday …
Discussion: Politico
Meredith Shiner / The World's Greatest …:
Democrats Introduce Bill to End Debt Limit Brinkmanship  —  Three Democratic senators, led by Charles E. Schumer of New York, introduced legislation Tuesday to permanently install a new procedure on the debt limit that would all-but-eliminate the threat of default.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
What is the most likely path forward for the ACA exchanges?  —  I had lunch yesterday with a friend and I was asked that question (and I asked it in turn).  My answer, with some ex post editing, was this:  —  1. The chance of “no smooth resolution” for the health care exchanges crisis is now 60-40.
Discussion: AEIdeas
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California Conservatives Fabricate Another Story About Transgender Restroom Harassment
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Sebelius blames contractors for ObamaCare problems
William K. Rashbaum / New York Times:
New York Political Consultant Charged in Corruption Case
Manu Raju / Politico:
Mike Enzi says VP Dick Cheney telling fish tales
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Michael Bloomberg hits Virginia attorney general candidate
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Sigh. Benghazi Again?
Discussion: The Plum Line and Liberaland
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 …
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
The Unbearable Lightness of Obama