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11:30 AM ET, October 30, 2013


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Aparnes / The Hill:
Annoyed Obama demands fix  —  An agitated President Obama has expressed frustration to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about the faulty ObamaCare enrollment website.  —  A visibly annoyed Obama behind closed doors has made clear to Sebelius that it's her responsibility …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Amy Argetsinger / Washington Post:
Kathleen Sebelius, welcome to an unwelcome Washington tradition: The deathwatch.  —  It's Kathleen Sebelius's turn now.  On the Hill, they're calling for her resignation and tossing around words like “subpoena.”  Pundits are merrily debating her future. … Her interviews, more closely parsed than usual, seem wobbly.
Michelle Malkin /
The Thuggery of Obamacare Czarina Kathleen Sebelius  —  U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is allergic to the truth.  She is the ruthless enforcer of Obamacare's Jenga tower of lies upon lies upon lies.  Now that this fatally flawed government edifice is collapsing …
Washington Post:
Obama accused of breaking promise to consumers as health plans cancel policies  —  A new controversy over the president's health-care law is threatening to overshadow the messy launch of its Web site: Notices are going out to hundreds of thousands of Americans informing them that their health insurance polices …
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Senate Democrats Struggle to Defend Health Insurance Promises  —  As he stepped off an escalator leading from the Capitol's underground subway system to the U.S. Senate, Ron Johnson opened up a yellow folder, pulled out a copy of the “If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep It Act,” and handed it to fellow senator Chris Coons.
Ian Swanson / The Hill:   White House struggles to defend Obama healthcare claim
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Obama's pledge that ‘no one will take away’ your health plan  —  “That means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period.  If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period.
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.  —  Read documents
Hill aides can quietly stay off health exchanges
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
Spying Known at Top Levels, Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — The nation's top spymaster said on Tuesday that the White House had long been aware in general terms of the National Security Agency's overseas eavesdropping, stoutly defending the agency's intelligence-gathering methods …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Where the Buck Stops, Some See a Bystander
Leslie Bentz / CNN:
EU delegation to meet at White House over NSA spying concerns
Discussion: The Week
Mhooper / The Hill:
Republican: Many in GOP don't live in political reality  —  A House Republican lawmaker says many of his fellow GOP colleagues in Congress, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), don't live in “political reality.”  —  Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) said that shutting down the government “over a deep matter of principle” didn't add up.
Discussion: First Read
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  October 30, 2013 - Mcauliffe Up By 4 Points In Close Virginia Gov Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Libertarian Has 9 Percent  —  The Virginia governor's race is going down to the wire with Democrat Terry McAuliffe clinging to a slight 45 - 41 percent likely voter lead …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
27 GOP Senators ‘Disapprove’ Of Their Own Vote To Raise Debt Ceiling  —  Twenty-seven Republican senators voted with Democrats on Oct. 16 to lift the debt ceiling and avert a catastrophic default.  And each one of those 27 senators voted Tuesday to “disapprove” of their own votes.
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
Alex Sink is running for C.W. Bill Young's congressional seat, will move to Pinellas  —  ST. PETERSBURG — Alex Sink is running for Congress.  —  Florida's former chief financial officer and Democratic gubernatorial nominee on Tuesday confirmed exclusively to the Tampa Bay Times that she is jumping …
Scott Bland /
John Boehner: Coming Soon to a TV Near You?  —  The House speaker is now as unpopular as Nancy Pelosi was in 2010.  Will House Democrats make Boehner the bogeyman of their 2014 campaign?  —  House Speaker John Boehner is now as unpopular as predecessor Nancy Pelosi was by the end of her speakership.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
The Atlantic Online:
Marriage Makes Our Children Richer—Here's Why  —  Young people from less-privileged homes are more likely to graduate from college and earn more if raised by two married parents.  —  The United States' reputation as “the land of opportunity” is a cruel bit of false advertising.
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
12-year-old ‘suffragette’ fires back at NC gov. for voter suppression: ‘I am not a prop!’  —  A 12-year-old North Carolina girl fired back at Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday (R-NC) after he called her a “prop” because she had accused him of voter suppression for signing a voter ID law that stripped pre-registration rights for young people.
Discussion: Liberaland and Mock Paper Scissors
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Speed and Power Packed Into a Thin iPad Air  —  One reason for the phenomenal success of the iPad has been Apple's ability to pack speed and versatility into a thin, light body with long battery life.  It doesn't do everything a laptop does, but for many common scenarios, it has replaced the laptop as its owners' go-to device.
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Why Extending The Obamacare Deadline Could Hurt Democrats In 2014  —  With's problems piling up last week, a small coalition of Democratic senators formally urged the Obama administration to extend the deadline for enrolling in a health plan beyond March 31, 2014, which is when the enrollment period ends now.
Rasmussen Reports:
42% Identify with Obama Politically, 42% with the Tea Party  —  Voters are evenly divided when asked whether they agree more politically with President Obama or with the average member of the Tea Party.  But an enormous partisan gap colors virtually all opinions of the Tea Party.
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Discussion: Mediaite and Brad DeLong
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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: The Raw Story and Liberaland