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4:55 PM ET, October 30, 2013

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Associated Press:
GOV'T DOCUMENT: HEALTH SITE POSED SECURITY RISK  —  You are here  —  Home » United States government » Gov't document: Health site posed security risk  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal government memo obtained by The Associated Press shows administration officials were concerned …
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ThinkProgress:
Yes, It Is Illegal For Kathleen Sebelius To Enroll In Obamacare  —  Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius  —  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius repeatedly told the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday that it would be “illegal” …
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 …
Jsink / TheHill:
Romney blasts ObamaCare as ‘frustrating embarrassment’
Discussion: Politico
Michelle Malkin / Townhall.com:
The Thuggery of Obamacare Czarina Kathleen Sebelius
Matthew Cooper / NationalJournal.com:
Why Obama Won't Fire Sebelius
Washington Post:
NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say  —  The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, according to documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden …
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Tony Romm / Politico:
NSA fires back at Washington Post report  —  A new report that the U.S. government had infiltrated links to Google's and Yahoo's data centers around the globe drew a sharp rebuke Wednesday from the National Security Agency, which declined to comment whether such collection had ever occurred.
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.
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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 …
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Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  October 30, 2013 - New York City Voters Split …
Discussion: Capital New York
Hadas Gold / Politico:
S.F. Chronicle to stop using ‘Redskins’  —  The San Francisco Chronicle will stop using the name “Redskins” for the Washington, D.C. NFL team, managing editor Audrey Cooper confirmed to POLITICO.  —  “Words are powerful, and so is how we choose to use them,” Cooper said in an email.
Discussion: Liberaland and National Review
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John Harwood / New York Times:
Behind Roar of Politics, Whispers of Race Persist  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama last week sought to turn attention from health care to immigration — in other words, from one racially divisive issue to another.  —  Whites tend to hold negative views of Obamacare, while blacks tend to like it.
ThinkProgress:
Everything You Think You Know About Panhandlers Is Wrong  —  A new survey of panhandlers in downtown San Francisco dispels a number of myths that society propagates about homeless people.  —  Conventional wisdom is that those on the sidewalk asking for a dollar are lazy freeloaders who will use the money for alcohol or drugs.
Caroline Howard / Forbes:
The World's Most Powerful People 2013  —  Who's more powerful: the autocratic leader of a former superpower or the handcuffed commander in chief of the most dominant country in the world?  This year the votes for the World's Most Powerful went with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Manu Raju / Politico:
Landrieu to propose halting vanishing health plans  —  Sen. Mary Landrieu said Wednesday she would propose legislation to ensure all Americans could keep their existing insurance coverage under Obamacare, a fresh sign of the political problems the law's rollout has created for congressional Democrats.
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
A call to conservatives / constitutionalists / libertarians / classical liberals  —  It is clear — and yes, I'm willing to debate any person from the right's opinion complex — that DC is invested in DC solely, that the federal government, and both parties who comprise it …
Rush Limbaugh:
Republicans Demonstrate No Strategy or Desire to Win at Sebelius Hearing  —  RUSH: Okay, so let me ask you a quick question.  Have you been watching the Sebelius hearings today?  Good.  Tell me what you think.  Off the top of your head, what is your reaction to what you're watching?  Just tell me.
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Robert Gates Named President-Elect Of Boy Scouts Of America  —  Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (R) has been named president-elect of the Boy Scouts of America.  —  Gates will serve both as a member of the Boy Scouts of America executive committee and president-elect, according to Scouting Magazine.
Discussion: Liberaland
ThinkProgress:
Koch Pipeline Spills 400 Barrels Of Crude Oil In Texas  —  17,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from an eight-inch pipeline owned by Koch Pipeline Company on Tuesday, the Railroad Commission of Texas reported Wednesday.  —  The spill impacted a rural area and two livestock ponds near Smithville …
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.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in September generally suggests that economic activity has continued to expand at a moderate pace.  Indicators of labor market conditions have shown some further improvement, but the unemployment rate remains elevated.
Discussion: Wonkblog and Guardian
Rick Klein / ABC News:
In Secret Letter, Senate Democratic Women Rally Behind Hillary Clinton  —  All of the female Democratic senators signed a secret letter to Hillary Rodham Clinton early this year encouraging her to run for president in 2016 - a letter that includes the signature of Sen. Elizabeth Warren …
 
 
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney Trolls Obama Citing RomneyCare, Still Says He Never Wanted It To Go National
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Arthur Schlesinger, Jr / The Atlantic Online:
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