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8:20 PM ET, October 30, 2013


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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” …
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 …
Matthew Cooper /
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 …
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 / The Fact Checker:
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.
John Dickerson / Slate:
The president always had a tough time selling Obamacare.  Now his weak assurances are making Republicans look wise beyond their years.  —  During the public debate over health care in 2009 and 2010, no matter how tightly you may have shut your door, there was one piece of information …
Brian Beutler / Salon:
“Rate shock”: The GOP's shameful new Obamacare lie
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.
Mark Murray / NBCNews:
NBC/WSJ poll: Obama approval sinks to new low  —  President Barack Obama's approval rating has declined to an all-time low as public frustration with Washington and pessimism about the nation's direction continue to grow, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
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 …
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  October 30, 2013 - New York City Voters Split …
Discussion: Capital New York
Buckpasser  —  By Joe Klein @JoeKleinTIMEOct.  30, 2013  —  The President is responsible for the quality of his Administration.  —  I've been reading Tom Ricks' excellent book about military leadership since World War II, The Generals.  In it, Ricks argues that one of the reasons …
Discussion: NewsBusters blogs
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.
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.
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.
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Alabama Blogger Arrested, Jailed For Writing About Former Governor's Son  —  An Alabama blogger who continued to write about the alleged extramarital affair of a prominent lawyer despite a court order was arrested and jailed last week.  He was still being held without bond as of Tuesday, according to reports.
Dell users: Latitude 6430u laptops ‘smell of cat urine’  —  A number of Dell users have complained that their Latitude 6430u Ultrabooks “smell of cat urine”.  —  Dell engineers have ruled out biological contamination, and said the smell was not a health hazard.
Samuel Gibbs / Guardian:
Dell users get claws out over laptops that stink of cat pee
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 …
Marshall Sella / GQ Magazine Online:
Anthony Weiner vs. The New York Times  —  When the former Congressman told our Marshall Sella that he'd “probably get elected mayor” of New York if the Internet didn't exist, he was actually onto something.  Now it appears Weiner has a bone to pick with the Paper of Record, too.
Discussion: Politico
Manu Raju / Politico:
Cruz extends olive branch to GOP senators  —  Extending an olive branch to GOP senators, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is privately making it clear he won't engage in the Senate Conservatives Fund's hardball tactics to defeat his colleagues in their primary races.  —  At a closed-door lunch meeting …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The State
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 …
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.
Adam Taylor / Business Insider:
REPORT: NSA May Have Spied On The Vatican During The Papal Conclave  —  The papal conclave — the election by which a new Catholic pope is chosen — is by design of the most secretive events in the world.  —  The cardinals are locked inside the Sistine Chapel for a series of votes …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Caller
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
Obama Costume at Kentucky Medical Center Event Spurs Debate, Diversity Training  —  HOPKINSVILLE, KY.—A picture of a Jennie Stuart Medical Center employee wearing a President Barack Obama mask and straitjacket at the hospital's annual costume party has stirred debate.
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State and Pinellas agree on dates for election for Young's seat
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Ted Gayer / Brookings Institute:
Cash for Clunkers: An Evaluation of the Car Allowance Rebate System
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Poll: Lindsey Graham's Approval Rating Tumbles In S.C.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Immigration reform is definitely undead
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney Trolls Obama Citing RomneyCare, Still Says He Never Wanted It To Go National
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Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Christie Embraces Budget Strategies He Scorned as a Candidate
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Ban on Gay Bias Gains Ground in Senate
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Discussion: The Fix and Firedoglake
Howie Carr / Boston Herald:
We already met our knucklehead quota
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
12-year-old ‘suffragette’ fires back at NC gov. for voter suppression: ‘I am not a prop!’
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors and Liberaland
The Myth of the War of the Worlds Panic

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Mike Vorkunov / New York Times:
Sources: the WNBA's media rights deals mirror the NBA's, and the league is set to get at least $2.2B over 11 years or $200M/year, up from the current ~$50M/year

Hong Kong Free Press:
Hong Kong-based reporter Selina Cheng says she was fired by The Wall Street Journal for taking up the position of chair of the Hong Kong Journalist Association

Peter White / Deadline:
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