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4:30 PM ET, October 31, 2013


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Avik Roy / Forbes:
Obama Officials In 2010: 93 Million Americans Will Be Unable To Keep Their Health Plans Under Obamacare  —  On Wednesday, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius testified before Congress about the continuing issues with the rollout of Obamacare's health insurance exchanges.
David Firestone / Taking Note:
The Uproar Over Insurance ‘Cancellation’ Letters  —  Kathleen Sebelius, the Health and Human Services secretary, took a lot of grief Wednesday from Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee who were outraged that some people's individual insurance policies had been “cancelled” because of health care reform.
US News:
Top Hospitals Opt Out of Obamacare
Kevin Diaz / Associated Press:
At least 140,000 Minnesotans will lose current health policies
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
David Corn / Mother Jones:
WATCH: Ted Cruz's Dad Calls US a “Christian Nation,” Says Obama Should Go “Back to Kenya”  —  Want to understand where the tea party champion's hardcore views come from?  Meet his father, Rafael.  —  In April, Rafael Cruz, the father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), spoke to the tea party of Hood County …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Ted Cruz's Dad: I'd Like To See Obama Go ‘Back To Kenya’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Pat Dollard
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Book: Obama asked Hillary Clinton to stay  —  President Barack Obama asked Hillary Clinton several times to stay on as his secretary of state during a Nov. 2012 ride aboard Air Force One, but she told him it was time for her to move on, a new book reveals.  —  “Would you reconsider, perhaps stay another year?
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Hillary Clinton: I'm ‘minded to do it’
Discussion: Liberaland and TIME
Peter Nicholas / Washington Wire:
Hillary Clinton's Ratings Slip in New WSJ/NBC Poll
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Kristie Greco / FAA:
Press Release - FAA to Allow Airlines to Expand Use of Personal Electronics  —  For Immediate Release  —  WASHINGTON- The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta today announced that the FAA has determined that airlines …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama voices ‘enormous frustration’ with GOP  —  President Obama told donors at a fundraiser Wednesday in Boston that he sometimes felt an “enormous frustration” with Republican efforts to block his legislative agenda.  —  “Sometimes people ask me, 'Man, how do you stay optimistic …
Mike Lillis / TheHill:
Pelosi: No revenue, no deal  —  New revenue must be part of any bipartisan agreement to eliminate the sequester, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday.  —  Although President Obama has reportedly signaled an openness to tackle the across-the-board cuts without hiking taxes …
Discussion: Hit & Run and VodkaPundit
Ezra Klein / Businessweek:
How the iPod President Crashed: Obama's Broken Technology Promise  —  In the 2008 election, President Obama's advisers talked of their boss's belief that it was time for an “iPod government.”  Obama, a technology addict who tools around on his iPad before going to sleep and who fought …
Debunking the Debunkers: Yes, Obamacare Rate Shock is Real  —  On October 26, The Los Angeles Times ran a story by Chad Terhune, documenting how many Californians feel lied as they are being forced out of their current health care plans due to Obamacare.  —  “All we've been hearing …
How To Spot A Fake Obamacare Horror Story
Discussion: Liberaland and Washington Monthly
Syria chemical weapons equipment destroyed, says OPCW  —  Syria's declared equipment for producing, mixing and filling chemical weapons has been destroyed, the international watchdog says.  —  This comes a day before the deadline set by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Outside the Beltway
First Read / NBCNews:
First Thoughts: Public places a curse on all of Washington
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Obamacare is a mess, and liberals need to fix it  —  Democrats need to acknowledge that, and make it work for everyone  —  It has been a pretty lousy month for the idea that the American government is capable of expanding access to healthcare to the uninsured and underinsured.
Norm Ornstein /
The Right to Vote  —  It is becoming increasingly obvious that the Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which eviscerated the Voting Rights Act, is leading to a new era of voter suppression that parallels the pre-1960s era—this time affecting not just African-Americans …
Investor's Business Daily:
The Biggest Lie?  ‘Keep Your Plan’  —  Deception: In the face of millions of cancellation notices, Democrats want to downplay the president's “keep your health plan” pledge as standard political hyperbole.  It was, in fact, a calculated lie that got ObamaCare enacted.
MASSIVE OIL DISCOVERY IN AUSTRALIA IS DEATHBLOW FOR SAUDIS  —  It is 6 times larger than the Bakken, 17 times the size of the Marcellus formation, and 80 times larger than the Eagle Ford shale.  —  All told the recent discovery outside a sleepy Australian town contains more black gold than in all of Iran, Iraq, Canada, or Venezuela.
Discussion: Israpundit and Israel Matzav
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Obama Has Presided Over 5 of 6 Largest Deficits in U.S. History  —  ( - President Barack Obama has now presided over five of the six largest annual budget deficits the U.S. government has ever run, according to data released yesterday by the U.S. Treasury.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:   Deficit was $680 billion in 2013  —  The federal budget deficit …
Rasmussen Reports:
37% Say Zombies Would Do Better Job Than Federal Gov't, 37% Opt for Feds  —  It's not exactly a vote of confidence in the powers that be: A sizable number of Americans think the undead would do a better job than the brain dead in Washington, D.C.  —  Thirty-seven percent (37%) …
Discussion: and The Daily Caller
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
As Interest Fades in the Humanities, Colleges Worry  —  STANFORD, Calif. — On Stanford University's sprawling campus, where a long palm-lined drive leads to manicured quads, humanities professors produce highly regarded scholarship on Renaissance French literature and the philosophy of language.
Discussion: Instapundit and Crooked Timber
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Paul: ‘Haters’ concoct plagiarism charges  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) defended himself against charges he plagiarized from Wikipedia in his speeches, dismissing them as originating from “political enemies” and “haters.”  —  “This is really about information and attacks coming from haters,” …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Darrell Issa on Obamacare: 'I've lost my patience'
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Cloture Likely To Be Filed On LGBT Bias Bill Tonight, Setting Up Monday Vote
Paul Sherman / Forbes:
Will The U.S. Supreme Court Defend Free Speech For The Little Guy?
Discussion: Hit & Run and SCOTUSblog
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
No truce for business groups, Tea Party
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger / Hot Dish Politics:
Chisago County GOP group's Facebook post nets firestorm
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Thursday: Cory Booker and Mel Watt in the Senate
Discussion: Reuters, Politico, CNN and Daily Kos
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Sarah Palin hits President Obama ‘ShamWow’ speech
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The Hill:
Top Dems made same promises
Discussion: Hot Air
Yasser Okbi / Jerusalem Post:
Reports: Syrian air base destroyed in missile attack from sea
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obamacare Navigator Hasn't Signed Up Anyone Because It's Too Expensive
Discussion: Hot Air
Dan Filler / The Faculty Lounge:
Law School Applicant Pool Likely To Shrink Further
Discussion: TaxProf Blog

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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:
Emmy nominations numbers: Netflix took top spot with 107; FX, 93; HBO/Max, 91; Apple TV+, 72; ABC and CBS, 38 each; Prime Video, 37; Hulu, 26; and Disney+, 19

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