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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” …
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Jim Acosta / CNN:
White House on Sebelius hearing: GOP ‘did us a favor up there’  —  (CNN) - References to “The Wizard of Oz.”  A poster of “bros” doing a keg stand.  And that shout-out to “Red Solo” cups.  —  White House officials are all but thanking Republicans for some of the more entertaining moments …
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Obama blames ‘bad apple insurers’ for canceled insurance plans  —  President Obama tried a new tack Wednesday as he fought back against criticism of his Obamacare claims.  —  Fact-checkers and journalists have ruled that Obama wasn't being truthful when he claimed that people who liked their insurance could keep it.
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 …
Matthew Hoye / CNN:
Obamacare and MassHealth - What do people think?
Discussion: Politico and TheHill
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Obama's pledge that ‘no one will take away’ your health plan
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters blogs:
CNN: White House Pressuring Insurance Companies To Not Criticize ObamaCare
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and BizPac Review
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.
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John Harwood / New York Times:
Behind the Roar of Political Debates, 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.
Wall Street Journal:
Scorn Spreads to Both Sides
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC News Poll: Are HealthCare.Gov's Glitches Fixable?
Discussion: The Plum Line
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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Natalie Tolomeo / mynews13.com:
Sanford bans guns from neighborhood watch patrol after Zimmerman case  —  SANFORD —  More than a year and a half after Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, the city of Sanford is making major changes to its neighborhood watch program, including banning volunteers …
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Paul Szoldra / Business Insider:
In Wake Of Zimmerman Case, Florida City Bans Guns For Neighborhood Watch  —  Just months after George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, the Florida city where the incident occurred intends to ban neighborhood watch members from carrying guns, The Orlando Sentinel reports.
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.
TIME:
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
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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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Washington Post:
New problems emerge with health-care Web site; Sebelius acknowledges frustrations
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Patrick Leahy: ‘Insurmountable’ Push For Filibuster Rules Change If GOP Blocks Obama Nominee  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, predicted Tuesday that things could get ugly if Republicans block a vote this week on one of President Barack …
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
NY Daily News:
Brown University students shout Commissioner Kelly off the stage as he attempted lecture on policing  —  More than 100 Ivy League students protested the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy and accused the department of discrimination against blacks and Muslims.  Kelly had planned a lecture titled …
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
Blair L. M. Kelley / theGrio:
A brief history of blackface just in time for Halloween  —  It's Halloween again and, evidently, it's the season for people around the world to put on blackface.  —  Blackface first made the news this holiday season when a former Dancing with the Stars participant darkened her skin to …
WZTV:
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.
Ned Resnikoff / msnbc.com:
America's new hunger crisis  —  In the 22 years that Swami Durga Das has managed New York's River Fund Food Pantry, he has never seen hunger like this.  Each Saturday, hundreds of hungry people descend on the pantry's headquarters, an unassuming house on a residential block.
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Here's Audio of Managers Scolding Employees for Wanting to Unionize  —  When a union attempts to organize a workplace, the management inevitably tries to talk workers out of it.  Usually, that happens out of the public eye.  But at one workplace, an audio recorder was running.
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.
Ted Gayer / Brookings Institute:
Cash for Clunkers: An Evaluation of the Car Allowance Rebate System  —  The Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) or “cash for clunkers” program, launched during the height of the recession with the intention of stimulating the economy, creating jobs, and reducing emissions …
Discussion: Politico, AEIdeas and The Daily Caller
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.
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.
 
 
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