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1:30 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.
The Hill:
Top Dems made same promises
Discussion: Hot Air and CNN
Kevin Diaz / Associated Press:
At least 140,000 Minnesotans will lose current health policies
Discussion: National Review and Hot Air
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Obama blames ‘bad apple insurers’ for canceled insurance plans
Katie McHugh / The Daily Caller:
Report: White House exerting ‘massive pressure’ on insurance companies to keep quiet
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 …
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Reid: Cruz nomination would destroy GOP  —  Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says if Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) won the Republican nomination for president, it would destroy the GOP.  —  In an interview on MSNBC's “The Rachel Maddow Show” Wednesday night, Reid discussed fallout from the 16 …
David Denby / Comment:
TED CRUZ: THE MASK OF SINCERITY  —  When Ted Cruz lies, he appears to be praying.  His lips narrow, almost disappearing into his face, and his eyebrows shift abruptly, rising like a drawbridge on his forehead into matching acute angles.  He attains an appearance of supplication …
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 …
Joan Lowy / Associated Press:
FAA Oks Air Passengers Using Gadgets on Planes
Discussion: Politico
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?
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
President asked Hillary to stay
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Hillary Clinton: I'm ‘minded to do it’
Discussion: Liberaland and TIME
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.
Michael O'Brien / NBC Politics:
Obama leadership style raises question of ‘who is in control?’
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Mike Lillis / TheHill:
Pelosi: No revenue, no deal
Discussion: VodkaPundit
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.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In health care mess, Obama reaps what he sowed
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Thursday: Cory Booker and Mel Watt in the Senate  —  The Senate starts at 10 a.m., and will debate the nomination of Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) to be the next director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.  —  Republicans see Watt as someone who is likely to favor ongoing government intervention in the housing market.
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos and Politico
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Booker's big day in Washington
Discussion: Politico
Syria Completes Destruction Activities to Render Inoperable Chemical Weapons Production Facilities and Mixing/Filling Plants  —  Director-General salutes returning group of OPCW inspectors to The Hague  —  The Joint Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons …
First Read / NBCNews:
First Thoughts: Public places a curse on all of Washington
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
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Deficit was $680 billion in 2013  —  The federal budget deficit for fiscal 2013 was $680 billion, the Treasury Department reported Wednesday.  —  This is the first time that the deficit has fallen below $1 trillion during President Obama's time in the White House.
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:   Obama Has Presided Over 5 of 6 Largest Deficits in U.S. History
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 …
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Sarah Palin hits President Obama ‘ShamWow’ speech  —  Sarah Palin is keeping up the infomercial peddler charge against President Barack Obama, criticizing his “ShamWow” speech in Boston and accusing him of lying to the American people.  —  Palin took to her Facebook page early Thursday morning …
Discussion: Liberaland and Conservatives4Palin
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
U.S. commandos fought in Benghazi  —  Two out of eight in Tripoli sent to rescue, honored for valor  —  Masked from public view, two of the U.S. military's elite special operations commandos have been awarded medals for bravery for a mission that further undercuts the Obama administration's original story about the Benghazi tragedy.
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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
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
As Interest Fades in the Humanities, Colleges Worry
Discussion: Instapundit
Toronto Star:
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Discussion: Mediaite, Gawker and Business Insider
Rasmussen Reports:
37% Say Zombies Would Do Better Job Than Federal Gov't, 37% Opt for Feds
Clifford Krauss / New York Times:
Looking for a Way Around Keystone XL, Canadian Oil Hits the Rails
Yasser Okbi / Jerusalem Post:
Reports: Syrian air base destroyed in missile attack from sea
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Hawaii Senate Passes Marriage Equality By Overwhelming Majority
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
 Earlier Items: 
Timothy H. Lee / The Hill:
Proposed bills fail to fix Fannie and Freddie
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
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Investigation IDs IRS Leaker
Stuart Stevens / The Daily Beast:
Nixon, Obama, and How We Lost Trust in the U.S. Government
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Obamacare whiners  —  Henry Waxman made a plea at the end …
Discussion: CNN, National Review and The Hill
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Henninger: Progressive Government Fails

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Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
A House committee report claims the Global Alliance for Responsible Media colluded to cut Twitter revenue after Musk's acquisition; GARM guidance is non-binding

Financial Times:
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Cecilia D'Anastasio / Bloomberg:
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