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7:45 AM ET, October 31, 2013

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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.
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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
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.
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” …
Matthew Hoye / CNN:
Obamacare and MassHealth - What do people think?
Discussion: Politico and TheHill
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters blogs:
CNN: White House Pressuring Insurance Companies To Not Criticize ObamaCare
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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Wall Street Journal:
Scorn Spreads to Both Sides  —  The discontent that engulfed Republicans amid the partial government shutdown has washed over President Obama, whose job approval rating has sunk to an all-time low in a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
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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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.
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Liberaland
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.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and susiemadrak.com
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: The Hill, Washington Post and Daily Kos
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 …
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Ted Cruz criticizes DOJ for arguing international treaty can trump the Constitution  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL TED CRUZ CHEMICAL WEAPONS BASHAR ASSAD JUSTICE DEPARTMENT  —  Justice Department attorneys are advancing an argument at the Supreme Court that could allow the government …
Discussion: BizPac Review and Weasel Zippers
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.
Bill Moyers:
A Letter From Bill Moyers  —  Two years ago, thanks to the generosity of some unexpected funders and the loyalty of long-time funders, I came out of retirement with a new weekly series, Moyers & Company.  Since then our team has kept a steady focus on some of the vital nerve centers of democracy: Money and politics.
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Henninger: Progressive Government Fails  —  Obama's ideology is the politics of the personal cram down.
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 …
Disclose.tv:
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
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.
 
 
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Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
You can keep your health plan — if Obama likes it
Discussion: Business Insider
CNN:
Emanuel thinks Hillary Clinton will run for president
Steve Bousquet / Tampa Bay Times:
State and Pinellas agree on dates for election for Young's seat
Discussion: Politico and Roll Call
Ted Gayer / Brookings Institute:
Cash for Clunkers: An Evaluation of the Car Allowance Rebate System
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Poll: Lindsey Graham's Approval Rating Tumbles In S.C.
BBC:
Dell users: Latitude 6430u laptops ‘smell of cat urine’
Discussion: Mashable and Guardian
Manu Raju / Politico:
Cruz extends olive branch to GOP senators
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Adam Taylor / Business Insider:
REPORT: NSA May Have Spied On The Vatican During The Papal Conclave
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Immigration reform is definitely undead
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Alabama Blogger Arrested, Jailed For Writing About Former Governor's Son
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Robert Gates Named President-Elect Of Boy Scouts Of America
Discussion: Bryan on Scouting
Hadas Gold / Politico:
S.F. Chronicle to stop using ‘Redskins’
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
A call to conservatives / constitutionalists / libertarians / classical liberals
ThinkProgress:
Everything You Think You Know About Panhandlers Is Wrong
 

 
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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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