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10:15 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.
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.
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.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi pushes back hard on dropped plans
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
You can keep your health plan — if Obama likes it
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 …
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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Scorn Spreads to Both Sides
Joe Biden / CNN:
Biden apologizes, says Obama tried to log on to health site  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama tried to log onto the Obamacare website, according to Vice President Joe Biden, who added his name to those apologizing for the online snafu that has rocked the introduction of the administration's sweeping health care initiative.
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
Jim Acosta / CNN:
White House on Sebelius hearing: GOP ‘did us a favor up there’
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and American Power
Rich Lowry / Politico:   The Obamacare whiners  —  Henry Waxman made a plea at the end …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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?
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obamacare Navigator Hasn't Signed Up Anyone Because It's Too Expensive  —  Al Jazeera finds an Obamacare navigator in Colorado who hasn't signed up anybody for the new program because it's too expensive:  —  “So far, no one,” says the Obamacare navigator.  “Thus far everybody has taken …
Steve Rosenbush / The CIO Report:
Facebook Tests Software to Track Your Cursor on Screen  —  Facebook Inc. is testing technology that would greatly expand the scope of data that it collects about its users, the head of the company's analytics group said Tuesday.  —  The social network may start collecting data …
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.
7 Awesome Things That Took Less Time Than  —  They had three-and-a-half years and the government still couldn't build an Obamacare website.  A lot more awesome things have been done in a lot less time.  —  BUZZFEED USER  —  This post was created by a user and has not been vetted …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Another ObamaCare Victim  —  One man's insurance cancellation is a cause for Schadenfreude.  —  He liked his health-insurance plan—or close enough: “It was there, and it did its job.”  He seems to have believed President Obama, who said—and said and said and said—that if you like your health insurance, you can keep it.
Stuart Stevens / The Daily Beast:
Nixon, Obama, and How We Lost Trust in the U.S. Government  —  After Nixon's obfuscation on Vietnam, the press viewed those in power with a skepticism verging on cynicism.  That changed with Obama—though his Obamacare untruths are worse.  —  The Vietnam War dominated the presidential campaign of 1968.
Dan Filler / The Faculty Lounge:
Law School Applicant Pool Likely To Shrink Further  —  LSAC has now released data about the number of people who sat for the October LSAT.  The total number of takers was down 10.9% from October 2012.  The number of first time takers was down roughly 13% from last October.
Discussion: TaxProf Blog
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In health care mess, Obama reaps what he sowed  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL WHITE HOUSE BARACK OBAMA OBAMACARE SENATE PRESIDENT HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES REPUBLICAN PARTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY HEALTH CARE  —  Given the Affordable Care Act's multiple crises in its first month of implementation …
Ned Resnikoff /
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.
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
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Henninger: Progressive Government Fails  —  Obama's ideology is the politics of the personal cram down.
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Rush Limbaugh:
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Washington Post:
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