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9:50 AM ET, November 1, 2013


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Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Obamacare enrollments got off to very slow start, documents show  —  (CBS News) WASHINGTON - For 31 days now, the Obama administration has been telling us that Americans by the millions are visiting the new health insurance website, despite all its problems.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Book Details Obama Aides' Talks About Replacing Biden on 2012 Ticket  —  President Obama's top aides secretly considered replacing Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. with Hillary Rodham Clinton on the 2012 ticket, undertaking extensive focus-group sessions and polling in late 2011 when Mr. Obama's re-election outlook appeared uncertain.
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
What Really Happens To People Whose Insurance Is ‘Canceled’ Because Of Obamacare  —  President Obama wasn't entirely right in 2009 when he said that if you like your health care plan, then you can keep it.  Some people are going to have their health insurance plans canceled, and it does have something to do with Obamacare.
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
CHART: ‘Winners And Losers From Obamacare’  —  University of Michigan professor and senior Brookings fellow Justin Wolfers on Thursday created a chart depicting the “winners and losers” under the Affordable Care Act, sourced to a Ryan Lizza article that used estimates from M.I.T. economist Jon Gruber, a former adviser to Mitt Romney.
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Troubled Start for Health Law Has Democrats Feeling Anxious  —  WASHINGTON — Already under fierce attack from Republicans over the new health care law, President Obama now faces broad and mounting Democratic concerns that the troubled start of the insurance program will cut into the political benefit …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
‘Agitated’ Dems vent on ObamaCare woes
Niels Lesniewski / The World's Greatest …:
Biden Open to Filibuster Changes After Republicans Block Watt, Millett Nominations (Updated)  —  (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)  —  Updated 2:56 p.m. |  The nomination wars are officially back.  —  Just minutes after the swearing-in of New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker …
BREAKING: Senate Republicans Block Vote On Key Judicial Candidate, Daring Dems To Go Nuclear
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Threatens Mass Blockade Of Obama's Top Judges
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:   Senate Blocks Nomination Of Sitting Member Of Congress For First Time Since Reconstruction
Irin Carmon /
'I'm showing my son mercy'  —  On their last night in Dallas, the ramen noodles and microwave popcorn were finished.  The money for the motel had run out too.  So on a hot August night Jessica and Erick Davis and their three young kids slept in the Mazda rented for the trip.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:   GOP State Rep. Calls Clarence Thomas ‘The Black Judge’
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Predators' Moll  —  Two recent events organized by the investment bank Goldman Sachs featured a special guest.  Goldman arranged to have one of the most successful investors in the world make remarks at last week's AIMS Alternative Investment Conference in Chicago.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
In the Clintons' talk of brokering compromise, an implicit rebuke of Obama years
Discussion: Hot Air
Peter Nicholas / Washington Wire:
Hillary Clinton's Ratings Slip in New WSJ/NBC Poll
Tjfang / CBS San Francisco:
Google's Secret Revealed: Barge To Offer High-End Showrooms, Party Deck  —  SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) - Google's mysterious floating barge on San Francisco Bay will feature luxury showrooms and a party deck for the tech giant to market Google Glass and other gadgets to invitation-only clients, multiple sources told KPIX 5.
Joseph Goldstein / New York Times:
Court Blocks Stop-and-Frisk Changes for New York Police  —  A federal appellate court on Thursday granted a stay in the landmark police stop-and-frisk ruling in New York City, and removed the trial judge, Shira A. Scheindlin, from the case.  —  The United States Court of Appeals …
James Arkin / BuzzFeed:
GOP Congressman Hands Out Copies Of Book Calling For Obama's Impeachment  —  Texas Rep. Steve Stockman gave copies of the book “Impeachable Offenses: The Case For Removing Barack Obama From Office” to every member of Congress this month.  —  Via
Discussion: Liberaland
BREAKING: Three Bush-Appointed Judges Reinstate Texas' Anti-Abortion Law  —  A panel of three Republican judges, all of whom were appointed by President George W. Bush, granted the state of Texas' request Wednesday night to reinstate a law that will force many of the state's abortion clinics to close their doors.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
IRS' Lois Lerner gave confidential Tea Party tax info to FEC, violating law  —  WASHINGTON SECRETS TAXES TEA PARTY JUDICIAL WATCH IRS FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT FEC  —  The Internal Revenue Service shared highly confidential tax information of several Tea Party groups in the IRS scandal …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and his supporters emit a fog of equivocation and euphemism.  —  “If you like your plan, you can keep it.”  That assertion, repeated with small variations, was Barack Obama's central pledge when he was campaigning for president and then for the enactment of health-care “reform.”
Todd Starnes / Fox News:
Pentagon training manual: white males have unfair advantages  —  A controversial 600-plus page manual used by the military to train its Equal Opportunity officers teaches that “healthy, white, heterosexual, Christian” men hold an unfair advantage over other races, and warns in great detail about a so-called “White Male Club.”
Obamacare marketing push on hold  —  Team Obamacare is sitting on hundreds of millions of dollars of essentially frozen assets — yet another consequence of the failed launch of  —  There's no point in an ad blitz directing people to sign up on a website that doesn't work.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
EndPlay /
Adams County couple files lawsuit to overturn Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage  —  BRIGHTON - A Colorado couple is suing to overturn the state ban on same-sex marriage.  —  Dr. Rebecca Brinkman and Margaret Burd filed the suit in Adams County District Court Wednesday, according to attorney Ralph Ogden.
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Texas To Tea Party: No, The Alamo Won't Fall Under U.N. Control
Elizabeth Harrington / Washington Free Beacon:
8,400 Security Clearance Holders Owe IRS $85 Million in Unpaid Taxes
Robert Costa / National Review:
Paul: NSA ‘Could Be Spying’ on Obama
Discussion: Hot Air and Reuters
ABC News:
Israeli Warplanes Strike Inside Syria for Fifth Time This Year
Discussion: NNA
Associated Press:
Belgium considering unprecedented law to grant euthanasia for children, dementia patients
Alain Sherter / CBS News:
Millions on food stamps facing benefits cuts
 Earlier Items: 
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GOP rides wave of insurance cancellation notices
Jack Ewing / New York Times:
Jobless Rate in Euro Zone Stays at Record
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Obamacare is a mess, and liberals need to fix it
Debunking the Debunkers: Yes, Obamacare Rate Shock is Real
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and protein wisdom