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12:15 PM ET, November 3, 2013

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Washington Post:
HealthCare.gov: How political fear was pitted against technical needs  —  In May 2010, two months after the Affordable Care Act squeaked through Congress, President Obama's top economic aides were getting worried.  Larry Summers, director of the White House's National Economic Council …
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The Hill:
O-Care stonewall: Media stymied  —  A slew of media organizations have petitioned the government to release ObamaCare data that the White House has refused to make public.  [WATCH VIDEO]  —  CNN, ABC, MSNBC and others have filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) seeking information on the beleaguered healthcare.gov website.
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Ayotte pushes W.H. on ACA, Benghazi  —  Sen. Kelly Ayotte called the Obamacare rollout “a mess,” and said President Barack Obama should delay the law.  —  “I'm calling on the president now to say let's have a timeout on this, Mr. President.  You call a timeout on this,” she said on CNN's “State of the Union” on Sunday.
Discussion: CNN
Jason Seher / CNN:
Ayotte wants ‘timeout’ on Obamacare  —  Washington (CNN) - Echoing her Republican colleagues in the Senate, Sen. Kelly Ayotte said Sunday that the entire country needs to slam the brakes on implementing the Affordable Care Act and re-evaluate President Barack Obama's signature health care law.
TIME:
The Hunt for Pufferfish  —  During the 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney ranked Chris Christie among the final contenders to be his running mate.  That is until the Republican nominee started digging into the New Jersey governor's record  —  The following is an excerpt from DOUBLE DOWN …
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Duke / Jersey Jazzman:
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: @GovChristie to Teacher: “I Am Tired Of You People!”  —  New Jersey's governor, Chris Christie, has a long history of teacher bashing - not just teachers union bashing, but teacher bashing.  Even when he's clearly in the lead, he can't help himself: he has to take a swipe at teachers whenever he can.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Liberaland
Peter Hamby / Washington Post:
Review: ‘Double Down,’ on the 2012 election, by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann
New York Times:
Insurance Policies Not Worth Keeping  —  Congressional Republicans have stoked consumer fears and confusion with charges that the health care reform law is causing insurers to cancel existing policies and will force many people to pay substantially higher premiums next year for coverage they don't want.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Three Pages Of Rand Paul's Book Were Plagiarized From Think Tanks  —  The worst case yet.  Paul's office says the book notes Paul didn't individually report out each case.  —  Joshua Roberts / Reuters  —  An entire section of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's 2013 book Government Bullies …
Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Voter ID law snags former House Speaker Jim Wright  —  FORT WORTH — Former House Speaker Jim Wright was denied a voter ID card Saturday at a Texas Department of Public Safety office.  —  “Nobody was ugly to us, but they insisted that they wouldn't give me an ID,” Wright said.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Texas Voter ID Law Snags Former Speaker
Discussion: Liberaland
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Graham calls 20-week abortion ban a debate ‘worthy of a great democracy’  —  As he moves to introduce a bill in the Senate banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday the issue is a conversation a “humane” society needs to have.  —  “This is a debate worthy of a great democracy.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Hullabaloo
Washington Post:
Republican Ken Cuccinelli, running hard, has been hobbled in race for Virginia governor  —  Some of the biggest names in his party sat out the race or even switched sides.  The governor he depended on to rally the troops disappeared into a fog of scandal.  Many of the money men who had provided oomph in past elections vanished.
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Virginia blame game begins
Chrystia Freeland / New York Times:
Plutocrats vs. Populists  —  TORONTO — HERE'S the puzzle of America today: the plutocrats have never been richer, and their economic power continues to grow, but the populists, the wilder the better, are taking over.  The rise of the political extremes is most evident, of course …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
How Obama went from bulls-t to dishonesty  —  How Americans see President Obama changed in an important way this week.  It's because there is a huge difference between lies and bulls - - t.  —  Obama says a lot of things that are not true, even nonsensical.
Discussion: Power Line
 
 
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Schumer Endorses Clinton for President in Iowa Speech
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ThinkProgress:
South Carolina Police Chief Threatens To Target Anyone Who Advocates Legalizing Marijuana
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Mike Konczal / Wonkblog:
The tea party's assault on workers
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Emily Bazelon / Slate:
Dear President Obama, This Is Why Judges Matter
Discussion: National Review
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