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8:25 AM ET, November 4, 2013


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Edie Littlefield Sundby / Wall Street Journal:
I had great cancer doctors and health insurance.My plan was cancelled.  Now I worry how long I'll live.  —  Everyone now is clamoring about Affordable Care Act winners and losers.  I am one of the losers.  —  My grievance is not political; all my energies are directed to enjoying life and staying alive …
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
Health Consumers Finding Out They Were Sold a Lemon  —  I was going to write a piece about this silly graph that has been making the rounds, purporting to show that only a few people stand to lose from Obamacare:  —  But Josh Barro beat me to it: … Actually, he's still too kind …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and The Daily Caller
Jim Sensenbrenner / JSOnline:
NSA abused trust, must be reined in
Discussion: Lawfare
Un Bylined / Bangor Daily News:
Mike Michaud: Yes, I am gay.  ‘But why should it matter?’  —  When I entered the race for governor, I did so because I love the state of Maine and am tired of seeing it dragged in the wrong direction.  There was never any question that it would be a tough race, but I know I have the vision …
Portland Press-Herald:   Commentary: Yes, I'm gay, Michaud says. Now let's get our state back on track
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
McAuliffe leads final poll by 7  —  PPP's final Virginia poll finds Democrats leading in all three statewide races.  In the Governor's race Terry McAuliffe has the advantage with 50% to 43% for Ken Cuccinelli and 4% for Libertarian Robert Sarvis.  In the Lieutenant Governor's race Ralph Northam …
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
Virginia Democrat Calls For Forcing Doctors To Accept Medicare And Medicaid Patients
Erin McPike / CNN:
Obama stumps for McAuliffe in Virginia governor's race
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Calling America: Hello?  Hello?  Hello?  Hello?  —  SINGAPORE — HAVING lived and worked abroad for many years, I'm sensitive to the changing ways that foreigners look at America.  Over the years, I've seen an America that was respected, hated, feared and loved.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Manu Raju / Politico:
Senate Democrats to White House on Obamacare: Fix it  —  Democratic senators have a warning for the White House: Fix Obamacare's problems or put Senate seats at risk next year.  —  In interviews, Democratic senators running in 2014, party elders and Senate leaders said the Obama administration must rescue …
Stephanie Simon / Reuters:
Texas tea party seeks Ted Cruz 2.0: David Barton  —  Texas tea party activists eager to send another firebrand in the mold of Ted Cruz to the Senate have launched a movement to draft evangelical historian David Barton to run against Sen. John Cornyn.  —  Barton, who hosts a daily radio broadcast …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hullabaloo
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Special Investigation: How Insurers Are Hiding Obamacare Benefits From Customers  —  Donna received the letter canceling her insurance plan on Sept. 16.  Her insurance company, LifeWise of Washington, told her that they'd identified a new plan for her.  If she did nothing, she'd be covered.
Washington Post:
For consumers whose health premiums will go up under new law, sticker shock leads to anger  —  Americans who face higher ­insurance costs under President Obama's health-care law are angrily complaining about “sticker shock,” threatening to become a new political force opposing the law …
Discussion: New York Times
Duke / Jersey Jazzman:
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: @GovChristie to Teacher: “I Am Tired Of You People!”  —  UPDATE: I posted this about 12 hours ago on a late Saturday night, and already it has over 30K hits.  I've never seen blog traffic like this, especially on a weekend.  Is it not obvious that there has been an enormous amount …
A year after the 2012 election, Romney talks 2016
Discussion: Politico and Connecting.the.Dots
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Newt weighs in on ‘Double Down’
Discussion: CNN
Maggie Haberman / Politico:   Chris Christie: National reach ‘inevitable’
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Rand Paul on plagiarism charges: If dueling were legal in Kentucky...  Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday that accusations of plagiarism in his speeches makes him wish dueling were legal in Kentucky.  —  “I take it as an insult, and I will not lie down and say people can call me dishonest …
Deborah Kan / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Eric Schmidt Lambasts NSA Over Spying  —  On a recent visit to Hong Kong, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt spoke to Deborah Kan about allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency spied on the company's data centers, censorship in China, and the country he wants to visit next.
Discussion: Reuters
Hottest September On Record, Fastest Pacific Warming In 10,000 Years, Warmest Arctic In 120,000 Years  —  Temperature change over past 11,300 years (in blue, via Science, 2013) plus projected warming on humanity's current emissions path (in red, via recent literature.  —  It's been a hot week for global warming.
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