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9:45 AM ET, November 3, 2013


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Washington Post: 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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Althouse
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
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.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Virginia blame game begins  —  National Republicans agree on this much about the 2013 campaign in Virginia: It wasn't supposed to go like this.  —  Well before the last votes are cast in the state's off-year governor's race, GOP leaders are already engaged in a spirited debate over why …
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 …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Hullabaloo and Gawker
Mark Potok / Hatewatch:
Hatewatch Exclusive: Alleged LAX Shooter Referenced ‘Patriot’ Conspiracy Theories  —  The 23-year-old man who allegedly killed a TSA official at Los Angeles International Airport yesterday was carrying a one-page “manifesto” that included references to the “New World Order,” the Federal Reserve and …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Texas Voter ID Law Snags Former Speaker  —  Former House Speaker Jim Wright (D) was denied a voter ID card at a Texas Department of Public Safety office, the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports.  —  Said Wright: “Nobody was ugly to us, but they insisted that they wouldn't give me an ID.”
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.
Discussion: NewsBusters
Associated Press:
LAX SUSPECT SET OUT TO KILL MULTIPLE TSA OFFICERS … LOS ANGELES (AP) — The unemployed motorcycle mechanic suspected in the deadly shooting at the Los Angeles airport set out to kill multiple employees of the Transportation Security Administration and hoped the attack would …
Kelsey Harris / The Heritage Foundation:
Exclusive: Users Warn of Security Risk, Breach of Privacy  —  Justin Hadley logged on to to evaluate his insurance options after his health plan was canceled.  What he discovered was an apparent security flaw that disclosed eligibility letters addressed to individuals from another state.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Weasel Zippers
Emily Bazelon / Slate:
Dear President Obama, This Is Why Judges Matter  —  Two Bush appointees deliver body blows to reproductive rights—and demonstrate the power of the bench.  —  It's been a day of body blows for reproductive rights.  On Thursday night, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit reversed …
Discussion: National Review and ThinkProgress
Andy Meek /
Sebelius Explains How Obamacare Isn't Like Tickle-Me Elmo  —  MEMPHIS — Kathleen Sebelius brushed off questions Friday about reports saying only six people signed up for coverage on the first day of the Obamacare website's operation.  —  Speaking at a library in Memphis as part of an effort …
Andy Meek / The Memphis Daily News:
Sebelius Brings Health Care Talk to Town
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‘Subway Vigilante’ Goetz busted in pot sale
Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow / New York Times:
Finding Life After Academia — and Not Feeling Bad About It
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
John Hudson / Foreign Policy:
Star Benghazi ‘Witness’ May Not Have Been an Actual Witness
Agence France Presse:
Snowden wants to help German probe, testify in US
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Mark Steyn / National Review:
A Phalanx of Lies  —  CNN has been pondering what they call …