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3:20 AM ET, November 4, 2013


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Erin McPike / CNN:
Obama stumps for McAuliffe in Virginia governor's race  —  Arlington, Virginia (CNN) - President Barack Obama sidestepped talking about his signature achievement, health care reform, and instead focused on the politics of the government shutdown in a campaign rally to help Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe …
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
A year after the 2012 election, Romney talks 2016
Discussion: 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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
The Hill:
O-Care stonewall: Media stymied
Kimberly Dozier / ABC News:
White House, Lawmakers Reject Clemency for Snowden
Discussion: Politico
Jason Seher / CNN:
Ayotte wants ‘timeout’ on Obamacare
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Ayotte pushes W.H. on ACA, Benghazi
Discussion: CNN
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.
Discussion: Liberaland
Seth Stephens- Davidowitz / New York Times:
In the N.B.A., ZIP Code Matters  —  AS the N.B.A. season gets under way, there is no doubt that the league's best player is 6-foot-8 LeBron James, of the Miami Heat.  Mr. James was born poor to a 16-year-old single mother in Akron, Ohio.  The conventional wisdom is that his background is typical for an N.B.A. player.
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Kochs slam Belafonte's Klan talk  —  A spokesman for the Koch brothers made a rare statement hitting back at criticism of the billionaire industrialists Sunday, taking Bill de Blasio surrogate Harry Belafonte to task for comparing them to the KKK.  —  The remarks were made at a church service …
Jim Sensenbrenner / JSOnline:
NSA abused trust, must be reined in  —  It is impossible to forget the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.  And it is not easy to forget what followed: fear, anger and an upwelling of patriotism.  Throughout our nation's history, we've fought in wars both at home and abroad, but until that day …
Discussion: Lawfare
Evan Gahr / NY Daily News:
The seniors getting hurt by Obamacare  —  Medicare Advantage patients are getting hurt in just the way that critics of the President's plan warned that they would  —  The President pledged to protect Medicare benefits.  —  O bamacare has a new message to seniors: Take two aspirins and find yourself a new doctor in the morning.
How The NRA Made It Easier To Bring Guns Into Airports  —  On Friday, a gunman “pulled a Smith & Wesson .223-caliber assault rifle from his duffel bag” and opened fire on an airport.  Officials have arrested the alleged shooter, 23-year-old Paul Ciancia, who killed a TSA agent and wounded six others at a security checkpoint.
Discussion: Liberaland
Kayla Ayres / KRQE-TV:
Trick-or-treaters handed anti-abortion cards  —  By … ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The cards handed out along with candy to kids on Halloween in a northwest Albuquerque neighborhood carried pointed messages.  —  “I am not a clump of cells.”  —  “53 million killed.”
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Michael Kelley / Business Insider:
Last Year President Obama Reportedly Told His Aides That He's ‘Really Good At Killing People’
Discussion: Mediaite and Infowars
ABC News:
Romney Leaves Cruz off His List of 2016 GOP Stars
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
I.O.U.'s Give the Democrat an Edge in Virginia
Discussion: The Reaction and Washington Post
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
McCaul: ‘Mental illness’ major factor in LAX shooting
Discussion: Hot Air and CNN
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Schumer Endorses Clinton for President in Iowa Speech
Discussion: Gawker and Gothamist
 Earlier Items: 
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Graham calls 20-week abortion ban a debate ‘worthy of a great democracy’
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
How Obama went from bulls-t to dishonesty
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Power Line
South Carolina Police Chief Threatens To Target Anyone Who Advocates Legalizing Marijuana
Discussion: The Dish