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8:45 AM ET, November 5, 2013


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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Two Days until Brief Explosion of Christie Mania  —  Only two states, New Jersey and Virginia, hold their gubernatorial elections in odd years.  Since there's generally a dearth of other political news at that time, Washington-based reporters usually decide that whoever got elected in Virginia …
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Biden frames Virginia governor's election as race against the tea party
Kurt Schlichter /
Maybe Pain Will Teach You Millenials Not To Vote For Your Own Serfdom  —  You Millenials voted for Obama by a margin of 28 percent, which will make it a lot easier for me to accept the benefits you will be paying for.  We warned you that liberalism was a scam designed to take the fruits …
Discussion: VodkaPundit
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Obama: “What We Said Was You Can Keep It If It Hasn't Changed Since The Law Passed”  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA: Now, if you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really liked that plan, what we said was you can keep it if it hasn't changed since the law passed.
Police Sweep Garden State Plaza Mall in Search for Gunman  —  A gunman wearing all black fired a several shots inside a busy New Jersey mall Monday night, sparking an intense manhunt by police, officials and witnesses said.  —  Officers from Paramus and neighboring municipalities swarmed …
Discussion: CNN, Scared Monkeys and NBCNews
Lori Ziganto / Twitchy:
Despicable: WH smears cancer survivor who lost her insurance plan due to Obamacare  —  That can't be true, can it? … Yes.  Yes it is.  Check out Dan Pfeiffer's despicable tweet posted via his official White House Twitter account. … Beyond repugnant.  As Twitchy reported, Edie Littlefield Sundby is a Stage IV cancer survivor.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Sections Of Rand Paul's Op-Ed On Drug Sentencing Plagiarized From Article Week Earlier  —  Portions of the Kentucky senator's op-ed in The Washington Times appear to be copied word-for-word from an article published a week earlier.  —  Jonathan Ernst / Reuters
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
Study: 8.8 Billion Earth-size, Just-right Planets  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Space is vast, but it may not be so lonely after all: A study finds the Milky Way is teeming with billions of planets that are about the size of Earth, orbit stars just like our sun, and exist in the Goldilocks zone — not too hot and not too cold for life.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
House GOP regresses on gay rights  —  Today John Boehner declared he opposes the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and senior House GOP aides said the bill is unlikely to get a House vote — putting its passage in doubt.  —  So perhaps it's worth recalling some historical context …
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Senators Grapple With Health Care Rollout Woes  —  A month into the rollout of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and no end to problems, the senior administration official closest to the law's implementation will answer questions Tuesday from a Senate panel that wrote much of it.
Discussion: Politico
Hartford Courant:
Student Who Prompted CCSU Lockdown Apologizes, Says Incident Was Misunderstanding  —  Outfit That Alarmed Students Was Halloween Costume  —  NEW BRITAIN — A student still wearing his Halloween costume from the weekend caused alarm when he walked through Central Connecticut State University Monday …
Discussion: Hit & Run and PIX 11
Associated Press:
Lawmakers push to keep Obama's health care pledge  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Little more than a week after millions of consumers received health care cancellation notices, lawmakers in both parties are pushing legislation to redeem President Barack Obama's long-ago pledge that anyone liking …
The Switch:
How we know the NSA had access to internal Google and Yahoo cloud data  —  The Washington Post reported last Wednesday that the National Security Agency has been tapping into the private links that connect Google and Yahoo data centers around the world.  Today we offer additional background …
Simon Romero / New York Times:
Brazil Acknowledges Spying on Diplomatic Targets  —  RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil's government acknowledged on Monday that its top intelligence agency had spied on diplomatic targets from countries including the United States, Iran and Russia, putting Brazilian authorities in the uncomfortable position …
‘Three killed’ in Norway bus hijack  —  A man wielding a knife has hijacked a bus in Norway and killed three passengers, media reports say.  —  The suspect, said to be in his 50s and of foreign origin, has been arrested, police told Norway's TV2 news channel.  —  The victims included the driver of the bus.
New York Post:
The Koch brothers are like the KKK: Harry Belafonte  —  He'll pander to any crowd!  —  Mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio stood silently by as celebrity booster Harry Belafonte compared the Tea Party-supporting Koch brothers to the Ku Klux Klan inside a Harlem Church on Sunday …
Ariel Edwards-Levy / The Huffington Post:
Wendy Davis Trails By Single Digits In Texas Governor's Race  —  Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) is running just 6 percentage points behind state Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) in the 2014 governor's race, according to an online University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released Monday.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Those Depressing Germans  —  German officials are furious at America …
Discussion: Jared Bernstein
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Bill Advances to Outlaw Discrimination Against Gays
Tim Cavanaugh / The Daily Caller:
Twitter keeps suspending account critical of Obamacare
Discussion: VodkaPundit and The Jawa Report
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Democratic poll: Gun issue helps Terry McAuliffe
Dylan Byers / Politico:
NY-19: TNR turns down anti-Eldridge ad
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
SAC Capital Agrees to Plead Guilty to Insider Trading
Discussion: Wonkblog and The Week
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Midlands man has personal information compromised on
Financial Times:
US public investment falls to lowest level since war
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Southern National Guards tell Hagel to take a hike on gay troop spouse IDs
Discussion: Daily Kos and Liberaland
Times LIVE:
I almost punched Mbeki: Former US president Jimmy Carter
Discussion: The Raw Story