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5:50 PM ET, November 7, 2013

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Kevin Donovan Investigations / Toronto Star:
Rob Ford caught in video rant  —  Mayor Rob Ford has been caught on a new video staggering around an unknown living room ranting gibberish and acting wildly. … The Star has obtained video of Mayor Rob Ford where he appears to be in a state of extreme agitation.
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Joe Warmington / Toronto Sun:
“I need f—in 10 minutes to make sure he's dead': New Rob Ford video surfaces  —  A new video has surfaced showing Mayor Rob Ford acting wildly and belligerent and using threatening words including “kill” and “murder” with reference to an unidentified person.
Glenn Kessler / The Fact Checker:
The White House effort to blame insurance companies for lost plans  —  “The provision in the law was the manifestation of the assurance that if you have a plan you want to keep, you can keep it.  Insurance companies that chose to strip away benefits from existing plans in the interim …
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Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
White House Making Life Miserable for Democratic Lawmakers, Reformers  —  If you support Obamacare, you can't be happy with President Obama's team.  —  Rather than implementing the Affordable Care Act, a law with the noble goal of helping millions of uninsured Americans secure health insurance, the White House is dissembling.
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
How The Republican Donor Class Gave Us Terry McAuliffe
Politico:
Why Obama isn't attacking ‘the villains’
Discussion: Hot Air, Hit & Run and The Hill
Maxim Lott / Fox News:
White House website at odds with latest Obama statement
Discussion: Power Line
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Post-Plagiarism Restructuring, Rand Paul's Opinion Column Moves To Breitbart  —  Following allegations of plagiarism that caused a shake-up in the senator's office, Rand Paul's (R-KY) opinion column has found a new home at Breitbart News.  —  “Paul is pleased to partner with Breitbart News …
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James R. Carroll / USA Today:
Can Sen. Rand Paul handle the heat? Some wonder
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Erik Wemple
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Rand Paul moves to Breitbart
Jim Bequette / Guns & Ammo:
Our Response to the December 2013 Backpage Column  —  From Jim Bequette, editor, “Guns & Ammo” Magazine:  —  As editor of “Guns & Ammo,” I owe each and every reader a personal apology.  —  No excuses, no backtracking.  —  Dick Metcalf's “Backstop” column in the December issue has aroused unprecedented controversy.
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Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Guns & Ammo Fires Editor After Publishing Editorial Calling for Gun Control
Discussion: The Raw Story and Liberaland
Sarah Posner / Mother Jones:
George W. Bush to Raise Money for Group That Converts Jews to Bring About Second Coming of Christ  —  The former president follows in the footsteps of Glenn Beck, who addressed the group last year.  —  Courtesy of Messianic Jewish Bible Institute  —  Next week, former President George W. Bush …
Ari Fleischer / Politico:
Why the House must pass ENDA  —  On Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed legislation to protect gay employees from job discrimination with an overwhelming bipartisan vote.  Republicans should support these protections, and I hope the GOP leadership in the House schedules the bill for a vote.
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ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Senate Passes LGBT Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)
Discussion: aflcio.org
New York Times:
G.O.P. Weighs Limiting Clout of Right Wing  —  Leaders of the Republican establishment, alarmed by the emergence of far-right and often unpredictable Tea Party candidates, are pushing their party to rethink how it chooses nominees and advocating changes they say would result in the selection of less extreme contenders.
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Martha T. Moore / USA Today:
Democrats try to make ‘Tea Party’ a smear
Discussion: msnbc.com and Washington Post
FDA Consumer Health Information Updates:
FDA Targets Trans Fat in Processed Foods  —  On this page:  —  More than decade ago, a sea change began in the American diet, with consumers starting to avoid foods with trans fat and companies responding byreducing the amount of trans fat in their products.
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Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
F.D.A. Ruling Would All but Eliminate Trans Fats
Discussion: The Week and The Verge
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
C.I.A. Is Said to Pay AT&T for Call Data  —  WASHINGTON — The C.I.A. is paying AT&T more than $10 million a year to assist with overseas counterterrorism investigations by exploiting the company's vast database of phone records, which includes Americans' international calls, according to government officials.
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Reuters:
CIA paying AT&T to provide call records - NY Times
Discussion: The Daily Banter and The Switch
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Republican Senate Candidate Jokes About Obama Being From Kenya (AUDIO)  —  Colorado state Sen. Owen Hill considered telling a Kenyan kid, “Well, you know what, we already have someone from Kenya as president of the United States.”  Update: Hill says it was an “obvious joke.”  —  Source: OwenHillForSenate.com
Mark Urban / BBC:
Saudi nuclear weapons ‘on order’ from Pakistan  —  Saudi Arabia has invested in Pakistani nuclear weapons projects, and believes it could obtain atomic bombs at will, a variety of sources have told BBC Newsnight.  —  While the kingdom's quest has often been set in the context …
Associated Press:
Delaware health insurance exchange off to slow start, with only 4 enrollments reported  —  WILMINGTON, Del. — More than a month after the launch of Delaware's health insurance exchange, officials report only four Delawareans enrolled for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Charles S. Johnson Ir / Helena Independent Record:
Ex-Lt. Gov. Bohlinger officially enters race for Senate  —  Former Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger said Wednesday he decided to run for the U.S. Senate after the receiving considerable support and encouragement from Montanans the past four months.  —  Bohlinger, 77, a Democrat from Helena …
The Atlantic Online:
The Surveillance State Puts U.S. Elections at Risk of Manipulation  —  Imagine what Edward Snowden could have accomplished if he had a different agenda.  —  Did the Obama Administration ever spy on Mitt Romney during the recent presidential contest?  Alex Tabarrok, who raised the question …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
The simple question that will determine Obamacare's fate  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL OBAMACARE HEALTH CARE HEALTHCARE.GOV  —  The key to Obamacare's success or failure — provided the administration can actually learn to operate the system — is whether it helps more people than it hurts, or hurts more people than it helps.
Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
Social Conservatives Flummoxed By Senate GOP Silence On LGBT Anti-Bias Bill  —  It's inexcusable that no Republican senators are willing to stand up and defend the Constitution," said the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer.  Only one GOP senator spoke out against the legislation.
 
 
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Graham Introduces Legislation To Ban Abortions Nationwide After 20 Weeks Of Pregnancy
Bryan Koenig / CNN:
Pro-immigration attack ads to target House Republicans
Discussion: Reuters
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Senate Approves Ban on Antigay Bias in Workplace
ESPN:
Dorsett, others show signs of CTE
Discussion: ThinkProgress and ProFootballTalk
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Lorenzo Bini Smaghi / VoxEU.org:
Austerity and stupidity  —  Today's austerity, many argue, is stupid.
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Defeat of School Tax Stings Colorado Democrats
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Dish
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats gird for minimum-wage battle
Norm Ornstein / NationalJournal.com:
Time to Stop the Senate Filibuster Madness
Discussion: PostPartisan
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Obamacare mocked at music awards
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Scared Monkeys
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Clunker progressivism  —  Barack Obama's presidency has become …
 

 
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Sam Tobin / Reuters:
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Hadas Gold / CNN:
The News/Media Alliance asks the DOJ, the FTC, and California's AG for a probe into whether Google broke any laws when removing some links to CA news sites

Megan Specia / New York Times:
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