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Obamacare’s Big Day, Mike Tyson Explains, Welcome to the Robot Takeover—THE EDGE

October 21, 2013

By Patrick Reis and Dustin Volz

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The pressure is on for President Obama, as—with the shutdown over and off the front pages—the nation's attention turns to the health care law. Obama spoke on the law today, acknowledging that online enrollment has thus far been a disaster, but he continued to push its overall merits. The president pledged the failing online enrollment website will be fixed, but contractors say they see weeks of work ahead, if not longer, before its glitches can be repaired. Elsewhere, it appears gay marriage will remain legal in New Jersey after Gvo. Chris Christie dropped an appeal against a recent court decision approving the practice in the Garden State.


CONTRACTORS: LOTS OF FIXING NEEDED ON HEALTHCARE.GOV: Administration officials have been working with federal contractors to identify the hiccups of the online health insurance marketplaces. The good news? Problems have been identified. The bad? It could take weeks or longer to fix them, and we could just be scratching the surface. Said one person helping to repair the sites: "The account creation and registration problems are masking the problems that will happen later." (Sharon LaFraniere, NYT)


OBAMA: 'NO EXCUSE FOR THESE PROBLEMS': The president is confident problems will soon be straightened out, and he touted the successes occurring despite the glitches. "There's no sugarcoating it," Obama said. "Nobody is more frustrated than I am. (Julie Pace, AP)

SEBELIUS WILL TESTIFY AS SOON AS NEXT WEEK ON ROLLOUT: She won't appear at a House Energy and Commerce hearing this Thursday, but her office says she intends to do so whenever a "mutually agreeable date" can be figured out. John Boehner's response: Sebelius's delay on testifying is "unacceptable." (Kyle Cheney, Politico)

CHRISTIE DROPS APPEAL OF GAY-MARRIAGE RULING: Just hours after a judge's ruling allowing same-sex marriages went into effect, the New Jersey governor announced he was dropping his politically charged appeal of the decision. Christie's about-face means gay marriage is likely to stay put in New Jersey, and his advisers believe the move won't hurt his 2016 political ambitions. More immediately, it could boost Christie's standing in New Jersey, where he is up for reelection in two weeks and expected to win in a rout. (Santora/Zernike, NYT)

VITTER BLOCKING DOE NOMINEE: David Vitter, the top Republican on the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee, is blocking Obama's pick to Energy Department Undersecretary. Vitter said he is holding the nominee to get more information about DOE's role in a NASA project in New Orleans, accusing DOE of slowing the program's development.

NEVADA SCHOOL SHOOTING: Two people, including the suspected shooter, are dead, after a gunman targeted a middle school in northern Nevada on Monday morning. Two students were also injured. (Scott Sonner, AP)

GOP DONORS AGITATING FOR CENTRIST POSITION ON GAY RIGHTS: Led by hedge-fund executive Paul Singer's American Unity Fund and former RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman, a powerful coalition of Republican donors is "quietly prodding" lawmakers to make like Christie and shift toward more-moderate positions on gay-marriage rights. "The Republican image, unfortunately, is one in which we have an empathy gap," said former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., who was hired by Singer's group as a lobbyist. "That impacts us across the board." (Peter Wallsten, WaPo)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The House convenes at noon and will consider a few bills, including the Protecting Students From Sexual and Violent Predators Act, beginning at 2 p.m. The District of Columbia Republican Party holds its 2013 Lincoln-Douglass Dinner at 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency. Sens. Rand Paul and Tim Scott are scheduled to attend.


TED CRUZ: The junior senator from Texas isn't in Washington to make any friends, but he got exactly what he wanted in the shutdown fight. Expect more of his ilk in the near future. (Alex Seitz-Wald, NJ)

A SILVER LINING FOR THE GOP: The rift between the tea party and its moderate base is good politics for the GOP. Warring factions and finger-pointing trump across-the-board derision, and party leaders can use the split as leverage. (Tod Lindberg, TNR)

FRANCE: A newspaper exposed the extent of National Security Agency spying on French citizens, promoting Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius to demand that U.S. Ambassador Charles Rivkin do some explaining. (Croft/Mohammed, Reuters)

SRIRACHA EXPLAINED: Unmasking the company behind 20 million bottles of delicious hot sauce. (Roberto Ferdman, Quartz)


MIKE TYSON EXPLAINS HIS LIFE AS A 'YOUNG THUG' IN STUNNING DETAIL: "I was a pudgy kid, very shy, almost effeminate-shy, and I spoke with a lisp. Sometimes my mother would be passed out from drinking the night before and wouldn't walk me to school. It was then that the kids would always hit me and kick me. We would go to school, and these people would pick on us, then we would go home and they'd pull out guns and rob us for whatever little change we had. That was hard-core, young kids robbing us right in our own apartment building." (NYMag)


FRIDAY'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 3 MINUTES: Monkey astronauts make the grade in Iran's space program, and the FCC's television censors have some unfortunate timing. (Reena Flores, NJ)

ROBOTS WILL REPLACE YOU SOME DAY: Some of the cutting-edge robots pictured here will make your life easier, but some are going to take your job away. And others might just steal your life entirely. (The Atlantic)

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