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- Halloween week kicks off in Congress with two issues long haunted by delays, as House and Senate conferees start separate negotiations Wednesday on a budget plan and a farm-bill reauthorization. Meanwhile, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will testify Wednesday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about the rocky launch of HealthCare.gov. (National Journal Daily)
- The Obama administration said last Friday "that it would fix problems in the federal health insurance marketplace by Nov. 30, just two weeks before the deadline to sign up for coverage to replace health insurance policies being canceled because they do not meet new federal standards." (New York Times)
- In VA GOV, former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe (D) and Bill Clinton "launched a four-day swing through Virginia on Sunday to try to persuade Democrats to show up on Election Day, something the party faithful haven't always done in the commonwealth's off-year contests." (Washington Post)
- Also in VA GOV, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) will make appearances Monday with Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) in Lynchburg, Virginia Beach and Fairfax City. (release)
- A new New York Times/Siena College poll of New York City mayoral LVs, conducted Oct. 21-26, shows Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (D) leading former MTA chairman Joe Lhota (R), 68-23%. In the previous poll, conducted Sept. 28-Oct. 2, de Blasio led Lhota, 68-19%. (release)
- In the AL-01 Special, 2010 GOV candidate Bradley Byrne (R) outraised 2012 nominee Dean Young (R) more than four-to-one in the pre-runoff fundraising period (Sept. 5-Oct. 16), bringing in $372,000 to Young's $84,000, including a $35,000 personal loan. Byrne had $285,000 on hand as of Oct. 16, while Young had $33,000 in the bank. (Hotline reporting)
- In IA SEN, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and husband Mark Kelly appeared at a fundraiser for Rep. Bruce Braley (D) on Sunday. Giffords "didn't mention the word 'gun' in a 61-word speech," but "she urged Iowans to fight 'to make the world a better place.'" (Des Moines Register)
- Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) "filed paperwork" with the New Hampshire secretary of state's office "registering The People's Seat PAC Inc. as a New Hampshire political committee," further "stoking speculation he might switch states and run" for NH SEN against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). (Concord Monitor)
- Dick Cheney on Sunday "slammed" the man daughter Liz Cheney (R) is challenging in WY SEN, "calling out" Sen. Michael Enzi (R) "for his political fundraising and his characterization of their relationship." Cheney: "Mike also said he and I are fishing buddies, which is simply not true. Never happened." (ABC News)
- Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) "plans to sign on as the lone GOP member with 185 Democrats" to back "an eleventh-hour push for a broad immigration overhaul before the end of the year." (Washington Post)
- At this weekend's state Democratic Party convention, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (D), "the presumed" FL GOV Democratic "frontrunner," said "he would decide and announce Nov. 4," while Crist and former state Sen. Nan Rich (D), "schmoozed delegates in the corridors." (Orlando Sentinel)
- In TX GOV, state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) announced Sunday that she was choosing former DCCC executive director Karin Johanson as campaign manager. Johanson is also a former chief of staff for House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, and she managed now-Sen. Tammy Baldwin's (D-WI) campaign last year. (San Antonio Express-News)
- At last Friday night's Iowa Republican Party Ronald Reagan Dinner in Des Moines, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-IA) "addressed the concerns of any Iowa Republicans who reject him as too rigid, arguing he knows exactly how to unify the GOP and turn the country around." (Des Moines Register)
Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day
• Clearest sign that Enzi's attacks on Cheney being a carpetbagger are working? During Dick Cheney's appearance on ABC, he made a point of emphasizing that a quarter (!) of her donations came from in-state residents, a larger sum than the senator's 13%. But Cheney's 25% in-state total is pretty small for a challenger, too. If that's Cheney's strongest argument...
• Why is Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) blasting his own party on immigration? It helps shore up his independent brand back home, but there's another reason, too: The longer House GOP leadership waits to bring immigration legislation to the floor, the longer Heck (and battleground GOPers like him) are stuck with their vote to defund Obama's DREAM-style "deferred action" program as their most notable vote on immigration reform.
HAIR OF THE DOG
"Man enters burning house to rescue beer" (WTVM-TV)
FRESH BREWED BUZZ
- "The National Security Agency ended a program used to spy on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a number of other world leaders after an internal Obama administration review started this summer revealed to the White House the existence of the operation, U.S. officials said. ... The account suggests President ... Obama went nearly five years without knowing his own spies were bugging the phones of world leaders. Officials said the NSA has so many eavesdropping operations under way that it wouldn't have been practical to brief him on all of them." (Wall Street Journal)
- Watch Sunday night's "60 Minutes" segment "Benghazi," which describes the operation as "a planned, sophisticated attack by al Qaeda against a barely protected American outpost." (CBS News)
- "There's a trick to getting PAC money. You have to have done things that show you are interested in their issue. A PAC isn't a company. It's people within the company that donate. I've been pleased with the percentage that is glad to have me back there." -- Enzi, asked about PAC contributions he took in last quarter (Casper Star-Tribune)
- "Someone make a pillow! Or just turn it straight into McNuggets." -- Cruz, after shooting a pheasant Saturday in Northwestern Iowa (NBC News)
- Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) will sell his Dupont Circle townhouse "to help pay a $750,000 forfeiture he owes, according to a court filing" last week. (Chicago Tribune)
- "This one guy at school keeps saying 'Go with the 'fro!' when he sees me. It's pretty funny. It's funny to him. I don't mind it much, though, as long as it's my friends who are doing it." -- de Blasio son Dante de Blasio (New York magazine)
- "Why I bought the Globe" (Boston Globe)
- "Bill Clinton, he makes a lot of money making speeches. And he changes a lot of lives with his speeches. I watch him. I learn. If you can get people to listen, they will react." -- Red Sox DH/1B David Ortiz, asked Sunday night about his motivational oratory after the Red Sox evened the World Series (ESPN.com)
- "North Carolina legislator: Obama not a traitor to Kenya" (Washington Post)
- "You spent a year rehabilitating your gold digger, trashy-for-marrying-an-old-man reputation. I don't think jumping out of a cake is going to help." -- Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards's (D) daughter, Anna, to his wife, Trina. On Sunday's premiere episode of "The Governor's Wife," Trina Edwards, 34, "plans a surprise 85th-birthday party for her husband, and decides that she should jump out of a cake." (New York Times)
- "Metro pulled out his flowers, but guerrilla gardener pops back up in Dupont Circle" (Washington Post)
PLAY OF THE DAY!
- Today's weather, from the National Weather Service: Sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. West winds around 5 mph.
- The House returns at noon, and the Senate is back at 2 p.m.
- Cuccinelli and Paul rally in Fairfax City, Va. (The Waterford, 3:30 p.m.)
- The Red Sox and Cardinals meet in the pivotal Game 5 of the World Series. (WTTG-TV, 8 p.m.)
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- Sens. John Glenn (D-OH), Jack Shmitt (R-NM), Jake Garn (R-UT) and then-Rep. Bill Nelson (D-FL) -- all former astronauts -- served together in Congress.
- The winner is Eric Halstrom, who did not submit a new question. So here's a bonus Swizzle Challenge: "The last time the Red Sox and Cards met in a World Series Game 5, Jim Lonborg outdueled Steve Carlton. The Cards' lone run off Lonborg game in the form of a home run by this slugger, one of his 6 career World Series homers." The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.
NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS
- The Most Volatile Districts in America
- Why Harry Reid Gets to Set the Nation's Agenda
- Chasm Between Competing Budget Plans Will Be Difficult to Bridge
- Avoiding Obamacare's 'Death Spiral'
- NSA Surveillance Back in Crosshairs on Hill
"He was there for the entire time I was there." -- An anonymous female attendee of the South Bethany, Del., high-school party at which Maryland Attorney General/MD GOV candidate Doug Gansler (D) was photographed. Gansler says he was at the party only briefly and didn't notice any underage drinking. But two women say Gansler was there for longer, and "there was obvious evidence of underage drinking." (WJLA-TV)
"That's what I love about these high school girls, man: I get older, they stay the same age." -- "Dazed and Confused"
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Steven Shepard, Executive Editor