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| Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Now that public attention no longer is occupied by Washington's fiscal seizures, the monstrosity that is ObamaCare is front and center. And even the administration-forgiving New York Times reported last week that there were troubling signs from the start with the $400 million “one-stop, click-and-go hub for citizens seeking health insurance.” According to one insurance exec, “These are not glitches. The extent of the problems is pretty enormous.” Gee, where have we heard that before? ... While Congress stewed in its own juices over the debt ceiling and partial government shutdown, some of the most pointed mockery of the unfolding dysfunction came from — where else? — China, where the state media depicted the U.S. as a beggar, according to The Washington Times. Reportedly, Chinese commerce official Mei Xinyu said America's “gentlemen” are not concerned about how their “monkey business” impacted the world. To which, in short order, the free-spending Obama administration will ask, “Brother, can you spare a dime?” ... Hillary Clinton didn't exactly twist the knife. But she sure put it to Vice President Joe Biden in recently discussing the Osama bin Laden raid, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. More than once she mentioned the veep's opposition to the attack on the al-Qaida chief's compound while noting that she and former CIA Director Leon Panetta fiercely advocated it, according to an account of her speech to a business association, which was closed to the press.

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