Sebelius Runs From Testimony; Cancelled Policies; Obama’s Approval Matches Katrina-Era Bush Rating; France Wants Answers On U.S. Spying; Cruz’ Standing ‘O’; Turkey Gets An Islamic Sex Shop – Monday Morning News Roundup 10-21-2013

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Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

  • The Affordable Care Act’s botched rollout has stunned its media cheering section, and it even seems to have surprised the law’s architects. The problems run much deeper than even critics expected, and whatever federal officials, White House aides and outside contractors are doing to fix them isn’t working. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is even refusing to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in a hearing this coming Thursday. Source: The Wall Street Journal…

 

  • Health plans are sending hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters to people who buy their own coverage, frustrating some consumers who want to keep what they have and forcing others to buy more costly policies. The main reason insurers offer is that the policies fall short of what the Affordable Care Act requires starting Jan. 1. Source: Kaiser Health News…

 

  • President Obama’s approval rating has taken another hit, dropping for the third quarter in a row, this time to 44.5 percent between July 20-Oct. 19, Gallup reported on Monday. That’s a three point decline from the previous quarter, and it is the third largest quarter-to-quarter decline of his five-year (19-quarter) presidency. Source: CNS News…

 

  • France summoned the U.S. ambassador on Monday to protest allegations in Le Monde newspaper about large-scale spying on French citizens by the U.S. National Security Agency. Source: Reuters…

 

  • Republican Sen. Ted Cruz received an eight-minute standing ovation upon his return to Texas this past weekend, despite an extended, hostile campaign from Democrats and the mainstream media to portray him as a dangerous extremist. “After two months in Washington, it’s great to be back in America,” Cruz said Saturday to approximately 750 people at an appearance in a San Antonio hotel ballroom. Source: The Daily Caller…

 

  • An online Islamic sex shop selling condoms, massage oils and perfumes has been launched in Turkey, becoming the first of its kind in the predominantly Muslim country. The “Halal Sex Shop” website presents its products as being “entirely safe,” and in compliance with Islamic norms. Source: France 24…

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