Morning Must Reads: October 22

In the news: drone strikes in Pakistan; the Obamacare rollout is a mess; Tuesday's jobs report; Chris Christie and gay marriage; Mitch McConnell's 2014 race; Government shutdown hammers Republicans in new poll

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

  • Obama: Government ‘Working Overtime’ to Fix Health-Law Problems [TIME]
    • Health insurance exchange launched despite signs of serious problems [WashPost]
    • Forty-six percent of Americans polled on Oct. 9 to 13, while the shutdown was in full swing, said the Affordable Care Act’s online insurance exchanges were working ‘not too well’ or ‘not working at all,’ according to Pew [TIME]
    • Obamacare website for Spanish speakers has problems, too [National Journal]
  • “Two influential human rights groups say they have freshly documented dozens of civilian deaths in U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, contradicting assertions by the Obama administration that such casualties are rare.” [WashPost]
    • “In the telling of some American officials, the C.I.A. drone campaign in Pakistan has been a triumph with few downsides: In more than 300 missile attacks there since 2008, dozens of Qaeda and Taliban leaders have been killed, and the pace of the strikes, which officials frequently describe as ‘surgical’ and ‘contained,’ has dropped sharply over the past year. But viewed from Miram Shah, the frontier Pakistani town that has become a virtual test laboratory for drone warfare, the campaign has not been the antiseptic salve portrayed in Washington…” [NYT]
  • What to Watch for in Tuesday’s Jobs Report [WSJ]
  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Caves on Marriage Equality: A Change in the GOP Ranks Ahead of 2016 [BuzzFeed]
  • The Most Important Election of 2014 [Roll Call]
  • Favorable/Unfavorable Impression: 50%/48% for the President; 46%/49% for Democrats; 32%/63% for Republicans; 26%/59% for tea party movement [Washington Post-ABC poll]