Morning Must Reads: October 28

In the news: the first budget conference in 4 years; Iraq woes; Iran sanctions; Spying on allies; Obamacare rollout troubles continue

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

  • Big Deal, Small Deal, No Deal: Why Hopes Are Low at Start of Talks Over Next Congressional Budget Cliff [TIME]
    • How the Competing Budget Plans Stack Up [National Journal]
    • “Marty Sullivan figured out how the world’s biggest companies avoided billions in taxes. Here’s how he wants to stop them.” [WashPost]
  • “Nearly two years after the U.S. troop withdrawal, Iraq is in the midst of a deepening security crisis as an al-Qaeda affiliate wages a relentless campaign of attacks, sending the death toll soaring to its highest level since 2008…The bloody campaign has virtually erased the security gains made in the past five years. More than 5,300 Iraqis have been killed this year.” [WashPost]
  • White House Spars With Congress Over New Iran Sanctions [TIME]
  • Obama Unaware as U.S. Spied on World Leaders [WSJ]
  • Data center glitch is latest problem in ‘Obamacare’ rollout [Reuters]
    • Health Site’s Woes Could Dissuade Vital Enrollee: The Young and Healthy [NYT]
  • Urban Centers are Struggling Even as Recovery Takes Shape [WSJ]