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Morning six-pack: What we're reading Thursday

Thursday, 24 Oct 2013 | 8:12 AM ET
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discussing the Affordable Care Act in Miami
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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discussing the Affordable Care Act in Miami

Happy Thursday. While you're stuck in cyberhell waiting to sign up for Obamacare, enjoy a six-pack of this morning's finest reads:

Speaking of "six"... that's how many weeks the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate has been delayed as the White House scrambles the jets to figure out a way to salvage this mess. (Forbes)

Not to worry, though: The spin machine is spinning in full effect, insisting that universal health care is only being "tweaked." (New York Magazine)

Doing "The Hustle": Bank of America got a boatload of trouble when it scooped up Countrywide Financial five years ago, and it continues to pay the price. (USA Today)

Herbalife and the rest of the direct sales industry may be getting a visit soon from their friendly neighborhood Federal Trade Commission regulator. (FT Alphaville)

Stanley Druckenmiller: Just a babbling billionaire or a prescient prognosticator of peril? (WaPo Wonkblog)

And, finally ... America Inc. as a brand has been severely damaged, according to a major ad honcho. CNBC.com's Matt Clinch explains.

—By CNBC's Jeff Cox. Follow him on Twitter @JeffCoxCNBCcom.

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