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Alex Wayne / Bloomberg:
Obamacare's Subscriber Rolls Include Unpublicized Dental Plans  —  The Obama administration included as many as 400,000 dental plans in a number it reported for enrollments under the Affordable Care Act, an unpublicized detail that helped surpass a goal for 7 million sign-ups.
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Sarah Kliff / Vox:
White House wrongly counted dental plans in Obamacare enrollment numbers  — Obama administration has included enrollment in dental plans in its most recent sign-up figures, Bloomberg reported Thursday.  — Health and Human Services says it made a “mistake” in counting dental sign-ups …
Dennis Myers / RN&R Weekly Contents:
On paper  —  Republican leader left a trail  —  Nevada Assembly speaker-designate Ira Hansen would be one of the most controversial speakers in Nevada history.  —  In a surprise, he was named by the new Republican majority on Nov. 7 as their candidate for speaker.
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Incoming Nevada Speaker Said Democrats Have ‘Master-Slave’ Relationship With ‘Simple Minded Darkies’  —  Nevada Assembly Speaker-dessignate Ira Hansen (R)  —  Nevada Assemblyman Ira Hansen (R), who the assembly's Republican caucus selected as their choice to be its next speaker earlier this month …
Discussion: Liberaland and Balloon Juice
Gabriel Malor / The Federalist:
No, Reagan Did Not Offer An Amnesty By Lawless Executive Order  —  Today is the big day, and the Progressive media is in full spin to mitigate the anger Americans are expressing about President Obama's decision to offer legal status to millions of people who broke the law.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Obama sets off on scorched-earth rampage  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION: … President Obama, fresh off a shellacking in the 2014 midterm elections — in which he made himself a centerpiece, much to the chagrin of embattled Democrats — is about to embark on a scorched-earth rampage that will change the face of America forever.
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Appropriations panel: Defunding immigration order ‘impossible’  —  It would be “impossible” to defund President Obama's executive actions on immigration through a government spending bill, the House Appropriations Committee said Thursday.  —  In a statement released by House Appropriations …
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Sean Davis / The Federalist:
Republicans Can Defund Obama's Executive Order, They Just Don't Want To  —  President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration hasn't even been issued yet, and already congressional Republicans are desperately trying to come up with reasons why they're powerless to do anything about it.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler, Ed Driscoll and RedState
Esther Yu-Hsi Lee / ThinkProgress:
Republicans Plotting Extreme Measures To Sabotage Obama's Immigration Action  —  To the consternation of congressional Republicans, President Obama will make a prime time announcement on Thursday that he will take executive action to fill the void left by Congress on immigration reform.
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Los Angeles Times:
Obama's plan of action on immigration may derail Republican agenda
Politico:
GOP leaders warn ‘impeachment’ is a dirty word
Discussion: Daily Kos and National Review
The Hill:
Networks won't air Obama speech  —  Three major networks will not air President Obama's prime-time address Thursday outlining his executive actions on immigration.  —  Officials with ABC, CBS and Fox confirmed to The Hill that Obama's 8 p.m. speech from the White House will not be carried on their networks.
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Betsy Woodruff / Slate:
Congressman: Obama's Immigration Move Could Prompt Impeachment, Prison Time  —  Conservatives hate everything about the president's imminent immigration move, starting with its timing, and one House member is hinting that the executive action could result in impeachment, and maybe even prison time.
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Stephen Collinson / CNN:
The legal battle over Obama's immigration plan
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Jim Webb launches 2016 committee  —  Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb became the first well-known Democrat to launch an exploratory committee to run for president on Wednesday night, saying the nation is at a “serious crossroads.”  —  “I have decided to launch an Exploratory Committee …
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Jim Webb's Uncertain Trumpet
Discussion: msnbc.com, CNN, Daily Kos and The Dish
Rebecca Traister / The New Republic:
No One Wanted to Talk About Bill Cosby's Alleged Crimes Because He Made White America Feel Good About Race  —  This spring, I taught a graduate seminar on magazine feature writing.  One of the assignments was Robert Huber's 2006 Philadelphia Magazine story, “Dr. Huxtable & Mr. Hyde,” …
ABC News:
Entertainment Icon Mike Nichols Has Died at Age 83  —  Mike Nichols, the entertainment icon and husband of ABC News Anchor Diane Sawyer, died suddenly Wednesday at the age of 83.  —  Nichols' death was announced in a statement by ABC News President James Goldston.
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Bruce Weber / New York Times:
Mike Nichols, 83, Acclaimed Director on Broadway and in Hollywood, Dies
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Americans of All Stripes Agree: The System Is Stacked Against Them  —  At last, we have an important question upon which a majority of Americans—regardless of race, political persuasion or walk of life—agree.  —  Are the country's economic and political systems stacked against people like you?
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Political Wire
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Americans strongly support a path to citizenship. That means less for Obama than you think.
Bill Clinton / The New Republic:
We Only Have One Remaining Bigotry: We Don't Want to Be Around Anybody Who Disagrees With Us  —  Bill Clinton gave the keynote speech at The New Republic's 100-year anniversary gala on Wednesday night.  Here's the full transcript.  —  Thank you, Chris, for your introduction, for your leadership …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Majority Say Not Gov't Duty to Provide Healthcare for All  —  Story Highlights  —  PRINCETON, N.J. — For the third consecutive year, a majority of Americans (52%) agree with the position that it is not the federal government's responsibility to ensure that all Americans have healthcare coverage.
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Chris Christie Is Back  —  Credit: Tobias Hutzler for The New York Times  —  “If I fix this, you have to start the story with it,” Chris Christie told me, yanking the string of the venetian blind in the diner window.  We were eating a late lunch at a place called Howley's …
Natalia / Uber Blog:
STRENGTHENING OUR PRIVACY PRACTICES  —  Our business depends on the trust of the millions of riders and drivers who use Uber.  The trip history of our riders is important information and we understand that we must treat it carefully and with respect, protecting it from unauthorized access.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Royals, Hill to D.C. press: Clean up  —  The Washington press corps may be due for a few lessons from “Miss Manners.”  —  On Thursday, the Senate Periodical Press Gallery sent out an email reminding reporters of the general rules of etiquette while covering Congress, such as not taking pictures …
Discussion: FishbowlDC and American Spectator
Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
He found the Jonathan Gruber videos — and no media outlet would call him back  —  The man who changed the ObamaCare debate was at a gas station when I reached him, and he wasn't dying to talk.  —  “I really want to stay out of the limelight,” said Rich Weinstein, a Philadelphia investment adviser.
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Hispanic Voters Are Important for Republicans, but Not Indispensable  —  President Obama's plan to defer deportation and grant work permits for up to five million undocumented migrants is having two utterly predictable results: outrage from congressional Republicans, and speculation about how the politics will play in 2016.
 
 
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John McCormick / Bloomberg Politics:
Ben Carson Seeks to Assure Supporters He's Solid on Guns
Discussion: Washington Monthly
New York Times:
Huffington Post Is Said to Be in Talks to Host a Jill Abramson Journalism Start-Up
Rasmussen Reports:
Louisiana Senate Runoff: Cassidy (R) 56%, Landrieu (D) 41%
Adam Wollner / National Journal:
South Seeks Greater Sway in 2016 With Regional Primary
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
CIA Director John Brennan considering sweeping organizational changes
Discussion: CNN and Outside the Beltway
Yahoo! News:
John McCain says President Obama's ISIS strategy reminds him of Vietnam
Discussion: ABC News
Burlington Free Press:
Vermont paychecks stop for consultant Gruber
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
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Politico:
Chuck Schumer rise tested by liberals
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Robert Booth / Guardian:
Prince Charles will not be silenced when he is made king, say allies
Discussion: Althouse and Eschaton
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The Solid South Will Rise Again
Peter Wehner / Commentary Magazine:
Obama Is About to Commit an Act of Constitutional Infamy