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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
NUCLEAR OPTION TRIGGERED: Dems Make Historic Change To Filibuster Rules  —  After years of threats and warnings, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and his Democratic majority on Thursday executed the “nuclear option” to eliminate the filibuster for executive branch and judicial nominees, except for the Supreme Court.
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Landmark Senate Vote Limits Filibusters  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate voted on Thursday to eliminate the use of the filibuster against most presidential nominees, a move that will break the Republican blockade of President Obama's picks to cabinet posts and the federal judiciary.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Reid, Democrats trigger ‘nuclear’ option; eliminate most filibusters on nominees  —  The partisan battles that have paralyzed Washington in recent years took a historic turn Thursday, as Senate Democrats eliminated filibusters for most presidential nominations, severely curtailing …
ThinkProgress:
Why Senate Democrats Had To Invoke The ‘Nuclear Option’  —  President Obama introduces three nominees to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit  —  Well, it finally happened.  —  After five years of filibusters, obstruction, lengthy waits for confirmation …
TIME:
Reid Blocks First G.O.P. Offer on Filibuster Reform, Leaves Nuclear Option on Table  —  Sen. John McCain's proposal doesn't go far enough for Majority Leader Harry Reid  —  For at least the third time this year, Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid is threatening the “nuclear option” …
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Senate Could Go Nuclear As Soon As Today: Sources  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate could go nuclear as soon as Thursday morning, according to three Democratic Senate sources close to the decision.  —  Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is prepared to change Senate filibuster rules by invoking the …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Senate Democrats Poised to Block Filibusters of Presidential Picks  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats are on the verge of moving to eliminate the use of the filibuster against most presidential nominees, aides and senior party leaders said Wednesday, a move that would deprive Republicans …
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Nine reasons the filibuster change is a huge deal
William Yeomans / Politico:
Nuke 'Em, Harry: Why Democrats Should Kill the Filibuster
Discussion: CNN and ABC News
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate guts filibuster power
Sarah Binder / The Monkey Cage:
Will Senate Democrats go nuclear?
Discussion: CNN and The Dish
New York Times:
G.O.P. Maps Out Waves of Attacks Over Health Law  —  WASHINGTON — The memo distributed to House Republicans this week was concise and blunt, listing talking points and marching orders: “Because of Obamacare, I Lost My Insurance.”  “Obamacare Increases Health Care Costs.”
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Washington Post:
Insurers restricting choice of doctors and hospitals to keep costs down  —  As Americans have begun shopping for health plans on the insurance exchanges, they are discovering that insurers are restricting their choice of doctors and hospitals in order to keep costs low, and that many of the plans exclude top-rated hospitals.
Nicole L. Hopkins / Wall Street Journal:
Nicole Hopkins: ObamaCare Forced Mom Into Medicaid  —  My mother preferred to pay for her care rather than be on the government dole.  Now she has no choice.  —  My mother is not one to seek attention by complaining, so her recent woeful Facebook post caught my eye: “The poor get poorer.”
Discussion: alicublog and Althouse
James Oliphant / NationalJournal.com:
Love It or Hate It, Obamacare Redistributes Americans' Wealth
Discussion: Ed Driscoll, Hot Air and New York Times
Richard Kim / The Nation:   The problems with the Affordable Care Act stem from government being too small and weak, not too big and powerful.
Sam Baker / NationalJournal.com:   Obamacare Delays May Create Election Bomb for Democrats
George W. Bush / The Fix:
Why re-selling Obamacare won't be easy
Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
Obama's Image Machine: Monopolistic Propaganda Funded by You  —  News organizations protest White House restrictions on independent photo coverage.  —  New York Times photographer Doug Mills strode into Jay Carney's office Oct. 29 with a pile of pictures taken exclusively …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
States warn Obama about health fix
Discussion: WJLA-TV
Jason Zengerle / Politico:
The race that broke the Cheney family  —  What happened when a gay sister came between Liz Cheney and a Senate seat.  —  Liz Cheney just wanted to enjoy her milkshake.  It was a Friday afternoon in early November, and the shadows were growing longer over the flat expanse of eastern Wyoming as a hard week dragged on.
Nancy Gibbs / TIME:
Obama's Race for the Cure  —  The President's second term may hinge on how fast his health care reform can recover  —  A good President needs a big comfort zone.  He should be able to treat enemies as opportunities, appear authentic in joy and grief, stay cool under the hot lights.
Bloomberg:
Blame Rich, Overeducated Elites as Our Society Frays  —  Complex human societies, including our own, are fragile.  They are held together by an invisible web of mutual trust and social cooperation.  This web can fray easily, resulting in a wave of political instability, internal conflict and, sometimes, outright social collapse.
Ari Shavit / New York Times:
How Bush Let Iran Go Nuclear  —  AMERICAN and Iranian negotiators yesterday began a second round of talks in Geneva, seeking a deal on Iran's nuclear program.  —  If such an agreement were signed, it would represent an Iranian victory — and an American defeat.
Discussion: Liberaland
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Reza Kahlili / The Daily Caller:
Iranian leader: Nuclear negotiations merely a maneuver to reach Islamic goal
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
Colum Lynch / Foreign Policy:
Exclusive: Inside America's Plan to Kill Online Privacy Rights Everywhere  —  The United States and its key intelligence allies are quietly working behind the scenes to kneecap a mounting movement in the United Nations to promote a universal human right to online privacy …
Discussion: Guardian, emptywheel, Techdirt and RT
Melody Gutierrez / San Francisco Chronicle:
Good news, California: Surplus is $2.4 billion  —  Sacramento —  For the first time in nearly a decade, California is collecting more revenue than it is spending and will finish the fiscal year with an extra $2.4 billion, according to a report released Wednesday by the Legislature's nonpartisan budget analyst.
Discussion: Liberaland
 
 
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