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Obama admin. knew millions could not keep their health insurance  —  President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it.  But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters …
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Charlie Wells / The Experts:
Suzanne Somers: The Affordable Care Act Is a Socialist Ponzi Scheme  —  What will the Affordable Care Act mean for retirees?  —  SUZANNE SOMERS: As a writer of 24 books mostly on health and wellness and by using my celebrity to get to the best and brightest doctors, scientists …
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Wall Street Journal Enlists Suzanne Somers To Critique Obamacare, And Of Course It's A Disaster  —  In a web feature titled “The Experts,” the Wall Street Journal ran a column today called “The Affordable Care Act Is a Socialist Ponzi Scheme.”  —  The author is Suzanne Somers …
CBS News:
Obamacare: More than 2 million people getting booted from existing health insurance plans  —  (CBS News) CBS News has learned more than two million Americans have been told they cannot renew their current insurance policies — more than triple the number of people said to be buying insurance under …
Discussion: CBS DC and Hot Air
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Insurers Tell Congress: Beware Rate Shock If Obamacare Enrollment Extended  —  The health insurance industry is planning to warn members of Congress that extending Obamacare's open enrollment period, which a group of Democratic senators have begun to urge the White House to do, could have a disastrous effects on insurance premiums.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
House to Take Up ‘Keep Your Health Plan Act’
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Admin: Half Of Young Americans Could Buy Insurance For $50 Or Less
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Why ‘Rate Shock’ Is An Essential Part Of Health Care Reform
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The Redemption of Clintonism  —  Remember when Slick Willie was controversial?  Today, he's America's most powerful political brand, and he's not at all shy about it.  —  DALE CITY, Virginia — It's no secret that the post-presidential years have been exceedingly kind to Bill Clinton.
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Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
McAuliffe opens up double-digit lead over Cuccinelli in Virginia governor's race
Washington Post:
October 2013: Washington Post/Abt-SRBI Virginia governor's race poll
ABC News:
Obama to Campaign Sunday for McAuliffe in Va.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
James Hohmann / Politico:
Rand Paul stumps with Ken Cuccinelli
Discussion: BuzzFeed
New York Times:
Obama May Ban Spying on Heads of Allied States  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is poised to order the National Security Agency to stop eavesdropping on the leaders of American allies, administration and Congressional officials said Monday, responding to a deepening diplomatic crisis …
Discussion: The Hill, Gawker, The Week, Mediaite and CBS DC
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New York Times:
The White House on Spying  —  The White House response on Monday to the expanding disclosures of American spying on foreign leaders, their governments and millions of their citizens was a pathetic mix of unsatisfying assurances about reviews under way, platitudes about the need for security …
United States Senator Dianne Feinstein:
Feinstein Statement on Intelligence Collection of Foreign Leaders  —  Washington—Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today issued the following statement on reports the National Security Agency has conducted surveillance on leaders of foreign countries:
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Feinstein lashes out at NSA
Discussion: Foreign Policy, Politico and CNN
Ian Welsh:
A brief note on why the progressive blog movement failed  —  In the early 2000s progressive blogging seemed like a big deal.  At the first Yearly Kos, as it was called then, big name politicians came and kissed our ass.  We were covered by major newspaper and TV outlets.  Etc...  Today, we are nothing.
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Ian Welsh:
Jerome Armstrong on the Failure of the Netroots
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Booman Tribune
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
The Unbearable Lightness of Obama  —  The president didn't know the NSA was spying on world leaders, but he's found time for at least 146 rounds of golf.  —  Is there a method to President Obama's style of leadership, his methods of decision-making, his habits of attention, oversight and follow-through?
Erin Durkin / NY Daily News:
Joe Lhota: Republican Sandy Foes Like Tom Coburn Shouldn't Use NYC As An “ATM”  —  As our Dan Friedman reported, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) was in the city Monday on the eve of the Sandy anniversary - to the chagrin of some critics who say senators like Coburn who fought Sandy aid should not draw …
Michael Schaffer / The New Republic:
What If POLITICO Had Covered the Civil War?  —  Playbook, Emancipation Day Edition  —  POLIT-ICO Play-Book, presented by UNION-PACIFIC RAILROAD - JAN 1, 1863 EDITION —ROSCOE CONKLING NEW YEAR'S PARTY — Democrats livid over ‘Caesar’ Lincoln executive power - New aide-de-camp for Gen'l Sherman …
Discussion: FishbowlDC and Hullabaloo
Benjy Sarlin / msnbc.com:
Rubio to GOP: Don't pass my immigration bill!  —  Senator Marco Rubio is bailing on his own immigration bill.  —  Not only is the senator from Florida now telling House Republicans not to pass the Senate legislation he co-sponsored and championed for months - he's urging them not to negotiate with the Senate at all.
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
2014 Midterms Could Decide Senate Majority for Years to Come  —  Republicans can't afford to have any weak candidates next year if they want to regain control of the upper chamber.  —  This is not going to be one of those columns that we read almost every other year proclaiming the next election …
Discussion: First Read
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Ohio Governor Defies G.O.P. With Defense of Social Safety Net  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — In his grand Statehouse office beneath a bust of Lincoln, Gov. John R. Kasich let loose on fellow Republicans in Washington.  —  “I'm concerned about the fact there seems to be a war on the poor,” he said …
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Will the Left Turn on President Obama Like the Tea Party Did on President Bush?  —  He has transgressed against liberal and progressive values.  His supporters are likely to see that more clearly once he leaves office.  —  During President George W. Bush's tenure, most Republicans felt that criticizing him would just help Democrats.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Here Are Obama's Favorite Columnists  —  The president uses an iPad to feed his “voracious” reading habit, former top advisers say.  But he reads the New York Times in print.  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama can't get enough of his iPad, former top aides Tommy Vietor and Jon Favreau told BuzzFeed Brews Monday.
CNN:
Jesse Jackson Jr. reports to prison, but where is he?  —  Photos: Jesse Jackson Jr.  —  (CNN) — Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. — once a rising Democratic star whose political career imploded over the use of campaign finances to support lavish personal spending — reported to federal prison Monday …
 
 
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Erick Erickson / RedState:
The Hungry and the Well Fed  —  In William F. Buckley's mission …
Discussion: Power Line and National Review
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Right shifts fight plan on ObamaCare
Discussion: Hot Air
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Battle lines for 2014 midterms are drawn
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
‘The Nation’ seeks $120,272 from readers to cover cost of ‘Tea-Party’ backed postal-rate hikes
Discussion: Pundits Blog and Politico
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
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Dana Fields / Associated Press:
Former Rep. Ike Skelton Dead at 81
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ABC News:
The White House is stepping up its lobbying for the confirmation …
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
Ex-U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi gets 3-year prison term
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Poll Finds Vast Gaps in Basic Views on Gender, Race, Religion and Politics
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Mitch McConnell tells donors: No more shutdowns
Discussion: Daily Kos
Becca Aaronson / The Texas Tribune:
Court Rules Abortion Restriction Unconstitutional