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8:05 PM ET, November 7, 2013

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Chuck Todd / U.S. News:
Exclusive: Obama personally apologizes for Americans losing health coverage  —  In an exclusive interview with NBC's Chuck Todd, President Obama said that he is “sorry” that some Americans are losing their current health insurance plans.  “We've got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear …
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Glenn Kessler / The Fact Checker:
The White House effort to blame insurance companies for lost plans  —  “The provision in the law was the manifestation of the assurance that if you have a plan you want to keep, you can keep it.  Insurance companies that chose to strip away benefits from existing plans in the interim …
Maxim Lott / Fox News:
White House website at odds with latest Obama statement
Discussion: Power Line
Politico:
Why Obama isn't attacking ‘the villains’
Kevin Donovan Investigations / Toronto Star:
Rob Ford caught in video rant  —  Mayor Rob Ford has been caught on a new video staggering around an unknown living room ranting gibberish and acting wildly. … The Star has obtained video of Mayor Rob Ford where he appears to be in a state of extreme agitation.
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Joe Warmington / Toronto Sun:
“I need f—in 10 minutes to make sure he's dead': New Rob Ford video surfaces  —  A new video has surfaced showing Mayor Rob Ford acting wildly and belligerent and using threatening words including “kill” and “murder” with reference to an unidentified person.
Sarah Posner / Mother Jones:
George W. Bush to Raise Money for Group That Converts Jews to Bring About Second Coming of Christ  —  The former president follows in the footsteps of Glenn Beck, who addressed the group last year.  —  Courtesy of Messianic Jewish Bible Institute  —  Next week, former President George W. Bush …
Jim Bequette / Guns & Ammo:
Our Response to the December 2013 Backpage Column  —  From Jim Bequette, editor, “Guns & Ammo” Magazine:  —  As editor of “Guns & Ammo,” I owe each and every reader a personal apology.  —  No excuses, no backtracking.  —  Dick Metcalf's “Backstop” column in the December issue has aroused unprecedented controversy.
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Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Guns & Ammo Fires Editor After Publishing Editorial Calling for Gun Control
Discussion: The Raw Story and Liberaland
Ari Fleischer / Politico:
Why the House must pass ENDA  —  On Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed legislation to protect gay employees from job discrimination with an overwhelming bipartisan vote.  Republicans should support these protections, and I hope the GOP leadership in the House schedules the bill for a vote.
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ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Senate Passes LGBT Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)
Discussion: aflcio.org
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Post-Plagiarism Restructuring, Rand Paul's Opinion Column Moves To Breitbart  —  Following allegations of plagiarism that caused a shake-up in the senator's office, Rand Paul's (R-KY) opinion column has found a new home at Breitbart News.  —  “Paul is pleased to partner with Breitbart News …
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Jon Erdman / National and Local Weather Forecast …:
Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Moving Into the Philippines  —  While the Atlantic hurricane season may have taken its last breath, that is certainly not the case in the western Pacific Ocean.  The most powerful tropical cyclone of 2013 anywhere on Earth is raging toward the Philippines.
Discussion: CBS DC
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FDA Consumer Health Information Updates:
FDA Targets Trans Fat in Processed Foods  —  On this page:  —  More than decade ago, a sea change began in the American diet, with consumers starting to avoid foods with trans fat and companies responding byreducing the amount of trans fat in their products.
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Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
F.D.A. Ruling Would All but Eliminate Trans Fats
Discussion: The Week and The Verge
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
The simple question that will determine Obamacare's fate  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL OBAMACARE HEALTH CARE HEALTHCARE.GOV  —  The key to Obamacare's success or failure — provided the administration can actually learn to operate the system — is whether it helps more people than it hurts, or hurts more people than it helps.
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
It's True: Obamacare Will Force Some People to Pay More for the Same Coverage
Susan Page / USA Today:
Billy Graham's final sermon: 'I've wept' for America  —  At 95 and in frail health, evangelist Billy Graham is expected to attend a birthday celebration tonight that will feature what is being characterized as his final sermon.  —  CONNECT  —  ASHEVILLE, N.C. — At 95 and in frail health …
Discussion: Liberaland
Wall Street Journal:
Iran Nuclear Deal Expected as Early as Friday  —  Agreement Will Mark the First Agreement in Decades … GENEVA—Iran and world powers expect to announce an initial deal as early as Friday to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for an easing of sanctions, a step that would mark …
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Iran: West Accepts Iran's Nuclear Framework Proposal
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
G.O.P. Weighs Limiting Clout of Right Wing  —  Leaders of the Republican establishment, alarmed by the emergence of far-right and often unpredictable Tea Party candidates, are pushing their party to rethink how it chooses nominees and advocating changes they say would result in the selection of less extreme contenders.
Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
Social Conservatives Flummoxed By Senate GOP Silence On LGBT Anti-Bias Bill  —  It's inexcusable that no Republican senators are willing to stand up and defend the Constitution," said the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer.  Only one GOP senator spoke out against the legislation.
Associated Press:
Delaware health insurance exchange off to slow start, with only 4 enrollments reported  —  WILMINGTON, Del. — More than a month after the launch of Delaware's health insurance exchange, officials report only four Delawareans enrolled for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Graham Introduces Legislation To Ban Abortions Nationwide After 20 Weeks Of Pregnancy  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Thursday introduced legislation that would ban abortions nationwide for women more than 20 weeks pregnant, the senator's office announced.
The Atlantic Online:
The Surveillance State Puts U.S. Elections at Risk of Manipulation  —  Imagine what Edward Snowden could have accomplished if he had a different agenda.  —  Did the Obama Administration ever spy on Mitt Romney during the recent presidential contest?  Alex Tabarrok, who raised the question …
Mark Urban / BBC:
Saudi nuclear weapons ‘on order’ from Pakistan  —  Saudi Arabia has invested in Pakistani nuclear weapons projects, and believes it could obtain atomic bombs at will, a variety of sources have told BBC Newsnight.  —  While the kingdom's quest has often been set in the context …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Republican Senate Candidate Jokes About Obama Being From Kenya (AUDIO)  —  Colorado state Sen. Owen Hill considered telling a Kenyan kid, “Well, you know what, we already have someone from Kenya as president of the United States.”  Update: Hill says it was an “obvious joke.”  —  Source: OwenHillForSenate.com
 
 
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