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5:35 PM ET, November 8, 2013

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Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Obama's Second-Term Slide Continues  —  65% Disapprove of his Handling of Economy  —  Barack Obama has had a difficult year since his reelection victory.  His overall job rating stands at 41%, down 14 points since last December.  A majority (53%) now disapproves of the way he is handling his job as president.
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George E. Condon Jr / NationalJournal.com:   How Obama Blew the Entire Last Year
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Poll: Obama's approval hits new low
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
CBS Correspondent Apologizes for Report on Benghazi Attack  —  The correspondent for the disputed “60 Minutes” segment about the attack on the United States Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year apologized on the air Friday morning, saying it was a “mistake” to put …
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
CBS 60 Minutes' Lara Logan Apologizes for Erroneous Benghazi Survivor Report: ‘We Were Wrong’  —  CBS 60 Minutes reporter Lara Logan admitted on Friday that a person who claimed to have been witness to the deadly September 11, 2012 attack on an American consulate in Benghazi and who served …
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Former ‘60 Minutes’ Producer: Discredited Benghazi Story Was Done To Appeal To Conservatives
Discussion: Associated Press and Liberaland
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: 'I'm Gonna Be the Republican Nominee'  —  Mitch McConnell on the shutdown's failure, ObamaCare's future, and his own primary challenge.  —  Washington  —  It is a month since the government shutdown and a day after the election.  The minority leader of the U.S. Senate …
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Andrew Kohut / Wall Street Journal:
The GOP Is in Better Shape Than You Think  —  Independents favor the GOP on handling the economy by a whopping 46%-30% margin.  —  Tucked away in recent polls—which have documented the extraordinary anger directed at the Republican Party during the shutdown crisis—are measures of clear disappointment with the Democratic Party.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama Considers Administrative Fix To Health Care Law  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is considering a fix to the president's health care law that would expand the universe of individuals who receive tax subsidies to help buy insurance, an administration source told The Huffington Post.
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Lynn Sweet Washington / Chicago Sun Times:
Sweet: Obama tries to empathize over health insurance cancellations, but is that the best he's got?
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters:
Obama Plays The Victim: 'I've Been Burned' By ObamaCare Website
Discussion: The Daily Caller
The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Obama's Secret Iran Détente  —  Long before a nuclear deal was in reach, the U.S. was quietly lifting some of the financial pressure on Iran, a Daily Beast investigation reveals.  How the sanctions were softened.  —  The Obama administration began softening sanctions …
New York Times:
Rules to Require Equal Coverage for Mental Ills  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday will complete a generation-long effort to require insurers to cover care for mental health and addiction just like physical illnesses when it issues long-awaited regulations defining parity in benefits and treatment.
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Jen Christensen / CNN:   Feds boosting mental health access, treatment
Shahien Nasiripour / The Huffington Post:
New York Fed Chief Levels Explosive Charge Against Big Banks  —  The head of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Thursday that some of America's largest financial institutions appear to lack respect for the law, a potentially explosive charge against an industry already roiling …
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William C. Dudley / newyorkfed.org:
Ending Too Big to Fail
Discussion: Real Time Economics
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Only 5 enrollments completed in D.C. Obamacare exchange  —  Only five people have fully completed the enrollment process in the D.C. insurance exchange, according to information compiled by lawmakers from four of the insurance companies participating in the exchange.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Most Uninsured Americans Ignoring Health Exchange Sites  —  Three in 10 are familiar with the exchanges  —  PRINCETON, NJ — In the midst of widespread news coverage of problems with the federal health exchange website, relatively few uninsured Americans (18%) — the primary target population …
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Obama Burns Media Supporters with Apology  —  Many were hurled under President Barack Obama's bus on Thursday night when he told NBC News reporter Chuck Todd that he was “sorry” those who were losing their health insurance coverage were shocked by this eventuality because of repeated “assurances” he made to the contrary.
Jordan Weissmann / The Atlantic Online:
Yep, Being a Young, American Adult Is a Financial Nightmare  —  Here are the graphs to prove it.  —  Poverty is an astonishingly common experience here in the world's richest country.  As I wrote this morning, almost 40 percent of American adults experience it for at least a year by age 60.
Discussion: The Dish
Noah Bierman / The Boston Globe:
Scott Brown gets a plea to run in N.H.  —  WASHINGTON — The signs are mounting.  Scott Brown travels almost weekly to New Hampshire.  Last month he formed a political action committee there to raise funds; this week he attacked the state's Democratic senator on his favorite target: national health care.
Ashley Alman / The Huffington Post:
Chris Matthews Takes A Crack At Chris Christie And Wife  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's weight has been a key concern during his years in the public eye, prompting the release of a medical report declaring Christie “fit to serve as governor” during his reelection campaign last month.
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Bill O'Reilly: Chris Christie won't do my show
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Associated Press:
HOME DEPOT APOLOGIZES FOR RACIST TWEET  —  You are here  —  Home » AP Company » Home Depot apologizes for racist tweet  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Home improvement maker Home Depot Inc. on Thursday apologized for a tweet that showed a picture of two African-American drummers with a person …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Pine Bush, N.Y., School District Faces Accusations of Anti-Semitism  —  The swastikas, the students recalled, seemed to be everywhere: on walls, desks, lockers, textbooks, computer screens, a playground slide — even on a student's face.  —  A picture of President Obama …
Discussion: The Week, BBC and Capital New York
Lynne Marek / Chicago Business:
Onion quits print  —  The Onion is halting its print version in Chicago and its two other remaining markets with its Dec. 12 issue.  The newsweekly was 25 years old and is survived by its website and a new creative service for advertisers.  —  “It's sad to see a print edition no longer exist …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Mutilated Economy  —  Five years and eleven months have now passed since the U.S. economy entered recession.  Officially, that recession ended in the middle of 2009, but nobody would argue that we've had anything like a full recovery.  Official unemployment remains high …
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Former MSNBC Host's Health Plan Cancelled, New Plan Costs 3.5 Times More  —  “Thnx Mr. President.”  That's all former MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan had to say to President Barack Obama on Thursday when he announced that the health insurance plan he purchased on the individual market after leaving the news network was being cancelled.
 
 
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