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9:05 AM ET, November 12, 2013

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Wall Street Journal:
HealthCare.gov brings 40,000 to 50,000 enrollees in private plans through last week, people familiar say  —  Initial reports suggest that fewer than 50,000 people successfully navigated the troubled federal health-care website to enroll in private health insurance plans as of last week, two people familiar with the matter said.
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Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Who counts as an Obamacare enrollee?  The Obama administration settles on a definition.  —  The fight over how to define the new health law's success is coming down to one question: Who counts as an Obamacare enrollee?  —  Health insurance plans only count subscribers as enrolled in a health plan once they've submited a payment.
Washington Post:
About 40,000 Americans are said to have signed up for plans on HealthCare.gov  —  Roughly 40,000 Americans have signed up for private insurance through the flawed federal online insurance marketplace since it opened six weeks ago, according to two people with access to the figures.
Alex Bolton / The Hill:
Left wants challenger for Hillary  —  Liberal leaders want Hillary Clinton to face a primary challenge in 2016 if she decides to run for president.  —  The goal of such a challenge wouldn't necessarily be to defeat Clinton.  It would be to prevent her from moving to the middle during the Democratic primary.
Discussion: Liberaland and Prairie Weather
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Mark Murray / NBCNews:
NBC poll: Christie faces divided GOP, trails Clinton in hypothetical '16 race  —  If New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie runs for president in 2016, he would likely face the dual challenges of uniting a fractured Republican Party and besting a formidable Hillary Clinton in a general election, according to a new NBC News poll.
Politico:
Wall Street's nightmare: President Elizabeth Warren  —  NEW YORK — There are three words that strike terror in the hearts of Wall Street bankers and corporate executives across the land: President Elizabeth Warren.  —  The anxiety over Warren grew Monday after a magazine report suggested …
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Biden briefs Schumer on Iran  —  Vice President Biden briefed Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on nuclear talks with Iran by phone Monday as the Obama administration is seeking to keep Congress from passing tougher sanctions.  —  Schumer said during an event in New York on Monday he was …
Discussion: Reuters
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Roger Cohen / New York Times:
A Doable Iran Deal
Discussion: The Dish
Dr. Perry Inhofe / KOCO.com:
Sen. Jim Inhofe's son dies in plane crash near Owasso  —  Plane crashed around 4 p.m. after reporting engine trouble  —  A source close to Sen. Jim Inhofe has confirmed that his son, Dr. Perry Inhofe, was on board a plane that crashed near Owasso, Okla. on Sunday.  Perry Inhofe was killed in the crash.
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Jarrel Wade / Tulsa World:
Plane in Owasso crash linked to Sen. Jim Inhofe's son
Discussion: BBC and The World's Greatest …
John Fund / National Review:
The Truth about Navigators  —  James O'Keefe, the guerrilla videographer who helped bring down ACORN (the “community organizing” group that Barack Obama worked for as a lawyer and trainer) and got NPR's president fired, is back.  —  This time, his undercover investigators focused on Obamacare's …
Reuters:
State Obamacare exchanges enroll 3 pct of target so far -report  —  President Barack Obama's healthcare reform has reached only about 3 percent of its enrollment target for 2014 in 12 U.S. states where new online health insurance marketplaces are mostly working smoothly, a report released on Monday said.
Julia Ioffe / The New Republic:
I've Got Whooping Cough.  Thanks a Lot, Jenny McCarthy.  —  At this writing, I have been coughing for 72 days.  Not on and off coughing, but continuously, every day and every night, for two and a half months.  And not just coughing, but whooping: doubled over, body clenched …
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Most Americans for Raising Minimum Wage  —  Tying minimum-wage increases to inflation is slightly less popular  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — With momentum building at the federal and state level to increase hourly base pay, more than three-quarters of Americans (76%) say they would vote for raising …
Washington Post:
Virginia attorney general race: Herring takes lead, with a recount appearing likely  —  Democratic state Sen. Mark R. Herring took the lead in the extraordinarily tight Virginia attorney general race Monday evening, after he picked up more than 100 previously uncounted votes in Richmond.
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Abby D. Phillip / ABC News:
How Twitter Helped Bring a Virginia Election to Its Knees
Discussion: Slate, Politico, CNN and The Other McCain
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
One in 10 veterans lacks health insurance.  Obamacare could change that.  —  Welcome to Health Reform Watch, Sarah Kliff's regular look at how the Affordable Care Act is changing the American health-care system — and being changed by it.  You can reach Sarah with questions, comments and suggestions here.
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Glenn Kessler / The Fact Checker:   What will have a greater impact in reducing the deficit: the sequester or ‘Obamacare’?
Andrew Huszar / Wall Street Journal:
Confessions of a Quantitative Easer  —  We went on a bond-buying spree that was supposed to help Main Street.  Instead, it was a feast for Wall Street.  —  I can only say: I'm sorry, America.  As a former Federal Reserve official, I was responsible for executing the centerpiece program …
Discussion: Power Line
Tom Junod / Esquire:
GEORGE CLOONEY'S RULES FOR LIVING  —  No one does the fame thing like Clooney.  He floats above it even as he uses it to embellish his influence.  He understands his place in the pantheon even as he remains hidden from the inquisitive lens.  He's the master.
Peter Suderman / Hit & Run:
Time to Start Considering Obamacare's Worst Case Scenarios  —  The saying goes that things have to get worse before they get better.  But with Obamacare, things just keep getting worse—and then they get worse still.  In private, even many critics of the law are at least a bit surprised by how poorly the rollout has gone.
Justin Doolittle / Salon:
Stop thanking the troops for me: No, they don't “protect our freedoms!”  —  Their claims are wrong in more ways than one  —  The millions of Americans who regularly watch nationally televised NBA games are, by now, familiar with the “NBA Cares” commercials that run quite frequently during the season.
Associated Press:
Obama Nominating Treasury Official to Run CFTC  —  President Barack Obama is nominating a top Treasury Department official to run the independent agency that regulates the futures and options market.  —  The White House says Obama will announce the nomination of Timothy Massad to head …
Discussion: Politico
Mackenzie Kruvant / BuzzFeed:
5 Ways To Help Those Affected By Super Typhoon Haiyan  —  The Philippines has been ravaged by one of the worst disasters in recent memory, killing thousands and displacing countless more.  Here's how you can help right now.  —  The damage in the Philippines has been extensive.
Discussion: redcrosschat.org and UNICEF USA
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The New York Times's idea of an ObamaCare horror story.  —  Today's New York Times has an op-ed piece by a self-described ObamaCare victim, Lori Gottlieb, who identifies herself in her shirttail bio as “a contributing editor for The Atlantic and a psychotherapist.”
 
 
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