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6:45 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.
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
Mark Landler / New York Times:
After Near Miss on Iran, Kerry Says Diplomacy Is Still the Right Path
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  —  Perry Inhofe, the son of U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, is associated with a company that recently purchased a plane that crashed near Owasso on Sunday, killing the pilot, according to government records.  —  Officials in charge …
Discussion: BBC and The World's Greatest …
Glenn Kessler / The Fact Checker:
What will have a greater impact in reducing the deficit: the sequester or ‘Obamacare’?  —  “If you look at the biggest thing that are cutting our deficit over the medium and long run, it's actually the Affordable Care Act, which is, you know, by bringing down the cost of health care …
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Julian Zelizer / CNN:   Obamacare and the failure of half-baked liberalism
Chicago Tribune:
Truth, consequences and Obamacare
Discussion: Hot Air
Sherman Frederick / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Lipstick on the Obamacare pig
Discussion: BizzyBlog
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
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.
Lori Gottlieb / New York Times:
Daring to Complain About Obamacare  —  LOS ANGELES — THE Anthem Blue Cross representative who answered my call told me that there was a silver lining in the cancellation of my individual P.P.O. policy and the $5,400 annual increase that I would have to pay for the Affordable Care Act-compliant option …
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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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Liberaland and Balloon Juice
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.
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
Pervaiz Shallwani / Metropolis:
Gunman Kills Three Brooklyn Musicians, Himself  —  Privacy Policy » Search Metropolis1  —  UPDATED |  A 29-year-old musician who had a dispute with members of an Brooklyn-based Iranian rock group shot and killed two band members and a singer associated with the group before killing himself, officials said.
Discussion: VICE and The Raw Story
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New York Times:
Bloody End for Iranian Rockers Seeking Musical Freedom in U.S.
Discussion: BBC, Gothamist and Gawker
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 …
 
 
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