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10:55 AM ET, November 12, 2013

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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.
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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.
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Who counts as an Obamacare enrollee? The Obama administration settles on a definition.
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:   Analysis: 50K enroll in state-based ObamaCare
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.
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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 …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Poll: Hillary Clinton 44, Chris Christie 34  —  Hillary Clinton bests Chris Christie by 10 points in a hypothetical presidential match-up, a new poll shows.  —  According to a poll released Tuesday by NBC News, the former secretary of state leads the New Jersey GOP governor 44-34 percent.
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
‘Super PAC’ Gets Early Start on Pushing for a 2016 Clinton Campaign
Discussion: NBCNews and Liberaland
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 …
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Sarah Desprat / Twitchy:
'There's a new sheriff in town': James O'Keefe exposes Obamacare navigator fraud [video]  —  And boom goes the dynamite!  —  James O'Keefe and Project Veritas are out with explosive new video, and this time, they've got Obamacare in their crosshairs.  —  Project Veritas investigators were in Dallas …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Dem.  Rep.: ‘I Think the President Was Grossly Misleading to the American Public’  —  Rep. Kurt Schrader, a Democrat from Oregon, said that President Obama was “grossly misleading” on Obamacare:  —  “Very misleading,” the Democratic congressman says of Obama's promise that you can keep your health care plan, if you like it.
Discussion: National Review
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Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
One in 10 veterans lacks health insurance. Obamacare could change that.
Glenn Kessler / The Fact Checker:   What will have a greater impact in reducing the deficit: the sequester or ‘Obamacare’?
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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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Christie's tea-party problem  —  The day after Chris Christie, the cuddly moderate conservative, won a landslide reelection as the Republican governor of Democratic New Jersey, I took the Internet Express out to Iowa, surveying its various newspapers, blogs and such to see how he might do in the GOP caucuses …
Dylan Byers / New York Times:
CNN hires Brian Stelter as Reliable Sources host, media reporter  —  CNN has hired Brian Stelter, the New York Times media reporter, to serve as the new host of “Reliable Sources” its Sunday media program, and as a full-time media reporter on its digital side, POLITICO has learned.
Foreign Policy:
How France Scuttled the Iran Deal at the Last Minute  —  Western and Iranian negotiators were putting the finishing touches on a far-reaching nuclear deal.  Then, at virtually the last minute, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius joined in the talks.  It didn't take long for the negotiations …
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Roger Cohen / New York Times:
A Doable Iran Deal
Discussion: The Dish
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Biden briefs Schumer on Iran
Discussion: Reuters
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: Business Insider and Power Line
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.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll, Hot Air and Instapundit
Russell Berman / The Hill:
How immigration died — Part 1  —  Rep. Luis Gutiérrez's phone was ringing.  It was President Obama's chief of staff.  —  Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) was part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the middle of May that was on the cusp of a breakthrough agreement on immigration reform.
Discussion: The Plum Line, Politico and Roll Call
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.”
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
 
 
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