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11:45 AM ET, November 12, 2013

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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 …
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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.
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.
Politico:
Wall Street's nightmare: President Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: Power Line, The Raw Story and WJLA-TV
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Poll: Hillary Clinton 44, Chris Christie 34
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.  —  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.
New York Times:
Insurers Press for Way Around Healthcare.gov
Discussion: WGBH News
President Bill Clinton / Ozymandias:
Assessing the Healthcare Rollout … When OZY sat down with President Clinton, one of the things we were most interested to hear were his impressions of the recent national health care rollout.  Here's what he had to tell us.  —  1. The country is better off with the Affordable Care Act than without it.
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:   Bill Clinton: ‘President Should Honor the Commitment’ and Let People Keep Their Insurance Plans
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]
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 …
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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Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
“Ready For Hillary” PAC Huddles In New York For Strategy Session  —  The pro-Hillary Clinton group's first major confab.  Donors and big-name operatives descend on the Parker Meridien for panels like “What It Will Take to Win in 2016” and “Ready for the Right Wing.”  —  Paul J. Richards / Getty Images
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Amy Chozick / New York Times:
‘Super PAC’ Gets Early Start on Pushing for a 2016 Clinton Campaign
Discussion: NBCNews and Liberaland
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 …
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: The PJ Tatler and National Review
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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Harold Pollack / The Nation:   Why Obamacare's Troubled Rollout Might Force the Cooperation Health Reform Needs
Glenn Kessler / The Fact Checker:   What will have a greater impact in reducing the deficit: the sequester or ‘Obamacare’?
Zachary Goldfarb / Post Politics:
Obama to nominate Timothy Massad for CFTC chairman  —  President Obama will nominate a senior Treasury Department official to lead the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which is responsible for overseeing a vast swath of markets that influence the price of oil and other commodities …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Associated Press:
Obama Nominating Treasury Official to Run CFTC
Discussion: Politico and WGBH News
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.
WTVA-TV:
U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran talks about upcoming election  —  WATER VALLEY, Miss (WTVA) — U.S. Senator Thad Cochran says he will soon reveal what plans he may or may not have for re-election.  —  The senator discussed the upcoming election during an appearance at a Veterans Day ceremony in Water Valley.
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Analysis: 50K enroll in state-based ObamaCare  —  Nearly 50,000 people have enrolled in 12 ObamaCare insurance marketplaces operated by states since Oct. 1, according to a new analysis.  —  The findings from consulting firm Avalere Health shed light on how many enrollees the administration might announce …
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ThinkProgress:
Michigan Bill Advances To Distribute Pot Through Pharmacies  —  A bill advancing in the Michigan Senate would make marijuana available in pharmacies, but there's one catch: It is contingent upon a change in federal law.  —  Michigan already has a medical marijuana law …
Discussion: Liberaland
 
 
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