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2:30 PM 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.
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Poll: Hillary Clinton 44, Chris Christie 34
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
‘Super PAC’ Gets Early Start on Pushing for a 2016 Clinton Campaign
Discussion: NBCNews and Liberaland
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  —  Former President Bill Clinton said that President Obama should keep his pledge to allow people to keep their current health care plans, if they like them, under Obamacare:
David Shamah / The Times of Israel:
Stuxnet, gone rogue, hit Russian nuke plant, space station  —  A cyber-security expert says several ostensibly secure facilities became victims of the virus that struck Iran's nuclear program  —  A Russian nuclear power plant was reportedly “badly infected” by the rogue Stuxnet virus …
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Netanyahu: Eased sanctions a ‘jackpot’ for Iran nuclear prospects
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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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Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Who counts as an Obamacare enrollee? The Obama administration settles on a definition.
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]
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 …
Benny Johnson / BuzzFeed:
“Don't Get Screwed By Obamacare, Find A Sugar Daddy!”  Says Dating Website  —  Don't get screwed, by the government.  —  Seekingarrangement.com is a site that connects young females and older males for a “sugar daddy arrangement.”  —  seekingarrangement.com
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.
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 …
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.
Jennifer Kabbany / The College Fix:
Public University's Plaque Labels President Lincoln A Democrat  —  CHICAGO - A public university in President Abraham Lincoln's home state of Illinois is adorned with a plaque that states Lincoln - arguably the most famous and influential president in American history - was a Democrat.
Discussion: Chicks on the Right
Bryan Preston / CNN:
Opinion: Voter ID critics proved wrong  —  Editor's note: Bryan Preston is editor at large of the conservative blog PJ Media.  He was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the “Laura Ingraham Show” and was communications director of the Republican Party of Texas.
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Dem poll: Kay Hagan lead vanishes  —  Incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) is near the top of national Republicans' target list for 2014 — and a new poll shows her lead over her potential GOP challengers has all but evaporated.  —  Against state House Speaker Thom Tillis, Hagan leads by only 2 points …
Associated Press:
Medicaid is health overhaul's early success story  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The underdog of government health care programs is emerging as the rare early success story of President Barack Obama's technologically challenged health overhaul.  —  Often dismissed, Medicaid has signed up 444,000 people …
Discussion: Hit & Run
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Harold Pollack / The Nation:
Why Obamacare's Troubled Rollout Might Force the Cooperation Health Reform Needs
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.
 
 
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Reihan Salam / National Review:
Beyond Medicaid  —  Avik Roy's new book on Medicaid …
Gene Healy / Washington Examiner:
Introversion isn't Obama's problem, his inability to tell the truth is
Justin Sink / The Hill:
GOP on ObamaCare offense
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ben Terris / NationalJournal.com:
Codepink Entertains Jeh Johnson's Neighbors
WTVA-TV:
U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran talks about upcoming election
ThinkProgress:
Michigan Bill Advances To Distribute Pot Through Pharmacies
Discussion: Liberaland
Zachary Goldfarb / Post Politics:
Obama to nominate Timothy Massad for CFTC chairman
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Alex Roarty / NationalJournal.com:
Why Obama Won't Bounce Back  —  History shows presidents …
 Earlier Items: 
Jamelle Bouie / The Daily Beast:
The Right's Slavery Obsession
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
A New Firm Sets Out to Secure Women's Votes for a Vulnerable G.O.P.
David Z. Morris / Fortune:
What I saw at the doomsday prepper convention
Russell Berman / The Hill:
How immigration died — Part 1
Discussion: The Plum Line, Politico and Roll Call
New York Times:
Insurers Press for Way Around Healthcare.gov
Discussion: WGBH News
Natalie Kitroeff / Well:
In Hookups, Inequality Still Reigns