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6:35 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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Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Richard Cohen Defends Column: ‘Word Racist Is Truly Hurtful’  —  Richard Cohen says that his latest piece was not intended to be and shouldn't be read as racist.  —  “The word racist is truly hurtful,” he told The Huffington Post on Tuesday.  “It's not who I am.  It's not who I ever was.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
WaPo Publisher Calls Cohen Column ‘Brilliant’  —  Before Richard Cohen's latest column sparked widespread outrage, the publisher of the Washington Post praised the piece.  —  Katharine Weymouth tweeted a link to Cohen's column on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) relationship with the tea party, which she hailed as “brilliant.”
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Richard Cohen Has Written Something Insane About Interracial Marriage  —  Cotton-topped ladies man Richard Cohen hilariously poses as a “liberal” columnist at the Washington Post, despite being... how can we put this gently... a power-worshiping bigot.  Don't take our word for it.
Alan Taylor / The Atlantic Online:
Richard Cohen on Black-White Marriage  —  I'm not racist.  I just don't recognize my country.  —  Here's a fairly amazing paragraph from Richard Cohen's latest: … Right.  I'm not racist.  I just don't recognize my country.  Also, the sight of you, and your used-to-be-lesbian black wife …
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:
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.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Bill Clinton: ‘President Should Honor the Commitment’ and Let People Keep Their Insurance Plans
Rush Limbaugh:
Clinton Lectures Obama: Keep Your Word
Discussion: Politico
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
BILL CLINTON TO OBAMA: ‘Honor Your Commitment’ On Obamacare
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.
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Alex Bolton / The Hill:
Left wants challenger for Hillary
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Poll: Hillary Clinton 44, Chris Christie 34
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Congressional Approval Sinks to Record Low  —  Current approval at 9%; 2013 average now 14%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' approval of the way Congress is handling its job has dropped to 9%, the lowest in Gallup's 39-year history of asking the question.  The previous low point was 10%, registered twice in 2012.
Brian Beutler / Salon:
GOP about to hurt itself again!:  New ploy to kill Obamacare will blow up  —  The new “Keep Your Health Plan Act” sounds great — but its timing reveals Republicans' dubious ulterior motives  —  Starting on Jan. 1, votes to repeal Obamacare will become votes to take health insurance away from a lot of people.
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 …
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Dem calls for ObamaCare probe (Video)
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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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 …
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
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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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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obamacare's October Numbers Are Going to Be Low
Alex Roarty / NationalJournal.com:
Why Obama Won't Bounce Back  —  History shows presidents who aren't running for reelection don't recover from drops in their approval rating.  —  President Obama's approval rating is hovering around 40 percent, which could make him a drag on Democrats running in next year's midterm elections.
Discussion: Reuters, Mediaite, Hot Air and PostPartisan
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Memo warned of “limitless” security risks for HealthCare.gov  —  (CBS News) WASHINGTON — CBS News has learned that the project manager in charge of building the federal health care website was apparently kept in the dark about serious failures in the website's security.
Bryan Preston / CNN:
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.
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 …
Blair Kamin / Chicago Tribune:
Tallest building ruling: Willis Tower loses to One World Trade Center  —  One World Trade Center will be the nation's tallest building when it is completed next year.  —  One World Trade Center will be the nation's tallest building when it opens next year, a Chicago-based tall buildings …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Outside the Beltway
 
 
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Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
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Washington State To 8,000 Obamacare Enrollees: ‘We Goofed On Cost Estimate’
Gene Healy / Washington Examiner:
Introversion isn't Obama's problem, his inability to tell the truth is
Jennifer Kabbany / The College Fix:
Public University's Plaque Labels President Lincoln A Democrat
Discussion: Chicks on the Right
Jamelle Bouie / The Daily Beast:
The Right's Slavery Obsession
Russell Berman / The Hill:
How immigration died — Part 1