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10:00 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 …
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.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama's critic-in-chief strikes again  —  President Bill Clinton — the man President Barack Obama once dubbed his “Secretary of Explaining Stuff” — once again has some explaining of his own to do with the Obama White House.  —  In an interview released Tuesday, Clinton called for a fix …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and BizzyBlog
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
Matt Higgins / CBS Sacramento:
Calif. Insurance Commissioner: More Than 1M Californians Having Insurance Cancelled Due To ACA  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CBS Sacramento/AP) — Health insurer Anthem Blue Cross of California has agreed to a two-month extension of about 104,000 individual policies after failing to give the required 90 …
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.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Dem. Rep.: ‘I Think the President Was Grossly Misleading to the American Public’
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Obama Lunches With US Service Members at Irish Pub  —  President Barack Obama made an unannounced trip out for lunch with members of the military.  —  The president and Vice President Joe Biden dined with active duty service members from each of the five military branches at Capitol Hill restaurant Molly Malone's on Tuesday.
Discussion: Politico
ABC News:
Biden to Push Immigration at Naturalization Event
Discussion: Politico
Jay Bookman / Ajc Blogs:
Cobb GOP chairman concerned about (those) people coming to Braves' games  —  I just got back from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's press conference on the Braves' move to a transportation-challenged site in Cobb County, and will have a lot more to say on that later.  But I can't let this pass without notice:
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Esquire
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.
White House technology chief to testify at hearing  —  (CNN) - The top White House technology officer will appear before the Republican-led House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, despite the Obama administration's insistence that he was too busy helping to repair the flawed Obamacare website
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Benny Johnson / BuzzFeed:
“Don't Get Screwed By Obamacare, Find A Sugar Daddy!”  Says Dating Website  —  Don't get screwed, by the government.  — is a site that connects young females and older males for a “sugar daddy arrangement.”  —
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Memo warned of “limitless” security risks for  —  (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.
Amy Davidson / Close Read:
“60 Minutes” and the Benghazi Scandal Trap  —  “I didn't even have to go into the room to see who it was,” a man calling himself Morgan Jones told Lara Logan, of “60 Minutes,” on October 27th, remembering how he had glimpsed a body through the glass in a door.
Discussion: Roger Ailes and Hullabaloo
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 …
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 …
Alex Roarty /
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.
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
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Liberals' investment drives Tesla's survival  —  These are trying times for Tesla Motors.  Its third-quarter sales and revenue disappointed the markets, causing a sell-off in its high-flying stock.  Then a Tesla Model S burst into flames after a collision, the third time that's happened.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Dianne Feinstein joins push to keep health plans  —  It's not just red-state Democrats who want to take aggressive steps to mend controversial provisions in Obamacare.  —  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that she will co-sponsor a bill by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) …
Daily Mail:
The rise of paid friends: How wealthy New Yorkers are socializing with hired staff over ‘real’ companions - because they're easier ‘to control’  —  Rappers have long had their entourages, and lonely stay-at-home mothers have similarly long had the tendency to enlist luxury department store salespeople as makeshift best friends.
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
Wisconsin Supreme Court considers stay in Act 10 case  —  By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — Supreme Court justices raised the prospect Monday of quickly blocking a Dane County judge's decision that found unconstitutional Gov. Scott Walker's limits on collective bargaining for public workers.
Discussion: National Review and Althouse
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Bush 43 to sit down with Leno
Discussion: Politico
Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:
Pro-Democratic super PACs outspend conservatives
Yahoo! News:
Anti-Obamacare group entices students with models and a boozy party
David Nutt / Guardian:
Alcohol without the hangover? It's closer than you think
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Liberaland and Gawker
Charlie Cook /
Wide-Open Race in 2016 Offers Ocean of Possibilities
 Earlier Items: 
Gene Healy / Washington Examiner:
Introversion isn't Obama's problem, his inability to tell the truth is
Discussion: protein wisdom and Blazing Cat Fur
Bryan Preston / CNN:
Voter ID critics proved wrong
Associated Press:
Medicaid is health overhaul's early success story
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jennifer Kabbany / The College Fix:
Public University's Plaque Labels President Lincoln A Democrat
Discussion: Chicks on the Right
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
A New Firm Sets Out to Secure Women's Votes for a Vulnerable G.O.P.
Mark Murray / NBCNews:
NBC poll: Christie faces divided GOP, trails Clinton in hypothetical '16 race