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10:40 PM ET, November 14, 2013

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Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Insurance Industry Rips White House Obamacare Fix  —  “This doesn't change anything other than force insurers to be the political flack jackets for the administration,” says an insider.  —  Joe Skipper / Reuters  —  WASHINGTON — The health insurance industry is already attacking …
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Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Insurers are furious about the White House's new Obamacare plan  —  Health insurance plans are not pulling any punches when it comes to their frustration with today's White House announcement.  This is a statement that Karen Ignagni, president of America's Health Insurance Plans, just put out:
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
White House to Allow Insurers to Continue Canceled Health Plans  —  Obama to Deliver Statement  —  WASHINGTON—The White House on Thursday will announce a plan for allowing insurance companies to continue offering existing individual insurance policies even if they fall short …
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
The White House's Obamacare fix is about to create a big mess  —  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (Jason Reed/Reuters)  —  When the drafters of the Affordable Care Act began working on a health reform law, there was a principle underpinning their goals …
New York Times:
Obama Offers Health Law Fix, but Its Impact Is Unclear  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama, trying to quell a growing furor over the rollout of his health care law, bowed to bipartisan pressure on Thursday and announced a policy reversal that would allow insurance companies to temporarily keep people …
Nick Gillespie / TIME:
Ads Hide Obamacare Truth: It's Generational Theft  —  Get a clue, bro.  New spots targeting millenials disguise the health insurance plan's real impact  —  Is massive stupidity covered under Obamacare?  What about sexual promiscuity and heavy drinking?  Those are some of the questions raised …
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Liberals to President Obama: Keep it together  —  President Barack Obama never had the right wing on health care, has potentially lost the middle and with his attempted administrative fix is now in danger of losing the left.  —  Daily Kos launched a petition to urge Obama to stop apologizing for people losing their health care plans.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Politico:
Obamacare fix: Keep plans  —  President Barack Obama gave a rare and extensive “mea culpa” news conference Thursday on the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, as he repeatedly conceded that he and his administration had made mistakes in implementing key pieces of his signature policy achievement.
ThinkProgress:
Everything You Need To Know About Obama's ‘Fix’ For Insurers Canceling Plans
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Shakesville
Brian Beutler / Salon:
The president strikes back: Insurance companies get their justified comeuppance
Discussion: National Review and The Mahablog
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:   The Obama-disaster news conference
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Everything you need to know about the plans to ‘fix’ Obamacare
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Washington Post
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Why Dylan Davies Disappeared  —  The ex-contractor, a key source for last month's ‘60 Minutes’ report on Benghazi, has gone into hiding.  British police are investigating allegations his family was threatened.  —  It is the kind of note a publisher dreads.
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KOMO News:
State rebuts Obama plan to allow old health insurance policies  —  By KOMO Staff & Associated Press Published: Nov 14, 2013 at 12:06 PM PST Last Updated: Nov 14, 2013 at 1:19 PM PST  —  SEATTLE (AP) - Washington state's insurance commissioner says President Barack Obama's proposal …
David / Crooks and Liars:
Watch: Forum Audience Laughs at Ted Cruz for Claiming He 'Didn't Want a Shutdown'  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) faced howls of laughter from an audience in Washington, D.C. on Thursday when he claimed that he “didn't want a shutdown” over President Barack Obama's health care reform law.
Discussion: Liberaland and Mediaite
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
The Democrats Need to Stop Freaking Out About Obamacare and Take Charge  —  Well, here we are again—the Democrats are ‘in disarray,’ flailing on Obamacare.  It's a potent story line, but this time Obama must crack the whip, stop the panicking, and make it work.
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David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
Republican Party Weighs a 2016 Shakeup With ‘Midwestern Primary’
Discussion: The Reaction and BuzzFeed
ThinkProgress:
This Store Took Away Workers' Thanksgivings But Then Decided It Wasn't Worth It  —  While Walmart, Target, and other stores will open earlier than ever this Black Friday, opening the doors on Thanksgiving Day and giving workers little choice but to go without their holiday, a few have resisted.
ThinkProgress:
House Speaker John Boehner: LGBT Employment Protections Are ‘Unnecessary’  —  On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) reiterated his opposition to allowing a vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which the Senate passed last week.  According to Boehner, the bill …
Boston Globe:
Whitey Bulger, Boston gangster found responsible for 11 murders, gets life in prison  —  Notorious Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger was sentenced today to two life sentences in prison plus five years by a federal judge who cited the lives that Bulger wrecked as he rampaged for decades through …
Michael Beckel / The Center for Public …:
Koch-backed nonprofit spent record cash in 2012  —  Americans for Prosperity's expenditures last year exceeded all previous years' spending combined  —  Americans for Prosperity — the main political arm of billionaire industrialist brothers Charles and David Koch — spent a staggering $122 million …
Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
Judge refuses to block Hawaii's same-sex marriage law  —  Circuit Court Judge Karl Sakamoto ruled today against same-sex marriage opponents and refused to issue a temporary restraining order to prevent the state from granting marriage licenses to gay couples starting on Dec. 2.
 
 
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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Sean Hannity to President Obama: ‘This is not a fix’
Discussion: PostPartisan and Mediaite
Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
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Lee Fang / The Nation:
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Discussion: Hullabaloo
Eileen Sullivan / Associated Press:
FBI: OK for Congress to Talk to Benghazi Survivors
Gail Shister / TVNewser:
Dan Rather: CBS ‘Trying To Airbrush Me Out Of Their History’
Discussion: Liberaland and National Review
Emily Atkin / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Interrupts Climate Hearing To Ask Whether EPA Chief Enrolled In Obamacare
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Gina Barton / JSOnline:
Parents were frantic during Children's Hospital lockdown
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Howard Dean: I Wonder If Obama Has the ‘Legal Authority to Do This’
Discussion: Mediaite and Sister Toldjah
New York Times:
Don't Give More Patients Statins
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
CNN:
Palin apologizes for not being ‘clearer’ in comments about Pope
Discussion: FP Passport, Politico and Gawker