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10:00 AM ET, November 14, 2013


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USA Today:
Obamacare credibility going up in smoke: Our view  —  New data show just how broken it is.  —  CONNECT  —  The health insurance signup numbers the White House released Wednesday afternoon were deeply disappointing, though not particularly surprising.
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.
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Voters May Cancel Democratic Coverage in 2014  —  In a Quinnipiac poll, just 30% of independents approve of ObamaCare.  —  A few minutes into last Thursday's interview with NBC's Chuck Todd, President Obama said of the millions whose health insurance was canceled, “I am sorry that they …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
It's a Trap!  —  Republicans are walking into a trap and they don't even realize it.  —  They are about to consider, in the House of Representatives, legislation by Congressman Upton that would allow people to keep their insurance plans.  —  There's a problem though.
The Hill:
House Dems about to ‘go crazy’  —  House Democrats on Wednesday expressed increasing frustration at the Obama administration's inability to improve the rollout of ObamaCare.  —  Democrats said they're worried about “being dragged into this non-stop cycle” of bad news about the ObamaCare rollout …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Twitchy
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
How Obamacare Accomplishes The Unthinkable  —  President Obama's signature domestic policy may have accomplished something previously unthinkable: taking an issue where one party had a dominant hold on public opinion, and reversing it in favor of the opposing party.
The Hill:
Vulnerable Dems scramble to keep distance from ObamaCare
Discussion: Right Wing News
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:   Darrell Issa's Obamacare kangaroo court
Josh Kraushaar /
The Emerging Democratic Divide Over Obamacare
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
LOCKED IN THE CABINET  —  The worst job in Barack Obama's Washington.  —  Steven Chu is a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, a brilliant innovator whose research fills several all-but-incomprehensible paragraphs of a Wikipedia entry that spans his achievements in single-molecule physics …
Discussion: ABC News and
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Rand Paul: Chris Christie Won Because ‘He Got A Lot Of Federal Money For His State’  —  An ongoing feud between potential 2016 contenders bubbled to the surface again Wednesday when Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) took a pointed shot at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) use of federal funds for Hurricane Sandy relief.
Discussion: Liberaland
Rand Paul / CBS Philly:
Sen. Rand Paul: Christie Reelected Because ‘He Got A Lot Of Federal Money’ Following Sandy
Washington Post:
Two Secret Service agents cut from Obama's detail after alleged misconduct  —  A call from the Hay-Adams Hotel this past spring reporting that a Secret Service agent was trying to force his way into a woman's room set in motion an internal investigation that has sent tremors through …
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Obamacare Schadenfreudarama  —  To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, you'd have to have a heart of stone not to laugh at the unraveling of Obamacare.  —  First, the obligatory caveats.  It is no laughing matter that millions of Americans' lives have been thrown into anxious chaos as they lose their health insurance …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Instapundit
John Bresnahan / Politico:
GOP seeks Holder impeachment  —  A group of hard-line conservative House Republicans will introduce a resolution on Thursday calling for the impeachment of Attorney General Eric Holder.  —  But there is no sign yet that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) or other House GOP leaders will act on the measure.
Discussion: CNN
Wall Street Journal:
Obama open to health-law change  —  The government released numbers Wednesday showing that far fewer Americans had enrolled in private insurance plans under the new health law than expected and, in a marked shift, the Obama administration signaled it was open to legislation to fix the troubled rollout.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans' Approval of Healthcare Law Declines  —  Currently 40% approve and 55% disapprove  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' views of the 2010 healthcare law have worsened in recent weeks, with 40% approving and 55% disapproving of it.  For most of the past year, Americans have been divided on the law …
James Hohmann / Politico:
Commissioned poll: Mike Enzi up 53 on Liz Cheney  —  Liz Cheney's support has faded in Wyoming since the summer, according to internal polling conducted for a super PAC that's been running ads against her and shared exclusively with POLITICO.  —  Sen. Mike Enzi (R) has expanded his lead …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and CNN
Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
The Necessary Contradictions Of A Conservative  —  Sorry for missing the Best of the Dish Today deadline last night.  I was giving a speech on conservatism at Eastern Michigan University, and the conversation didn't stop.  —  I prepped by re-reading parts of my friend Jesse Norman's terrific book …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ron Fournier /
Why We Lied to Obama  —  We told him he could be popular.  What we meant to say was he could be popular ... if he told the truth.  —  Americans told President Obama in 2012, “If you like your popularity, you can keep it.”  —  We lied.  —  Well, at least we didn't tell him the whole truth.
Arturo Garcia / The Raw Story:
Socialist candidate leading in Seattle City Council race  —  A Seattle City Council election that was thought to be a foregone conclusion is suddenly on the cusp of seeing a Socialist candidate either win or force a recount, the Seattle Times reported on Tuesday.
Kyle Trygstad / Roll Call:
Ex-S.D. Senator: Comeback Bid Based on ‘Idealistic Concept’  —  If he runs at all, former Sen. Larry Pressler's, R-S.D., bid for Senate as an independent won't look like your traditional campaign.  —  He said his campaign is running on an “idealistic concept” in a Wednesday phone interview with CQ Roll Call.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Why President Obama's sinking job approval numbers matter.  A lot.  —  Who cares?  —  That's a common reaction — particularly in the Democratic wing of the Twitter-sphere — anytime, like this morning, we post a piece detailing President Obama's sinking poll numbers.
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Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
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Heather Saul / The Independent:
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Elizabeth Warren calls for filibuster changes
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