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9:40 AM ET, November 14, 2013

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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.
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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
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 …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Darrell Issa's Obamacare kangaroo court  —  “The American people do not want to see a kangaroo court here,” Rep. Jim Cooper, a Tennessee Democrat, said midway through Wednesday's four-hour prosecution of Obama administration technology experts by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Obamacare is in much more trouble than it was one week ago  —  1. The Affordable Care Act's political position has deteriorated dramatically over the last week.  President Bill Clinton's statement that the law should be reopened to ensure everyone who likes their health plans can keep them was a signal event.
The Hill:
Vulnerable Dems scramble to keep distance from ObamaCare
Discussion: Politico and Right Wing News
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
How Obamacare Accomplishes The Unthinkable
Josh Kraushaar / NationalJournal.com:
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: TheBlaze.com
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
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Rand Paul / CBS Philly:
Sen. Rand Paul: Christie Reelected Because ‘He Got A Lot Of Federal Money’ Following Sandy  —  PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) appeared to call out New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for using federal funds for Hurricane Sandy relief on Wednesday.
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: Instapundit and Ed Driscoll
USA Today:
Obamacare credibility going up in smoke: Our view  —  New HealthCare.gov 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.
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.
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
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
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Ted Cruz: When You Attack Me, You're Attacking the ‘American People’  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) believes that when his critics attack, they're not just going after him, but also taking on “the American people.”  Following his lively conversation with Jay Leno last Friday, the senator attended an …
Discussion: Dr. Gina Show and The Raw Story
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Testimony  —  Vice Chair Janet L. Yellen  —  Confirmation hearing  —  Before the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.  —  Chairman Johnson, Senator Crapo, and members of the Committee, thank you for this opportunity to appear before you today.
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.
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
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Immigrant teens ambush Boehner at diner  —  A pair of immigrant teenagers confronted Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) at a Capitol Hill diner on Wednesday morning, telling him their parents were in danger of deportation because of the House's inaction on immigration reform.
 
 
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A ‘Duck Dynasty’ endorsement in Louisiana
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Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Dems pummel administration on Iran
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Pope Francis corruption fury: Tie them to a rock and throw them in the sea
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