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8:55 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.
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:
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.
The Hill:
Vulnerable Dems scramble to keep distance from ObamaCare  —  Vulnerable Democrats are scrambling to find ways to stand apart from the White House on ObamaCare as the rollout of the high-profile law continues to struggle — and threatens their reelections.  —  A number of red state Democrats …
Discussion: Politico and Right Wing News
Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
House Democrats Have Lost Their Patience With The White House Over Obamacare  —  Frustrated by the problems with Obamacare, Democrats are fed up with how the administration has handled things.  “He doesn't have to run again,” Rep. Jim Moran said of the president.  —  Rep. Jim Moran  —  Via
New York Times:
With Enrollment Slow, Some Democrats Back Change in Health Law
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:   Darrell Issa's Obamacare kangaroo court
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
How Obamacare Accomplishes The Unthinkable
Henry C. Jackson / Associated Press:
House Votes to Increase Asbestos Claim Disclosures
Discussion: Reuters
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 …
John Bresnahan / Politico:   GOP seeks Holder impeachment
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 …
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.
Heather Saul / The Independent:
Pope Francis corruption fury: Tie them to a rock and throw them in the sea  —  Impassioned sermon condemned corruption from those who donated to the church but stole from the state  —  Pope Francis delivered an impassioned sermon yesterday, during which he quoted a passage from the bible …
Discussion: Guardian
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid calls special ObamaCare meeting  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday will convene a special meeting of the Senate Democratic caucus and senior White Officials to discuss the troubled rollout of ObamaCare.  —  Reid on Wednesday told reporters he would not answer questions …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
A ‘Duck Dynasty’ endorsement in Louisiana  —  Louisiana Republican Vance McAllister is hoping “Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson can pull him over the finish line in Saturday's special congressional election.  —  Robertson is coming out in support of the candidate in a TV ad, telling voters to …
Discussion: Roll Call and CNN
Conor Finnegan / CNN:
Mr. Burgundy goes to Washington  —  Washington (CNN) - News team, assemble!  —  Ron Burgundy and the rest of the Channel 4 Evening News gang descend on Washington on Thursday when a new interactive exhibit opens at the Newseum.  —  Follow @politicalticker
Discussion: Politico
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.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Why President Obama's sinking job approval numbers matter. A lot.
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James Hohmann / Politico:
Commissioned poll: Mike Enzi up 53 on Liz Cheney
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Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Bush to sit down with Jay Leno
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Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Dems pummel administration on Iran
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and Hot Air
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Priebus: Obamacare Enrollment Numbers Show Law Was Built On A Lie
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Elizabeth Warren calls for filibuster changes
Discussion: Mediaite, The Hill and Booman Tribune
ABC News:
Obamacare Website Targeted About 16 Times by Cyber Attacks
Discussion: Politico and National Review
Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
Tea Party Group Will Primary 87 Republican “Traitors”