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12:25 PM ET, November 14, 2013

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
The GOP starts to offer Americans a better alternative.  —  The Affordable Care Act appears to be misfiring in every imaginable way, and Democrats are having second thoughts about serving as human shields for White House ineptitude.  If they really want to make amends, they'll join Republicans …
Discussion: National Review
Erick Erickson / RedState:
It's a Trap!  —  Republicans are walking into a trap and they don't even realize it.
Jonathan Strong / National Review:
Boehner: Upton Bill a Step On Path to Obamacare Repeal
Discussion: Wonkblog, PoliticusUSA and Daily Kos
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
How Obamacare Accomplishes The Unthinkable
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:   Darrell Issa's Obamacare kangaroo court
James C. Capretta / Weekly Standard:
The Upton Bill Is No Small Matter
The Hill:
Vulnerable Dems scramble to keep distance from ObamaCare
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Obamacare is in much more trouble than it was one week ago
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Ring of House Republicans to call for impeachment of Holder  —  Washington (CNN) - A group of 11 House Republicans will introduce a resolution Thursday calling for the impeachment of Eric Holder, saying the Attorney General has lost credibility and trust over a string of issues in recent years.
Discussion: Politico and Outside the Beltway
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John Bresnahan / Politico:   House Republicans to call for Eric Holder impeachment
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.
Discussion: National Review
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 …
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
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 …
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
Journalism.org:
News Use across Social Media Platforms  —  How do different social networking websites stack up when it comes to news?  How many people engage with news across multiple social sites?  And what are their news consumption habits on traditional platforms?  As part of an ongoing examination …
Marisa Taylor / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Americans' personal data shared with CIA, IRS, others in security probe  —  McClatchy Washington BureauNovember 14, 2013 Updated 48 minutes ago  —  Facebook Twitter Google Plus Reddit E-mail Print  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. agencies collected and shared the personal information of thousands …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Republican Senators Slam Administration's Briefing On Iran  —  “I was very disappointed,” Sen. Bob Corker said.  Sen Mark Kirk. said today is the day he witnessed “the future of nuclear war in the Middle East.”  —  Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Sen. Joe Manchin as they arrive …
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New York Times:
Kerry and Biden Ask for Room to Reach a Nuclear Deal With Iran
 
 
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Woman With Cancer Dropped from Insurance Due to Obamacare
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
North Carolina Man Reportedly Fires Gun During Second Amendment Discussion
Discussion: WXII-TV and Liberaland
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Ambitious Sean Eldridge Polishes His Message
Emily Cahn / Roll Call:
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Discussion: Mediaite, First Read, CNN and Politico
Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Republicans regain ground on Congressional ballot
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Hot Air
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
IBM to Announce More Powerful Watson via the Internet
Discussion: Mashable
Kyle Trygstad / Roll Call:
Ex-S.D. Senator: Comeback Bid Based on ‘Idealistic Concept’
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Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
The Necessary Contradictions Of A Conservative
Robert W. Merry / The National Interest:
The Democrats' Worst Nightmare
Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
Why We Lied to Obama
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Socialist candidate leading in Seattle City Council race
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Testimony  —  Vice Chair Janet L. Yellen  —  Confirmation hearing
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Why President Obama's sinking job approval numbers matter. A lot.
James Hohmann / Politico:
Commissioned poll: Mike Enzi up 53 on Liz Cheney
Discussion: CNN and Outside the Beltway
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Ted Cruz: When You Attack Me, You're Attacking the ‘American People’
Discussion: The Raw Story and Dr. Gina Show