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8:55 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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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:
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:
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
A Contrite Obama Unveils a Health Fix  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama bowed to mounting political pressure from across the country and on Capitol Hill on Thursday, announcing new rules that will let insurance companies keep people on health care plans that would not have been allowed under the Affordable Care Act.
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.
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 …
ThinkProgress:
Everything You Need To Know About Obama's ‘Fix’ For Insurers Canceling Plans
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Shakesville
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Liberals to President Obama: Keep it together
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
USA Today:
Obamacare credibility going up in smoke: Our view
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.
Discussion: Mediaite
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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:
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 …
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 …
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: Hit & Run, Liberaland and Firedoglake
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.
Gina Barton / JSOnline:
Parents were frantic during Children's Hospital lockdown  —  Police shoot, arrest man with gun on building's seventh floor  —  By Gina Barton and Crocker Stephenson of the Journal Sentinel  —  The frantic mother of a newborn baby struggled to get to the seventh floor of Children's Hospital …
 
 
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Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
The Worst Days Of Obama's Presidency
Discussion: The Fix
Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
Judge refuses to block Hawaii's same-sex marriage law
Lee Fang / The Nation:
Anti-UAW Consultant: Defeat ‘Invading Union Force’ at VW Plant Like Our Confederate Ancestors
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Eileen Sullivan / Associated Press:
FBI: OK for Congress to Talk to Benghazi Survivors
Discussion: CNN
Gail Shister / TVNewser:
Dan Rather: CBS ‘Trying To Airbrush Me Out Of Their History’
Discussion: Liberaland and National Review
Brendan O'Brien / Reuters:
Wisconsin Lawmakers Moving To Make Recalls Tougher
Discussion: GovBeat and Talking Points Memo
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Emily Atkin / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Interrupts Climate Hearing To Ask Whether EPA Chief Enrolled In Obamacare
Discussion: The Raw Story
Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:
Car Mechanic Dreams Up a Tool to Ease Births
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
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
North Carolina Man Reportedly Fires Gun During Second Amendment Discussion
Discussion: WXII-TV