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2:45 PM ET, November 14, 2013

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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 …
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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
CNN:
First on CNN: Obama to push fix for insurance cancellations  —  Sources close to the insurance industry tell CNN's Gloria Borger that it looks like insurance companies will cooperate with President Barack Obama's proposed solution to the problem of health care plan cancellations due to Obamacare.
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: NewsBusters
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
Republican Party Weighs a 2016 Shakeup With ‘Midwestern Primary’  —  Fearing a Hillary Clinton glide to the nomination in 2016 while unpopular GOP contenders battle it out, Republicans are plotting a ‘Midwestern Super Tuesday’ and earlier convention.  —  The national Republican Party …
Discussion: BuzzFeed
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 …
Nick Gillespie / TIME:
Ads Hide Obamacare Truth: It's Generational Theft
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:   Voters May Cancel Democratic Coverage in 2014
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
How The White House Wants To ‘Fix’ Obamacare
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Wall Street Journal:
The GOP starts to offer Americans a better alternative.
Yahoo! News:   Obama announces ‘keep your plan’ Obamacare fix
Stuart Rothenberg / Rothenblog:
A Critical Few Weeks for Democrats? It Could Get Worse
Discussion: The Reaction
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
CNN:
Palin apologizes for not being ‘clearer’ in comments about Pope  —  (CNN) - Sarah Palin attempted to clarify comments she made about the Pope in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, saying on Facebook Thursday that she was not trying to be critical of Pope Francis when she said some of his statements sound “kind of liberal.”
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 …
New York Times:
Don't Give More Patients Statins  —  ON Tuesday, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology issued new cholesterol guidelines that essentially declared, in one fell swoop, that millions of healthy Americans should immediately start taking pills — namely statins — for undefined health “benefits.”
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Bryan Koenig / CNN:
McCain calls Kerry ‘a human wrecking ball’ on Iran negotiations  —  Washington (CNN) - Senator John McCain said Thursday he is “very disappointed” with the Obama Administration - and especially Secretary of State John Kerry - on the issue of nuclear negotiations with Iran.
Discussion: Politico
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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
 
 
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ThinkProgress:
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National Post:
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Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Boehner Calls ENDA ‘Unnecessary’
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Joe. My. God.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Woman With Cancer Dropped from Insurance Due to Obamacare
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
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