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3:45 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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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 …
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.
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  —  The White House announced an “administrative fix” on Thursday that will allow insurers to continue offering their 2013 individual health care plans in 2014 without complying with the Affordable Care Act's minimum benefit standards.
Peter Suderman / Hit & Run:
Obama Admits That Obamacare is Unworkable  —  This president's announcement today that the White House will allow health insurance companies to continue selling plans that do not meet the Affordable Care Act's minimum criteria—millions of which have already been subject to cancellation notices …
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.
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Ring of House Republicans to call for impeachment of Holder
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Cruz talks about ‘vindication’ with rocky Obamacare rollout
Discussion: The Hill and Talking Points Memo
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.
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Everything you need to know about the plans to ‘fix’ Obamacare
Discussion: Washington Post
Jonathan Strong / National Review:
Boehner: Upton Bill a Step On Path to Obamacare Repeal
Yahoo! News:   Obama announces ‘keep your plan’ Obamacare fix
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: BuzzFeed and The Reaction
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:   Voters May Cancel Democratic Coverage in 2014
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite
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Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Boehner Calls ENDA ‘Unnecessary’
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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 …
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
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.”
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
Gina Barton / JSOnline:
Police shoot, arrest suspect near neonatal ICU at Children's Hospital  —  By Gina Barton of the Journal Sentinel  —  Police shot and arrested a wanted felon who threatened officers with a gun near the neonatal intensive care unit at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin shortly after noon Thursday, authorities said.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Howard Dean: I Wonder If Obama Has the ‘Legal Authority to Do This’  —  Former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean questioned whether President Obama has the “legal authority” to carry out the Obamacare fix the White House outlined today:  —  “I wonder if he has the legal authority to do this …
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
 
 
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Guardian:
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National Post:
Rob Ford launches legal action over prostitution and crack claims in profane media scrum
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Woman With Cancer Dropped from Insurance Due to Obamacare
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