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4:45 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Everything you need to know about the plans to ‘fix’ Obamacare  —  Democrats are engaged in a tricky game right now: They want to do something to respond to public outrage over the flawed implementation and broken promises of Obamacare.  But they don't want to do something that further breaks Obamacare.
Discussion: Washington Post
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.”
Washington Post:
Obama announces change to address health insurance cancellations  —  President Obama announced Thursday an administrative change in one of the bedrock ideas of the new health-care law, allowing people with individual insurance policies to keep them for another year even if they do not comply with the law's rules for minimum benefits.
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.
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
Republican Party Weighs a 2016 Shakeup With ‘Midwestern Primary’
Discussion: BuzzFeed and The Reaction
USA Today:
Obamacare credibility going up in smoke: Our view
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.
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Cruz talks about ‘vindication’ with rocky Obamacare rollout
Jonathan Strong / National Review:
Boehner: Upton Bill a Step On Path to Obamacare Repeal
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
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Boehner Calls ENDA ‘Unnecessary’
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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
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 …
Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:
Car Mechanic Dreams Up a Tool to Ease Births  —  The idea came to Jorge Odón as he slept.  Somehow, he said, his unconscious made the leap from a YouTube video he had just seen on extracting a lost cork from a wine bottle to the realization that the same parlor trick could save a baby stuck in the birth canal.
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
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Brendan O'Brien / Reuters:
Wisconsin Lawmakers Moving To Make Recalls Tougher
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Congressman Interrupts Climate Hearing To Ask Whether EPA Chief Enrolled In Obamacare
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Gina Barton / JSOnline:
Parents were frantic during Children's Hospital lockdown
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Howard Dean: I Wonder If Obama Has the ‘Legal Authority to Do This’
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
Police tried to spy on Cambridge students, secret footage shows
Discussion: Samizdata
Bryan Koenig / CNN:
McCain calls Kerry ‘a human wrecking ball’ on Iran negotiations
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 Earlier Items: 
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
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
North Carolina Man Reportedly Fires Gun During Second Amendment Discussion
Discussion: WXII-TV
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Voters May Cancel Democratic Coverage in 2014