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1:55 AM ET, November 15, 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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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 …
New York Times:
Obama Moves to Avert Cancellation of Insurance  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama, trying to quell a growing furor over the rollout of his health care law, bowed to bipartisan pressure on Thursday and announced a policy reversal that would allow insurance companies to temporarily keep people …
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Liberals to President Obama: Keep it together  —  President Barack Obama never had the right wing on health care, has potentially lost the middle and with his attempted administrative fix is now in danger of losing the left.  —  Daily Kos launched a petition to urge Obama to stop apologizing for people losing their health care plans.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House threatens veto of Upton bill  —  The White House issued a formal veto threat Thursday night of a bill offered by House Republicans that would allow insurance companies to continue offering health plans that existed before the beginning of the new year.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin, The Week and CNN
Brian Beutler / Salon:
The president strikes back: Insurance companies get their justified comeuppance
Jon Passantino / BuzzFeed:
Obama Vows To Veto “Keep Your Health Plan” Bill
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:   The Obama-disaster news conference
ThinkProgress:
Everything You Need To Know About Obama's ‘Fix’ For Insurers Canceling Plans
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Shakesville
Washington Post:
Obama announces change to address health insurance cancellations
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.
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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: Mediaite
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 …
Richard Spencer / Telegraph:
Al-Qaeda-linked rebels apologise after cutting off head of wrong person  —  Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham militants say sorry for decapitating a fellow extremist rather than enemy  —  Militant Islamist rebels in Syria linked to al-Qaeda have asked for “understanding and forgiveness” …
ThinkProgress:
Massive Natural Gas Pipeline Explodes In Texas Town, Causing Evacuation Of 800 Residents  —  A massive explosion of a 10-inch Chevron natural gas pipeline near a drilling rig in Milford, Texas, led the company to ask law enforcement to evacuate the entire town on Thursday.
CNN:
Clinton: Helping women succeed is the ‘great unfinished business of the 21st century’  —  (CNN) - The latest in a series of high-profile honors and speeches, Hillary Clinton said America must set an example on the global stage with women at the forefront of conflict negotiations and in leadership roles.
Discussion: Politico
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
Assembly approves changes to voting hours, ID law  —  By Patrick Marley and Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — In a late-night session Thursday, Republicans in the state Assembly approved measures to reinstate Wisconsin's voter ID law, tighten early voting hours and limit the ability to recall some elected officials.
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.
Discussion: Liberaland and The Huffington Post
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 …
Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
Judge refuses to block Hawaii's same-sex marriage law  —  Circuit Court Judge Karl Sakamoto ruled today against same-sex marriage opponents and refused to issue a temporary restraining order to prevent the state from granting marriage licenses to gay couples starting on Dec. 2.
 
 
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Boston Globe:
Whitey Bulger, Boston gangster found responsible for 11 murders, gets life in prison
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Sean Hannity to President Obama: ‘This is not a fix’
Discussion: Mediaite and PostPartisan
Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
The Worst Days Of Obama's Presidency
Discussion: The Fix
Lee Fang / The Nation:
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Discussion: Hullabaloo
Eileen Sullivan / Associated Press:
FBI: OK for Congress to Talk to Benghazi Survivors
Gail Shister / TVNewser:
Dan Rather: CBS ‘Trying To Airbrush Me Out Of Their History’
Discussion: Liberaland and National Review
Emily Atkin / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Interrupts Climate Hearing To Ask Whether EPA Chief Enrolled In Obamacare
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Discussion: The Moderate Voice
CNN:
Palin apologizes for not being ‘clearer’ in comments about Pope
Discussion: FP Passport, Politico and Gawker