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6:55 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Shakesville
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 …
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.
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:
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.
USA Today:
Obamacare credibility going up in smoke: Our view
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Cruz talks about ‘vindication’ with rocky Obamacare rollout
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
How The White House Wants To ‘Fix’ Obamacare
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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
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.
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
Republican Party Weighs a 2016 Shakeup With ‘Midwestern Primary’
Discussion: The Reaction and BuzzFeed
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.
Ktvtphil / CBS Dallas:
Evacuations In Milford After Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: Firedoglake and Liberaland
Lee Fang / The Nation:
Anti-UAW Consultant: Defeat ‘Invading Union Force’ at VW Plant Like Our Confederate Ancestors  —  Yesterday, In These Times's Mike Elk got his hands on a private document showing how DC-based political groups have moved to block the United Automobile Workers organizing effort at the Volkswagon plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Eileen Sullivan / Associated Press:
FBI: OK for Congress to Talk to Benghazi Survivors
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Gail Shister / TVNewser:
Dan Rather: CBS ‘Trying To Airbrush Me Out Of Their History’
Discussion: National Review and Liberaland
Brendan O'Brien / Reuters:
Wisconsin Lawmakers Moving To Make Recalls Tougher
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and GovBeat
Emily Atkin / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Interrupts Climate Hearing To Ask Whether EPA Chief Enrolled In Obamacare
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
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Discussion: Mediaite
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Discussion: Samizdata
Bryan Koenig / CNN:
McCain calls Kerry ‘a human wrecking ball’ on Iran negotiations
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New York Times:
Don't Give More Patients Statins
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
National Post:
Rob Ford launches legal action over prostitution and crack claims in profane media scrum
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Discussion: FP Passport, Politico and Gawker
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