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3:15 PM ET, November 15, 2013

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Jonathan H. Adler / The Volokh Conspiracy:
The Legality of the Latest ObamaCare Fix  —  Yesterday, the President announced a purported fix to the problem that, under the PPACA, insurance companies are not allowed to renew policies that fail to comply with PPACA requirements, even if consumers like their existing plans.  This was not an accident.
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Yuval Levin / National Review:
The President Is Losing His Plan  —  The most important thing about the policy move announced by President Obama on Thursday is not its practical significance—which is frankly very hard to predict—but rather what it tells us about the mindset of the president and his top lieutenants.
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
Obamacare Is Whatever Obama Says It Is  —  Well, it's been a pretty busy couple of days for Obamacare.  —  First we got the enrollment numbers, except for the one we'd like to know, which is how many people have actually gone through the process of enrolling in a plan.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Why liberals are panicked about Obamacare  —  “Even if it takes a change to the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got.”  — Bill Clinton, Nov. 12  —  So the former president asserts …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
To pass health plan, Obama and Dems kept mum about its downsides  —  BARACK OBAMA OBAMACARE HARRY REID NANCY PELOSI  —  The journalist Jonathan Cohn, an ardent supporter of Obamacare, recently wrote in The New Republic that problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act should be …
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The President's ObamaCare Backpedal  —  His proposal to allow people to keep their health plans will not provide a political escape hatch for beleaguered congressional Democrats.  —  Succumbing to the growing panic over his health law, the president on Thursday moved to throw his party a political lifeline.
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Scared Monkeys and Politico
New York Times:
A Health Care Fix  —  President Obama has come up with a modest fix for a self-inflicted political wound: his repeated — and wrong — assertions that Americans would be able to keep their health insurance plans if they wanted to under the health care reform law.
Ross Douthat:
What Obamacare Needs Now ...  ... is not at all the same as what freaking-out Congressional Democrats think they need politically, and what the president tried to provide to them yesterday.  That's because all of the “if you like your plan, you keep your plan” ideas in the wind right now …
David Martosko / Daily Mail:
Revealed: Obamacare plans will cost MORE ‘in many cases’ …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House threatens veto of Upton bill
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
The backlash to the Obamacare fix has already started
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Regulators ‘unclear’ on O-Care fix plan
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Health vote puts Dems in pickle
Discussion: Washington Post and Roll Call
Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
Obamacare's Problems Could Haunt Democrats for Years  —  The party's strategists thought the program would show white voters that government programs can help them.  It's not going so well.  —  President Obama's health care law is now compounding a political problem it was meant to solve …
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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Health Law Rollout's Stumbles Draw Parallels to Bush's Hurricane Response  —  WASHINGTON — Barack Obama won the presidency by exploiting a political environment that devoured George W. Bush in a second term plagued by sinking credibility, failed legislative battles, fractured world relations and revolts inside his own party.
Todd S. Purdum / Politico:
The Obamacare fumble  —  It's the cardinal rule of marketing …
Discussion: USA Today and First Read
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” …
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Salma Abdelaziz / CNN:
Al-Qaeda-linked rebels mistakenly behead fellow fighter, rebel group says
Discussion: National Review
BuzzFeed:
Speaker John Boehner Hosts Supporters Of Russia's Anti-Gay Law In House Office Building, Organizers Say  —  “At least in the House of Representatives, people have not succumbed to the great fear” of LGBT activists, said World Congress of Families president Allan Carlson.  —  Flickr: 22007612@N05
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Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Insurance chiefs called to White House for meeting  —  Several insurance company CEOs have been called to a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House Friday afternoon, POLITICO has learned.  —  The meeting comes one day after the White House announced a plan to allow insurers …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and TheBlaze.com
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Donald Gilliland / Marching toward Gettysburg:
Living on the wrong side of history?  The Harrisburg Patriot & Union's notorious ‘review’ of the Gettysburg Address  —  “We pass over the silly remarks of the President.  For the credit of the nation we are willing that the veil of oblivion shall be dropped over them and that they shall be no more repeated or thought of.”
Discussion: Poynter
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New York Times:
C.I.A. Collects Global Data on Transfers of Money  —  WASHINGTON — The Central Intelligence Agency is secretly collecting bulk records of international money transfers handled by companies like Western Union — including transactions into and out of the United States …
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Evan Perez / CNN:
Source: CIA using Patriot Act to collect money transfer data
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Companies Use Obamacare Confusion To Sell ‘Junk Insurance’  —  Georgene Mortimer, who runs a winery and lives in Hilton Head, S.C., was recently having trouble accessing the online health insurance exchange.  So she decided to check in with the local insurance agent who in 2010 had sold …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Liberaland
 
 
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Michele Bachmann: I lost my insurance
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Pat Buchanan / Townhall.com:
Papal Neutrality in the Culture War?
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TMZ.com:
Alec Baldwin — Chases Down Photog — ‘C**ksucking F*g!’
HT Politics:
Sen. Nelson considering bid for governor?
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
David Morgan / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. official in July feared HealthCare.gov ‘crash’
Chris Buckley / New York Times:
China Plans to Ease 1-Child Policy and End Labor Camps
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Althouse
 Earlier Items: 
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Obama's political malpractice
Discussion: American Thinker and Instapundit
ABC News:
GOP Rival Romney: Obama Dishonest on Health Care
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Obama on the Ropes  —  When in trouble, presidents have ways …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Three Keys to the Obamacare Tweaks Announced Thursday
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
Assembly approves changes to voting hours, ID law
Discussion: GovBeat and The Reaction