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9:45 AM ET, November 15, 2013

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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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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Regulators ‘unclear’ on O-Care fix plan  —  President Obama's proposed fix for ObamaCare may not work in practice, according to state insurance regulators who would help implement the policy.  —  The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) suggested Thursday that the plan …
Discussion: 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.
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:
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 …
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
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 …
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: Politico
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Health vote puts Dems in pickle  —  The House will vote Friday on a GOP bill allowing insurance companies to continue offering consumers their existing, limited plans under President Obama's healthcare law.  —  Republican leaders hope the bill, which is expected to pass easily on a largely partisan vote …
Discussion: Washington Post and Roll Call
David Espo / ABC News:
House GOP Getting Its Say on Cancellations  —  First, President Barack Obama had his say on reversing millions of insurance cancellations issued under the health care program known by his name.  Now House Republicans are taking their turn.  —  Neither maneuver is likely to be the last …
Discussion: Politico
Jon Passantino / BuzzFeed:
Obama Vows To Veto “Keep Your Health Plan” Bill
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Liberals to President Obama: Keep it together
Discussion: The Week and Weasel Zippers
Kelly Kennedy / USA Today:
Medicaid enrollment is health law's bright spot
Discussion: First Read
Brian Beutler / Salon:
The president strikes back: Insurance companies get their justified comeuppance
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Insurance Industry Rips White House Obamacare Fix
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.
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Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Obama on the Ropes  —  When in trouble, presidents have ways to escape the hubbub, deflect attention from what's causing the problem, and wait for the whole thing to pass.  In 1974, as Watergate was engulfing his presidency, President Nixon traveled to Egypt.  A million people lined the roads to see him.
Todd S. Purdum / Politico:
The Obamacare fumble  —  It's the cardinal rule of marketing …
Discussion: USA Today and The Dish
Dan Friedman / NY Daily News:
Obama admits fumbled health care rollout is ‘on me,’ says his administration will have to earn back credibility
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and NBCNews
Evan Perez / CNN:
Source: CIA using Patriot Act to collect money transfer data  —  Washington (CNN) — The CIA is collecting bulk records on international money transfers, using the same Patriot Act legal authority that has become the center of controversy in U.S. surveillance programs, a source told CNN.
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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” …
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
 
 
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
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Dana Liebelson / The Week:
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CNN:
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Discussion: Politico
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Boston Globe:
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 Earlier Items: 
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Sean Hannity to President Obama: ‘This is not a fix’
Discussion: PostPartisan and Mediaite
Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
Judge refuses to block Hawaii's same-sex marriage law
Discussion: Advocate and ThinkProgress
ThinkProgress:
This Store Took Away Workers' Thanksgivings But Then Decided It Wasn't Worth It
Discussion: Liberaland
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Discussion: Hullabaloo