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9:30 AM ET, November 15, 2013

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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:
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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
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
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.
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: The Week and Weasel Zippers
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
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 …
Jon Passantino / BuzzFeed:
Obama Vows To Veto “Keep Your Health Plan” Bill
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
The White House's Obamacare fix is about to create a big mess
Brian Beutler / Salon:
The president strikes back: Insurance companies get their justified comeuppance
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Insurance Industry Rips White House Obamacare Fix
Nick Gillespie / TIME:
Ads Hide Obamacare Truth: It's Generational Theft
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.
Dan Friedman / NY Daily News:
Obama admits fumbled health care rollout is ‘on me,’ says his administration will have to earn back credibility  —  Under pressure from fellow Democrats to address insurance coverage cancellations, the President reversed a cornerstone of Obamacare, saying people should be able to keep their insurance policies.
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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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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 …
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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
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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George F. Will / Washington Post:
A need for compromise on immigration
Discussion: National Review
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
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Discussion: Wonkblog
Dana Liebelson / The Week:
How Silicon Valley turned on President Obama
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CNN:
Clinton: Helping women succeed is the ‘great unfinished business of the 21st century’
Discussion: Politico
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
Assembly approves changes to voting hours, ID law
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
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Lee Fang / The Nation:
Anti-UAW Consultant: Defeat ‘Invading Union Force’ at VW Plant Like Our Confederate Ancestors
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Eileen Sullivan / Associated Press:
FBI: OK for Congress to Talk to Benghazi Survivors
ThinkProgress:
House Speaker John Boehner: LGBT Employment Protections Are ‘Unnecessary’