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11:20 AM ET, November 15, 2013

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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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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 …
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.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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.
David Martosko / Daily Mail:
Revealed: Obamacare plans will cost MORE ‘in many cases’ even with government subsidies, officials admit for the first time  —  The Obama administration has directly conceded for the first time that ‘in many cases,’ health insurance plans offered through government exchanges are more expensive …
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 …
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 …
Yuval Levin / National Review:
The President Is Losing His Plan
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Insurers are furious about the White House's new Obamacare plan
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Health vote puts Dems in pickle
Discussion: Washington Post and Roll Call
Kelly Kennedy / USA Today:
Medicaid enrollment is health law's bright spot
Discussion: First Read
David Espo / ABC News:
House GOP Getting Its Say on Cancellations
Discussion: Politico
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Liberals to President Obama: Keep it together
Leigh Ann Caldwell / CNN:
Obama digging out of a deep hole
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
KOMO News:
State rebuts Obama plan to allow old health insurance policies
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.
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
Todd S. Purdum / Politico:
The Obamacare fumble  —  It's the cardinal rule of marketing …
Discussion: USA Today, Washington Post and The Dish
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” …
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
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Oprah: Old Racists ‘Just Have To Die’ To Further Racial Progress  —  Oprah did not hold back when talking about race in an interview with the BBC on Friday.  —  She was in the UK to promote “The Butler,” and forthrightly told interviewer Will Gompertz that there needed to be some demographic pruning to stamp out racism more fully.
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Three Keys to the Obamacare Tweaks Announced Thursday  —  President Obama on Thursday announced a new administration initiative designed to help that small portion of Americans whose insurers are cancelling existing policies.  —  It's not clear how much impact it will actually have …
 
 
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Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Obama's political malpractice
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ABC News:
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Companies Use Obamacare Confusion To Sell ‘Junk Insurance’
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