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10:40 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
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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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
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 and Hit & Run
David Martosko / Daily Mail:
Revealed: Obamacare plans will cost MORE ‘in many cases’ …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Health vote puts Dems in pickle
Discussion: Washington Post and Roll Call
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Insurers are furious about the White House's new Obamacare plan
David Espo / ABC News:
House GOP Getting Its Say on Cancellations
Discussion: Politico
Kelly Kennedy / USA Today:
Medicaid enrollment is health law's bright spot
Discussion: First Read
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Liberals to President Obama: Keep it together
Discussion: The Week and Weasel Zippers
Brian Beutler / Salon:
The president strikes back: Insurance companies get their justified comeuppance
KOMO News:
State rebuts Obama plan to allow old health insurance policies
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 McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Insurance Industry Rips White House Obamacare Fix
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 management: Under-promise and over-deliver.  If the sign at “Pirates of the Caribbean” says the wait is 45 minutes, and your kids are floating along on the ride in half that time, Disneyland really is the Happiest Place on Earth.
Discussion: USA Today and The Dish
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
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” …
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.
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
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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Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Companies Use Obamacare Confusion To Sell ‘Junk Insurance’
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Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
NSA chief says Snowden leaked up to 200,000 secret documents
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Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Obama on the Ropes  —  When in trouble, presidents have ways …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
A need for compromise on immigration
Discussion: National Review
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How Silicon Valley turned on President Obama
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Clinton: Helping women succeed is the ‘great unfinished business of the 21st century’
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ThinkProgress:
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