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10:20 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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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.
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
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
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.
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 …
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:
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
Discussion: Politico
Jon Passantino / BuzzFeed:
Obama Vows To Veto “Keep Your Health Plan” Bill
Todd S. Purdum / Politico:
The Obamacare fumble  —  It's the cardinal rule of marketing …
Discussion: USA Today and The Dish
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Liberals to President Obama: Keep it together
Discussion: The Week and Weasel Zippers
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
New York Times:
Obama Moves to Avert Cancellation of Insurance
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 …
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Kelly Kennedy / USA Today:
Medicaid enrollment is health law's bright spot
Discussion: First Read
KOMO News:
State rebuts Obama plan to allow old health insurance policies
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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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 …
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
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.
 
 
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Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Companies Use Obamacare Confusion To Sell ‘Junk Insurance’
Discussion: Liberaland
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
NSA chief says Snowden leaked up to 200,000 secret documents
Discussion: TechCrunch and Business Insider
George F. Will / Washington Post:
A need for compromise on immigration
Discussion: National Review
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Three Keys to the Obamacare Tweaks Announced Thursday
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Wonkblog
Dana Liebelson / The Week:
How Silicon Valley turned on President Obama
Discussion: Hit & Run and Instapundit
CNN:
Clinton: Helping women succeed is the ‘great unfinished business of the 21st century’
Discussion: Politico
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Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
Assembly approves changes to voting hours, ID law
Boston Globe:
Whitey Bulger, Boston gangster found responsible for 11 murders, gets life in prison
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