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10:05 PM ET, November 15, 2013


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New York Times:
House Approves Bill That Allows Policy Renewals  —  WASHINGTON — Defying a veto threat from President Obama, the House approved legislation on Friday that would allow insurance companies to renew individual health insurance policies and sell similar ones to new customers next year …
Jonathan H. Adler / The Volokh Conspiracy:
The Legality of the Latest ObamaCare Fix  —  Yesterday, the President announced a purported fix to the problem that, under the PPACA, insurance companies are not allowed to renew policies that fail to comply with PPACA requirements, even if consumers like their existing plans.  This was not an accident.
Ronald Brownstein /
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 …
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
W.H.: Obama doesn't accept Upton bill  —  The White House reiterated its veto threat of a just-passed House bill to allow insurance companies to continue selling insurance plans that don't meet the minimum requirements of the Affordable Care Act.  —  The House passed the legislation introduced …
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.
ABC News:
39 Dems Defect as House OKs ‘Keep Your Health Plan’ Bill
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House approves ‘Keep Your Plan’ ObamaCare bill; 39 Dems defect
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
First Read / NBCNews:
First Thoughts: Rock bottom for Obama?
Discussion: Washington Post, The BLT and The Hill
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Memo to Democratic Chicken Littles: The Sky Is Not Falling
Washington Post:
House approves plan to let some keep their health plans
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
Obama-contra  —  Of all the analogies being drawn between …
Discussion: Hot Air, Washington Post and The Dish
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
The NYT acknowledges Obama's in trouble by reminding us that Bush was really, really bad.  Remember?!!
The United States Department of Justice:
The Riddler And The Penguin Charged With Conspiracy And Kidnapping; Duo Faces Long Prison Terms Thanks To Batkid  —  SAN FRANCISCO/GOTHAM - Edward “E.”  Nigma, aka, “The Riddler,” and Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot, aka, “The Penguin” were formally arrested today and charged with multiple counts …
Vivian Ho / San Francisco Chronicle:
Thousands of volunteers to welcome Batkid to S.F.  —  Miles, 5, recipient of The Make a Wish Foundations latest wish, smiles at the Grand Hyatt on Wednesday Nov. 1, 2013 in San Francisco, Calif. Photo: Mike Kepka, The Chronicle  —  Five-year-old Miles already has experience fighting villains …
Discussion: Gawker, PopWatch and Shakesville
Carol Kuruvilla / NY Daily News:
San Francisco turns into Gotham City for Batkid  —  Miles is a 5-year-old with leukemia who has always wanted to be Batkid.  Thousands of volunteers crowded into San Francisco's streets to help the Make-A-Wish foundation make the child's dream come true.  —  Fighting crime before dinnertime …
Obama congratulates Batkid on Vine
Discussion: CNN
David Lat / Above the Law:
Justice Clarence Thomas Speaks — And Oh What A Speech!  —  Over the past few years, some amazing speakers have appeared at the Thursday evening dinner of the Federalist Society's National Lawyers Convention.  Last year, Justice Samuel A. Alito offered a very funny look back at his time at Yale Law School.
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
The Difference Between Katrina and  —  Since the comparison is in the air, it's worth noting the big difference between Hurricane Katrina and the botched Obamacare rollout.  So here it is: 1,833 people died during Hurricane Katrina.  —  Obviously, George W. Bush …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
An Obamacare “Loser” Speaks Out ... About Not Being an Entitled Douche  —  Now we hear from ACA “loser” TPM Reader BW ...
Discussion: Liberal Values and Liberaland
Alec Baldwin /
A statement from Alec Baldwin  —  I would like to address the comments I made this past week.  —  I did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have - and for that I am deeply sorry.  Words are important.  I understand that, and will choose mine with great care going forward.
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Justice is reviewing criminal cases that used surveillance evidence gathered under FISA  —  The Justice Department is conducting a comprehensive review of all criminal cases in which the government has used evidence gathered through its warrantless surveillance program and will be notifying defendants …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Senate intelligence panel sharply split on surveillance reforms  —  The Senate Intelligence Committee split sharply on proposals to rein in National Security Agency surveillance programs last month, rejecting several potentially significant reforms by a single vote, according to a formal committee report published this week.
Discussion: Techdirt
Dave McKinney / Chicago Sun Times:
Springfield Catholic bishop plans same-sex marriage ‘exorcism,’ blasts Illinois pols for ‘twisting the words of the pope’  —  SPRINGFIELD-The head of Springfield's Roman Catholic diocese said Thursday he will preside over a prayer service of “supplication and exorcism” next Wednesday to counteract …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Raw Story
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices to Revisit Securities Fraud Suits
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters:
Despicable: MSNBC's Bashir Wishes Sarah Palin Would Be Defecated, Urinated On
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Betsy Woodruff / National Review:
Democrat Rep: Insurance Cancellation Letters Should Have Just Said Things Are Getting Better
Natasha Vargas-Cooper / BuzzFeed:
David Miranda Is Nobody's Errand Boy
Alan Gomez / USA Today:
Feds to halt deportations of military relatives
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Why the best conspiracy theories about JFK's assassination don't stand up to scrutiny.
Discussion: Guardian
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Rubio presses to repeal Obamacare provision allowing insurance industry ‘bailout’
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Thus Spake Obama
Washington Post:
China relaxes one-child policy; abolishes prison labor camps
Forbes Media Is Working With Bankers to Sell Company
Rahm Emanuel / Politico:
The 3 Enduring Lessons of the Shutdown Fiasco
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Michele Bachmann: I lost my insurance
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Pat Buchanan /
Papal Neutrality in the Culture War?
Alec Baldwin — Chases Down Photog — ‘C**ksucking F*g!’