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6:30 PM ET, November 15, 2013

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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.
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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 …
Yuval Levin / National Review:
The President Is Losing His Plan  —  The most important thing about the policy move announced by President Obama on Thursday is not its practical significance—which is frankly very hard to predict—but rather what it tells us about the mindset of the president and his top lieutenants.
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 …
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
ThinkProgress:
Republicans Reject Obamacare ‘Fix’ Because It Includes Too Many Consumer Protections
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
Obamacare Is Whatever Obama Says It Is
Washington Post:
House approves plan to let some keep their health plans
David Martosko / Daily Mail:
Revealed: Obamacare plans will cost MORE ‘in many cases’ …
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The President's ObamaCare Backpedal
Discussion: Politico, Scared Monkeys and BuzzFeed
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
The backlash to the Obamacare fix has already started
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.
New York Times:
House Passes Bill Letting People Keep Their Health Plans  —  WASHINGTON — Defying a veto threat from President Obama, the House on Friday approved legislation that would allow health insurance companies to renew individual insurance policies and sell similar policies to new customers next year …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Memo to Democratic Chicken Littles: The Sky Is Not Falling  —  Ah, now this is what politics is supposed to be like: Ruthless Republicans, gleeful at the prospect that they might increase the net total of human suffering.  Timorous Democrats, panicking at the first hint of political difficulty …
First Read / NBCNews:
First Thoughts: Rock bottom for Obama?
Discussion: Washington Post, The BLT and The Hill
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 …
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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 …
Vivian Ho / San Francisco Chronicle:
Thousands of volunteers to welcome Batkid to S.F.
Discussion: Gawker and Shakesville
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.
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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: Liberaland
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
The Difference Between Katrina and Healthcare.gov  —  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 …
Pat Buchanan / Townhall.com:
Papal Neutrality in the Culture War?  —  “Pope Francis doesn't want cultural warriors; he doesn't want ideologues,” said Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash.:  —  “The nuncio said the Holy Father wants bishops with pastoral sensitivity, shepherds who know the smell of the sheep.”
 
 
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Michele Bachmann: I lost my insurance
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David Morgan / Reuters:
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Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Obama's political malpractice
Discussion: American Thinker and Instapundit
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Companies Use Obamacare Confusion To Sell ‘Junk Insurance’
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Liberaland
New York Times:
C.I.A. Collects Global Data on Transfers of Money
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