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5:15 PM 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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
ABC News:
39 Dems Defect as House OKs ‘Keep Your Health Plan’ Bill … Thirty-nine House Democrats joined 222 Republicans to pass the “Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013,” a bill to allow Americans to keep certain health care plans banned because of Obamacare.  —  The 261-to-157 vote was the largest sign …
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
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 …
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 …
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 …
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The President's ObamaCare Backpedal
Discussion: Politico, Scared Monkeys and BuzzFeed
Todd S. Purdum / Politico:
The Obamacare fumble  —  It's the cardinal rule of marketing …
Discussion: USA Today and First Read
David Martosko / Daily Mail:
Revealed: Obamacare plans will cost MORE ‘in many cases’ …
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Obama's political malpractice
Discussion: American Thinker and Instapundit
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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Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
The backlash to the Obamacare fix has already started
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Regulators ‘unclear’ on O-Care fix plan
BuzzFeed:
Speaker John Boehner Hosts Supporters Of Russia's Anti-Gay Law In House Office Building, Organizers Say  —  “At least in the House of Representatives, people have not succumbed to the great fear” of LGBT activists, said World Congress of Families president Allan Carlson.  —  Flickr: 22007612@N05
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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” …
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Salma Abdelaziz / CNN:
Al-Qaeda-linked rebels mistakenly behead fellow fighter, rebel group says
Discussion: National Review
Matt Zencey / PennLive.com:
Retraction for our 1863 editorial calling Gettysburg Address ‘silly remarks’: Editorial  —  Patriot-News Editorial Board By Patriot-News Editorial Board  —  Seven score and ten years ago, the forefathers of this media institution brought forth to its audience a judgment so flawed …
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Donald Gilliland / Marching toward Gettysburg:
Living on the wrong side of history?  The Harrisburg Patriot & Union's notorious ‘review’ of the Gettysburg Address
Discussion: Poynter
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.
Discussion: Washington Post and How Appealing
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
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Michele Bachmann: I lost my insurance  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann says she is one of the people who lost their health insurance because of Obamacare and she won't go shopping on a health exchange until it's fixed.  —  “Are you kidding?  I'm not going to waste an hour on that thing,” …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
 
 
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Mark Steyn / National Review:
Thus Spake Obama
Washington Post:
China relaxes one-child policy; abolishes prison labor camps
Bloomberg:
Forbes Media Is Working With Bankers to Sell Company
Rahm Emanuel / Politico:
The 3 Enduring Lessons of the Shutdown Fiasco
TMZ.com:
Alec Baldwin — Chases Down Photog — ‘C**ksucking F*g!’
 Earlier Items: 
HT Politics:
Sen. Nelson considering bid for governor?
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
David Morgan / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. official in July feared HealthCare.gov ‘crash’
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
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Three Keys to the Obamacare Tweaks Announced Thursday