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5:25 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.
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 …
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 …
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
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House approves ‘Keep Your Plan’ ObamaCare bill; 39 Dems defect  —  The House passed legislation on Friday that allows insurance companies to offer health plans that were cancelled for not meeting new requirements under ObamaCare.  —  Thirty-nine Democrats broke with their party's leaders …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
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 …
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
Obamacare Is Whatever Obama Says It Is
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The President's ObamaCare Backpedal
Discussion: Politico, Scared Monkeys and BuzzFeed
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’ …
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
The backlash to the Obamacare fix has already started
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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
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” …
Salma Abdelaziz / CNN:
Al-Qaeda-linked rebels mistakenly behead fellow fighter, rebel group says
Discussion: National Review
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
Matt Zencey /
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 …
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
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.
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Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
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New York Times:
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