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3:19 AM ET, November 16, 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 …
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?
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
Obama-contra  —  Of all the analogies being drawn between …
Discussion: Hot Air, Politico, Right Turn and The Dish
Jonathan H. Adler / The Volokh Conspiracy:
The Legality of the Latest ObamaCare Fix
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
Obama congratulates Batkid on Vine
Discussion: CNN
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.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
MSNBC Suspends Alec Baldwin's Show For Two Weeks  —  Alec Baldwin's “Up Late” program will not air tonight or next Friday on MSNBC in the wake of comments the actor made while dealing with reporters seeking to question him about a salacious court case in which he is involved.
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.
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 …
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: Liberaland
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Why the best conspiracy theories about JFK's assassination don't stand up to scrutiny.  —  Fifty years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, 59 percent of Americans still believe it was the work of a conspiracy.  I was once among them.  Back in the early 1970s …
Discussion: Guardian
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters:
Despicable: MSNBC's Bashir Wishes Sarah Palin Would Be Defecated, Urinated On  —  MSNBC's Martin Bashir on Friday closed his show with likely the most disgraceful rant against former Alaska governor Sarah Palin you've ever heard.  —  Besides calling her “America's resident dunce” …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
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
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
“He Took the Time to Chat”: Ken Starr's Plea for a Child Molester  —  What's Ken Starr up to these days?  According to Virginia court documents, the famously pious former Clinton prosecutor recently pleaded with a Fairfax County judge to let a confessed child molester go free.  Because he's a family friend.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Serving Life for This?  —  So you're a judge, and Sharanda P …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Senate intelligence panel sharply split on surveillance reforms
Discussion: Techdirt
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices to Revisit Securities Fraud Suits
Betsy Woodruff / National Review:
Democrat Rep: Insurance Cancellation Letters Should Have Just Said Things Are Getting Better
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and
Alan Gomez / USA Today:
Feds to halt deportations of military relatives
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Rubio presses to repeal Obamacare provision allowing insurance industry ‘bailout’
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Erica Martinson / Politico:
EPA seeks ethanol cut
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: Daily Kos and Crooks and Liars
Pat Buchanan /
Papal Neutrality in the Culture War?