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7:15 AM ET, November 15, 2013

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Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Insurers are furious about the White House's new Obamacare plan  —  Health insurance plans are not pulling any punches when it comes to their frustration with today's White House announcement.  This is a statement that Karen Ignagni, president of America's Health Insurance Plans, just put out:
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KOMO News:
State rebuts Obama plan to allow old health insurance policies  —  By KOMO Staff & Associated Press Published: Nov 14, 2013 at 12:06 PM PST Last Updated: Nov 14, 2013 at 1:19 PM PST  —  SEATTLE (AP) - Washington state's insurance commissioner says President Barack Obama's proposal …
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Liberals to President Obama: Keep it together  —  President Barack Obama never had the right wing on health care, has potentially lost the middle and with his attempted administrative fix is now in danger of losing the left.  —  Daily Kos launched a petition to urge Obama to stop apologizing for people losing their health care plans.
Discussion: The Week and Weasel Zippers
Dan Friedman / NY Daily News:
Obama admits fumbled health care rollout is ‘on me,’ says his administration will have to earn back credibility  —  Under pressure from fellow Democrats to address insurance coverage cancellations, the President reversed a cornerstone of Obamacare, saying people should be able to keep their insurance policies.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Insurance Industry Rips White House Obamacare Fix  —  “This doesn't change anything other than force insurers to be the political flack jackets for the administration,” says an insider.  —  Joe Skipper / Reuters  —  WASHINGTON — The health insurance industry is already attacking …
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
The White House's Obamacare fix is about to create a big mess  —  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (Jason Reed/Reuters)  —  When the drafters of the Affordable Care Act began working on a health reform law, there was a principle underpinning their goals …
Jon Passantino / BuzzFeed:
Obama Vows To Veto “Keep Your Health Plan” Bill  —  The president threatened Thursday to veto a House bill that would allow insurance companies to continue offering existing health care plans.  —  President Obama spoke at the White House on Thursday.  —  AP
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.
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House threatens veto of Upton bill  —  The White House issued a formal veto threat Thursday night of a bill offered by House Republicans that would allow insurance companies to continue offering health plans that existed before the beginning of the new year.
Discussion: The Fix, Michelle Malkin, The Week and CNN
David Espo / ABC News:
House GOP Getting Its Say on Cancellations  —  First, President Barack Obama had his say on reversing millions of insurance cancellations issued under the health care program known by his name.  Now House Republicans are taking their turn.  —  Neither maneuver is likely to be the last …
Discussion: Politico
Brian Beutler / Salon:
The president strikes back: Insurance companies get their justified comeuppance
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Why liberals are panicked about Obamacare
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
The Obama-disaster news conference
Discussion: Townhall.com
Nick Gillespie / TIME:
Ads Hide Obamacare Truth: It's Generational Theft
ThinkProgress:
Everything You Need To Know About Obama's ‘Fix’ For Insurers Canceling Plans
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Shakesville
Washington Post:
Obama announces change to address health insurance cancellations
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
White House to Allow Insurers to Continue Canceled Health Plans
Washington Post:
Full transcript: President Obama's Nov. 14 news conference on the Affordable Care Act
Discussion: National Review
David / Crooks and Liars:
Watch: Forum Audience Laughs at Ted Cruz for Claiming He 'Didn't Want a Shutdown'  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) faced howls of laughter from an audience in Washington, D.C. on Thursday when he claimed that he “didn't want a shutdown” over President Barack Obama's health care reform law.
Discussion: Mediaite
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Why Dylan Davies Disappeared  —  The ex-contractor, a key source for last month's ‘60 Minutes’ report on Benghazi, has gone into hiding.  British police are investigating allegations his family was threatened.  —  It is the kind of note a publisher dreads.
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” …
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
Assembly approves changes to voting hours, ID law  —  By Patrick Marley and Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — In a late-night session Thursday, Republicans in the state Assembly approved measures to reinstate Wisconsin's voter ID law, tighten early voting hours and limit the ability to recall some elected officials.
CNN:
Clinton: Helping women succeed is the ‘great unfinished business of the 21st century’  —  (CNN) - The latest in a series of high-profile honors and speeches, Hillary Clinton said America must set an example on the global stage with women at the forefront of conflict negotiations and in leadership roles.
Discussion: Politico
ThinkProgress:
Massive Natural Gas Pipeline Explodes In Texas Town, Causing Evacuation Of 800 Residents  —  A massive explosion of a 10-inch Chevron natural gas pipeline near a drilling rig in Milford, Texas, led the company to ask law enforcement to evacuate the entire town on Thursday.
 
 
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
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Boston Globe:
Whitey Bulger, Boston gangster found responsible for 11 murders, gets life in prison
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Sean Hannity to President Obama: ‘This is not a fix’
Discussion: PostPartisan and Mediaite
Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
The Worst Days Of Obama's Presidency
Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
Judge refuses to block Hawaii's same-sex marriage law
Discussion: Advocate and ThinkProgress
ThinkProgress:
This Store Took Away Workers' Thanksgivings But Then Decided It Wasn't Worth It
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FBI: OK for Congress to Talk to Benghazi Survivors
Gail Shister / TVNewser:
Dan Rather: CBS ‘Trying To Airbrush Me Out Of Their History’
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Emily Atkin / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Interrupts Climate Hearing To Ask Whether EPA Chief Enrolled In Obamacare
Discussion: The Raw Story and Firedoglake
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House Speaker John Boehner: LGBT Employment Protections Are ‘Unnecessary’
Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:
Car Mechanic Dreams Up a Tool to Ease Births
Gina Barton / JSOnline:
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