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11:20 AM ET, November 16, 2013


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Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Obamacare woes beg for repeal  —  We've all heard the saying, “It's going to get worse before it gets better.”  In the case of the Affordable Care Act, it's going to get worse before it gets worse still.  Millions of people are learning they can't keep their current individual plans …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
27 Democratic senators who promised you could keep your health coverage  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL CONGRESS OBAMACARE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HEALTH CARE 2014 ELECTIONS HEALTHCARE.GOV  —  President Obama has taken a lot of heat for promising that if Americans liked the health coverage that they had before Obamacare …
Ed Rogers / PostPartisan:
The Insiders: For Democrats, dark days ahead  —  Is the president's Obamacare “fix” part of the Obama administration's pattern of deceit or a product of its frequent delusion?  —  A cursory discussion with almost anyone who knows anything about the insurance business would have alerted …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House approves ‘Keep Your Plan’ ObamaCare bill; 39 Dems defect
Alex Yudelson / BuzzFeed:
Everything You Need To Know About Make-A-Wish Foundation's Adorable, Crime-Fighting Batkid  —  The city of San Francisco teamed up with more than 11,000 Make-A-Wish volunteers to make a 5-year-old's superhero dreams come true. … Miles, a 5-year-old whose leukemia is currently in remission …
Obama congratulates Batkid on Vine
Discussion: CNN
Vivian Ho / San Francisco Chronicle:
Thousands of volunteers to welcome Batkid to S.F.
Discussion: Gawker, PopWatch and Shakesville
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.
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 and Booman Tribune
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 …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Senate intelligence panel sharply split on surveillance reforms  —  The Senate Intelligence Committee split sharply on proposals to rein in National Security Agency surveillance programs last month, rejecting several potentially significant reforms by a single vote, according to a formal committee report published this week.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Techdirt
ABC News:
Obama Hails US Energy Production Over Imports  —  President Barack Obama says improved energy efficiency and higher energy production in the United States are yielding environmental and economic benefits that are helping ensure cleaner air and a more competitive business landscape.
Discussion: CNN
Kerry's advice on how to marry women like Clinton  —  (CNN) - Appearing at Georgetown University on Friday with predecessor Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State John Kerry gave some tips to the men at the school, where former President Bill Clinton also studied.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Matthew Holehouse / Telegraph:
Christians ‘face extinction’ amid sectarian terror, minister warns  —  Exclusive: violence against Christian minorities is now a “global crisis” as worshippers are driven out of their ancient homelands by militants, a senior minister warns  —  Christianity is in danger of becoming extinct …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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.
Laurie Burkitt / Wall Street Journal:
China Eases One-Child Policy  —  Concession Comes as Labor Shortage Looms  —  BEIJING—China is tempering its controversial one-child policy, allowing more couples to have a second child in a surprise concession over a much-disliked control that comes as the country faces a looming worker shortage.
Washington Post:
China relaxes one-child policy; abolishes prison labor camps
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Fox News:
Emails show officials warned of ObamaCare website ‘crash’ in July
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices to Revisit Securities Fraud Suits
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters:
Despicable: MSNBC's Bashir Wishes Sarah Palin Would Be Defecated, Urinated On
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Betsy Woodruff / National Review:
Democrat Rep: Insurance Cancellation Letters Should Have Just Said Things Are Getting Better
Natasha Vargas-Cooper / BuzzFeed:
David Miranda Is Nobody's Errand Boy
Alan Gomez / USA Today:
Feds to halt deportations of military relatives
Dave McKinney / Chicago Sun Times:
Springfield Catholic bishop plans same-sex marriage ‘exorcism,’ …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Raw Story
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Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Why the best conspiracy theories about JFK's assassination don't stand up to scrutiny.
Discussion: Guardian
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Rubio presses to repeal Obamacare provision allowing insurance industry ‘bailout’
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
The Difference Between Katrina and
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Thus Spake Obama
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
An Obamacare “Loser” Speaks Out ... About Not Being an Entitled Douche
Discussion: Liberal Values and Liberaland
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Michele Bachmann: I lost my insurance
Pat Buchanan /
Papal Neutrality in the Culture War?