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1:50 PM ET, November 16, 2013


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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.
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Chase's Twitter Gambit Devolves into All-Time PR Fiasco  —  I almost couldn't believe it when I heard that JP Morgan Chase was going to do a live Twitter Q&A with the public - you know, all those people around the world they've been bending over and robbing for, oh, the last decade or so.
Discussion: Liberaland, RT and Crooks and Liars
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 …
The United States Department of Justice:
The Riddler And The Penguin Charged With Conspiracy And Kidnapping; Duo Faces Long Prison Terms Thanks To Batkid
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
Why Pope Francis is Polling The World's Catholics  —  Jack Jenkins is a Senior Writer and Researcher with the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative.  Follow them on Twitter @CAPfaith.  —  Pope Francis raised eyebrows among church officials and lay Catholics alike this past weekend …
Dave McKinney / Chicago Sun Times:
Springfield Catholic bishop plans same-sex marriage ‘exorcism,’ …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Raw Story
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 …
Jonathan V. Last / Weekly Standard:
Penalty for Marriage in Obamacare  —  Every time you think that we've finally touched bottom on Obamacare, some new problem emerges.  So what began merely as a dysfunctional website became a broken and mis-designed system.  When it turned out that lots of people were paying more for their plans …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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 …
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Business, labor unite to end O-Care tax  —  Business and labor are uniting behind legislation that will repeal one of ObamaCare's much-maligned taxes.  —  A bill introduced by Reps. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) and Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) would end the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) reinsurance fee.
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
Jelani Cobb / News Desk:
The Killing of Renisha McBride  —  Amid the commemorations of the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, rich with progress reports on repair and rebuilding, there was an overlooked moment—one for which ribbon cuttings and indexes of municipal development are no salve.
Discussion: New York Times
Zeba Siddiqui / Reuters:
UnitedHealth drops thousands of doctors from insurance plans: WSJ  —  (Reuters) - UnitedHealth Group dropped thousands of doctors from its networks in recent weeks, leaving many elderly patients unsure whether they need to switch plans to continue seeing their doctors, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
Manuel Valdes / Associated Press:
SEATTLE ELECTS SOCIALIST CANDIDATE TO CITY COUNCIL  —  You are here  —  Home » Seattle » Seattle elects socialist candidate to city council  —  SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle voters have elected a socialist to city council for the first time in modern history.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Liberaland
Washington Post:
China relaxes one-child policy; abolishes prison labor camps  —  BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping announced Friday the most sweeping package of economic, social and legal reforms in decades, including a relaxation of its “one-child” policy and the scrapping its much-criticized system of labor camps,
Laurie Burkitt / Wall Street Journal:
China Eases One-Child Policy
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Matthew Holehouse / Telegraph:
Christians ‘face extinction’ amid sectarian terror, minister warns
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Fox News:
Emails show officials warned of ObamaCare website ‘crash’ in July
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
ABC News:
Obama Hails US Energy Production Over Imports
Discussion: CNN
Kerry's advice on how to marry women like Clinton
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Senate intelligence panel sharply split on surveillance reforms
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Techdirt
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices to Revisit Securities Fraud Suits
 Earlier Items: 
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
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Why the best conspiracy theories about JFK's assassination don't stand up to scrutiny.
Discussion: Guardian
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Thus Spake Obama
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
David Lat / Above the Law:
Justice Clarence Thomas Speaks — And Oh What A Speech!