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5:35 PM ET, November 17, 2013


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Aaron C. Davis / Washington Post:
D.C. insurance commissioner fired a day after questioning Obamacare fix  —  A day after he questioned President Obama's decision to unwind a major tenet of the health-care law and said the nation's capital might not go along, D.C. insurance commissioner William P. White was fired.
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
David Plouffe to ABC: GOP Plan to Run Against Obamacare an ‘Impossibility’  —  On This Week With George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning, former Obama advior David Plouffe dismissed the comparisons between the second terms of President Barack Obama and former President George W Bush …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Julie Pace / ABC News:
Obama Health Care Woes Becomes Credibility Fight
Discussion: CNN
Pelosi defends Obamacare claims, can't predict effect on Dems in midterms  —  Washington (CNN) - House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Sunday neither she nor President Barack Obama misled the American people when they said, during the run-up to the passage of Obamacare, that people could keep their health insurance plans.
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots and Politico
Conor Finnegan / CNN:
Netanyahu on Iran: ‘This is a bad deal’  —  (CNN) - Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a stern warning against the potential deal over Iran's nuclear program between Tehran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, along with Germany,.
Discussion: Politico and Reuters
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Clyburn: Obama failed to explain health care promise
Discussion: Politico
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Pelosi: Dems ‘stand tall’ behind O-Care
New York Times:
Not the Time to Squeeze Iran
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Israpundit
Jonathan Martin / The Caucus:
Dispute Over Gay Marriage Erupts in Cheney Family  —  Mary Cheney, a daughter of the former vice president, and her wife, Heather Poe, sharply criticized on Sunday a comment by by Ms. Cheney's sister, Liz Cheney, a candidate for the Senate in Wyoming, that they disagreed on the issue of same-sex marriage.
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Louisiana Republican Who Backs Obamacare's Medicaid Provision Wins Seat Over Party Favorite  —  Campaign ad for Rep.-Elect Vance McAllister (R)  —  Louisiana voters elected Republican Vance McAllister in a runoff to fill the state's vacant Fifth District U.S. House seat on Saturday.
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
McAllister wins La. House special election
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Booman Tribune
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
McAllister wins La. House runoff
Melinda Deslatte / Associated Press:   McAllister Wins 5th District Congressional Seat
Valerie Strauss / The Answer Sheet:
Arne Duncan: ‘White suburban moms’ upset that Common Core shows their kids aren't ‘brilliant’  —  U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a group of state schools superintendents Friday that he found it “fascinating” that some of the opposition to the Common Core State Standards has come from …
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Woodward: Obamacare not Watergate, but it ‘is going to get worse’  —  President Barack Obama's mishandling of the Affordable Care Act rollout has been incompetent, Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward said, but it doesn't rise to past president-dooming scandals.
Discussion: The Week and Mediaite
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Scott Walker: Next GOP presidential nominee must be a governor  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says Republicans must pick a governor or a former governor as its presidential nominee in 2016 to maintain a proper outsider ethos.  —  “I think its got to be an outsider, I think both the presidential …
Discussion: CNN
Benjamin Bell / ABC News:   Scott Walker on the Ideal GOP 2016 Presidential Candidate: Members of Congress Need Not Apply
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Three Burials of Obamacare  —  THE first time Obamacare seemed finished, doomed, doornail-dead, the voters of Massachusetts played the would-be executioner.  In January 2010, they sent a pickup-driving Republican to the Senate to fill Ted Kennedy's seat, apparently depriving the health care bill …
Discussion: The Caucus
Helen T. Verongos / New York Times:
Doris Lessing, Novelist Who Won 2007 Nobel, Is Dead at 94  —  Doris Lessing, the uninhibited and outspoken novelist who won the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature for a lifetime of writing that shattered convention, both social and artistic, died on Sunday at her home in London.  She was 94.
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Doris Lessing, Nobel Prize-winning author, dies aged 94
Discussion: Spectator and The Stranger …
Fast-moving storm, tornadoes threaten in U.S. Midwest  —  (Reuters) - A fast-moving storm system that produced at least one tornado in Illinois threatened some 53 million people across 10 Midwestern states on Sunday, U.S. weather officials said.  —  “A confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado” …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Mashable
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
In Fracas on Health Coverage, Some Democrats Feel Exposed  —  CONCORD, N.H. — The awards ceremony on Friday evening for New Hampshire's police forces was full of pomp (a bagpipe band in full Scottish regalia), circumstance (tales of heroism and tragedy told to standing ovations) …
Washington Post:
Health-care law has changed game for Democrats looking to 2014 election
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Martin O'Malley Takes “Believe” Campaign To The Presidential Stage  —  In a speech to New Hampshire Democrats, the possible presidential hopeful turns his Baltimore campaign into a national argument.  But for Warren and Clinton supporters, the focus isn't O'Malley.  —  AFP / Getty Images
Discussion: Liberaland
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Four years ago, GOP showed exactly what was false about Obama's keep-your-coverage promise  —  It is now painfully evident to millions of Americans that President Obama's promise that they could keep their current health coverage under Obamacare wasn't true.
Discussion: Power Line
New York Times:
Growing Clamor About Inequities of Climate Crisis  —  The Future of Storms: Scientists disagree over whether climate change is altering hurricanes.  It is impossible, when looking at one storm, to know whether global warming had an impact, but researchers see a trend.
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