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8:00 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: Scared Monkeys, ABC News and CNN
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.
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
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Clyburn: Obama failed to explain health care promise
Discussion: Politico
Conor Finnegan / CNN:
Netanyahu on Iran: ‘This is a bad deal’
Discussion: Reuters and Politico
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Pelosi: Dems ‘stand tall’ behind O-Care
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:
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 …
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
Tom McGhee / Denver Post:
TWO MINERS DEAD, 20 OTHERS INJURED AFTER OURAY MINE BLAST  —  Two miners are dead, and emergency workers are trying to reach two others trapped at the Revenue-Virginius mine in Ouray, according to Ouray County spokeswoman Marti Whitmore.  —  Twenty people, one of them in critical condition …
Discussion: NBCNews and Crooks and Liars
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.
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Caught in Unemployment's Revolving Door  —  On a cold October morning, just after the federal government shutdown came to an end, Jenner Barrington-Ward headed into court in Boston to declare bankruptcy.  —  It took weeks to put the paperwork together, given that her papers and belongings …
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
McAllister wins La. House special election  —  Republican businessman Vance McAllister has won a special House election in Louisiana, an upset victory for a political newcomer.  —  McAllister defeated Louisiana state Sen. Neil Riser (R) by 60 percent to 40 percent with all precincts reporting.
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
James McAuley / New York Times:
Dallas's Role in Kennedy's Murder  —  FOR 50 years, Dallas has done its best to avoid coming to terms with the one event that made it famous: the assassination of John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963.  That's because, for the self-styled “Big D,” grappling with the assassination means reckoning …
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: 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
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New York Times:
Growing Clamor About Inequities of Climate Crisis
Jane Mayer / News Desk:
Is IKEA the New Model for the Conservative Movement?
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Prairie Weather
Burlington Free Press:
Sanders wants progressive 2016 presence
The Huffington Post:
12 Reasons Why Obama Is One of the Best Presidents Ever
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
How One Lawyer Turned The Idea Of Marriage Equality Into Reality
Arutz Sheva:
Syria: Islamists Seize Kurdish Village
Discussion: Jihad Watch
 Earlier Items: 
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Four years ago, GOP showed exactly what was false about Obama's keep-your-coverage promise
Discussion: Power Line
Spiegel Online:
Cornelius Gurlitt Shares the Secrets of His Pictures
Discussion: Guardian and New York Times
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Martin O'Malley Takes “Believe” Campaign To The Presidential Stage
Discussion: Liberaland
James Hohmann / Politico:
GOP's third shot at Senate: Charm or bust?
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
White House Soul-Searches as Errors Mount
Discussion: Washington Wire