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8:15 PM ET, November 18, 2013


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Josh Kraushaar /
Why Obamacare Is On Life Support  —  Democrats may begin calling for repeal if the law's problems don't get resolved soon.  —  President Obama will fight to preserve his signature domestic legislation, but Democrats may not let him.  (Mandel Ngan/AFP)  —  There's nothing that Democrats …
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
The Obama presidency is not over, but it is failing  —  With the exception of the debt ceiling debacle, he has fallen at almost every hurdle  —  Anyone wondering about the scale of the anti-Obama backlash should look at its impact on the 2016 US presidential race.
Discussion: New York Times and Hot Air
Brian Beutler / Salon:
How to silence GOP nuts — and stop the Obamacare repeal campaign  —  One still-plausible scenario could stop attacks on the president's “You can keep it” comment dead in its tracks  —  Nobody, not even President Obama, is pretending that the rollout of the Affordable Care Act has been anything but a debacle.
Ron Fournier /
President Obama and His Gang That (Still) Isn't Shooting Straight  —  Incompetence, deception, and lack of accountability still hound White House and health reform.  —  Incompetence, deception, and lack of accountability doomed the Obamacare rollout.  That's old news.  What's new?
Robert Kuttner / The Huffington Post:
Obama's Gift to the Republicans
Discussion: Corrente and Hullabaloo
Todd S. Purdum / Politico:
Obamacare's threat to liberalism
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Obama's ‘5 Percent’ Con Job
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Orlando Sentinel:
Seminole deputies arrest George Zimmerman  —  Video: Zimmerman's wife calls 911, won't press charges  —  911 audio: Shellie Zimmerman says George is threatening everyone  —  George Zimmerman's attorney gives statement  —  George Zimmerman's wife says he threatened her
George Zimmerman arrested for domestic violence  —  Zimmerman taken to jail for incident with girlfriend  —  George Zimmerman has been arrested in a domestic dispute involving his girlfriend, law enforcement said.  —  He was arrested at about 1 p.m. Monday and was being taken to the Seminole County Jail.
George Zimmerman /
GF CALLS 911, ‘HE PULLED A GUN ON ME!’  —  George Zimmerman's girlfriend went NUCLEAR after he allegedly pointed his shotgun at her face and broke a bunch of her stuff ... and we got her dramatic 911 call — but the craziest part ... Zimmerman says she's pregnant.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Mediaite
Plain Dealer:
Chat wrap: OUR Walmart rep answers your questions about this story  —  Is the food drive proof the retailer pays so little that many employees can't afford Thanksgiving dinner?  —  Norma Mills of Canton, who lives near the store, saw the photo circulating showing the food drive bins, and felt both “outrage” and “anger.”
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge won't allow Holder appeal now in contempt case  —  A federal judge has refused Attorney General Eric Holder's request that he be allowed to proceed now with an appeal in a case where the House of Representatives is seeking to enforce subpoenas for documents related to the controversial Operation Fast and Furious gun investigation.
Discussion: Twitchy
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
NSA spying challenge turned aside
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Reject Challenge to N.S.A. Program
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
SCOTUS passes up surveillance case
David Kravets / Wired:
Supreme Court Rejects Case Challenging NSA Phone Spying
Discussion: Techdirt and TechCrunch
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Cheney defends daughter on gay marriage  —  As his two daughters publicly feud over gay marriage, former Vice President Dick Cheney is stepping in to defend daughter Liz Cheney (R), who is running for the Senate in Wyoming.  —  Cheney and his wife, Lynne Cheney, released a statement saying Liz …
Dick Cheney takes Liz's side in marriage spat  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney took Liz Cheney's side Monday in a public spat with her lesbian sister over same-sex marriage, saying the Wyoming Senate hopeful has always supported traditional marriage while treating her sibling “with love and respect.”
Carrie Dann / NBCNews:
Former VP Cheney weighs in on daughters' same sex marriage feud
Discussion: The Reaction
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Elizabeth Warren: Don't cut Social Security.  Expand it!  —  “The most recent discussion about cutting benefits has focused on something called the Chained-CPI.  Supporters of the chained CPI say that it's a more accurate way of measuring cost of living increases for seniors.  That statement is simply not true.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Impolitic
Joy Wilke / Gallup:
Majority in U.S. Say Healthcare Not Gov't Responsibility  —  Republicans' attitudes on this measure have changed significantly since 2000  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The 56% of U.S. adults who now say it is not the federal government's responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage continues to reflect a record high.
Julián Aguilar / The Texas Tribune:
Conservatives to Hold Mock Immigration Sting at UT … UT President Bill Powers, in an emailed statement, called on YCT to “find more productive and respectful ways” to participate in a discussion about immigration questions on campus.  —  “The proposed YCT even is completely out of line …
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: John Kerry Defies the White House on Egypt Policy  —  The secretary doesn't agree with Obama's team, especially Susan Rice, on how to deal with Egypt.  Unfortunately for Rice, Kerry is the one on the ground—and he's doing things his way.  —  Before Secretary of State John Kerry's recent trip …
Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Kanye West: Obama used me  —  Kanye West says he's done trading insults with President Barack Obama.  —  “I'm not gonna mention him no more, I'm past that,” the rapper tolf Hot 107.9 in an interview that aired Monday.  “That's out my thoughts.  That's lowering my priority of thinking at this point.”
Scot J. Paltrow / Reuters:
Special Report: The Pentagon's doctored ledgers conceal epic waste  —  (Reuters) - Linda Woodford spent the last 15 years of her career inserting phony numbers in the U.S. Department of Defense's accounts.  —  Every month until she retired in 2011, she says, the day came when the Navy …
Discussion: The Verge
Sharon Kelly / DeSmogBlog:
George W. Bush on Keystone XL: “Build the Damn Thing”  —  Make private companies happy.  Don't worry about the environment.  Stop fretting about long-term sustainability.  Forget renewables, property concerns, the safety of our water and air.  Make private companies happy.
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:   The beginning of the end for Barack Obama
Merrill Knox / TVNewser:
Maria Bartiromo Leaving CNBC For FBN  —  Breaking: Maria Bartiromo is leaving CNBC to join Fox Business.  —  “After 20 years of groundbreaking work at CNBC, Maria Bartiromo will be leaving the company as her contract expires on November 24,” a CNBC spokesperson tells TVNewser.
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
New Mexico cops open fire on minivan full of kids at traffic stop for speeding  —  Several New Mexico State Police officers are under investigation after at least one of them fired shots at a minivan full of children last month.  —  According to KRQE, an officer pulled over Oriana Ferrell …
Mackubin Thomas Owens / Washington Times:
The feminist campaign to make weaklings of America's warriors  —  Timid generals seem afraid to challenge efforts to emasculate our fighting men and objectify our women  —  Feminism is trying to yank the U.S. military in two directions at once.  While claiming that women have no problem meeting …
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
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Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
Obamacare Deadlines Shortened By Lack of Payment Options
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Evan Vucci / Washington Times:
Obamacare Medicare fallout: UnitedHealth cuts doctors, rations care
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Planned Parenthood's Abortion Theater
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Raw Story
Joe Brock / Reuters:
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Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Ramps Up Smear Campaign Against Obamacare Navigators
Discussion: Daily Kos, Hullabaloo and Liberaland