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1:10 PM ET, November 19, 2013


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Washington Post:
Obama's ratings tumble after health-care flaws  —  The flawed rollout of the Affordable Care Act has pushed President Obama to the lowest point of his presidency, with dwindling faith in his competence and in many of the personal attributes that have buoyed him in the past, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Healthcare plan enrollment surges in some states after rocky rollout  —  Healthcare insurance enrollment increases in some states that run their own exchanges, boosting hopes of Obamacare backers.  —  Peter Lee, director of the Covered California health insurance exchange, discusses enrollment.
Erik Smith / Washington State Wire:
Rude Awakening for Federal Way Woman Who Got Shout-Out From President - Can't Afford Obamacare Policy After All  —  After Jessica Sanford Sends Fan Letter to Obama for Making Insurance Affordable, State Says She Must Pay Full Ticket  —  Jessica Sanford, the Federal Way woman who got a shout …
Jim Acosta / CNN:
Woman cited by President as Obamacare success story frustrated by sign up process  —  Updated 1:20 a.m. ET, 11/19/2013 - This is updated from an earlier version, adding more details.  —  (CNN)- Washington state resident Jessica Sanford was bursting with pride when President Obama mentioned …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Hit & Run, Hot Air and Politico
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Poll: Mitt Romney beats President Obama today  —  As more bad poll numbers continue to pour in for President Barack Obama, a new survey finds that if the 2012 election matchup were held this month, Mitt Romney would hold the edge with the voters.  —  Romney topped Obama 49 percent …
Washington Post:
Private consultants warned of risks before's Oct. 1 launch  —  The Obama administration brought in a private consulting team to independently assess how the federal online health-care enrollment system was developing, according to a newly disclosed document …
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Botched ACA Rollout Hammers Obama; Job Disapproval Reaches a Career High  —  Barack Obama has been hammered by the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act, with disapproval of his job performance reaching a career high, opposition to the new healthcare law up sharply and evidence …
New York Times:
A New G.O.P. Excuse for Doing Nothing
Discussion: Yahoo! News and
Ronald Brownstein /
Poll: Most Americans Oppose Obamacare Repeal Despite Rollout Troubles
George E. Condon Jr /
Obama Snubs 150th Anniversary of Gettysburg Address
Marco Rubio / Wall Street Journal:
No Bailouts for ObamaCare  —  The health-care law's 'risk corridors …
Adambrickley / Twitchy:
Obama's conference call on Obamacare goes about as well as rollout
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Caren Bohan / Reuters:
No huge drop in Obamacare support despite rocky rollout: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: Daily Kos
Michael Catalini /   Landrieu: The Art of Backing Away
John Crudele / New York Post:
Census ‘faked’ 2012 election jobs report  —  In the home stretch of the 2012 presidential campaign, from August to September, the unemployment rate fell sharply — raising eyebrows from Wall Street to Washington.  —  The decline — from 8.1 percent in August to 7.8 percent in September — might not have been all it seemed.
Julie Carey /
Va. Sen. Creigh Deeds Stabbed in Bath County Home  —  Sources say Deeds' son stabbed his father, then shot himself  —  Virginia State Sen. Creigh Deeds was stabbed by his son, Austin “Gus” Deeds, before the son fatally shot himself, Democratic sources tell News4.
Virginia / CNN:
Virginia legislator in critical condition after home assault  —  (CNN) - Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds was hospitalized for “serious injuries” after an assault Tuesday morning at his house in Bath County, where a second individual was found dead, Virginia state police said.
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and WTVR-TV
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
State Rep. Uses Sledgehammer To Destroy Homeless People's Possessions  —  State Rep. Tom Brower (D) destroying a homeless person's possessions.  —  Much like Batkid, Hawaii has found its own superhero.  Except that instead of protecting the powerless from harm, he roams the streets …
Discussion: Liberaland
Jim Mendoza / Hawaii News Now:
Lawmaker hammers home his homeless solution
Shushannah Walshe / ABC News:
Chris Christie Knocks GOP, Says Washington Is Full of ‘Absolutists’  —  WASHINGTON — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had some harsh words for Washington, D.C. Monday night, telling a group of CEOs that “both parties” in Washington are the problem, but still harshly criticizing the GOP …
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Iowa GOP to Christie: Don't skip caucuses
Discussion: CNN and First Read
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Harry Reid: GOP playing with fire on judges  —  Senate Republicans continued rejection of President Barack Obama's judicial nominees threatens “the integrity of the Senate and the future of our country,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday.  —  “It's hard for me to describe words …
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Senate GOP blocks third court nominee
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The analogy is less telling than who is employing it.  —  Granted, it's an imperfect analogy.  So is every other analogy, but there are some particularly glaring differences here.  As Karl Van Zandt observes on Twitter, President Bush didn't push Hurricane Katrina through Congress without a single vote from the other party.
Discussion: Yahoo! News and alicublog
Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
Duncan tries to quell uproar over Common Core comments  —  Education Secretary Arne Duncan tried Monday to quell the outrage sparked by his comments that injected race and class into the debate about the Common Core academic standards taking root in classrooms across the country.
Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
Court order that allowed NSA surveillance is revealed for first time  —  Fisa court judge who authorised massive tapping of metadata was hesitant but felt she could not stand in the way  —  A secret court order that authorised a massive trawl by the National Security Agency of Americans' email …
Alex Seitz-Wald /
DHS Still Hasn't Fired Black Supremacist Who Called for Mass Murder of Whites  —  Almost four months after he was unmasked as a militant black nationalist who called for murdering “Uncle Tom race traitors,” Ayo Kimathi is still employed.  —  The black-nationalist Department of Homeland Security employee …
Emily Alpert Reyes / Los Angeles Times:
Cheating students more likely to want government jobs, study finds  —  Followers of Baba Ramdev, who went on hunger strike against corruption, surround a bus containing the Indian yoga guru in New Delhi.  (Rajesh Kumar Singh / Associated Press / August 13, 2012)
Discussion: Right Wing News
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Woman Hailed by President as Obamacare Success Story Now Can't Afford Obamacare
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Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
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Jane Gerster / Toronto Star:
Ford Nation hits the airwaves
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Fox News:
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