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5:30 PM ET, November 19, 2013


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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.
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.
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 …
First Read:
First Thoughts: Wall Street vs. Main Street
Discussion: Liberaland and NBCNews
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 …
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 …
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Obamacare vs. ACA: What's in a name?  —  President Barack Obama and loyal Democrats once embraced the term Obamacare to sell the American people on health care reform.  —  Not anymore.  —  With the president's approval ratings at record lows, a broken website and Obama under fire …
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 …
Rep. Trey Radel charged with cocaine possession  —  Rep. Trey Radel, a freshman Republican from Florida, was arrested on Oct. 29 for possession of cocaine in the District of Columbia, according to D.C. Superior Court documents.  —  Radel, 37, was charged with misdemeanor possession of cocaine in D.C. Superior Court on Tuesday.
George E. Condon Jr /
Obama Snubs 150th Anniversary of Gettysburg Address  —  His decision is doubly surprising because he has so often tied himself to his fellow Illinoisan Lincoln.  —  A photographic portrait is displayed showing Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States.  (Hulton/Archive/Getty Images)
Ronald Brownstein /
Poll: Most Americans Oppose Obamacare Repeal Despite Rollout Troubles
John Bacon / USA Today:
150th anniversary of Gettysburg Address draws thousands
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
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.
Michael Pearson / CNN:
Former Va. governor candidate Deeds stabbed, son shot at home
Discussion: WTVR-TV and KFOR-TV
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Creigh Deeds stabbed, son dead at home
Discussion: CNN, ABC News, Gawker and DCist
Vancouver man: Joe Biden owes me an apology  —  Jeffrey Barton faces a charge of illegal discharge of a firearm  —  Jeffrey Barton, 52, of Vancouver says that Vice President Joe Biden owes him an apology for advice he gave about fending off intruders with blasts from a gun.
Discussion: Associated Press and KOMO News
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 …
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Key Senate Democrats Flip, Now Ready For Filibuster Reform Via ‘Nuclear Option’
Discussion: The Plum Line, Daily Kos and CNN
Burgess Everett / Politico:   Harry Reid: Actively weighing ‘nuclear option’
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.
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
No, Arne Duncan, ‘White Suburban Moms’ Aren't The Problem.  (But you might be)  —  Common Core, the initiative that claims to more accurately measure K-12 student knowledge in English and math, also encourages children to step up their “critical thinking.”  —  That didn't stop Education …
Monty Python to reunite for stage show  —  All of the surviving members of comedy group Monty Python are to reform for a stage show, one of the Pythons, Terry Jones, has confirmed.  —  “We're getting together and putting on a show - it's real,” Jones told the BBC.  —  “I'm quite excited about it.
Agence France Presse:   Monty Python to reunite for new show after 30 years
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:   Monty Python Troupe to Reunite for Live Shows
New York Times:
A Diver's Rise, and Swift Death, at the Limits of a Growing Sport  —  Brooklyn Diver Dies After Record Attempt: Nicholas Mevoli rose from novice to free-diving record holder in less than a year.  His life and death reflect both the spirit of a niche sport that has grown exponentially as well as its dangers.
Discussion: Deadspin
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 …
Jessica Meyers / Politico:
Tech chief: 30% of Obamacare IT needs to be built  —  A key official in the development of the Obamacare website said he never saw documents warning about potential stumbles and admitted Tuesday that a sizable portion of its IT support has yet to be built.  —  Centers for Medicare …
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Ken Jensen / Weekly Standard:
John Kerry Repudiates the Monroe Doctrine
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Montana Republicans Well Positioned for 2014
Discussion: Daily Kos and Taegan Goddard's …
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
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Emily Alpert Reyes / Los Angeles Times:
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Discussion: Right Wing News
How Conservatives Abandoned Judicial Restraint, Took Over The Courts And Radically Transformed America
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Phil Gingrey's top staffers resign campaign
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The analogy is less telling than who is employing it.
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