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7:05 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.
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 …
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)
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 …
Larry O'Connor / BREITBART.COM:
OBAMA REMOVES ‘GOD’ FROM GETTYSBURG ADDRESS  —  Washington DC talk show host Chris Plante reported today that Barack Obama omitted the words “under God” from the Gettysburg Address when reciting the great speech for a Ken Burns documentary.  —  Burns had filmed all living presidents …
Washington Post:
Obama's ratings tumble after health-care flaws
Ronald Brownstein /
Poll: Most Americans Oppose Obamacare Repeal Despite Rollout Troubles
Washington Post:
Private consultants warned of risks before's Oct. 1 launch
First Read:
First Thoughts: Wall Street vs. Main Street
Discussion: Liberaland and NBCNews
John Bacon / USA Today:
150th anniversary of Gettysburg Address draws thousands
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
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.
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Key Senate Democrats Flip, Now Ready For Filibuster Reform Via ‘Nuclear Option’  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats who were previously opposed to changing filibuster rules via the “nuclear option” are so fed up with GOP obstruction of the president's nominees that they now say they want to go nuclear.
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid threatens to go nuclear
Discussion: CNN and The Impolitic
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 …
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.
(CNN) — A top Virginia politician lay in a Charlottesville hospital …
Discussion: The Other McCain, WTVR-TV and KFOR-TV
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
Police: Son likely stabbed Va. state Sen. Creigh Deeds, shot himself
Discussion: Clayton Cramer
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.
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
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.
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 …
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Monty Python Troupe to Reunite for Live Shows  —  A certain Norwegian Blue parrot is still dead, nearly 44 years after it shuffled off its mortal coil and joined the choir invisible in a famous television comedy sketch.  But there is life yet in Monty Python, the singularly influential British troupe …
Discussion: The Verge
Monty Python to reunite for stage show
Husband of former FL Sec. State Katherine Harris commits suicide  —  The husband of former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris committed suicide Tuesday morning.  Anders Ebbeson was 68 years-old.  —  Police officers responded to a report of a possible suicide at the home at 1420 Bay Point Drive around 7:30 a.m..
Calm down  —  From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I'm Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.  —  This isn't about who wins the argument - but a study of hot marital fights indicates that when the wife calms down, the couples are more happy.  Researcher Lian Bloch …
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 …
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Bruce Barcott / The New York Observer:
My Obamacare Cancellation  —  “Seething at a President I helped elect.”
Richard Engel / NBCNews:
Endless Afghanistan?  US-Afghan agreement would keep troops in place and funds flowing, perhaps indefinitely
Discussion: The Verge
Ana Livia Coelho / ESPN MediaZone:
ESPN's FiveThirtyEight Announces Managing Editor, Key Editorial Hires
Ken Jensen / Weekly Standard:
John Kerry Repudiates the Monroe Doctrine
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Montana Republicans Well Positioned for 2014
Discussion: Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
White House waves veto pen at GOP ‘fracking,’ energy bills
Emily Alpert Reyes / Los Angeles Times:
Cheating students more likely to want government jobs, study finds
How Conservatives Abandoned Judicial Restraint, Took Over The Courts And Radically Transformed America
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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Phil Gingrey's top staffers resign campaign