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1:15 PM ET, November 20, 2013


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CBS News:
Poll: Obamacare support, Obama approval sink to new lows  —  President Obama's job approval rating has plunged to the lowest of his presidency, according to a new CBS News poll released Wednesday, and Americans' approval of the Affordable Care Act has dropped it's lowest since CBS News started polling on the law.
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama hits new low with Dems  —  President Obama's relationship with congressional Democrats has worsened to an unprecedented low, Democratic aides say.  —  They are letting it be known that House and Senate Democrats are increasingly frustrated, bitter and angry with the White House …
Brian Beutler / Salon:
The right's in a box: Here's how GOP loses Obamacare fight  —  The amazing politics of Obamacare's success stories — especially in Kentucky — could cost the GOP their leader  —  The fact that Affordable Care Act enrollments are spiking in states that have functioning exchange websites …
Jonathan Kaminsky / Reuters:
Oregon healthcare exchange website never worked, has no subscribers  —  (Reuters) - Oregon, a state that fully embraced the Affordable Care Act, is enduring one of the rockiest rollouts of President Back Obama's signature health care law, with an inoperative online exchange that has yet …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Ronald Brownstein /
Poll: Americans Think Obamacare Will Help the Poor, Not the Country  —  United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll finds public opinion on the health law remarkably steady despite rollout troubles.  —  More Americans continue to say that President Obama's health care law …
Holman W. Jenkins, Jr / Wall Street Journal:   How the GOP Should Fix ObamaCare
Jeffrey Young / The Huffington Post:
Obama Administration Maps Out Detour Around
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Dish
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
The Obamacare Crisis  —  Health care as a necessity comes …
‘You Can Keep Your Doctor’: Obamacare's Next Broken Promise?
Tal Kopan / Politico:
CBS poll: President Obama, ACA hit record lows
Discussion: Power Line and Weasel Zippers
USA Today:
Rep. Trey Radel busted in cocaine sting  —  Freshman GOP lawmaker says he struggles with alcoholism and made ‘an extremely irresponsible choice.’  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., was caught buying drugs as part of a federal investigation into a Washington, D.C. …
Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
Trey Radel, Busted On Cocaine Charge, Voted For Drug Testing Food Stamp Recipients
Washington Post:
Rep. Trey Radel pleads guilty on charges of cocaine possession
Dylan Byers / Politico:
N.Y. Times D.C. shakeup: David Leonhardt out, Carolyn Ryan in as bureau chief  —  New York Times Washington bureau chief David Leonhardt will step down and be replaced by political editor Carolyn Ryan, sources familiar with the decision told POLITICO on Wednesday.
Hope grows for budget deal  —  They've been written off as a doomed-to-fail duo: Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray, the congressional budget leaders who are on an uphill quest to reach any kind of fiscal deal.  —  But an agreement may not be so elusive after all.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Reid Preparing to Move for Limits on Filibuster  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, is prepared to move forward with a vote that could severely limit the minority party's ability to filibuster presidential nominees, possibly as early as this week, Democrats said Tuesday.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The GOP's scary-movie strategy  —  House Republican leaders could not have been more blatant in their attempts to frighten Americans if they had emerged from their weekly meeting wearing hockey masks and carrying chainsaws.  —  “The American people are very, very worried,” Majority Leader Eric Cantor …
Discussion: Hot Air
Scott Gordon /
North Texas Drivers Stopped at Roadblock Asked for Saliva, Blood  —  Fort Worth police apologize for its role in federal survey  —  Some drivers along a busy Fort Worth street on Friday were stopped at a police roadblock and directed into a parking lot, where they were asked by federal contractors …
ABC News:
Exclusive: US May Have Let ‘Dozens’ of Terrorists Into Country As Refugees … Several dozen suspected terrorist bombmakers, including some believed to have targeted American troops, may have mistakenly been allowed to move to the United States as war refugees, according to FBI agents investigating …
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  November 20, 2013 - Christie Leads Clinton In Colorado In 2016 Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Obama Hits The Rocks In The Rockies  —  In an early look at the 2016 race for the White House, New Jersey Republican Gov. Christopher Christie tops former Secretary …
Zelie Pollon / Reuters:
Voters in Albuquerque, New Mexico, defeat measure to limit abortions  —  (Reuters) - Voters in Albuquerque defeated a proposal on Tuesday that would have outlawed most late-term abortions in New Mexico's largest city in the first test of such a measure on a municipal ballot in the United States.
Voters reject ban on late-term abortions in Albuquerque
Discussion: Shakesville
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Ted Cruz to Chris Cuomo: Thanks for lecture  —  Sen. Ted Cruz faced pointed questioning from CNN host Chris Cuomo on Wednesday, with the Texas Republican at one point thanking Cuomo for the lecture.  —  Cuomo asked Cruz on CNN's “New Day” on Wednesday what the senator has proposed to replace Obamacare …
Discussion: CNN
CBS Miami:
HHS Secretary Sebelius Visits South Florida To Meet With Healthcare Navigators  —  MIAMI (CBSMiami) - Seven weeks to the day since the troubled website was launched, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in Miami, meeting with so-called “navigators” who are helping the public get signed up for coverage.
Discussion: Red Alert Politics and Hit & Run
Lateef Mungin / CNN:
Serial killer Joseph Franklin executed after hours of delay  —  (CNN) — White supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin was executed Wednesday morning after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final requests for a stay, the Missouri Department of Public Safety said.
Discussion: KFOR-TV, The Week, The BLT and The Raw Story
McDonald's Advice To Underpaid Employees: Sell Your Christmas Presents For Cash  —  Tis the season for holiday spirit: Yule logs, egg nog, festive lights and exchanging gifts with loved ones.  If you work for McDonald's, though, be sure to save those receipts.
Discussion: Alternet, The Raw Story and Gothamist
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Martha T. Moore / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Washington Examiner
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Other McCain and Balloon Juice
Paul Rosenberg / Salon:
Republicans will keep heading right!: What the media doesn't comprehend
Discussion: Hullabaloo
The White House:
President Obama's Handwritten Tribute to the Gettysburg Address
Discussion: Yahoo! News, TIME and CNN