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4:55 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
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
The Obamacare Crisis  —  Health care as a necessity comes …
Peter Berkowitz / Real Clear Politics:
Obama's Slow Learning Curve
Holman W. Jenkins, Jr / Wall Street Journal:   How the GOP Should Fix ObamaCare
Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah town forgets to hold election — again  —  Wallsburg » New recorder forgot to announce opening of filing period.  —  | The Salt Lake City  —  In the Wasatch County town of Wallsburg, the city employee responsible for oversight of elections brought new meaning to the job description by overlooking the election altogether.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Daily Caller
Paul Foy /
Nobody home: Utah town forgets to hold election  —  SALT LAKE CITY — A tiny Utah town had to skip an election earlier this month because part-time officials forgot to advertise or prepare for it — and it wasn't their first election flub.  —  Wallsburg, population 275 in the Wasatch Mountains 40 miles …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Utah Town Forgot To Hold Municipal Election In November
Discussion: Liberaland
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
The three things we learned from today's Obamacare update  —  Every day, usually around 2 p.m. or so, the Center for Medicare Services hosts a half-hour long call on the status of the insurance marketplace.  Now, every day, we here at Wonkblog will update you on what the federal government told us about how Obamacare is going.
Washington Post:
Three nearby hospitals with psychiatric units had room for Deeds's son on Monday  —  At least three hospitals near Bath County had available beds the day before the son of Virginia state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds apparently stabbed his father and then shot himself to death, officials confirmed Wednesday.
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Creigh Deeds's condition upgraded to good
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Ed O'Keefe / Post Politics:
Radel didn't inform Boehner of arrest until Tuesday  —  Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) did not vote Wednesday afternoon on a series of procedural matters hours after pleading guilty to possession of cocaine in D.C. Superior Court.  —  Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) (AP)
USA Today:
Rep. Trey Radel busted in cocaine sting
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 …
Washington Post:
Obama says Republicans share some blame for health-care law's failures  —  President Obama on Tuesday sought to redirect some of the political blame for the botched rollout of the federal health insurance exchange to Republicans, characterizing GOP lawmakers as rooting for the law's failure.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The GOP's scary-movie strategy
Discussion: Hot Air
Dylan Byers / Politico:
New York Times D.C. shake-up  —  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.  —  Leonhardt, who was appointed bureau chief shortly after Jill Abramson …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Twisted Sister, and Brothers  —  WASHINGTON — And I thought my family Thanksgivings were rough.  —  My sister, who loved W. and worked on his 2000 convention, made it clear that I was not welcome in her guest room when I was writing about the phony run-up to the Iraq war.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Liberaland
Jeffrey Young / The Huffington Post:
Obama Administration Maps Out Detour Around  —  WASHINGTON — People interested in buying health insurance under Obamacare could soon skip the website and apply for coverage and financial assistance directly with private insurance companies and online brokers …
CBO's Publications:
Federal Debt and the Statutory Limit, November 2013  —  The debt limit—commonly referred to as the debt ceiling—is the maximum amount of debt that the Department of the Treasury can issue to the public and to other federal agencies.  That amount is set by law and has been increased …
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
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
NRA Sues San Francisco Over Expanded Gun Magazine Ban  —  The National Rifle Association on Tuesday filed suit against San Francisco over a new measure expanding the city's ban on large-capacity gun magazines, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.  —  The suit claimed the measure …
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 …
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo: Greets Sebelius With Error Message While Touting Law In Miami (VIDEO)  —  The plagued federal health exchange website greeted President Barack Obama's top health official with an embarrassing error message while on a trip promoting the Affordable Care Act in Miami on Tuesday.
Todd S. Purdum / Politico:
Sex in the Senate  —  Bobby Baker's salacious secret history of Capitol Hill.  —  On Jan. 1, 1943, Robert Gene Baker arrived in Washington at the height of World War II to become a Senate page.  Two decades later, this son of a mailman from Pickens, S.C., had become the reigning Washington wheeler-dealer …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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