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8:15 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 …
Jeffrey Young / The Huffington Post:
Obama Administration Maps Out Detour Around
Jason Furman / White Blog:
New Report from the Council of Economic Advisers: The Recent Slowdown in Health Care Cost Growth and the Role of the Affordable Care Act  —  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed against a backdrop of decades of rapid growth in health care spending, and one of the ACA's key goals was to root …
Discussion: USA Today, Liberaland, Wonkblog and Twitchy
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
Jonathan Kaminsky / Reuters:
Oregon healthcare exchange website never worked, has no subscribers
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.
Paul Foy /
Nobody home: Utah town forgets to hold election
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Rep. Grace Meng attacked, robbed near Eastern Market  —  WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Police say a U.S. congresswoman was attacked and robbed Tuesday night near Eastern Market.  —  Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., who represents the 6th congressional district in Queens, was walking home from dinner Tuesday night …
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
Obama Breaks the Health Law to Save It  —  The Barack Obama administration is sounding a bit more upbeat today on the state of the health insurance exchanges.  At the same time, it's also clearly preparing a backup plan: allowing customers to buy policies directly from insurers.
Discussion: Hot Air
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
The three things we learned from today's Obamacare update
Fox News:
Palin kills Matt Lauer interview over Martin Bashir slur  —  It's no secret that Sarah Palin is mighty steamed at MSNBC and Martin Bashir over his despicable remarks about the abusive treatment he imagines for her.  —  And now she's doing something about it.
Colin Lecher / Popular Science:
Vancouver Banned Doorknobs.  Good.  —  Levers are the way of the future.  —  Doorknob Jim Simonson  —  In Vancouver, the humble doorknob is being phased out.  Kind of.  Effective in March, new housing will be required to install levers on doors and faucets, instead of the good-ol' round knobs of our forefathers.
Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
Gov. Quinn to sign same-sex marriage bill on Abe Lincoln's desk  —  Gov. Pat Quinn plans to pull desk duty when he signs same-sex marriage legislation Wednesday.  —  And what a desk it is!  —  Sneed is told Quinn will ink the historic bill on the desk used by Abraham Lincoln to pen his first inaugural address.
Illinois Governor Signs Marriage Equality Into Law
Discussion: Associated Press and Liberaland
Jeremy W. Peters / The Caucus:
In an Attack Ad, an Alaskan Voter Is Really an Actress From Maryland  —  WASHINGTON - In a tough new advertisement from the Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity, an unnamed woman looks directly into the camera and upbraids Senator Mark Begich, Democrat of Alaska.  —  “Senator Begich didn't listen.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Liberaland
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 …
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.
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
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
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 …
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 …
Tea Party Protestors Demand Obama Impeachment Outside White House  —  By Maya Rhodan @m_rhodanNov.  19, 2013  —  Less than 100 Tea Party-affiliated protesters gathered in Lafayette Square on Tuesday to call for Obama's impeachment, just steps from the White House where President Obama …
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 …
Philadelphia News, Local News, Weather …:
Mom of Alleged Teen Shoplifter Accuses Police of Brutality  —  The Bucks County District Attorney's Office is investigating the alleged assault of a teen boy by police officers.  —  The mother of the 14-year-old boy, who was arrested for shoplifting, is accusing police of roughing him up.
Discussion: The Raw Story, Techdirt and Hullabaloo
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: Taylor Marsh and Hullabaloo
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.
Erik Wemple:
Politico's Mike Allen, native advertising pioneer  —  Introducing: The “Playbook” game!  —  Politico Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen writes “Playbook,” a daily e-mail newsletter featuring stories from Politico and other outlets, various “exclusives,” tips and birthday notices.
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