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11:45 AM ET, November 22, 2013


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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The Democrats' naked power grab  —  “Congress is broken,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday before holding a party-line vote that disposed of rules that have guided and protected the chamber since 1789.  —  If Congress wasn't broken before, it certainly is now.
New York Times:
Democracy Returns to the Senate  —  For five years, Senate Republicans have refused to allow confirmation votes on dozens of perfectly qualified candidates nominated by President Obama for government positions.  They tried to nullify entire federal agencies by denying them leaders.
John Dickerson / Slate:
The Old Senate Was Already Dead  —  Passing filibuster reform just made it official.  —  If West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd were still in the Senate, it would be fascinating to see which side of the recent filibuster debate he would take.  Byrd was a defender of Senate traditions …
Patterico's Pontifications:
Hysterical Hypocrisy on Filibusters from the New York Times  —  The New York Times editorial board today, November 21, 2013, editorializing in favor of the judicial filibuster, at a time when we have a Democratic President and Senate majority: … Thank God we have a “return to the democratic process …
Discussion: Hot Air, Power Line and New York Times
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Senate's filibuster rule change should help Obama achieve key second-term priorities  —  The Senate vote Thursday to lower the barriers for presidential nominations should make it easier for President Obama to accomplish key second-term priorities, including tougher measures on climate change …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Rand Paul: Harry Reid Is A ‘Big Bully’
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Liberaland
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Partisan Fever in Senate Likely to Rise
Dan Merica / CNN:
The man who coined the term ‘nuclear option’ regrets ever pursuing it
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Nine reasons the filibuster change is a huge deal
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
Fox News:
Round 2 of ObamaCare enrollment to be delayed until after 2014 midterms  —  The Obama administration plans to delay the start of next year's ObamaCare enrollment period, a move pitched as a way to give consumers and insurance companies more time to study their options …
Susan Levine / Politico:
HHS to delay 2015 Obamacare enrollment by a month  —  Health and Human Services plans to delay the start of the second year of Obamacare enrollment by one month to allow insurers more time to set rates after assessing their plan experiences during 2014, a department official said Thursday night.
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Lauren McGaughy / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Mary Landrieu approval ratings drop, Bobby Jindal's rise in latest polling data  —  U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's approval rating dropped and Gov. Bobby Jindal's rose over the last six months, according to polling data released Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 from Southern Media & Opinion Research.
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Bill Cassidy staffer tweets Mary Landrieu-Mussolini picture  —  A conservative blog in Louisiana on Thursday posted an image of Sen. Mary Landrieu's face superimposed on the body of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini — and an hour later, the campaign manager of Landrieu's main opponent next year …
Scott Walker / Wall Street Journal:
How to Win the Obama-Walker Voters  —  If conservative principles are the problem, then why are so many Republicans in office who campaigned on them?  —  In the wake of the 2012 elections, Republicans are being warned once again that they need to compromise their principles to win at the ballot box.
Discussion: First Read
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Health Law Is Dividing Republican Governors
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Charles Babington / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Wisconsin's Gov. Walker hopes to split Chris Christie, tea partyers, in GOP presidential hunt
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Expanding Social Security  —  For many years there has been one overwhelming rule for people who wanted to be considered serious inside the Beltway.  It was this: You must declare your willingness to cut Social Security in the name of “entitlement reform.”  It wasn't really about the numbers …
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Obama approval rating sinks to new low in CNN poll  —  Washington (CNN) - As President Barack Obama's approval rating hits another all-time low, a new national survey also indicates that Americans say the President has less power than congressional Republicans when it comes to shaping events over the next year.
CNN Poll: JFK tops presidential rankings for last 50 years
On 50th anniversary of JFK death, Dallas holds first memorial  —  (Reuters) - Dallas will observe the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination with its first official memorial on Friday, as the rest of the nation pauses to remember the event that changed history.
The / Los Angeles Times:   Why JFK still matters
Older hill aides shocked by Obamacare prices  —  Veteran House Democratic aides are sick over the insurance prices they'll pay under Obamacare, and they're scrambling to find a cure.  —  “In a shock to the system, the older staff in my office (folks over 59) have now found …
Insurers to Get Extra Month to Set 2015 Obamacare Rates  —  The Obama administration plans to push back by a month the second-year start of enrollment in its health program to give insurers more time to adjust to growing pains in the U.S. law, a move that may stave off higher premiums before the 2014 congressional elections.
Brianna Keilar / CNN:
Key part of passed test, but Anonymous Shopper shelved anyway  —  Washington (CNN) — When the troubled federal health care website came online, the key “Anonymous Shopper” function was nowhere to be found — even though it passed a key test almost two weeks before launched.
Discussion: Hot Air
Martha T. Moore / Associated Press:
ACLU sues Kansas over voter registration requirements  —  Group argues against “two-tier” voting system  —  The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Kansas over the state's refusal to allow residents to vote in state elections without showing proof of citizenship.
Skip Navigation / ACLU:
ACLU Challenges Kansas' Two-Tiered Voter Registration System
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
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Timothy Egan / New York Times:
The South's New Lost Cause
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Scott Shackford / Hit & Run:
Driver Arrested in Ohio for Secret Car Compartment Full of Nothing
Discussion: AEIdeas
Kellan Howell / Washington Times:
Washington Times sues Homeland over seizure of reporter's notes
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
House panel approves spying bill, targets leaks
Discussion: Shakesville and The Switch
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Daniel Henninger: Worse Than ObamaCare
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
 Earlier Items: 
The Fiscal Times:
Why the Bloated Government Is Too Big to Succeed
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Obama holds off-record meeting with MSNBC hosts, liberal pundits
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers