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6:45 PM ET, November 23, 2013

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Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
New breed of Senate Democrats drove filibuster change  —  A wing of relative newcomers, mostly elected after 2006, favor bucking tradition and the party's old guard to help President Obama's agenda along.  —  Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), left, helped lead the victorious effort to end Senate filibusters …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Bloomberg:
Businesses Wary as Obama Picks Get Edge in Senate Rules  —  President Barack Obama will have a stronger hand to push through environmental, financial and other regulations after the Senate voted to let a simple majority confirm most presidential nominees.  —  Yesterday's rule change means Obama …
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
In Their Panic, Democrats Become Reckless Gamblers
Discussion: Hot Air
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
The Filibuster's Demise Is Great News for Judicial Confirmation Hearings
Leigh Ann Caldwell / CNN:
And credit for the nuclear option goes to...
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Reaction
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
If I Were An Enterprising RNC Attack Dog...  Obama is delaying the enrollment for next year's individual health insurance debacle until after the election.  The motivation fools no one - here is CNN:  —  White House: Politics aren't pushing back start date of 2015 Obamacare enrollment
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Washington Post:
HealthCare.gov contractor had high confidence but low success  —  At 9 a.m. on Aug. 22, a team of federal health officials sat down in a Baltimore conference room with at least a dozen employees of CGI Federal, the company with the main contract to build the online federal health insurance marketplace.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
New York Times:
Tension and Flaws Before Health Website Crash  —  WASHINGTON — On a sultry day in late August, a dozen staff members of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services gathered at the agency's Baltimore headquarters with managers from the major contractors building HealthCare …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Eschaton
Kate Brannen / Politico:
Two out in Army ‘pretty’ photo flap  —  The Army colonel who wrote an internal email suggesting public affairs officers use photos of “average-looking women” when they need to illustrate stories about female soldiers has stepped down as the leader of an Army study on gender integration.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Althouse
Hunter Schwarz / BuzzFeed:
What Happens When A New Age Spiritual Guru Becomes A Congressional Candidate  —  Twenty years ago, Marianne Williamson wrote the first book to be endorsed by Oprah; today, she's running for Congress.  Here's a look at how a New Age guru opposed to money's influence in politics plans to raise $2 million for a campaign.
Discussion: Liberaland
ThinkProgress:
Cop Admits He Ordered Mentally Ill Black Man To Sing, Make Animal Noises  —  A suburban Detroit police officer admitted he asked a mentally ill black man to sing and dance and video recorded the incident.  —  Videos and and photos with degrading portrayals of black men were submitted earlier …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
White House, allies weigh nomination strategy under new Senate rules  —  The White House and its allies are formulating ways to take maximum advantage of this week's change in the Senate's filibuster rules to rapidly confirm more than 240 judicial and executive nominees awaiting approval.
Discussion: Althouse and Wonkblog
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RFK assassin moved to San Diego prison  —  SAN DIEGO — The man who assassinated Sen. Robert F. Kennedy has a new home at a San Diego prison as of Friday — coincidentally on the 50th anniversary of brother President John F. Kennedy's assassination.  —  Sirhan Sirhan, 69 …
Claudia Grisales / MyStatesman.com:
State Rep. Drew Darby charged with taking weapon to Austin airport  —  Texas State Rep. Drew Darby is facing a felony charge after he attempted to take a weapon through a security screening at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport this month, according to court documents.
myfoxny.com:
America's anger epidemic: why?  —  Some are describing this as “America's anger epidemic.”  And there are a few reasons: uncertainty in the job market and the economy, working long hours — on average about one month more now than they did in the 1970s and with less vacation.
 
 
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Stephen Rex Brown / NY Daily News:
VIDEO: Yemen wedding celebration to ‘Gangnam Style’ ends with three dead when dancer accidentally shoots AK-47
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and BuzzFeed
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Group: UN Body Bars Jews from Entering Palestinian Meeting
New York Times:
N.S.A. Report Outlined Goals for More Power
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Weekly addresses: GOP sticks to health care, Obama pivots to the economy
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
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Theo Balcomb / History:
Moved By Kennedy's Death, The Boston Symphony Played On
Discussion: Firedoglake and Crooks and Liars