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5:55 PM ET, November 14, 2014


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Bruce Parker /
But wait, there's more: Fifth video shows Gruber mocking Vermonters  —  GIMME FIVE: Video from a 2011 Vermont House committee meeting shows Obamacare guru Jonathan Gruber insulting a Vermont citizen.  —  A video from Vermont shows Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber mocking a Vermonter …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Did Jonathan Gruber earn 'almost $400,000′ from the Obama administration?  —  MIT economist Jonathan Gruber “was paid almost $400,000 by this administration.”  —  Republicans are demanding hearings into videos that have emerged in recent days of MIT professor Jonathan Gruber making impolitic remarks …
S.E. Cupp / CNN:
The guy who thinks voters are ‘stupid’  —  Editor's note: S.E. Cupp is the author of “Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media's Attack on Christianity,” co-author of “Why You're Wrong About the Right,” a columnist at the New York Daily News and a political commentator for Glenn Beck's The Blaze.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Midterm Calculus: For Democrats, Turnout Efforts Look Successful (Though Not Elections)  —  For Democrats, Turnout Efforts Look Successful (Though Not Elections)  —  The turnout effort was relatively successful, even though Democrats failed to mobilize enough voters to win several important races.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Gruber Confession  —  It's not exactly the Ems Dispatch …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
WaPo fact check: Yes, Gruber got $400,000 for ObamaCare work
Discussion: Washington Post
USA Today:
Rural hospitals in critical condition
Rick Klein / ABC News:
Secret Emails of Potential Clinton Campaign Managers Revealed … For the past five years, a prominent Democratic operative who is a leading contender to manage a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign has maintained a private email listserv for friends and associates that carries a provocative name: the “Mook Mafia.”
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Newly Insured Through Exchanges Give Coverage Good Marks  —  Story Highlights  —  PRINCETON, N.J. — Over seven in 10 Americans who bought new health insurance policies through the government exchanges earlier this year rate the quality of their healthcare and their healthcare coverage as “excellent” or “good.”
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., 55% of Uninsured Plan to Get Health Coverage
Discussion: Washington Post
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
The Loneliest President Since Nixon  —  Facing adversity, Obama has no idea how to respond.  —  Seven years ago I was talking to a longtime Democratic operative on Capitol Hill about a politician who was in trouble.  The pol was likely finished, he said.  I was surprised.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and VodkaPundit
Billy House / National Journal:
Dems Deny Duckworth a Proxy Vote in Democratic Leader Elections  —  The pregnant Illinois congresswoman and wounded war veteran is unable to travel to D.C.  —  Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, who is expecting a baby in December, is being denied a request to vote by proxy …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Ranking member contest is early test of Pelosi's power in new Congress
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Fox News, Where Conservative Senior Citizens Get to Look At Half-Naked ‘Girls’  —  There's something almost endearing about the fact that in an age when there are literally millions of images and videos of humans without their clothes on available instantaneously to anyone with an internet connection …
Elana Schor / Politico:
House passes Keystone bill — all eyes shift to Senate  —  As expected, the House easily passed a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday — setting the stage for drama next week in the Senate, where supporters are inching close to the filibuster-proof majority needed to send the measure to President Barack Obama's desk.
Discussion: Liberaland and Gawker
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A SCOTUS ruling against Obamacare: Health care for the poor, but not for the working middle class?  —  If the Supreme Court kills Obamacare's subsidies to people in the states on the federal exchanges, more than four million people in those states would likely see their premiums rise …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
How Obama Could Skirt SCOTUS And The Lawsuit To Kill O-Care
Discussion: Reno Gazette-Journal and Daily Kos
Emily Cahn / Roll Call:
Mark Kirk: ‘No Frickin’ Way Am I Retiring'  —  Kirk says he'll run for a second term.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)  —  Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., has a message for anyone who doubts his will or appetite for a second term.  —  “No frickin' way am I retiring,” he told CQ Roll Call …
Discussion: CNN
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Duckworth interested in challenging Kirk for Senate seat in 2016
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Dahlia Lithwick / The New Republic:
Yale, Harvard, Yale, Harvard, Yale, Harvard, Harvard, Harvard, Columbia  —  The thing that scares me most about the Supreme Court  —  Under Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court has emerged as one of the most ideologically aggressive in decades, and its rightward trajectory …
Discussion: CNBC and US News
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Bush Tells Hannity Why He Refuses to Criticize Obama  —  Sean Hannity dedicated his entire show Thursday night to an extended interview for former President George W. Bush.  At one point, Hannity expressed a little frustration over the fact that Bush is so reluctant to offer up any criticisms of President Barack Obama.
Discussion: Business Insider
Putin Calls Pope ‘Annoying.’ Also, Looks Like the Onion May Be Up for Sale  —  Everything in this story is actually, honestly true.  —  Onion Inc., owner of the satirical news site the Onion and the entertainment site the A.V. Club, has hired a financial adviser for a possible sale, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
Walmart Workers Promise Biggest Black Friday Strike Ever  —  A Black Friday protest outside of a St. Paul, Minnesota Walmart in 2013  —  Walmart employees who are organizing as part of OUR Walmart are promising the biggest strikes ever on Black Friday, saying more employees will participate than the previous two years.
Discussion: Daily Kos
The Huffington Post:
HUFFPOLLSTER: Three Theories For Why Polls Underestimated The GOP  —  Poll and poll averages generally understated Republican margins at the end of campaign 2014.  We examine three theories that may explain why.  This is HuffPollster for Friday, November 14, 2014.
Discussion: RedState
David Catanese / US News:
Terry McAuliffe: 60 Days Until Hillary Decision  —  The close Clinton friend says Hillary will decide on 2016 by mid-January.  —  Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe appeared Thursday night at the Knock Out Abuse gala at The Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C.  —  Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe …
Discussion: CNN
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