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9:54 PM ET, November 14, 2014


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Jake Tapper / CNN:
Obamacare architect in 6th video: ‘Mislabeling’ helped us get rid of tax breaks  —  Washington (CNN) — In a 2011 conversation about the Affordable Care Act, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, one of the architects of the law more commonly known as Obamacare, talked about how the bill would get rid …
Noah Rothman / Hot Air:
Has Gruber-gate scuttled Mitt, 2016?  —  “It's terrifying that the guy in his mom's basement is finding his stuff, and nobody else is.”  —  That's what Rich Weinstein, the previously anonymous investment advisor who scooped the universe by uncovering Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber's unrivaled contempt …
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.”
Chicago Tribune:
Arrogance plus deception equals Obamacare. Ask Gruber.
Discussion: RedState
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Midterm Calculus: For Democrats, Turnout Efforts Look Successful (Though Not Elections)
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Did Jonathan Gruber earn 'almost $400,000′ from the Obama administration?
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
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Orrin Hatch: GOP Ready To Give Democratic ‘Blunderheads’ A ‘Taste Of Their Own Medicine’  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) came out swinging against Democrats Friday, telling a room of conservative lawyers that Republicans were ready to give the other party “a taste of their own medicine.”
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
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
How Obama Could Skirt SCOTUS And The Lawsuit To Kill O-Care  —  The specter of the Supreme Court gutting Obamacare and putting health coverage for millions of people at risk is back in a very real way, with the justices taking up the lawsuit that would prohibit tax subsidies from being given …
Discussion: Reno Gazette-Journal and Daily Kos
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 …
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
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.”
Sarah Knapton / Telegraph:
Rosetta mission scientist Dr Matt Taylor cries during apology over ‘offensive’ shirt  —  Rosetta scientist Dr Matt Taylor breaks down as he says he made “a big mistake” by wearing a shirt during the mission's live stream featuring cartoon images of women wearing bondage gear and firing guns
Julia Preston / New York Times:
The Big Money Behind the Push for an Immigration Overhaul  —  The calls started shortly after President Obama's news conference on the day after the midterm elections.  He had said he would go ahead with action on immigration before year's end, in spite of warnings from Republicans …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
After Losses, Liberal and Centrist Democrats Square Off on Strategy  —  WASHINGTON — The Democrats' widespread losses last week have revived a debate inside the party about its fundamental identity, a long-running feud between center and left that has taken on new urgency in the aftermath …
Discussion: Liberaland
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.
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: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
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
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
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