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9:55 AM ET, November 15, 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 …
Chicago Tribune:
Arrogance plus deception equals Obamacare.  Ask Gruber.  —  “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it ....”  —  Words to live by:  —  Thou shalt not lie.  Especially when thou mess with one-sixth of the U.S. economy.  And when thou art assuring Americans that thy bill won't kill their health insurance policies.
Discussion: New York Times and RedState
Noah Rothman / Hot Air:
Has Gruber-gate scuttled Mitt, 2016?
Bruce Parker /
But wait, there's more: Fifth video shows Gruber mocking Vermonters
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Gruber Confession  —  It's not exactly the Ems Dispatch …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Midterm Calculus: For Democrats, Turnout Efforts Look Successful (Though Not Elections)
Discussion: Washington Monthly
The Hill:
Shutdown talk grows in GOP  —  Conservative House Republicans say they're willing to shut down the government to prevent President Obama from carrying out what they see as unconstitutional actions on immigration.  —  Tea Party lawmakers emboldened by the GOP's big midterm gains say they will insist …
Daniel / Rosetta:
Our lander's asleep  —  With its batteries depleted and not enough sunlight available to recharge, Philae has fallen into ‘idle mode’ for a potentially long silence.  In this mode, all instruments and most systems on board are shut down.  —  “Prior to falling silent, the lander was able …
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: Booman Tribune
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.
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
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
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 …
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 …
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
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Discussion: CNN
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The Huffington Post:
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Discussion: RedState
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Discussion: Hot Air and Daily Kos
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Discussion: Bloomberg View and The Dish
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Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Bush Tells Hannity Why He Refuses to Criticize Obama
Discussion: Business Insider
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Discussion: US News