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12:00 PM ET, November 15, 2014


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The National Interest:
How One Man Could Obliterate Obamacare  —  Why an MIT health economist who was one of the health-care law's architects could cause its utter destruction.  —  For five years, Republicans have been searching for the perfect messenger to speak out against Obamacare.  —  They have finally found him.
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
Shushannah Walshe / ABC News:
Why Obamacare ‘Architect’ Jonathan Gruber Is Under Fire … MIT economist Jonathan Gruber may not have been a household name, at least before this week, despite his being described as the “architect” of Obamacare and, previously, Romneycare in Massachusetts.
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?
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 …
Pamela Constable / Washington Post:
Washington Cathedral's first Muslim prayer service interrupted by heckler  —  In a corner of Washington National Cathedral, several hundred Muslim worshipers and other invited guests gathered Friday afternoon for a first-ever recitation of weekly Muslim prayers at the iconic Christian sanctuary …
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 …
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.”
Stephanie Lulay / New York:
Fifth-Grade Sex Ed Plan Horrifies Chicago Parents Who Say It's Obscene  —  NEAR WEST SIDE — Parents at a Near West Side school say they are “shocked” and “horrified” after viewing a new sex education curriculum intended for fifth-graders, saying the way the information is presented is over the top and not age-appropriate.
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Women who have sex before marriage are like ‘filthy dishrags,’ California pastor roars  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  A California pastor compared women who had sex before marriage to “filthy dishrags” in a sermon posted online.  —  Paul Chappell, founder and president …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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: FOX News Radio and Booman Tribune
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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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A SCOTUS ruling against Obamacare: Health care for the poor, but not for the working middle class?
David Catanese / US News:
Terry McAuliffe: 60 Days Until Hillary Decision
Discussion: CNN
Elana Schor / Politico:
House passes Keystone bill — all eyes shift to Senate
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
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