Poll suggests Obamacare could have cost Obama second term

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Updated 11/19/2013 at 1:33 p.m. ET

Washington (CNN) — If you need any more evidence that the disastrous roll out of the new health care law is taking a toll on President Barack Obama’s plunging approval ratings, a new survey provides the proof.

And an ABC News/Washington Post poll also suggests that if the 2012 presidential election between the President and GOP challenger Mitt Romney were held today, Romney would hold a slight lead in the popular vote.

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Private consulting firm warned of glitches before healthcare.gov launch

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(CNN) – A newly disclosed report indicates that officials in the Obama administration and the Department of Health and Human Services received warnings from a private consultant group that the federal online healthcare enrollment site could potentially fail to function properly for the October 1 launch date.

The analysis by McKinsey & Company was requested by the White House. It identified various problems with the exchange, including limited testing time and resources before the launch, and found that call-in centers wouldn’t function properly if the website malfunctioned.

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Mapping Cuts to Food Stamps – COLORLINES

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Screenshot of Stateline’s interactive ‘Food Stamps: State by State’ map. Photo: Stateline

Nearly half of the estimated 47 million people who rely on food stamps are children, and a new interactive map from the Pew Charitable Trust breaks down those numbers state by state. SNAP benefits were cut by $5 billion on November 1, and the South, where close to 20 percent of the overall population uses food stamps, was the hardest hit region in the country. In Mississippi, 22 percent of the population relies on SNAP benefits, 370,000 of whom are children, and 119,000 of whom are elderly or disabled people. But states like Oregon, New Mexico and Maine also have high numbers of people relying on food stamps, and Congress is still considering even deeper cuts. Check out the map on Stateline.

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“Here We Go Again”: Democrats Need To Stop Freaking Out About Obamacare And Take Charge

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The dawn of the 24-7 news cycle about 15 or so years ago brought with it a few new ways for the media to talk about and cover politics. With all that air time to fill, politics, and certain big news events like your major murders, became part soap opera. Soap operas, to keep the ratings steady, need running themes. What used to be called “Democrats in disarray,” known today in our hurried-up age as #demsindisarray, proved to be a compelling and durable one.

It developed, in part, because that dawn of cable happened to be the era of Clinton “scandals,” real and (mostly) imagined. Remember Craig Livingstone? If you don’t, Google him. If you do, you’re chuckling already, I know, because for about four days there on cable TV in 1996, Livingstone was supposed to be the ruination of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Democrats in disarray!

Yes, Republicans have…

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Hillary Clinton aiming for the glass ceiling

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(CNN) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sought to live up to her “glass ceiling cracker” Twitter profile Friday, announcing a “No Ceilings” project to be run through her family foundation.

“Too many women here and around the world still face ceilings,” Clinton said in a keynote speech in Philadelphia to the Pennsylvania Conference for Women.

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Sen. Ted Cruz’s father: Send Obama “back to Kenya”

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Never before seen video surfacing of Republican Senator Ted Cruz’s father making some shocking comments about president Barack Obama.

“We need to send Barack Obama back to Chicago. I’d like to send him back to Kenya, back to Indonesia,” Rafael Cruz said.

Ted Cruz’s father in 2012: Send Obama ‘back to Kenya’

According to Mother Jones, which uncovered the video, Rafael Cruz made those comments in September of last year at a north texas tea party event, as his son was running for the Senate.

Ted Cruz calls his father his hero.

So is the younger Cruz on the hook for his father’s remarks?

OutFront: CNN Political Analyst John Avlon and Mediaite’s Joe Concha.

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New Texas Abortion Law Ruled Unconstitutional

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AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — — A federal judge determined Monday that new Texas abortion restrictions place an unconstitutional burden on women seeking to end a pregnancy, a ruling that keeps open dozens of abortion clinics across the state while officials appeal.

The ruling by District Judge Lee Yeakel came one day before key parts of the law the Legislature approved in July were set to take effect. Lawyers for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers argued in their lawsuit that a provision requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital less than 30 miles away would have effectively shuttered about a third of the state’s 38 clinics that perform abortions.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, whose office argued the law protects women and the life of the fetus, immediately filed an appeal with the conservative 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

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