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New Enrollment Numbers and What $3B Can’t Buy—THE EDGE Brought to You by America’s Natural Gas

November 13, 2013

By Dustin Volz (@dnvolz) and Laura Ryan (

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The Obama administration confirmed low enrollment in the state and federal insurance exchanges. Through Nov. 2, 106,185 people had signed up, with about a quarter going through the federal website and the rest signing up via one of the 15* state-run exchanges. About 400,000 more people have received new benefits under the Medicaid expansion. On Capitol Hill, Boehner confirmed that immigration reform is off the table for the rest of the year. And news leaked that Snapchat turned down a $3 billion buyout offer from Facebook.

*14 plus D.C., for the sticklers in our midst.



NEW OFFICIAL ENROLLMENT NUMBERS ARE NOT PRETTY: As of Nov. 2,only 106,185 people have successfully signed up for health insurance through the Obamacare exchanges. About one-fourth of those have entered using the Obamacare site, while the rest have gone through state exchanges. (Same Baker, NJ)

NO IMMIGRATION REFORM IN 2013: John Boehner signaled today that immigration reform is off the table for this year. "I'll make clear we have no intention ever of going to conference on the Senate bill." (Deirdre Walsh, CNN)

OBAMACARE HEARING GETS NASTY: Led by Darrell Issa, the House Oversight Committee spent more than four hours going after the administration's IT officials--and each other. One thing is clear: It appears increasingly unlikely the site will be in top shape by the White House's Nov. 30 goal. What that means for Obamacare on the whole isn't clear, but we can be certain to expect more hearings chock-full of predictable theatrics. (Branigin/Somashekhar, WaPo)

MORE POLLS! DEMS, GOP TIED IN BATTLE FOR CONGRESS: Numbers from Quinnipiac University show the parties tied on a generic ballot, each at 39 percent. Dems have lost the 9-point lead they had in September, before the government shutdown captured the first half of October. (Steven Shepard, NJ)

SNAPCHAT SAYS NO TO BILLIONS IN COLD CASH: Snapchat turned down Facebook's all-cash acquisition offer reportedly worth more than $3 billion, indicating that the texting service is holding out for a bigger offer. A picture is worth a thousand words, but Snapchat is apparently priceless for now. (Rusli/MacMillan, WSJ)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The House and Senate are in session. The Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee holds a full hearing on Janet Yellen's Fed nomination at 10 a.m. in Dirksen 106. Obama heads to Cleveland to talk about the economy before moving to Philadelphia for a DSCC campaign event.


TRUST IN ... GOVERNMENT? A new poll shows that the GOP is more trustworthy than Obama. (Joshua Green, Bloomberg)

WHAT GRIDLOCK LOOKS LIKE: Eerily like a vortex. (National Journal)

FEMINISM'S UNLIKELY ADVOCATE: Catholic schools empower young girls. Take that, Billy Joel. (Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon)

WHITEY BULGER SENTENCING: "You serve less of a purpose on this Earth than Reye's syndrome." And that's just a teaser. (Ben Collins, Esquire)

JFK NOSTALGIA: A variation of the timeless question: Who were you when JFK was shot? (Linton Weeks, NPR)


WHICH BOEHNER WILL WE SEE IN 2014? The speaker has a clear choice ahead of him: continue to attempt to cater to the fringes of his party, or work with Dems and a few dozen moderate Republicans to attach some legislation to his legacy. (Billy House, NJ)


LAST NIGHT'S LATE NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 3 MINUTES: Is it tougher to get enrolled in Obamacare than it is to gain acceptance to Harvard? And the media can't get enough ridiculing the health website's rollout. (Reena Flores, NJ)

ODE TO SCAFFOLDING: A fond farewell to the Washington Monument's blue scaffolding, replete with photos. (Megan Garber, The Atlantic)

ICONIC PHOTOS FROM THE PAST, NOW IN COLOR: In case you missed it over the weekend, here's a collection of some amazing colorized historical photographs featuring the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Albert Einstein, Walt Whitman and Elizabeth Taylor. And a D.C. car crash, circa 1921. (HuffPo)

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