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Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, November 14, 2013.
1. The President's Obamacare fix. Under pressure from Republicans and Democrats over the health care rollout fiasco, President Obama offered his plan to help Americans whose insurance policies are being cancelled because they don't meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. The fix allows insurance companies to offer one-year extensions of plans to people who currently purchase them on the individual market. "This fix won't solve every problem for every person. But it's going to help a lot of people," the President said. "We are going to do everything we can to help the Americans who've received these cancellation notices." It's not clear how much relief the president's proposal will provide because insurers and state insurance commissioners aren't being forced to extend existing plans. Stay tuned.
1. Shutdown: Day Two. President Obama meets with congressional leaders at the White House. House speaker John Boehner's spokesman Brendan Buck said Boehner is "pleased the president finally recognizes that his refusal to negotiate is indefensible."
In an interview on CNBC, shortly before his meeting with the congressional leadership, President Obama signaled he was prepared to negotiate with Republicans but only after the government is reopened. "I'm exasperated because this is entirely unnecessary," the president said.
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Chalk up another milestone for Bill And Hillary Clinton. The powerful political duo is returning to Arkansas for Friday's dedication of the Bill And Hillary Clinton National Airport. The Little Rock airport will be the first in the United States to be named for a president and first lady.