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Another Sunday, another round of defending ObamaCare.

Zeke Emanuel, a former White House adviser and ObamaCare architect, took to Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace to defend the president’s plan, and this time offered a clarification. Here’s part of the transcript:

EZEKIEL EMANUEL: The president never said you were going to have unlimited choice of any doctor in the country you want to go to.

WALLACE: Wait. No. He asked a question. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Did he not say that, sir? 

EMANUEL: He didn't say you could have unlimited choice. 

Real Clear Politics Executive Editor Tom Bevan, and Commentary’s John Podhoretz say Emanuel didn’t do himself any favors.

And Emanuel, brother to former White House chief of staff, now Chicago mayor, Rahm Emanuel, decried the failure of a properly communicated rollout, saying it lacked a big "PR campaign."

But the communications director for Speaker Boehner isn’t buying it.

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You’d think the “rosier than expected” unemployment report would be good news for the economy, right?  Maybe not. New York Times’ Binyamin Appelbaum argues against it.

“In recent years a lot of people have given up on looking for work. As a result, the unemployment rate has gradually declined from 10 percent to 7 percent even as the share of American adults who are working has remained basically steady.”

NowThisNews’ Katharine Zaleski calls out news outlets for taking the bait.

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Honoring Nelson Mandela is proving problematic for some conservative pols.

Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have stepped in hot water with critics for their comments.

On Fox News with Bill O'Reilly Thursday, Santorum equated Mandela's efforts to fight apartheid to the battle Republicans are waging to repeal ObamaCare.

The brouhaha over Gingrich’s words began on Twitter with his two-part tweet:

When Gingrich was met with backlash from his supporters  – one commenter called Mandela a “commie murderer” – the former House speaker defended himself on his website.

“I was surprised by the hostility and vehemence of some of the people who reacted to me saying a kind word about a unique historic figure. So let me say to those conservatives who don’t want to honor Nelson Mandela, what would you have done?”

And in Sunday’s New York Times, Op-Ed columnist Bill Keller weighed in on Mandela’s communist ties by asking: “Does it matter?” Nick Confessore, political reporter for the Times, praised both Keller and Gingrich.

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On Rand Paul’s prospects for the next election, this sounds more like a yes than a maybe…

Screeeech.  Hold on just a minute, sez Rand’s wife, Kelley. 

Fox News Contributor Jedediah Bila weighs in:

Seems we’ll soon see who really wears the pants in the Paul family.

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