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10:05 AM ET, November 27, 2013

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The Huffington Post:
Top-Secret Document Reveals NSA Spied On Porn Habits As Part Of Plan To Discredit ‘Radicalizers’  —  WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency has been gathering records of online sexual activity and evidence of visits to pornographic websites as part of a proposed plan to harm the reputations …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Obama's photo policy smacks of propaganda  —  Is the Obama White House airbrushing history?  —  It was a hallmark of the Stalin era: Fallen Soviet leaders vanished from official photographs.  Nobody accuses President Obama of such subterfuge (well, nobody except for those who believe …
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New York Times:
A Plea to Avoid Crush of Users at Health Site  —  WASHINGTON — White House officials, fearful that the federal health care website may again be overwhelmed this weekend, have urged their allies to hold back enrollment efforts so the insurance marketplace does not collapse under a crush of new users.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House won't rule out future executive action on immigration
Discussion: National Review and Weasel Zippers
Reid Wilson / GovBeat:
Is another Republican wave building?  —  President Obama's poll numbers are at record lows.  The health care law that serves as the cornerstone of his domestic policy legacy is even more unpopular.  And there are few chances to change the conversation among a skeptical public that isn't happy with Washington.
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
MAP: Incumbent Republicans Face Almost All Of The Primary Challenges  —  Though much has been made about Democrats' positioning on Obamacare as 2014 approaches, it may be Republicans that face more hurdles in the early parts of the campaign.  —  In seven of eight Senate races …
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Democrats eagerly seeking signs of success with health-care law
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Senate Dems want HealthCare.gov CEO
Robert Reich / Salon:
The right is poisoning Obamacare
Jen Carlson / Gothamist:
Alec Baldwin Talks About His MSNBC Show's Sudden Cancellation  —  Following a confrontation with paparazzi outside of his New York City home—allegedly calling a paparazzo a “c**ksucking fag”— MSNBC suspended Alec Baldwin's show, and now they have cancelled it.
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Alec Baldwin Explains MSNBC Departure: ‘They Killed My Show’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and TMZ.com
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Alec Baldwin's MSNBC Show Canceled Following Gay Slur
Discussion: New York Times and Shakesville
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
White House faces tough court fight on ObamaCare mandate  —  The Obama administration faces a tough task in convincing the Supreme Court to rule in favor of ObamaCare's contraception mandate, according to legal experts.  —  They say Chief Justice John Roberts's court, which upheld the health law …
Discussion: Right Wing News and Twitchy
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The Hill:
Obama seeks limits on tax-exempt groups  —  The Obama administration on Tuesday moved to rein in the “dark money” groups that have spent millions of dollars in political campaigns without disclosing their donors.  —  In draft guidance to be issued by Treasury and the IRS …
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Byron Tau / Politico:
President Obama pitches new rules for political nonprofits
Discussion: Hot Air
Mike Allen / Politico:
GETAWAY-DAY EDITION — PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN GURUS TO PUSH FOR BIG DEBATE CHANGES based on rise of social media and early voting — DE BLASIO ALREADY AFFECTING NYC  —  EXCLUSIVE: Top officials from past presidential campaigns have quietly formed a group to push for major changes …
Discussion: New York Times and TheBlaze.com
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  November 27, 2013 - Obama Hits Historic Low In Ohio, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Clinton Tops Kasich, Ties Christie In 2016 Race  —  President Barack Obama's job approval rating among Ohio voters is a negative 34 - 61 percent, his lowest score in any Quinnipiac …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
CBS News' Lara Logan Taking Leave Of Absence Over Discredited ‘60 Minutes’ Benghazi Report  —  NEW YORK — Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and executive producer of '"60 Minutes," informed staff Tuesday that Lara Logan and her producer, Max McClellan, would be taking a leave of absence following …
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Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Dinesh D'Souza Deletes Tweet Calling Obama ‘Grown-Up Trayvon’  —  Conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza on Tuesday called President Barack Obama a “Grown-Up Trayvon” on his Twitter page, but he appeared to delete the tweet shortly after.  —  “I am thankful this week when I remember …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Global Grind
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Jose Delreal / Politico:   Dinesh D'Souza calls Obama ‘Grown-Up Trayvon’
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Dinesh D'Souza: America ‘Will Survive Grown-Up Trayvon in the White House’
Discussion: Liberaland
Matt Spetalnick / Reuters:
Americans back Iran deal by 2-to-1 margin: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - Americans back a newly brokered nuclear deal with Iran by a 2-to-1 margin and are very wary of the United States resorting to military action against Tehran even if the historic diplomatic effort falls through, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday.
Adrian Chen / New York Times:
Much Ado About Bitcoin  —  FOR the obsessive followers of the volatile virtual currency bitcoin, the price of a single bitcoin at the time their fixation began holds undue significance.  I know one bitcoin cost around $9 when I first stumbled on it in the summer of 2011.
David Nather / Politico:
State successes show health law can work  —  With all the waves of bad news about the Obamacare website and the canceled policies, it would be easy to conclude that nothing in this law will ever work — that it's just too big and complicated and messy.  —  But that's not the complete picture of the Affordable Care Act rollout.
Discussion: wahbexchange.org
CNN:
CNN/ORC Poll: Are Obamacare's flaws fixable?  —  Washington (CNN) - Despite the flawed rollout of HealthCare.gov, a majority of Americans still seem to have an open mind about whether Obamacare will work, and more than half of those surveyed in a new national poll believe the current problems can be solved.
Discussion: Liberaland
 
 
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Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
MSNBC's Roberts Disputes Claim That Press ‘Not Interested’ in Helping People Get Obamacare
Robert Samuelson / Real Clear Politics:
Obama's Broken Promise (Chapter Two)
Steven Hill / The Atlantic Online:
Now Abolish the Filibuster for Legislation, Too
vpap.org:
Scope of Potential Recount
Discussion: Politico
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Pro-Morsi Egyptians to Picket Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Weasel Zippers
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Mary Cheney takes veiled shot at Liz Cheney
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
As Homeless Line Up for Food, Los Angeles Weighs Restrictions
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Republican to ask for recount in Virginia AG race
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Illinois Governor's race looks like a toss up
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Daily Kos
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Corbett's numbers just keep getting worse
Discussion: LifeNews.com
Shaun Chaiyabhat / WPLG-TV:
African-American girl faces expulsion over ‘natural hair’