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9:55 AM ET, December 2, 2013


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Julianna Goldman / Bloomberg:
Obamacare Website Sign-Ups Said to Reach 100,000 in Month  —  About 100,000 people signed up for health insurance through the online federal exchange last month, a roughly four-fold increase from October even as a team of U.S. government and contractor programmers was fixing …
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:   As Obamacare website relaunches, there's reason to hope
Scott Pruitt / Wall Street Journal:   ObamaCare's Next Legal Challenge
The Hill:
Democrats admit reboot needs stronger White House team  —  Former administration officials and Democratic operatives say President Obama is ill-served by his current White House staff and must reboot his second term team following the disastrous ObamaCare rollout.
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Dems now party of women  —  As the 2014 midterm election season begins, the Democratic Party is in full bloom as the political home of the modern American woman.  —  For the last half-century, women were swing voters between the parties.  A gender gap emerged in the 1980s …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
New York Times:
Insurers Claim Health Website Is Still Flawed  —  Weeks of frantic technical work appear to have made the government's health care website easier for consumers to use.  But that does not mean everyone who signs up for insurance can enroll in a health plan.  —  The problem is that so-called …
Charlie Rose / CBS News:
Amazon's Jeff Bezos looks to the future  —  Amazon is the world's largest online retailer, serving 225M customers.  What's next for the company that prides itself on disrupting tradition?  —  STUMBLE  —  TWITTER
Kelly Kennedy / USA Today:
White House claims success on repairs  —  As expected, the government announced it met its goal to make operate smoothly for most users.  —  CONNECT  —  The White House announced Sunday it has met its goal to make its troubled website operate smoothly …
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:   The Biggest News in the Report: Just How Bad It Was
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Better Pay Now  —  'Tis the season to be jolly — or, at any rate, to spend a lot of time in shopping malls.  It is also, traditionally, a time to reflect on the plight of those less fortunate than oneself — for example, the person on the other side of that cash register.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
RNC Tweets Tribute To Rosa Parks For ‘Ending Racism’  —  The Republican National Committee on Sunday clarified a tweet it sent out claiming civil rights icon Rosa Parks ended racism after the tribute was mocked on the social media website.  —  The tweet, accompanied by a picture of Parks …
Discussion: BOR and PoliticusUSA
Joan Walsh / Salon:
GOP's massive 2013 mistake: How the party ignored its terminal illness  —  Celebrating Obamacare's troubles, Republicans finish the year ignoring lessons it was supposed to learn from 2012  —  We did a whole “Hardball” hour Friday on how the GOP ratcheted up the crazy this year.
Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare Mission Accomplished  —  The system isn't working and the website isn't fixed.  —  Great news: The White House says that and the 36 federally run insurance exchanges are finally good to go.  The only thing missing from Sunday's relentlessly upbeat progress report …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
James Hohmann / Politico:
GOP targets blue states in battle for Senate  —  In 2012, Democrats snagged Senate seats from Republicans in states where the GOP should have prevailed with relative ease.  —  In 2014, Republicans want to show they can play that game, too.  —  The GOP could conceivably capture the Senate …
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Wage Strikes Planned at Fast-Food Outlets  —  Seeking to increase pressure on McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food restaurants, organizers of a movement demanding a $15-an-hour wage for fast-food workers say they will sponsor one-day strikes in 100 cities on Thursday and protest activities in 100 additional cities.
Kathleen Sebelius / USA Today:
Improvement dramatic over Oct. 1  —  More consumers are shopping and enrolling at  —  Wherever I go, I meet Americans who tell me how long they've been waiting for the security of affordable health coverage.  —  OUR VIEW: Better, but not yet well
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Pope and the Right  —  “NOW it's your turn to be part of the loyal opposition,” a fellow Catholic journalist said to me earlier this year, as Pope Francis's agenda was beginning to take shape.  —  The friend was a political liberal and lifelong Democrat, accustomed to being on the wrong side …
NY Daily News:
4 dead, 68 injured after NYC-bound Metro-North passenger train derails in Bronx  —  Five cars tore off the tracks Sunday near the Hudson River while headed toward Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal.  Two people were thrown from the rail cars.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo is on the scene.
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Daniel Callahan / New York Times:
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