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1:15 PM ET, December 2, 2013

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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 …
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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 …
Louise Radnofsky / Wall Street Journal:
Insurers Seek to Bypass Health Site
Discussion: AEIdeas, Wonkblog and Washington Wire
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
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Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Drones Could Be Amazon's Undoing  —  Tonight on 60 Minutes, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced rather hazily that the company is working on trying to hone unmanned aerial vehicles as a last-mile delivery solution that could make ultra-fast same-day delivery a reality.
CBS News:
Amazon unveils futuristic plan: Delivery by drone  —  Amazon's secret R&D project aimed at delivering packages to your doorstep by “octocopter” mini-drones with a mere 30-minute delivery time  —  Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had a big surprise for correspondent Charlie Rose this week.
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
As Obamacare website relaunches, there's reason to hope  —  The healthcare enrollment website is poised for a relaunch.  But Democrats and the healthcare industry haven't been vocal in defending the Affordable Care Act amid a GOP onslaught.  —  The Covered California health insurance …
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Ben Jacobs / The Daily Beast:   Is the HealthCare.gov Fix Too Late to Save Obamacare?
Scott Pruitt / Wall Street Journal:   ObamaCare's Next Legal Challenge
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 …
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.
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
5 NEW THINGS ABOUT OBAMA  —  You are here  —  Home » United States government » 5 new things about Obama  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The man who lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is more than just another celebrity, or the famous face behind the government's troubled health care website.
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.
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
‘Bizarre behavior’ could be risk to Christie White House run  —  Chris Christie's endorsement for New York governor could impact his presidential chances.  —  Gov. Chris Christie's “bizarre behavior” in refusing to say he'll support a possible GOP challenger to Gov. Cuomo next year could derail …
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 …
Discussion: NationalJournal.com
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.
Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
Black president admits profiling immigrants by their appearance  —  So, Barack Hussein Obama can tell where Americans are from just by looking at their faces.  Imagine if he also knew their funny foreign names or detected defective English.  —  How would Obama react if someone determined his birthplace by looking at that face of his?
Discussion: protein wisdom
Michael Howard Saul / Metropolis:
Bloomberg in Bermuda During Derailment  —  Privacy Policy » Search Metropolis1  —  Mayor Michael Bloomberg was in Bermuda on Sunday when a train derailed in the Bronx, the most recent time that the mayor has been out of town when a major incident in New York City occurred, a person familiar with the matter said.
DSWright / Firedoglake:
EXCLUSIVE: Chris Christie's Lobbying Records  —  Documents obtained by Firedoglake under New Jersey's Open Public Records Act (OPRA) detail New Jersey Governor and popular contender for the Republican Party's 2016 Presidential nomination Chris Christie's career as a registered lobbyist.
David Carr / New York Times:
Long on Cutting Edge of Print, New York Magazine Cuts Back  —  Since its founding in 1968, New York magazine has served as a prototype of literate, high-tempo publishing, using its weekly cadence and location in one of the world's cultural capitals to usher in a new, more intimate and frank approach to what a publication could be.
Kathleen Sebelius / USA Today:
Improvement dramatic over Oct. 1  —  More consumers are shopping and enrolling at HealthCare.gov.  —  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
 
 
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Ad links Rep. Tim Bishop to Rob Ford, President Obama
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Politico:
2016 fever tests Hillary Clinton- Barack Obama bond
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Vulnerable House Dems targeted on O-Care
Discussion: The Plum Line and The Daily Caller
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Operational Progress Report
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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters blogs:
MSNBC Guest: Obama White House ‘Most Hostile to Media in U.S. History’
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BBC:
Ukraine unrest: Protesters blockade government sites
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
‘Paper Tiger’ at the Pentagon
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RNC Tweets Tribute To Rosa Parks For ‘Ending Racism’
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Kevin O'Holleran / Washington Post:
Support for gun control helped a candidate win in Virginia
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NationalJournal.com:
Countdown to Another Fiscal Fail
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Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare Mission Accomplished
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
113th Congress, going down in history for its inaction, has a critical December to-do list
Daniel Callahan / New York Times:
On Dying After Your Time  —  HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. …
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