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12:05 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 …
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
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.
David Pierce / The Verge:
Delivery drones are coming: Jeff Bezos promises half-hour shipping with Amazon Prime Air  —  Jeff Bezos is nothing if not a showman.  Amazon's CEO loves a good reveal, and took the opportunity afforded by a 60 Minutes segment to show off his company's latest creation: drones that can deliver packages …
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Vulnerable House Dems targeted on O-Care  —  A major conservative advocacy group is hitting vulnerable Democratic House members on ObamaCare with a new series of web ads themed around the “Cyber Monday” shopping holiday.  —  It's American Action Network's (AAN) first web campaign focused …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Plum Line
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.
Ukraine unrest: Protesters blockade government sites  —  Demonstrators are blockading government buildings in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, as they step up their campaign for the resignation of the government.  —  Protesters have put up barricades on Independence Square, while others are entrenched inside city hall.
Discussion: NPR
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Thousands Demand Resignation of Ukraine Leader
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Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
2016 fever tests Hillary Clinton- Barack Obama bond
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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters blogs:
MSNBC Guest: Obama White House ‘Most Hostile to Media in U.S. History’
Discussion: protein wisdom and Ed Driscoll
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
‘Paper Tiger’ at the Pentagon
David Carr / New York Times:
Long on Cutting Edge of Print, New York Magazine Cuts Back
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
RNC Tweets Tribute To Rosa Parks For ‘Ending Racism’
Discussion: CNN, Politico, Shakesville and Wonkblog
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Kevin O'Holleran / Washington Post:
Support for gun control helped a candidate win in Virginia
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Countdown to Another Fiscal Fail
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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
Discussion: The Daily Beast and The Fix
Daniel Callahan / New York Times:
On Dying After Your Time  —  HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. …
Discussion: National Review
New York Times:
Putting Military Pay on the Table
Discussion: Firedoglake and Eschaton

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