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2:50 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 …
Scott Pruitt / Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare's Next Legal Challenge
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ben Jacobs / The Daily Beast:
Is the HealthCare.gov Fix Too Late to Save Obamacare?
Discussion: HHS.govStrategy
Louise Radnofsky / Wall Street Journal:
Insurers Seek to Bypass Health Site
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
As Obamacare website relaunches, there's reason to hope
Discussion: National Review
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.
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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
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.
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Report: Obama Arranging Tehran Visit for Next Year  —  The Kuwaiti news outlet Al-Jarida reports that President Obama is seeking to arrange a trip to Tehran, Iran next year.  —  The headline of the article reads, “Obama would like to visit Tehran, official invitation after details resolved.”
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 …
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 …
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Lincoln Chafee decks Christmas title on tree  —  Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee is attempting to end the war on Christmas in his state once and for all.  —  Chafee, a Republican-turned-independent-turned- Democrat, issued a statement Monday announcing the tree in the State House will be called a …
Discussion: CNN
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.
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 …
Discussion: NationalJournal.com
Washington Free Beacon:
Kuehn: Obamacare Mandates Made UPS Drop Coverage for Employee Spouses  —  UPS Chief Financial Officer Kurt Kuehn confirmed to CNBC's Squawk Box Monday that Obamacare's mandates had increased costs for the company and were the reason it dropped health benefits for 15,000 spouses of its employees.
 
 
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On the inevitability of justice
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Ad links Rep. Tim Bishop to Rob Ford, President Obama
Discussion: CNN
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Vulnerable House Dems targeted on O-Care
Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
Black president admits profiling immigrants by their appearance
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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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Glenn Thrush / Politico:
‘Paper Tiger’ at the Pentagon
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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: NPR, CNN, PoliticusUSA and Shakesville
NationalJournal.com:
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
Daniel Callahan / New York Times:
On Dying After Your Time  —  HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. …
Discussion: Althouse and National Review