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3:55 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 …
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Report: Nov. O-Care site enrollment near 100K
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
For Democrats in 2014, the Web site is not the problem
Discussion: National Review
Ben Jacobs / The Daily Beast:
Is the HealthCare.gov Fix Too Late to Save Obamacare?
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
Politico:
Obstacles to the Jeff Bezos drone dream
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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Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
Fire Your Team, Mr. President  —  A White House shake-up can't stop with a sacrificial lamb.  Obama needs to change the people around him to change how he governs.  —  President Obama needs to fire himself.  Not literally, of course, but practically: He needs to shake up his team so thoroughly …
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.
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 …
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.”
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
The Rise Of Obamacare McCarthyism  —  When House Republicans unveiled a proposal in the fall aimed at avoiding a dead-end government shutdown over Obamacare, the conservative backlash was swift and brutal: they called it a surrender, a betrayal, an appeasement of the health care law they all abhor.
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.
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.
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.
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
NRCC's “Happy Holidays Is What Liberals Say” Shirt Removed From Website  —  War on Christmas?  —  Twitter: @NRCC  —  WASHINGTON — The National Republican Congressional Committee appears to have removed a t-shirt from its website that advocates against saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.”
Discussion: Liberaland
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 …
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
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
 
 
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Colin Freeman / Telegraph:
Child taken from womb by social services
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Newshour's Christina Bellantoni back to Roll Call as editor-in-chief
R.A. / Free exchange:
On the inevitability of justice
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Washington Free Beacon:
Kuehn: Obamacare Mandates Made UPS Drop Coverage for Employee Spouses
DSWright / Firedoglake:
EXCLUSIVE: Chris Christie's Lobbying Records
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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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’
Scott Pruitt / Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare's Next Legal Challenge
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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: National Review and Althouse
 

 
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