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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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Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
For Democrats in 2014, the Web site is not the problem  —  Democrats are praying that this weekend's relaunch of the Obamacare Web site will save them from an electoral bloodbath in 2014.  Their hopes are misplaced.  Here are five numbers that suggest that public anger over Obamacare will only grow as Election Day 2014 approaches:
Discussion: National Review
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 …
Ben Jacobs / The Daily Beast:
Is the HealthCare.gov Fix Too Late to Save Obamacare?
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Report: Nov. O-Care site enrollment near 100K
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
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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 …
Matthew Hoye / CNN:
Obama pledges support for global fight against AIDS, issues challenge  —  Washington (CNN) - On the 25th anniversary week of World AIDS Day, President Barack Obama issued a new pledge Monday along with a challenge to global AIDS advocates.  —  At a White House meeting …
Discussion: Politico
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.
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.
Nate Cohn / The New Republic:
Scott Walker Could Reunite the GOP  —  Unlike Chris Christie or Ted Cruz, Scott Walker can appeal to the entire party.  —  There's a real case that Chris Christie is the front-runner for the 2016 Republican nomination.  That's pretty remarkable: He's for gun control, hails from the northeast …
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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 and Mediaite
ProPublica:
‘Please Wait’: New-and-Improved HealthCare.gov Has Same Old Problems  —  After a glowing news conference yesterday citing “night and day” progress on HealthCare.gov, I decided to log in this morning and take the Web site for a test drive, as I'm sure many others are doing.  Early reports had been promising.
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Phil Galewitz / capsules.kaiserhealthnews.org:
Many Consumers Report Improvements With Healthcare.gov
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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.
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
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama to sign up for health insurance through exchange  —  President Obama will sign up for health insurance through an Affordable Care Act exchange, press secretary Jay Carney said Monday  —  “I don't have an update for you on that.  I know that he will and has said that he will,” Carney told reporters.
Colin Freeman / Telegraph:
Child taken from womb by social services  —  Exclusive: Essex social services have obtained a court order against a woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and for her child to be taken from her womb by caesarean section  —  A pregnant woman has had her baby forcibly removed by caesarean section by social workers.
Kevin Gosztola / Firedoglake:
NSA Sent Home Talking Points for Employees to Use in Conversations with Family & Friends During Holidays  —  A sheet of talking points for employees of the National Security Agency and Central Security Services, was sent out ahead of Thanksgiving to help guide conversations with family and friends during the holiday season.
Discussion: emptywheel
 
 
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