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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
Ben Jacobs / The Daily Beast:
Is the HealthCare.gov Fix Too Late to Save Obamacare?
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
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
Alistair Barr / USA Today:   Amazon testing delivery by drone, CEO Bezos says
James Ball / Guardian:
Amazon to deliver by drone? Don't believe the hype
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 …
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Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama to sign up for health insurance through exchange
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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.”
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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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Brian Beutler / Salon:
R.I.P. Obamacare repeal movement: Crusade is officially dead
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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Dylan Byers / Politico:
MSNBC's Martin Bashir ‘on vacation’ after Sarah Palin remarks  —  Martin Bashir, the MSNBC host who has come under fire for the controversial remarks he made about Sarah Palin, is “on vacation” and will not host his namesake afternoon program on Monday, POLITICO has learned.
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 …
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: Mediaite and Liberaland
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.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Young Americans Least Familiar With Healthcare Law  —  Democrats, those with lower incomes also less familiar  —  PRINCETON, NJ - Americans younger than 30, a key group targeted by the Affordable Care Act, continue to be the least familiar with it.  Another important group, those with lower incomes …
Discussion: National Review and Mediaite
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Pope Francis Tells Faithful He Worked As A Nightclub Bouncer  —  As head of the Catholic church, Pope Francis is charged with bringing people into the faith.  —  But the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano reported the pope told churchgoers Sunday that he used to make money by kicking people …
Discussion: Liberaland and Outside the Beltway
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 …
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
Hadley Malcolm / USA Today:
Thanksgiving shopping becomes social, but spending down  —  Corrections and clarifications: The last name of Mikael Thygesen, chief marketing officer for Simon Property Group, was misspelled Dec. 1.  —  CONNECT  —  Thanksgiving night shopping looked like a new family tradition this year …
Discussion: The Reaction
 
 
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Black president admits profiling immigrants by their appearance
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James Hohmann / Politico:
GOP targets blue states in battle for Senate
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