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8:35 AM ET, December 3, 2013

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Politico:
White House returns to Obamacare sales mode  —  President Barack Obama will launch a coordinated campaign Tuesday by the White House, congressional Democrats and their outside allies to return attention to why the Affordable Care Act passed in the first place.
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama will highlight ObamaCare benefits  —  President Obama will hold an event Tuesday touting the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, as the White House looks to reset public perception of the embattled healthcare law following two months of repairs to the glitchy ObamaCare website.
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Issa Fishes For Proof Obama Knew He Lied About Obamacare
Discussion: Liberaland
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
CA Assembly GOP Puts Up Fake California Health Exchange Site  —  California Republicans are desperate and shameless.  In the past two weeks, GOP Assembly members have sent mailings out on what appears to be the state's dime to their constituents about health insurance.
Charles Davis / VICE:
The Exploited Laborers of the Liberal Media  —  Photo courtesy of Intern Labor Rights  —  Editor's note: For years, VICE used part-time unpaid interns—a practice that we recently halted.  We currently pay interns $10 an hour and limit them to 20 hours a week during the school year and 25 hours a week during the summer.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
13 Times The Reagan White House Press Briefing Erupted With Laughter Over AIDS  —  In Jon Cohen's 2001 book, Shots in the Dark: The Wayward Search for an AIDS Vaccine , he detailed the Reagan administration's early indifference to the growing epidemic.  White House acting press secretary Larry Speakes …
Discussion: NPR, Jezebel and Philly.com
Washington Post:
Health-care enrollment on Web plagued by bugs  —  The enrollment records for a significant portion of the Americans who have chosen health plans through the online federal insurance marketplace contain errors — generated by the computer system — that mean they might not get the coverage they're expecting next month.
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Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
For Democrats in 2014, the Web site is not the problem
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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Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Obamacare media updates are starting to get tense  —  Every day, usually about 2 p.m. or so, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services hosts a half-hour-long call on the status of the insurance marketplace.  Now, every day, we here at Wonkblog will update you on what the federal government told us about how Obamacare is going.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama campaign arm encouraging Newtown anniversary events  —  The political advocacy group born from President Obama's reelection campaign is encouraging supporters to host “anniversary events” marking one year since the Newtown Elementary School shooting.  —  Organizing for America (OFA) …
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Why mass transit is doomed in America: Politicians don't know people who use it  —  If big, liberal cities can't adequately fund their transit systems, what hope does anywhere else have?  —  If you want to know why mass transit is doomed in the United States, look at the place where it is undoubtedly …
Discussion: The Dish, Eschaton and The Awl
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
U.S. justices decline to hear another Obamacare challenge  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a broad new legal challenge to President Barack Obama's 2010 healthcare law.  —  The court rejected a petition filed by Liberty University, a Christian college in Virginia …
Matt Higgins / CBS Las Vegas:
Legalized Prostitutes At Nevada's Bunny Ranch Back Obamacare  —  MOUND HOUSE, Nev. (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — President Barack Obama has at least one segment of America behind his health care law: the legalized prostitutes at the Moonlight Bunny Ranch.  —  The girls who work at the Bunny Ranch tell KRNV-TV …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Liberaland
Peter Lloyd / ABC:
Lawyer accuses ASIO of ‘muzzling’ E Timor spying case after raids  —  A lawyer representing East Timor in its spying case against Australia says his office has been raided by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO).  —  Bernard Collaery says a number of agents seized electronic …
Discussion: Business Insider and Guardian
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Insurers Are Offered Assistance for Losses  —  WASHINGTON — The White House is offering more money to insurance companies as an incentive for them to let people keep insurance policies that were to have been canceled next year.  —  The administration floated several proposals on Monday to …
Yu Hua / New York Times:
The Hijacking of Chinese Patriotism  —  BEIJING — THE Chinese government, as part of a long-running dispute over islands in the East China Sea, recently declared an “air defense identification zone” in the area, raising tensions with Japan and the United States.
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Bruce Horovitz / USA Today:
Applebee's to serve tablets at every table  —  Hoping to appeal to younger diners, restaurants see a future in tablets for viewing menus, ordering and paying bills.  —  CONNECT  —  That endless wait for the restaurant check soon may be over.  —  Applebee's, the nation's largest casual dining chain …
Pamela Geller / The Daily Caller:
Documents reveal British banned Geller and Spencer because of their ‘pro-Israeli views’  —  The British government tried to cover its tracks.  But a new cache of documents Robert Spencer and I have received in our battle to overturn our being banned from Britain reveal that a chief reason …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs
Scott Kaufman / The Raw Story:
Black female professor reprimanded for pointing out existence of structural racism to white male students  —  A faculty member at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Shannon Gibney, received a formal reprimand for her handling of a discussion about structural racism in her Introduction to Mass Communication course.
Discussion: The Blotter and Jezebel
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
GOP member: Iran deal like Chamberlain's appeasement of Nazi Germany  —  Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) on Monday compared the Obama administration's short-term deal on Iran's nuclear capability with former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's attempt to appease Nazi Germany.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Liberaland
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.
Ben Emmerson / Guardian:
It's outrageous to accuse the Guardian of aiding terrorism by publishing Snowden's revelations  —  Alan Rusbridger is being grilled by MPs - but he has published nothing that could be a threat to national security  —  The Guardian's editor, Alan Rusbridger, is due to appear before the House …
Kathy Grannis / National Retail Federation News:
Americans Gobbled Up Retailers' Thanksgiving Weekend Deals, According To NRF  —  press@nrf.com  —  View sample charts and historical Black Friday information in NRF's Retail Insight Center  —  More than 141 million* unique shoppers have already or will have shopped by the end …
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.”
 
 
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