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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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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.
Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
New Obamacare Headache: Is Your Enrollment Real?  —  Bob Shlora of Alpharetta, Ga., was supposed to be a belated Obamacare success story.  After weeks of trying, the 61-year-old told ABC News he fully enrolled in a new health insurance plan through the federal marketplace over the weekend …
Susan Crabtree / Washington Examiner:
White House: Obama hasn't yet signed up for Obamacare
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Stuart Rothenberg / Rothenblog:
A Traditional Midterm Headache for Democrats
Discussion: NationalJournal.com and Politico
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama will highlight ObamaCare benefits
Murray Weiss / DNAinfo.com New York:
Metro-North Engineer Dozing Seconds Before Train Derailment, Sources Say  —  MANHATTAN — Investigators believe the motorman at the controls in the deadly Metro-North Railroad derailment in the Bronx Sunday dozed off for a few fateful moments and woke up too late to stop the speeding train …
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New York Post:
Engineer ‘zoned out’ before speeding Metro-North train derailed  —  Train engineer William Rockefeller Jr. (top left in plue shirt, black jacket) walks past victims of the Metro-North rail tragedy  —  The Metro-North train involved in Sunday's horrific disaster derailed on a 30-mph curve …
Isaac Chotiner / The New Republic:
Chuck Schumer Slams Liberal Blogs, Analyzes Ted Cruz, and Explains How He Helped Elect Elizabeth Warren  —  An interview  —  “I feel better with my feet up,” Senator Charles Schumer said when we sat down in his spacious Washington office.  His knees are bad, he explained.
Dareh Gregorian / NY Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Archie Comics co-CEO accused of gender discrimination by male employees  —  Nancy Silberkleit is accused by her male employees of gender discrimination such as referring to them as ‘penis’ instead of by name, but Silberkleit contends that the case should be tossed out because white males are not ‘a protected class’.
Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
The Obama Administration Took The Platinum Coin Option More Seriously Than It Let On  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration was serious enough about manufacturing a high-value platinum coin to avert a congressional fight over the debt ceiling that it had its top lawyers draw up a memo laying …
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
Zucker plans massive change at CNN  —  After almost a year of tinkering, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker has concluded that a news channel cannot subsist on news alone.  —  So he is planning much broader changes for the network—including a prime-time shakeup that's likely to make CNN traditionalists cringe.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Mini-Bargain: Patty Murray, Paul Ryan Closer To Modest Budget Deal  —  The chief Democrat and Republican budget negotiators are nearing a possible agreement to roll back a portion of the across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration.  —  Talks remain fluid and sources caution that a possible deal could still fall apart.
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Politico:
Paul Ryan, Patty Murray closer to budget deal
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
What The Pope Gets Wrong About Capitalism  —  Pope Francis's first apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium ("The Joy of the Gospel") is a beautiful document and a joy to read.  I'll leave its theological implications to those who live in the Church.  What's got many people praising the Pope today …
Discussion: American Spectator and Hot Air
Scott Brown / Fox News:
Stunning hypocrisy from Democrats in wake of ObamaCare's broken promises  —  Hypocrisy and double standards are two things that disgust and infuriate all Americans, regardless of where they fall on the ideological spectrum.  —  Unfortunately, these qualities are far too prevalent …
Yasmine Hafiz / The Huffington Post:
Is Pope Francis Leaving Vatican At Night To Minister To Homeless?  —  A recent interview with Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the “Almoner of His Holiness,” raised speculation that the Pope joins him on his nightly trips into Rome to give alms to the poor, and it turns out that the rumors are probably true.
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Limbaugh Accuses Pope Francis Of ‘Pure Marxism’
Discussion: CNN
Ben Goad / The Hill:
SEC backs off corporate giving regs  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission has dropped from its rulemaking agenda a contentious proposal to require publicly traded firms to disclose campaign spending to their shareholders.  —  The decision, heralded by First Amendment defenders …
Discussion: Reuters and Hullabaloo
Los Angeles Times:
For Roger Mahony, clergy abuse cases were a threat to agenda  —  From the start of his tenure as the leader of L.A.'s Catholics, Roger Mahony had ambitious plans for the archdiocese.  But clergy molestation claims were vying for his attention.  —  A year after arriving in Los Angeles …
Kimberly Hefling / ABC News:
Asian Nations Dominate International Test  —  Teens from Asian nations dominated a global exam given to 15-year-olds, while U.S. students showed little improvement and failed to reach the top 20 in math, science or reading, according to test results released Tuesday.
Discussion: Politico, Weekly Standard, Guardian and NPR
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.
Ben Popper / The Verge:
UPS researching its own delivery drones to compete with Amazon's Prime Air  —  Flying parcel-carriers are the next logical frontier for delivery companies  —  Amazon made headlines Sunday night when it announced it was working on small drones that could someday deliver customers packages in half an hour or less.
Wall Street Journal:
Cowan and Kessler: Economic Populism Is a Dead End for Democrats  —  The de Blasio-Warren agenda won't travel.  Colorado is the real political harbinger.  —  If you talk to leading progressives these days, you'll be sure to hear this message: The Democratic Party should embrace …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Daily Kos
Jeremy Schwartz / Austin American-Statesman:
Fort Hood prostitution trial begins  —  FORT HOOD —  A sexual assault prevention officer recruited young, financially distressed female soldiers to be part of an escort service involving senior noncommissioned officers, according to testimony Monday in the first day of the court-martial …
Discussion: Associated Press and Jezebel
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
Obamacare's New Goal: Stay Alive Until 2015  —  So Nov. 30 has come and gone, the day that President Barack Obama promised HealthCare.gov would be up and working.  And his administration says that the site is working, dramatically better than when it first went up.  On the other hand, anecdata suggest slow enrollment.
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
Alex Roarty / NationalJournal.com:
Poll: Americans Want Washington Focused on Jobs, Not Health  —  United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll finds least popular priorities are reducing deficit, repealing Obamacare.  —  A job-seeker with employment papers at the Choice Career Fair in West Palm Beach, Fla.(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Discussion: Daily Kos and Taegan Goddard's …
Virginia Postrel / Bloomberg:
Who Needs a Raise When You Have TV?  —  Are you better off now than you were 10 years ago?  For middle-class Americans, a common answer to this version of Ronald Reagan's old question is no. Nor are they optimistic about the future.  The recession may be over officially …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Dangerous Minds
ThinkProgress:
Governor Tells Supporters To Forgo Buying Children Presents, Give Money To His Campaign Instead  —  The War On Christmas may actually be happening this year, but it's being waged by an unlikely culprit: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R).  —  Last week, Walker's campaign sent an email encouraging supporters …
 
 
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Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Court Awards $9 Million to Victims of Iranian-Backed Terrorism
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
Yahoo! News:
Democratic strategist Al From: On Obamacare, good intentions aren't enough
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Cost of Health Care Law Is Seen as Decreasing
Discussion: Liberaland and Talking Points Memo
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Bishops Sued Over Policies on Abortion at Hospitals
Discussion: ACLU, NPR and Michael-In-Norfolk
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Chris Christie steamroller hits home-state hurdles
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Woman charged with murder in Hoover Iron Bowl party shooting
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Peter Lloyd / ABC:
Lawyer accuses ASIO of ‘muzzling’ E Timor spying case after raids
Discussion: Business Insider and Guardian
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama campaign arm encouraging Newtown anniversary events
Yu Hua / New York Times:
The Hijacking of Chinese Patriotism
Matt Higgins / CBS Las Vegas:
Legalized Prostitutes At Nevada's Bunny Ranch Back Obamacare
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Liberaland
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Why mass transit is doomed in America: Politicians don't know people who use it
Discussion: The Dish, Eschaton and The Awl
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
U.S. justices decline to hear another Obamacare challenge
 

 
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