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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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Stuart Rothenberg / Rothenblog:
A Traditional Midterm Headache for Democrats  —  Democrats have had a nice run recently of interesting House recruits and new takeover opportunities resulting from open GOP seats.  And yet, it probably won't matter.  —  If history is any guide — and it usually is — the president's recent problems …
Discussion: Politico
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.
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: Weekly Standard and NPR
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Sophie Brown / CNN:
Shanghai teens top international education ranking, OECD says
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
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
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.
Discussion: New York Times and Booman Tribune
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Politico:
Paul Ryan, Patty Murray closer to budget deal
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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 …
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Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
New Obamacare Headache: Is Your Enrollment Real?
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 …
Discussion: Politico, ANIMAL, Gawker and New York Times
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.
Emma Dumain / Roll Call:
Could the Sympathy Card Help Trey Radel Keep His Job?  —  Radel, center, leaves court last month after pleading guilty to cocaine possession.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)  —  Weeks after news of his cocaine bust broke, Rep. Trey Radel continues to cling to his seat in Congress …
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.
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
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’.
Discussion: The Raw Story and BuzzFeed
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
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
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.
Melynda Sides / MyFoxAL.com:
Woman charged with murder in Hoover Iron Bowl party shooting  —  A woman has been charged with murder after shooting another woman at an Iron Bowl watch party in Hoover on Saturday.  —  Police have identified the suspect as Adrian Laroze Briskey, a 28-year-old from Birmingham.
Discussion: al.com and The Raw Story
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Chris Christie steamroller hits home-state hurdles  —  Republican Chris Christie's greatest asset and claim to fame - governing in the blue state of New Jersey - could become his biggest liability next year.  —  As the GOP's strongest 2016 hopeful, according to polling at this early stage …
 
 
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Can Democrats Still Win With a Women-Centered Strategy?
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Ben Emmerson / Guardian:
It's outrageous to accuse the Guardian of aiding terrorism by publishing Snowden's revelations
Pamela Geller / The Daily Caller:
Documents reveal British banned Geller and Spencer because of their ‘pro-Israeli views’
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
GOP member: Iran deal like Chamberlain's appeasement of Nazi Germany
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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Issa Fishes For Proof Obama Knew He Lied About Obamacare
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Pope Francis Tells Faithful He Worked As A Nightclub Bouncer
Scott Kaufman / The Raw Story:
Black female professor reprimanded for pointing out existence of structural racism to white male students
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Kevin Gosztola / Firedoglake:
NSA Sent Home Talking Points for Employees to Use in Conversations With Family & Friends During Holidays
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