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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.
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
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.
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Brian Beutler / Salon:
R.I.P. Obamacare repeal movement: Crusade is officially dead  —  Back in July, long before we knew just how turbulent the rollout of the Affordable Care Act would be, and even longer before we knew just how committed Republicans were to the idea that Congress shouldn't boot people out of health insurance …
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
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Issa Fishes For Proof Obama Knew He Lied About Obamacare  —  House Oversight Chair Darrell Issa (R-CA) sent letters Wednesday to 15 insurance companies demanding copies of their correspondence with the Obama administration in an effort to determine if the administration knew in advance …
Discussion: Liberaland
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Matthew Hoye / CNN:
Obama pledges support for global fight against AIDS, issues challenge
Discussion: Politico
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.
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, The Awl and Eschaton
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 …
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Hadley Malcolm / USA Today:
Thanksgiving shopping becomes social, but spending down
Discussion: The Reaction
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
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
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.
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
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.”
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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
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 …
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: Guardian, The Verge and emptywheel
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:
ThinkProgress:
Private Prison Company Allegedly Put 73-Year-Old Grandmother In Solitary Confinement For 34 Days  —  Carol Lester, a 73-year-old grandmother serving time in New Mexico Women's Correctional Facility in Grants, is suing Corrections Corporation of America, one of the largest private prison companies …
Discussion: The Impolitic and The Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Business Insider
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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Paul Krugman:
Immaculate Stability (Wonkish)  —  David Andolfatto, understandably, rises to Steve Williamson's defense against the barbarians.  But I'm sorry to say that he still doesn't get the point.  —  He says that he's simply offering an alternative model — and Noah Smith takes him at his word.
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 …
 
 
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Pamela Geller / The Daily Caller:
Documents reveal British banned Geller and Spencer because of their ‘pro-Israeli views’
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Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Appeals court upholds law banning political ads on public broadcasting
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama to sign up for health insurance through exchange
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