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3:00 PM ET, December 3, 2013

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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.
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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.
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 …
Trudy Lieberman / Politico:
Dropped Coverage  —  How the media missed the two biggest Obamacare screw-ups.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Betsy's Page
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Rothman: Obama Breaks Glass on Chris Matthews: The Latest in a String of Panicky Decisions
Discussion: National Review and VodkaPundit
Stuart Rothenberg / Rothenblog:
A Traditional Midterm Headache for Democrats
Discussion: NationalJournal.com and Politico
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:   A New Wave of Challenges to Health Law
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.
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Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Schumer says he offered Brown a pass in 2012
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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 …
Alison Harding / CNN:
Rep. Kennedy joins immigration fast  —  Washington (CNN) - Rep. Joe Kennedy III on Tuesday joined a fast aimed at encouraging the House of Representatives to pass comprehensive immigration reform.  —  The freshman Democratic congressman from Massachusetts is among six activists …
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
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Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Boehner rejects ‘do nothing’ label for this Congress
Discussion: Politico
Anna Palmer / Politico:   John Boehner: Senate needs to ‘get serious’
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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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
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Limbaugh Accuses Pope Francis Of ‘Pure Marxism’
Discussion: The Dish and CNN
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.
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 …
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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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’.
Susan Crabtree / Washington Examiner:
White House: Obama hasn't yet signed up for Obamacare  —  WHITE HOUSE BARACK OBAMA OBAMACARE PRESIDENT HEALTH CARE PENNAVE HEALTHCARE.GOV HEALTH CARE EXCHANGES  —  President Obama has yet to make good on the administration's promises that he would sign up for health insurance …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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ACLU:
Pregnant Woman Suffers.  You Won't Believe Who's to Blame.  —  When you show up at a hospital, in need of medical aid, you expect that you're going to get the care that you need—that the doctors and nurses will figure out what's wrong, explain to you the options for treating it, and give you the best medical care possible.
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 …
Guardian:
ALEC facing funding crisis from donor exodus in wake of Trayvon Martin row  —  • Rightwing lobby group appealing to major donors to return  —  • Internal documents reveal so-called ‘Prodigal Son Project’  —  • Network lost almost 400 state legislators over past two years
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
Hoover Institution:
The Classical Liberal Constitution  —  by Richard A. Epstein (Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow and member of hoover ip squared working group steering committee)  —  Both progressives and conservatives fundamentally misunderstand our most important founding document.
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 …
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
New GOP Plan Would Save Military From Sequestration By Cutting Social Security  —  WASHINGTON — A pair of House Republicans have a new bill that would spare the military from sequestration by cutting the Social Security benefits of many Americans who already experience painful federal budget cuts.
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 …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Notre Dame re-files ObamaCare suit  —  The University of Notre Dame on Tuesday re-filed a lawsuit contesting the controversial birth control mandate under ObamaCare.  —  The school said it believed the requirement that it provide its employees birth control as part of their insurance coverage impinged …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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)
 
 
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Evan Halper / Los Angeles Times:
Power struggle: Green energy versus a grid that's not ready
Discussion: EcoWatch and NPR
Matthew O'Brien / The Atlantic Online:
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Left-wing magazine sells finger puppet of communist mass murderer Che Guevara
Discussion: Babalú Blog and Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Goad / The Hill:
SEC backs off corporate giving regs
Discussion: Reuters and Hullabaloo
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
Obamacare's New Goal: Stay Alive Until 2015
Discussion: New York Times and Slate
Virginia Postrel / Bloomberg:
Who Needs a Raise When You Have TV?
Discussion: Hit & Run and Dangerous Minds
Jeremy Schwartz / Austin American-Statesman:
Fort Hood prostitution trial begins
Discussion: Associated Press and Jezebel
Ben Popper / The Verge:
UPS researching its own delivery drones to compete with Amazon's Prime Air
Kimberly Hefling / ABC News:
Asian Nations Dominate International Test
Discussion: Politico, Guardian, NPR and Weekly Standard