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8:25 AM ET, December 4, 2013

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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: 'We're not going back'  —  President Obama declared Tuesday that ObamaCare “is working” and that “we're not going back,” as the White House looked to reboot its efforts to sell Americans on the president's signature healthcare law.  —  Obama said that “poor execution” …
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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Considering Which Head or Heads May Roll for a Troubled Website Rollout  —  WASHINGTON — White House officials, asserting that the HealthCare.gov website is largely fixed, are under mounting pressure from Democrats and close allies to hold senior-level people accountable for the botched rollout …
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama to Defend Health Law as Economic Benefit  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama leaves the White House on Wednesday for one of the capital's most struggling neighborhoods to talk about the economy, not simply to divert attention from his troubled Affordable Care Act but to explain how that law …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama to address income inequality
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
House bill would bash Tehran deal  —  House Republicans are considering various legislative options that would either tacitly or explicitly rip the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran.  —  A handful of House GOP lawmakers told The Hill that the party is debating how best …
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Republicans see one remedy for Obama: impeachment
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Newsweek Plans Return to Print  —  Newsweek, the struggling weekly magazine that ceased print publication last year, plans to turn the presses back on.  —  The magazine expects to begin a 64-page weekly edition in January or February, said Jim Impoco, Newsweek's editor in chief.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Medicaid expansion becomes weapon against GOP governors  —  It's widely accepted as an article of faith that Obamacare will be uniformly bad politics for Dems in 2014.  After all, the rollout is a disaster and majorities disapprove of the law, so how could it possibly be any other way, right?
Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
Rush Limbaugh Knows Nothing About Christianity  —  Well, after Sarah Palin, another scholar of Catholicism has weighed in on Pope Francis.  Rush Limbaugh has a truly gold-star hathos alert in a recent diatribe, brilliantly titled: … Does it get more awesomely hathetic than that?
John Markoff / New York Times:
Google Puts Money on Robots, Using the Man Behind Android  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — In an out-of-the-way Google office, two life-size humanoid robots hang suspended in a corner.  —  If Amazon can imagine delivering books by drones, is it too much to think that Google might be planning …
Jose DelReal / Politico:
Michele Bachmann: Obama rewrote Constitution  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) on Tuesday accused President Barack Obama of “rewriting the constitution” for his political agenda, particularly in the case of his signature health care law.  —  “He has rewritten the Constitution for himself …
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David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Michele Bachmann: President Obama ‘has rewritten the Constitution for himself’
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Clinton defends calling on Obama to keep his word
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JSOnline:
Scott Walker campaign aide fired after tweets demeaning Hispanics  —  These tweets were sent from Taylor Palmisano's Twitter account.  Expletives have been blurred out.  —  For the second time in less than four months, Gov. Scott Walker has fired an aide for making demeaning comments about Hispanics on social media.
Hunter / Daily Kos:
Why the Third Way hates Sen. Elizabeth Warren  —  And the war is on.  —  The obsessive centrists of the punditverse were abuzz today with praise for supposed centrist Democratic organization Third Way and their grumbling op-ed condemnation of Democratic liberal populism in abstract and …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Wall Street Journal
John Hawkins / Townhall.com:
Why Liberalism Is On The Wrong Side Of History … Liberals dream of one day seeing all Americans permanently locked in the smothering, cradle-to-grave death grip of the nanny state.  Nothing excites a liberal more than the idea of controlling where you go to school, regulating your work and play …
The Hill:
Shutdown part 2?  Democrats vow to block stopgap spending bill  —  House Democrats of all stripes are lining up against a stopgap spending bill that further entrenches the blunt sequester cuts.  —  GOP leaders could bring a vote as early as next week on a short-term continuing resolution …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
One in Four U.S. Uninsured Plan to Remain That Way  —  Republicans more likely than Democrats to say they will pay fine  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Most Americans who currently lack insurance say they are likely to get it for next year, as required by the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.”
Peggy Noonan's Blog:
Low-Information Leadership  —  The president's problem right now is that people think he's smart.  They think he's in command, aware of pitfalls and complexities.  That's his reputation: He's risen far on his brains.  They think he is sophisticated.  —  That is his problem in the health insurance debacle.
Abby D. Phillip / ABC News:
Dick Cheney Surprised by Facebook ‘Attack’ on Daughter Liz in Gay Marriage Spat  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney reluctantly commented today on the rift between his two daughters Liz and Mary Cheney, saying that he was surprised that Mary, who is lesbian, and her wife attacked Liz on Facebook.
Nathan Bomey / USA Today:
Judge: Detroit can cut employee pensions  —  Unions and Detroit's public pension funds are protesting a federal judge's ruling that Detroit is eligible for bankruptcy.  The groups claim the city didn't negotiate in good faith, which is an eligibility requirement under Chapter 9.  (Dec. 3) AP
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The Huffington Post:
Here's Why Obamacare Is Going To Work  —  WASHINGTON — As Obamacare emerges from the rubble of its first two months, local organizers, state officials and the White House see a clear path forward.  With the website now quasi-functional, there are good reasons to believe that the Affordable Care Act will catch on.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Instagram Business Lead Emily White to Be Named COO of Snapchat  —  Emily White, the Facebook executive in charge of bringing advertising to its Instagram photo-sharing unit, is leaving to become COO of Snapchat.  —  The move is a major talent grab by the ephemeral photo and video mobile service …
Washington Post:
Guardian: We have published 1 pct of Snowden leak  —  The editor of the Guardian said Tuesday his newspaper has published just 1 percent of the material it received from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, and denied the paper had placed lives or national security at risk.
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CNN:
First on CNN: Republicans bring back Medicare attack  —  Washington (CNN) - As President Obama and Democrats try to salvage the reputation of the Affordable Care Act, a national Republican group will hit 12 Democrats-all running in Senate elections next year-over changes to Medicare.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
 
 
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Republicans Nearing a Dead End on Obamacare
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