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11:20 AM ET, December 4, 2013

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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Who was standing behind Obama today?  White House won't say  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL BARACK OBAMA OBAMACARE  —  Nineteen people stood behind President Obama on stage in the Executive Office Building Tuesday as the president kicked off a new campaign to promote Obamacare.
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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: 'We're not going back'  —  President Obama declared Tuesday …
Discussion: CNN and Right Wing News
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama to address income inequality
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Chris Frates / CNN:
Some Reid staffers exempt from Obamacare exchanges  —  Washington (CNN) — Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, one of Obamacare's architects and staunchest supporters, is also the only top congressional leader to exempt some of his staff from having to buy insurance through the law's new exchanges.
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Andrew Doughman / Las Vegas Sun News:
Reid confident Congress to pass immigration bill, says Boehner will ‘cave in’
Elicia Dover / KATV-TV:
Mark Pryor Turns to the Bible in New Campaign Ad  —  (KATV) Sen. Mark Pryor is out with a new TV ad offering a Biblical solution to the already heated 2014 Senate race in Arkansas.  —  Pryor's campaign said the ad will begin airing on Wednesday.  In the 30 second ad, Pryor speaks directly to the camera about his faith in the Bible.
Discussion: Post Politics
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Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Embattled Pryor Invokes God, Bible in New Ad
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
CNN:
First on CNN: Republicans bring back Medicare attack
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
JDellaVolpe / Harvard University blogs:
IOP Releases New Fall Poll, 5 Key Findings And Trends in Millennial Viewpoints  —  Conceived by two Harvard undergraduate students during the winter of 1999, Harvard University's Institute of Politics Survey of Young Americans' Attitudes toward Politics and Public Service began in 2000 …
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Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
Millennials Abandon Obama and Obamacare  —  A majority of America's youngest adults would vote to recall the president.  —  Young Americans are turning against Barack Obama and Obamacare, according to a new survey of millennials, people between the ages of 18 and 29 who are vital to the fortunes …
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Republicans see one remedy for Obama: impeachment  —  History will record that on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary met to consider the impeachment of Barack Hussein Obama.  —  They didn't use that word, of course.
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.
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.
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
‘Super PAC’ to Raise Money for Liz Cheney's Senate Bid
Fran Spielman / Chicago Sun Times:
Ex-Streets and San boss, ex-alderman — both convicts — run for County Board  —  Calling himself a “scapegoat” for a political hiring system that continues to this day, Chicago's convicted former Streets and Sanitation commissioner Al Sanchez filed nominating petitions Monday for a seat on the Cook County Board.
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Chicago Tribune:
Convicted political boss Al Sanchez running for Cook County board
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 …
Margaret Talbot / Comment:
MY CANCELLED POLICY, AND MY VALUES  —  In the short term, I am the kind of person for whom the Obamacare mandate is a pain in the neck.  My husband and I, both writers, have been buying health insurance on the individual market for several years, paying about a thousand dollars a month for a policy that covers us and our two children.
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.
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 …
Reuters:
Short-term fix eyed for another problem with U.S. healthcare website  —  President Barack Obama's administration has found a short-term fix to pay insurance companies for plans selected on HealthCare.gov, the not-yet-complete government website used to shop for insurance required under Obama's healthcare program.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Dem proposes taxing drivers by the mile  —  Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) on Tuesday re-introduced legislation that would require the government to study the most practical ways of taxing drivers based on how far they drive, in order to help fund federal highway programs.
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 …
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.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Mommy, the Drone's Here!  —  WASHINGTON — The novelty of flying cars never materialized.  But flying novels are right around the corner.  —  If you aren't nervous enough reading about 3-D printers spitting out handguns or Google robots with Android phones, imagine the skies thick with crisscrossing tiny drones.
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.
 
 
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The Hamilton Project / Papers:
A Dozen Facts about America's Struggling Lower-Middle Class
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Paul Browne / Notre Dame News:
Notre Dame, on religious liberty grounds, sues for relief from federal mandate
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Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
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Discussion: americanthinker.com and Hot Air
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Republicans Nearing a Dead End on Obamacare
Discussion: The Week and The Plum Line
George Packer / Comment:
BLACK FRIDAY AND THE RACE TO THE BOTTOM
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Medicaid expansion becomes weapon against GOP governors