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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 …
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.”
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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.
Brian Beutler / Salon:
The right's core dishonesty: How Obamacare became its own culture war  —  Hostilities to the law have become detached from the ideological and partisan antipathies that gave rise to them  —  Many people think of the right's Obamacare hatred as an outgrowth of straightforward partisan and ideological truths.
Brett Norman / Politico:
Health enrollments surge in 48 hours
Discussion: The Dish and Mediaite
Politico:
Checking IRS Obamacare readiness
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’  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid predicted Tuesday that Congress will pass an overhaul of the nation's immigration system sometime next year.  —  “I feel positive we will get an immigration bill passed,” …
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.
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Republicans Try To Discuss Obama Impeachment Without Using The ‘I-Word’
Discussion: The Mahablog
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.
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CNN:
First on CNN: Republicans bring back Medicare attack
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Embattled Pryor Invokes God, Bible in New Ad
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
Discussion: Power Line
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Says U.S. Should Use Nuclear Weapons If It Attacks Iran  —  A Republican congressman said on Wednesday that if the United States ends up using military force against Iran's nuclear program, it should do so with nuclear weapons.  —  GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson made headlines …
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep.: Nuke Iran If War Is Necessary
Pamela McClintock / Hollywood Reporter:
Obama: I Want to Host ESPN's ‘SportsCenter’ When I Retire  —  The president put in his ask to Disney CEO Bob Iger at a private meeting with entertainment moguls during his Nov. 26 visit to Jeffrey Katzenberg's DreamWorks Animation.  —  A version of this story first appeared in the Dec. 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Work for Obama grassroots organization...for free  —  Despite consistently beating the drum for an increased minimum wage, President Obama's highly organized grassroots organization is offering jobs that don't pay at all.  —  “OFA is now accepting applications for full-time and part …
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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.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CBS News chairman defends Lara Logan in staff meeting  —  CBS News chairman and ‘60 Minutes’ EP Jeff Fager held a meeting with CBS News staff on Tuesday and took questions about the fate of Lara Logan and Max McClellan, the journalists currently on a leave of absence in the wake …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Kim Severson / New York Times:
One Man Lost and Impaired, the Other Fearful and Armed  —  CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. — Deanne Westbrook had tried everything to keep her husband, Ronald, in the house.  —  He was 72.  Alzheimer's had erased much of his talent for music and flying airplanes.  —  No one is sure how …
Harvard News:
Substantiating Fears of Grade Inflation, Dean Says Median Grade at Harvard College Is A-, Most Common Grade Is A  —  The median grade at Harvard College is an A-, and the most frequently awarded mark is an A, Dean of Undergraduate Education Jay M. Harris said on Tuesday afternoon …
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 …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Shakesville
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Martin Bashir Resigns From MSNBC  —  Just over two weeks ago, MSNBC host Martin Bashir delivered a harsh piece of commentary that culminated in the suggestion that someone should “s-h-i-t” in former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's (R-AK) mouth.  Bashir offered an abject apology on his next broadcast …
David Catanese / The Daily Beast:
Rick Perry Can't Quit Campaigning  —  By David CataneseDecember 4th 20135:45 AM  —  Drubbed in the 2012 race after his ‘oops’ moment, the Texas governor is back for more, criss-crossing the country in what certainly looks like the early stages of a 2016 bid.  —  SPARTANBURG, S.C.—Rick Perry isn't fooling anybody.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
 
 
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Cites Pope Francis' Views On Inequality In Economic Address
Discussion: The Raw Story and NPR
Matt Phillips / Quartz:
Korea is the world's top producer of unhappy school children
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
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