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6:30 PM ET, December 4, 2013

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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 …
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Bashir exits MSNBC after Palin remarks  —  MSNBC daytime host Martin Bashir has resigned from MSNBC following controversial remarks he made about Sarah Palin, MSNBC president Phil Griffin announced on Wednesday.  —  “Martin Bashir resigned today, effective immediately.
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.”
Carrie Budoff Brown / Politico:
Source: Enrollment surge on HealthCare.gov  —  About 29,000 people signed up for health insurance through HealthCare.gov on Sunday and Monday — a figure that surpasses the total for the whole month of October, an official familiar with the program told POLITICO.
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Brett Norman / Politico:
Health enrollments surge in 48 hours
Discussion: ABC News, The Dish and Mediaite
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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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Cotton campaign rips ‘offensive’ NRSC attack on Mark Pryor's Bible ad
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Rubio PAC Jumps In Big to Aid Tom Cotton in Arkansas
Discussion: Politico
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
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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 (VIDEO)
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
At 400,000 Years, Oldest Human DNA Yet Found Raises New Mysteries  —  Scientists have found the oldest DNA evidence yet of humans' biological history.  But instead of neatly clarifying human evolution, the finding is adding new mysteries.  —  In a paper in the journal Nature …
Richard Weir / Boston Herald:
Elizabeth Warren pledges she won't run for president in 2016  —  By:  —  U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren pledged today she will not run for president in 2016 and will finish her term.  —  The Bay State senior senator has been mentioned in the preliminary talk about the presidential race, but Hillary Clinton has generated the most buzz.
Washington Post:
NSA tracking cellphone locations worldwide, Snowden documents show  —  The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world, according to top-secret documents and interviews with U.S. intelligence officials …
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Inequality is ‘the defining issue of our time’  —  The speech on inequality that President Obama delivered just now will mostly pass unnoticed by the political world, with Republicans dismissing it as “class warfare” and an effort to distract from Obamacare, and pundits describing it more judiciously …
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Washington Post:
Full transcript: President Obama's December 4 remarks on the economy
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Guardian and Shakesville
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Obama says wage and income gap eroding American dream
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
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.
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
FBI executes search warrant, takes computers from Kent Sorenson's home  —  FBI officials executed a search warrant at former state Sen. Kent Sorenson's home two weeks ago and confiscated computers and other materials connected to presidential campaign politics, his lawyer told The Des Moines Register today.
Reuters:
Newtown 911 calls: Shooting heard in background  —  The following are partially edited audio excerpts of the 911 calls made to Newtown, Conn., police on Dec. 14, 2012.  Some may find the audio content disturbing.  Viewer discretion is advised.  (Posted on: December 4, 2013)  —  Tribune wire report
Discussion: Politico and The Immoral Minority
Andrew Osborn / Reuters:
Britain to tackle “Islamist extremism” after soldier's murder  —  Britain plans to classify “Islamist extremism” as a distinct ideology, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday, as part the government's response to the murder of a soldier on a busy London street.
Vince Coglianese / The Daily Caller:
NOT A JOKE: Video called ‘Forget About The Price Tag’ wins HHS grand prize for promoting Obamacare  —  The Department of Health and Human Services has crowned a YouTube video entitled “Forget About The Price Tag” as the grand prize winner in a contest meant to encourage young people to sign up for Obamacare.
Discussion: Hit & Run and National Review
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 …
 
 
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