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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
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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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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.
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.
Brett Norman / Politico:
Health enrollments surge in 48 hours
Discussion: CNN, ABC News, The Dish and Mediaite
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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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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Cotton campaign rips ‘offensive’ NRSC attack on Mark Pryor's Bible ad
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
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 …
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 (VIDEO)
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 …
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.
The Washington / Washington Times:
Motor City meltdown  —  Mitt Romney was right about Detroit's bankruptcy  —  Another day and another of President Obama's campaign boasts bites the dust.  While out on the hustings last year, Mr. Obama pummeled Mitt Romney for writing a 2008 op-ed column in The New York Times titled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.”
Susan Donaldson James / ABC News:
Marijuana: Toke Up on Mold, Insects and Manure … Some may tout marijuana as a safe, recreational drug with valuable medicinal properties, but toke up your joint and it likely contains mold, pesticides, even dead insects, according to researchers at the University of New Haven in Connecticut.
Discussion: ANIMAL
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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: National Review and Hit & Run
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 …
 
 
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