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Politico:
GOP men told how to talk to women  —  The National Republican Congressional Committee wants to make sure there are no Todd Akin-style gaffes next year, so it's meeting with top aides of sitting Republicans to teach them what to say — or not to say — on the trail, especially when their boss is running against a woman.
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Republicans tussle over gay candidates  —  Virginia Rep. Randy Forbes, a senior House Republican eyeing a powerful committee chairmanship, is causing friction with some of his colleagues by pushing the House GOP campaign arm to deny support for some of the party's gay congressional candidates.
Politico:
GOP men tutored in running against women  —  Of course, these Democratic women challengers will have to surmount all the hurdles that anyone seeking to knock of an incumbent always face: lack of name ID; challenges in getting press coverage; and most of all — the single biggest issue - a huge fundraising gap.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Polis melts down on House floor  —  Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) on Wednesday night lost his cool on the House floor over the issue of immigration, after the presiding officer warned another Democrat not to refer to people sitting in the House gallery.  —  Democrats were calling for House passage …
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
The best speech Obama has given on the economy  —  The speech President Obama delivered this morning at THEARC in D.C. is perhaps the single best economic speech of his presidency.  That's in part because it exists for no other reason than to lay out Obama's view of the economy.
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Timothy Noah / msnbc.com:
Income inequality is riskier than you think
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: ‘Profoundly unequal’ economy a ‘fundamental threat’
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Young invincibles spurn O-Care  —  Mounting opposition to ObamaCare among young adults is creating a new crisis for the White House.  —  While the federal enrollment website HealthCare.gov appears to be improving by the day, polls show the “young invincibles” key to making the law work are becoming less likely to enroll.
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
WH-DSCC ObamaCare powwow  —  White House chief of staff Denis McDonough held an unpublicized meeting with Sen. Michael Bennet (Colo.), chairman of the Senate Democrats' campaign arm, amid anger and anxiety that ObamaCare's botched rollout could cost the party its majority next year.
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Devin Dwyer / ABC News:   Will Heads Roll? Who Gets Fired Over Obamacare?
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Unarmed Man Is Charged With Wounding Bystanders Shot by Police Near Times Square  —  An unarmed, emotionally disturbed man shot at by the police as he was lurching around traffic near Times Square in September has been charged with assault, on the theory that he was responsible …
New York Times:
De Blasio to Name Bratton as New York Police Commissioner  —  Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio was expected on Thursday morning to name William J. Bratton to lead the New York Police Department, according to two people with knowledge of Mr. de Blasio's decision.  —  The move will return Mr. Bratton …
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and Gothamist
HHS.gov:
The Health Insurance Marketplace: What You Need to Know  —  Since it launched in October, we have made dramatic improvements to HealthCare.gov, taking it from a system that didn't perform nearly as well as it should, to one that can help you learn about your new health insurance options …
Discussion: Reuters and Weekly Standard
Politico:
How the GOP lost its nerve on tax reform  —  The email blasting Rep. Dave Camp's tax plan as “disastrous” arrived two days before a pivotal meeting between House Republican leaders and their chief tax writer.  —  The subject line: “Republican tax plan threatens conservative talk radio and media localism.”
Discussion: CNN and No More Mister Nice Blog
Richard W. Garnett / Los Angeles Times:
The righteousness in Hobby Lobby's cause  —  Business people shouldn't be required to check their faith at the door.  —  The Supreme Court has agreed to referee another dispute over President Obama's healthcare law.  This time it will look at whether businesses can use religious objections …
Discussion: National Review
Washington Post:
Stolen cobalt-60 found in Mexico; curious thieves likely doomed  —  MEXICO CITY — The day after a load of stolen radioactive material was found in a field, Mexican authorities had formed a perimeter around the area and were measuring for contamination as they planned the recovery process Thursday, according to Mexican news reports.
Ana Marie Cox / Guardian:
Remember all those Obamacare horror stories?  Not looking so bad now  —  Inflammatory personal testimony has been a staple of bad debating since humans first started arguing with each other  —  Statisticians dismiss the practice of using personal stories to argue about an objective reality as …
Discussion: Liberaland and VodkaPundit
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie / New York Times:
The 10 Best Books of 2013  —  The year's best books, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.  —  FICTION  —  Alfred A. Knopf, $26.95.  —  By turns tender and trenchant, Adichie's third novel takes on the comedy and tragedy of American race relations from the perspective of a young Nigerian immigrant.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Rana Foroohar / TIME:
TIME Exclusive: Icahn Files Apple Shareholder Proposal  —  The richest man on Wall Street is opening a new front in his quest to persuade Apple to part with more of its massive cash stockpile.  —  Veteran investor Carl Icahn is opening a new front in his quest to persuade Apple to part with more of its massive cash stockpile.
Meredith Shiner / The World's Greatest …:
Budget Deal Looks Likely, But Passage Uncertain  —  Ryan, left, and Murray are likely to announce a modest budget deal in the coming days.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)  —  Budget negotiators are nearing a deal that could ease the way for leaders to avert another government shutdown before the 2014 elections …
Los Angeles Times:
Can Obama unilaterally ban deportations?  —  He may have the authority, as a protester challenged him to.  But doing so would be fraught with political and legal risks.  —  President Obama looks back at a man in the audience who asked Obama for help getting his family to the United States during …
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Wall Street Journal:
Obama moves left on the economy to change the subject from ObamaCare.  —  For all of their mutual public admiration, Presidents Clinton and Obama react differently to political trouble.  Bill moved to the middle, while Barack always moves left.  So it's no surprise that Mr. Obama is responding …
Discussion: Right Turn
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Ted Cruz explains dad's Fidel Castro comment  —  Sen. Ted Cruz said while there are some differences between President Barack Obama and former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, Obama is displaying “dictatorial” tendencies as president.  —  During an interview by Jorge Ramos on Fusion …
Discussion: The Raw Story
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Obama steals past the Nov. 30 deadline.  —  NBC's Michael O'Brien had some fun yesterday paraphrasing President Obama's latest infliction on the ears of America: “Obama said his signature health care reform law is going nowhere as long as he's in office.” … Obama gives a health-care speech.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The two options on Iran  —  Critics of the agreement with Iran concerning its nuclear program are right about most things but wrong about the most important things.  They understand the agreement's manifest and manifold defects and its probable futility.  Crucial components of Iran's nuclear infrastructure remain.
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Ralph Hudgens compares pre-existing conditions to a car wreck that is ‘your fault’  —  Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is no friend of the Affordable Care Act, and he recently opened up a new front of attack on an aspect of the law that even many of his fellow Republicans say they like …
Guardian:
ALEC calls for penalties on ‘freerider’ homeowners in assault on clean energy  —  • Documents reveal conservative group's anti-green agenda  —  • Strategy to charge people who install their own solar panels  —  • Environmentalists accuse Alec of protecting utility firms' profits
 
 
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Alex Roarty / NationalJournal.com:
Obamacare Is Costing Democrats the White Women They'll Need at the Ballot Box
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Carrie Wells / Baltimore Sun:
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