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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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Politico:
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:
How the GOP lost its nerve on tax reform
Discussion: CNN and No More Mister Nice Blog
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
John Boehner: GOP Should Support Openly Gay Candidates
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Poliglot
Politico:
GOP men tutored in running against women
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 …
The Fix:
Why Barack Obama can't win  —  President Obama has reached a new low in his presidency — this much is clear.  —  But the president's lowest-ever approval ratings don't even tell quite how bad it is for Obama.  For that, you need to look at how he is viewed on the issues.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Approval Down Most Among Hispanics in Past Year  —  Hispanics' approval has fallen from 75% in December 2012 to 52% in November  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama's job approval rating averaged 41% in November, down 12 percentage points from 53% last December, his high-water mark since his first year in office.
Maria Sacchetti / Boston Globe:
President Obama acknowledges having lived with his uncle  —  President Obama acknowledged on Thursday that he lived with his Kenyan uncle for a brief period in the 1980s while preparing to attend Harvard Law School, contradicting a statement more than a year ago that the White House had no record of the two ever meeting.
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.
John Fund / National Review:
A Roll of the Dice  —  President Obama is back selling his health-care law with the manic intensity of a late-night-infomercial pitchman who knows that if he doesn't move the product, it could be discontinued.  —  Here's Obama aiming his comments at young people this Wednesday: “The product is good.
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Young invincibles spurn O-Care
Gabrielle Bluestone / Gawker:
Here's Some New Hacked Presidential Art From The Clinton White House  —  These new doodles, hacked by the politically-minded Guccifer and published for the first time here on Gawker, appear to be the Bill Clinton doodles that the world has patiently been waiting for.  Read... 12/04/13 8:03pm 50 minutes ago
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Alexander Abad-Santos / The Wire:
President Clinton Doodled Male Genitalia (We Think) and It Was Glorious
Discussion: Mediaite and TheBlaze.com
Sally Kohn / CNN:
Opinion: Hospitals close as GOP balks at Obamacare  —  Editor's note: Sally Kohn is a progressive activist, columnist and television commentator.  Follow her on Twitter at @sallykohn.  —  (CNN) — The Obamacare website is open for business.  But the Charlton Memorial Hospital in Folkston, Georgia, is closed.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Pelosi: No Budget Deal Without Unemployment Benefits Extension (UPDATED)  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday said Democrats would not support a budget deal that does not extend emergency unemployment benefits, which are set to lapse on Dec. 28 for about 1.3 million people.
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Alex Roarty / NationalJournal.com:
Obamacare Is Costing Democrats the White Women They'll Need at the Ballot Box  —  Polls show that when it comes to the troubled health care law, Democrats should be most concerned about one of their key constituencies.  —  A woman votes at the Park Slope Branch Public Library in the Brooklyn borough of New York November 5, 2013.
New York Times:
No, There Won't Be a Doctor Shortage  —  IN just over a decade the United States will need 130,000 more doctors than medical schools are producing.  So says the Association of American Medical Colleges, which warns of a doctor shortage that will drive up wait times, shorten office visits …
Discussion: AEIdeas
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 …
Tom Scocca / Gawker:
On Smarm  —  Last month, Isaac Fitzgerald, the newly hired editor of BuzzFeed's newly created books section, made a remarkable but not entirely surprising announcement: He was not interested in publishing negative book reviews.  In place of “the scathing takedown rip,” Fitzgerald said …
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 …
Jose Pagliery / CNNMoney.com:
2 million Facebook, Gmail and Twitter passwords stolen in massive hack  —  Hackers have stolen usernames and passwords for nearly two million accounts at Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo and others, according to a report released this week.  —  The massive data breach was a result …
Aislinn Laing / Telegraph:
Friends and family gather at Nelson Mandela's side  —  Former president's friends and loved ones gather at his house in South Africa, with the 95 year-old described as ‘on his death-bed’  —  Nelson Mandela's family and friends were gathering at his house last night, just days after his eldest daughter …
Discussion: Business Insider and Liberaland
Mark Schlabach / ESPN:
Jameis Winston not charged  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Nearly one year after Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was accused of rape by a female FSU student, the state attorney has decided not to charge the Heisman Trophy favorite.  —  Thursday's decision clears the way for him to finish the season with the No. 1 Seminoles.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Palin Hopes Bashir's Attack Won't Stop People From Starting A Business (VIDEO)  —  Responding to the resignation of Martin Bashir for the first time, Sarah Palin said once again Thursday that she accepts his apology.  She just hopes that the former MSNBC host's “unprovoked” …
Dan Merica / CNN:
Cruz refers to controversial law as advice to conservative group  —  Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Ted Cruz's advice for a conservative group facing criticism and hardship: “Stand your ground.”  —  The choice of words appeared to be a reference to a string of negative press …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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: Shakesville and National Review
Jeffrey Young / The Huffington Post:
Nasty Surprise May Await People Who Thought They Enrolled In Obamacare  —  Unresolved technical problems on HealthCare.gov could lead to a rude surprise at the doctor's office next month for patients who think they successfully used the website to sign up for health insurance.
John Marzulli / NY Daily News:
Brooklyn city councilman asks for leniency for alleged mobster  —  Dominic Recchia, who is running for Congress, wrote a letter to a judge extolling the community service performed by reputed Colombo mobster Angelo Spata, who is facing 21 months in prison for money laundering and illegal gambling.
 
 
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