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8:00 PM ET, December 7, 2013

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Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
Lazy Journalists Aren't to Blame for Death of Print  —  This week's announcement that New York magazine was becoming a biweekly was greeted, in my profession, with the sort of cheer that might herald the announcement of a sewer line backup or a mid-honeymoon appendectomy.  —  New York magazine is very successful.
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots and Vox Popoli
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
New York's Junior Senator, Doggedly Refusing to Play the Part  —  WASHINGTON — If there were a chutzpah caucus in the United States Senate, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York would be its natural leader.  —  On a fund-raising swing through Chicago this fall, she told donors to pressure …
Wall Street Journal:
The ObamaCare Buck Finally Stops  —  President Obama says blame the government, not President Obama.  —  President Obama has found someone to blame for the Affordable Care Act's rolling failures besides Republicans.  ObamaCare is the government's fault, not his.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Arlette Saenz / ABC News:
Rand Paul Says Wife is Against a 2016 Run  —  There's at least one member of Sen. Rand Paul's family who isn't quite on board just yet with a 2016 run — and that's his wife.  —  After a speech at the Detroit Economic Club today, Paul, a Republican senator from Kentucky …
New York Times:
Wall Street Mothers, Stay-Home Fathers  —  As Husbands Do Domestic Duty, These Women Are Free to Achieve  —  Marielle Jan de Beur often catches the 6:27 a.m. train to Grand Central Terminal, waiting on the Westchester platform with a swarm of dark-suited men, and then walks 10 blocks …
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Obama has shown how a future GOP president can gut Obamacare  —  BARACK OBAMA OBAMACARE REPUBLICAN PARTY  —  I owe Mitt Romney an apology.  —  During the 2012 Republican presidential primary season, I repeatedly criticized Romney — and personally challenged him during his editorial board meeting …
Discussion: Hot Air and PostPartisan
Decca Aitkenhead / Guardian:
Peter Higgs: I wouldn't be productive enough for today's academic system  —  Physicist doubts work like Higgs boson identification achievable now as academics are expected to ‘keep churning out papers’  —  Peter Higgs, the British physicist who gave his name to the Higgs boson …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Vox Popoli
Luke Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Third Way Op-Ed Writer Says Elizabeth Warren's Backing Of Social Security Plan Was The ‘Final Moment’  —  Jim Kessler, senior vice president for policy and a co-founder of Third Way, said Friday morning that Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-Mass.) backing of a plan to expand Social Security compelled …
Richard Pollock / Washington Examiner:
Doctors boycotting California's Obamacare exchange  —  WATCHDOG OBAMACARE CALIFORNIA HEALTH CARE HEALTHCARE.GOV HEALTH CARE EXCHANGES  —  An estimated seven out of every 10 physicians in deep-blue California are rebelling against the state's Obamacare health insurance exchange and won't participate …
Alec Macgillis / The New Republic:
Those Media Hysterics Who Said Obama's Presidency Was Dead Were Wrong.  Again.  —  It's been a pretty good week for the Obama administration.  The bungled healthcare.gov Web site emerged vastly improved following an intensive fix-it push, allowing some 25,000 to sign up per day, as many as signed up in all of October.
Discussion: Liberal Values and The Dish
Marin Cogan / NationalJournal.com:
Is This 36-Year-Old Veteran the Future of the GOP?  —  Two Ivy League degrees.  Two tours of duty.  Can Tom Cotton win the Senate for the GOP?  —  HOT SPRINGS, Ark.—On a recent late-fall Saturday, Barbara Deuschle, a local restaurant owner, was recounting her first impression of her congressman …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Power Line
Associated Press:
Obama: Diplomacy Best Approach to Iran Nuke Crisis  —  President Barack Obama said Saturday he believed the chances for a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran are 50/50 or worse, yet defended diplomacy as the best way to prevent Tehran from acquiring atomic weapons.
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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Maryn McKenna / Wired:
Measles Cases Triple in U.S., Vaccine Refusal Here and Elsewhere to Blame
Discussion: Daily Kos
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Fears mount that Dems will undermine White House on Iran
Discussion: Israel Matzav, Hullabaloo and Hot Air
Associated Press:
CDC: Water at Marine base linked to birth defects
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
New York Times:
Veteran Seized by North Korea During Tour Is Back Home in United States
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