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3:00 AM ET, December 8, 2013

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Colin Powell wants US to adopt universal health care  —  Asks why single-payer systems in Europe have not been adopted in the United States.  —  Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said universal health care should be available to all Americans.  He was speaking at a charity event for prostate survivors in Seattle.
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 Haberkorn / Politico:
GOP governor ‘all in’ on ACA  —  In a Republican party that's gone all out against Obamacare, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval went all in.  —  Sandoval is the only Republican governor whose state is both running its own health insurance exchange this year and expanding its Medicaid program under the health law.
James Hohmann / Politico:
Ex-RNC chair Ed Gillespie weighs Mark Warner challenge in Virginia  —  HOT SPRINGS, Va.—Former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie is considering a run against Virginia Sen. Mark Warner (D) next year.  —  “It's a very winnable race,” the powerful GOP insider told POLITICO in a Saturday afternoon interview.
Discussion: Reuters
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 …
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 …
BBC:
Syria conflict: Foreign jihadists ‘use Turkey safe houses’  —  Foreign jihadist fighters are using safe houses in southern Turkey to cross into Syria to fight against government forces, the BBC has learnt.  —  A man running one such house near the border town of Reyhanli said more than 150 people …
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
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 and NBCNews
 
 
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Kashmir Hill / Forbes:
U.S. Spy Rocket Has Octopus-Themed ‘Nothing Is Beyond Our Reach’ Logo. Seriously.
Maryn McKenna / Wired:
Measles Cases Triple in U.S., Vaccine Refusal Here and Elsewhere to Blame
Discussion: Daily Kos
Marin Cogan / NationalJournal.com:
Is This 36-Year-Old Veteran the Future of the GOP?
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Power Line
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:
American Veteran Seized by North Korea During a Tour Returns Home
 Earlier Items: 
Alec Macgillis / The New Republic:
Those Media Hysterics Who Said Obama's Presidency Was Dead Were Wrong. Again.
Discussion: The Dish
Dina Cappiello / Associated Press:
U.S. extends permit for eagle deaths
Discussion: Right Wing News
Jada F. Smith / New York Times:
Slowly They Modernize: A Federal Agency That Still Uses Floppy Disks
Discussion: Hot Air, Ed Driscoll and Gawker
 

 
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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Newspaper industry narrowed revenue loss in 2013 as paywall plans increased

Todd Spangler / Variety:
British Pathé Uploads Entire 85,000-Film Archive to YouTube in HD

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The Truth in Advertising Act aims to regulate photo manipulation in US ads

 
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