Check out Mini-memeorandum for simple mobiles or memeorandum Mobile for modern smartphones.
2:05 PM ET, December 17, 2013

memeorandum

 Top Items: 
Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
‘This Is the End of the Presidency’  —  Tracking the same horrible second-term path as Bush, can Obama learn from the past?  —  Claiming a mandate he never had, the newly reelected president foisted a bold agenda upon Congress and the public, then watched it collapse within months …
RELATED:
Washington Post:
Obama suffers most from year of turmoil, poll finds  —  President Obama is ending his fifth year in office matching the worst public approval ratings of his presidency, with record numbers of Americans saying they disapprove of his job performance and his once-hefty advantages over Republicans …
Washington Post:
Gary Langer / ABC News:
A Drop in Opposition to Obamacare Helps Stabilize a Struggling Presidency
Discussion: Daily Kos and NewsBusters
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:   Obama's Current Approval Rating Is The Ugliest Since Nixon
New York Times:
A Powerful Rebuke of Mass Surveillance  —  For the first time since the revelation of the National Security Agency's vast dragnet of all Americans' telephone records, a federal court has ruled that such surveillance is “significantly likely” to be unconstitutional.
RELATED:
Emily Bazelon / Slate:
Snap Out of It  —  If this judge doesn't buy the legal basis for the NSA's intrusive phone snooping, no one should.  —  If you have been lulled into a state of somnolence about former government contractor Edward Snowden's revelations that the government is collecting records …
Bradley Brooks / Associated Press:
Snowden Petitions Brazil For Asylum In Exchange For Help With Spying  —  RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden says he would be willing to help Brazil investigate NSA spying on its soil, but could not fully participate without being granted political asylum …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
‘Passionate’ Judge Has Record of Wrestling With Thorny Issues, and the U.S. Government
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
White House to tap Microsoft exec to fix Obamacare site  —  The White House is tapping the private sector for its next point man to fix the troubled Obamacare website.  —  The administration is set to announce that Kurt DelBene, an executive at Microsoft, will succeed Jeff Zients in leading …
RELATED:
Kathleen Sebelius / HHS.gov:
Former Microsoft Executive Kurt DelBene To Replace Jeff Zients  —  Today, I am pleased to announce Kurt DelBene as my Senior Advisor and successor to Jeff Zients.  Jeff did an outstanding job working with our team to provide management advice and counsel on the HealthCare.gov project.
The Hill:
Senate GOP to decide filibuster strategy  —  Stinging from Senate Democrats' gutting of the filibuster, Senate Republicans will use their private caucus lunch Tuesday to decide on their strategy for holding back a string of nominees.  —  Now that Senate rules prevent the minority party …
RELATED:
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Senate poised to approve budget
Discussion: Washington Monthly, CNN, KTOO and Roll Call
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Senate poised to pass budget deal
Discussion: Power Line, The Plum Line and Reuters
Edward Snowden / folha.uol.com.br:
An Open Letter to the People of Brazil  —  Atualizado em 17/12/2013 às 08h11.  —  Six months ago, I stepped out from the shadows of the United States Government's National Security Agency to stand in front of a journalist's camera.  —  Espionage Whistleblower Edward Snowden to Seek Asylum in Brazil
RELATED:
David Nather / Reuters:
Next Obamacare crisis: Small-business costs?  —  Think the canceled health policies hurt the Obamacare cause?  There's another political time bomb lurking that could explode not too long before next year's elections: rate hikes for small businesses.  —  Like the canceled individual health plans …
RELATED:
Politico:
Immigration's next hurdle: Obamacare
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Thought Leader  —  Little boys and girls in ancient Athens grew up wanting to be philosophers.  In Renaissance Florence they dreamed of becoming Humanists.  But now a new phrase and a new intellectual paragon has emerged to command our admiration: The Thought Leader.
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  December 17, 2013 - Iowa Gov's Approval, Reelection Prospects Improve, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Christie Tops Clinton By 5 Points In 2016 Race  —  Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's reelection prospects are improving as voters approve 58 - 32 percent of the job he is doing …
Discussion: CNN, Talking Points Memo and Politico
RELATED:
Jenna Portnoy / New Jersey Online:
Iowa voters prefer Chris Christie to Hillary Clinton in 2016 matchup, poll shows
Discussion: Booman Tribune and susiemadrak.com
Rick Kissell / Variety:
Fox News Remains Ratings Champ As 2013 Comes to Close  —  It and rivals CNN, MSNBC down from last year  —  Fox News Channel maintained its grip on the cable-news network ratings prize in 2013, drawing more viewers than the combined averages of CNN, MSNBC and HLN.
Jorge Saenz / Associated Press:
Francis Dumps U.S. Cardinal Who Is Outspoken Critic Of Abortion, Gay Marriage  —  ST. LOUIS (AP) — Pope Francis announced changes in the influential Vatican office that evaluates and nominates candidates for bishop around the world.  —  Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington was appointed Monday to the Congregation for Bishops.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jordan Zakarin / BuzzFeed:
Shia LaBeouf Apologizes After Plagiarizing Artist Daniel Clowes For His New Short Film  —  UPDATED: The similarities between LaBeouf's HowardCantour.com and Clowes' Justin M. Damiano are astounding.  “In my excitement and naiveté as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative process …
Discussion: CNN, Telegraph, Guardian, Gawker and The Verge
Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
Too Risky for Boulder?  —  Patricia Adler stunned her students in a popular course on deviance Thursday by announcing that she would be leaving her tenured position teaching sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  —  Adler said that officials told her that one of the highlights of the course …
James Hohmann / Politico:
Internal Rick Scott poll: Charlie Crist up in Florida  —  Charlie Crist leads Florida Gov. Rick Scott by 4 percentage points in an internal poll conducted by Scott pollster Tony Fabrizio.  —  The survey, taken in late November and obtained Tuesday by POLITICO, puts Crist …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Abby Livingston / Roll Call:
Frank Wolf Will Not Seek Re-Election  —  (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)  —  Republican Rep. Frank R. Wolf will not seek an 18th term in Congress, according to a statement from his office.  —  “I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014,” Wolf …
Discussion: The Hill and Talking Points Memo
David Weigel / Slate:
Why 60 Minutes Tanked the NSA Story: The Producers Theory  —  It'll be a good 30 years until I can start collecting Social Security checks, and I can't say where I was when JFK was shot, so I'm not really in 60 Minutes' target audience.  * Other reporters, who have closely covered the NSA story …
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
Of Jane Fonda and Pope Francis  —  The pontiff understands the power of moral example.  Today's liberal high priests do not.  —  In the same week that Pope Francis was named Time's Person of the Year, word arrived of the charitable contributions made by the Jane Fonda Foundation.
 
 
 Archived Page Info: 
This is a snapshot of memeorandum at 2:05 PM ET, December 17, 2013.

View the current page or another snapshot:


 
 Who's Hiring in Media? 
 
 See Also: 
memeorandum: site main
memeorandum River: reverse chronological memeorandum
memeorandum Mobile: for phones
memeorandum Leaderboard: memeorandum's top sources
 
 Subscribe: 
memeorandum RSS feed
memeorandum on Twitter
 
 
 More Items: 
Nathan Allen / Grist:
Reddit's science forum banned climate deniers. Why don't all newspapers do the same?
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Twitchy
Andrew Ryan / The Boston Globe:
With 2 decades of city-provided rides at an end, Menino turns his focus to 21st-century driving
Discussion: First Read
Pat Buchanan / Townhall.com:
Is Putin One of Us?
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Is Arkansas Really the Land of Opportunity for Democrats?
Discussion: The Reaction and Associated Press
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
Dennis Rodman Returning To North Korea Despite Execution Of Leader's Uncle
Walter Shapiro / American Prospect:
The Year in Preview: Obama's Last Stand
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Auto bailout could be harbinger for Obamacare
Discussion: Paul Krugman
 Earlier Items: 
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
McConnell, challenger neck-and-neck in poll
Nathan L. Gonzales / Rothenblog:
How the Calendar Will Influence GOP Senate Primaries
Discussion: Politico
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Obama's Library, Advisers' Dream
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Is A Big Chill On the Way?  —  As Steve noted a little while ago …
 

 
From Techmeme:

Alphabet Investor Relations:
Alphabet Announces Second Quarter 2017 Results

Jan Wolfe / Reuters:
Roomba vacuum maker iRobot hopes to sell its users' floor plan data, seeking deals with Amazon, Apple, and Alphabet

Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook has acquired a content rights startup called Source3 to help fight video pirates

 
Sister Sites:

Techmeme
 Tech news essentials
Mediagazer
 Must-read media news
WeSmirch
 Celebrity news and gossip