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Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
The individual mandate no longer applies to people whose plans were canceled  —  Today, the Obama administration announced that people whose insurance plans were canceled this year will “temporarily” be exempted from the law's individual mandate.  Here's how they're doing it — and what it means for the law.
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Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Obama administration relaxes rules of health-care law four days before deadline  —  The Obama administration Thursday night significantly relaxed the rules of the health-care law for millions of consumers whose individual insurance policies have been canceled, saying they could buy bare-bones health plans …
Avik Roy / Forbes:
Utter Chaos: White House Exempts Millions From Obamacare's Insurance Mandate, ‘Unaffordable’ Exchanges  —  It's hard to come up with new ways to describe the Obama administration's improvisational approach to the Affordable Care Act's troubled health insurance exchanges.
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Does New Obamacare Mandate Exemption Open A Pandora's Box?  —  The Obama administration's announcement Thursday night that it would exempt people whose policies have been canceled because of Obamacare from the law's individual mandate was an unexpected move.
Discussion: Health Affairs Blog
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Chuck Todd: Will anyone be fined?  —  NBC News chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd says with all the changes the Obama administration has made to the rules of Obamacare, he doubts a “single person” will end up paying a penalty next year when the individual mandate takes effect.
Louise Radnofsky / Wall Street Journal:
White House Will Allow Some To Buy Catastrophic Health Plans  —  Health-Care Law Tweak Addresses People Whose Polices Were Canceled Under New Rules  —  The Obama administration said Thursday it would allow some of the millions of Americans whose insurance policies had been canceled …
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:   Well, let's delay the mandate after all
Bloomberg:
Obama Lifts Health Mandate for Those With Canceled Plans
Politico:   Six questions for Obama
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Another Rule in Health Law Is Scaled Back
Discussion: Power Line and Gawker
Clara Ritger / NationalJournal.com:
Obama Administration to Delay Individual Mandate for Some
Swalker / Duck Commander:
The Robertson Family Offical Statement  —  We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support.  The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E's decision.  We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word.
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McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Paul Ryan Finds God  —  How a backstage prayer in Cleveland and a new leader in the Vatican set the budget-slashing congressman on a mission to help the poor.  “My bet is that he's on Pope Francis' team.”  —  On Oct. 24, 2012, Paul Ryan slipped into a high-ceilinged backstage room …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Senate hatches last-minute deal  —  The Senate reached a last-minute procedural agreement late Thursday that spared them from horribly-timed votes on Friday and Saturday, and should let everyone fly home Friday for Christmas.  —  Before the deal, senators were facing a bitter end to a bitter year.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Booman Tribune
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Donna Cassata / Associated Press:   Senate To Vote On Yellen For Fed Chair In January
Washington Post:
Officials' defenses of NSA phone program may be unraveling  —  From the moment the government's massive database of citizens' call records was exposed this year, U.S. officials have clung to two main lines of defense: The secret surveillance program was constitutional and critical to keeping the nation safe.
Guardian:
GCHQ and NSA targeted charities, Germans, Israeli PM and EU chief  —  • Unicef and Médecins du Monde were on surveillance list  —  • Targets went well beyond potential criminals and terrorists  —  • Revelations could cause embarrassment at EU summit
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Obamacare ‘death spiral’ scenario is about the states, stupid  —  OBAMACARE HEALTH CARE HEALTHCARE.GOV HEALTH CARE EXCHANGES HHS  —  As problems continue to plague the rollout of President Obama's health care law despite improvements to the federal healthcare.gov website …
Discussion: Washington Post
MacIver Institute:
BREAKING: Workers Dismantle Over 70 Unions in Wisconsin  —  [Madison, Wisc...] Workers rejected over 70 of 408 school district unions during annual recertification elections that ended on Thursday, according to a preliminary analysis of the results.  —  The elections went from November 29th until noon …
Discussion: Hot Air and Weekly Standard
Emily Swanson / The Huffington Post:
Most Americans Don't Care What Race Santa Is — Except For Republicans Who Think He's White  —  Most Americans don't care about Santa's race, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll, but nearly half of the Republicans surveyed think Santa should be portrayed as white.
Gregory Ferenstein / TechCrunch:
Tim Draper Wants To Split California Into Pieces And Turn Silicon Valley Into Its Own State  —  TechCrunch has learned about noted technology investor Tim Draper's plan to split California into six separate states, including a Northern California slice appropriately named “Silicon Valley.”
The Atlantic Online:
The Gangs of Chicago  —  I spent last week trooping through North Lawndale, on the West Side of Chicago, with the Atlantic's video team.  We spent much of Friday with some positive folks over at the Better Boys Foundation (BBF) in K-Town.  Then we went outside to get some sense of the neighborhood.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
Democrats currently have a 1 percent chance of retaking the House  —  In the first post on our House forecasting model for the 2014 election, we estimated that, as of this moment, Republicans are likely to gain five seats in the House of Representatives.  That estimate is in line with some others …
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
High security risk found after HealthCare.gov launch  —  Shares -  —  Tweets - Stumble  —  A top HealthCare.gov security officer told Congress there have been two, serious high-risk findings since the website's launch, including one on Monday of this week, CBS News has learned.
Discussion: Hot Air and Jammie Wearing Fools
 
 
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Jack Kingston defends school lunch quote
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Fernanda Santos / New York Times:
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Brendan Nyhan / Columbia Journalism Review:
Political centrism is not objectivity
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Bloomberg:
Podesta's Push for Executive Power Raises Stakes on Obama Agenda
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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Messina rejects holding Baucus's Senate seat
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