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12:30 PM ET, November 25, 2013


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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Dems worry leaders in denial on Obamacare  —  Democratic leaders claim the bungled launch of Obamacare is just the latest news sensation — a media-stirred tempest that looks in the heat of the moment like it could upend the midterm election, but ends up fizzling well before voters head to the polls.
Discussion: USA Today
The Fix:
Republicans embrace Wag-the-Dog-ism  —  The Republican strategy of late can be summed up in a single word: Distraction.  —  When Senate Democrats moved last Thursday to invoke the nuclear option — a rules change that came after eight years of back and forth between the two parties over judicial …
Discussion: CBS DC and Washington Post
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Filibuster's end imperils Sebelius  —  Kathleen Sebelius may become the biggest loser in the Senate's approval of filibuster reform.  —  The Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary has kept her job despite the botched rollout of ObamaCare's insurance exchanges, but it will now be easier for Obama to replace her.
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
Niall Stanage / The Hill:   For flailing Obama, it's fixing healthcare, stupid
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Filibuster Rope-a-Dope?  —  Did the crafty Mitch McConnell …
Wall Street Journal:
Tehran can continue to enrich uranium at 10,000 working centrifuges.  —  President Obama is hailing a weekend accord that he says has “halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program,” and we devoutly wish this were true.  The reality is that the agreement in Geneva with five Western nations takes Iran …
Washington Post:
An Iran deal worth trying — risks and all
Barrie McKenna / Globe and Mail:
Canada ‘deeply skeptical’ Iran will follow through on nuclear deal
Franklin Foer / The New Republic:
Obamacare's Threat to Liberalism  —  There's a term of art that the Obama White House uses to describe its neurotic supporters who instantly race to the worst-case scenario: They are known as “bed-wetters.”  Two months into the dysfunctional life of, however, that seems a perfectly appropriate physiological reaction.
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
Top U.S. hospital laying off staff due to Obamacare
Discussion: BizPac Review
Washington Post:
For beleaguered IRS, a crucial test still awaits after troubled rollout of health-care law
Discussion: Right Wing News
President's marks as manager take hit in new CNN/ORC poll  —  Washington (CNN) - Only four out of 10 Americans believe President Barack Obama can manage the federal government effectively, according to a new national poll.  —  And a CNN/ORC International survey released Monday morning …
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Pressure builds on Boehner  —  If Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) put the Senate's immigration bill to a vote in the House, it wins.  —  The math is pretty simple.  It will take 218 votes to pass it.  All 200 Democrats are on board as well as three Republican co-sponsors.
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Top Dems, Republicans blast Obama's nuke deal with Iran  —  Top lawmakers on both side of the aisle on Sunday voiced skepticism about the newly struck agreement with Iran, and vowed to keep up the pressure with sanctions.  —  Senior members in both chambers said that, at first glance …
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Obama: 'I'm not a particularly ideological person'  —  President Barack Obama says he is not a “particularly ideological person,” but remains passionate about certain issues.  —  “I'm not a particularly ideological person,” Obama said Sunday during a fundraiser in Seattle.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Philip Rucker / Post Politics:
Obama: I'm ‘not a particularly ideological person’  —  MEDINA, Wash. - Opening a three-day campaign swing to raise money for fellow Democrats, President Obama charged here Sunday night that House Republicans are the biggest impediment to the nation's progress.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
California, Here We Come?  —  It goes without saying that the rollout of Obamacare was an epic disaster.  But what kind of disaster was it?  Was it a failure of management, messing up the initial implementation of a fundamentally sound policy?  Or was it a demonstration that the Affordable Care Act is inherently unworkable?
Lawrence R. Jacobs / New York Times:
Right vs. Left in the Midwest  —  MINNESOTA and Wisconsin share much more than bone-chilling winters: German and Northern European roots; farming; and, until recently, a populist progressive tradition stretching back a century to Wisconsin's Fighting Bob La Follette and the birth of Minnesota's Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.
Susan Mohamed /
Angola Bans Islam, Destroys Mosques  —  LUANDA - According to several Angolan newspapers, Angola has become the first country in the world to ban Islam and Muslims, taking first measures by destroying mosques in the country.  —  “The process of legalization of Islam has not been approved …
Connor Adams Sheets / International Business Times:
Angola ‘Bans Islam’, Dismantles Mosques, According To News Reports
SAPD officer accused of rape  —  A San Antonio police officer was arrested Saturday and accused of raping a 19-year-old woman on the South Side early the day before.  At a news conference Saturday, police said the officer has been accused of sexual assault before.
On-duty officer sexually assaults 19-year-old during traffic stop, police say
Discussion: Shakesville and Liberaland
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Court Confronts Religious Rights of Corporations  —  WASHINGTON — Hobby Lobby, a chain of crafts stores, closes on Sundays, costing its owners millions but honoring their Christian faith.  —  The stores play religious music.  Employees get free spiritual counseling.
Discussion: Unfogged
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Financial Times:
US banks warn Fed interest cut could force them to charge depositors
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
Shaken NSA Grapples With an Overhaul
Discussion: AEIdeas and Talking Points Memo
Julia Preston / New York Times:
In Report, 63% Back Way to Get Citizenship
Discussion: CNN, Outside the Beltway and NBC Latino
David Jesse / USA Today:
Government books $41.3 billion in student loan profits
Terrence Stutz / Dallas Morning News:
Democrat Van de Putte jumps into Texas lieutenant governor race
 Earlier Items: 
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Cruz: Filibuster Rule Change ‘Will Poison The Atmosphere Of The Senate’
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and PoliticusUSA
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Sens. Corker, Cardin react to nuclear deal with Iran; Sarah Palin talks D.C. dysfunction, Bashir comments
Discussion: Althouse and NewsBusters
Tim Blair:
MEATWORKER DIPLOMACY  —  Australian pride is restored.
Discussion: Natalie Solent
Jason Easley / PoliticusUSA:
Sarah Palin Humiliates Herself On Fox News By Not Knowing What the Nuclear Option Is
Discussion: field negro