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4:30 PM ET, November 26, 2013


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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN/ORC poll: Democrats lose 2014 edge following Obamacare uproar  —  Washington (CNN) - What a difference a month makes.  —  A new CNN/ORC International poll indicates a dramatic turnaround in the battle for control of Congress in next year's midterm elections.
Josh Kraushaar /
Democrats Fear Obamacare Will Cost Them The Senate  —  One top Democratic pollster: “If there's nothing you want to fix, there's something wrong with you.”  —  Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., is one of the most vulnerable Democrats headed into the midterms.  (Liz Lynch)
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  November 26, 2013 - Unknown Dem Gains …
Brynn Gingras /
Family Says They Did Tip Gay Server, Didn't Leave Note  —  After a gay server at a New Jersey restaurant said a customer denied her a tip and wrote her a hateful note on the receipt, a local family contacted NBC 4 New York and said their receipt shows they paid a tip and didn't write any such note.
Wall Street Journal:
Miller and McCloskey: The Next ObamaCare Mirage
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
You Might Lose Your Doctor, But Don't Blame Obamacare
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Julian Assange unlikely to face U.S. charges over publishing classified documents  —  The Justice Department has all but concluded it will not bring charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for publishing classified documents because government lawyers said they could not do so without …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama's pivot No. 5 this year  —  The White House, for at least the fifth time this year, is seeking to pivot to the economy, this time in a bid to change the subject from the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare.  —  It's a common play for the White House, which frequently seeks to refocus attention …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Weasel Zippers
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Mark Halperin: Death Panels Are ‘Built Into’ Obamacare (VIDEO)  —  One of the Beltway's best-known pundits gave credence this week to perhaps the fringiest of all Obamacare conspiracy theories.  —  In an interview on Monday with the conservative Newsmax, Time's Mark Halperin said that so-called …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
The Boys Who Cried “Munich”  —  Was it really only 55 days ago that the world—including the part inhabited by Republicans—rolled its collective eyes at U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry bizarrely mischaracterizing the decision whether or not to bomb the regime in Syria as our latest …
Pope Francis calls unfettered capitalism ‘tyranny’ and urges rich to share wealth  —  Pontiff's first major publication calls on global leaders to guarantee work, education and healthcare  —  Pope Francis has attacked unfettered capitalism as “a new tyranny”, urging global leaders …
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Tom Corbett's numbers continue to sink  —  Pennsylvania GOP Gov. Tom Corbett has been in trouble all year, and a new poll out Tuesday suggests he's trailing even the unknown Democratic candidates by double digits.  —  The poll, from the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
PPP: Pennsylvania's Tom Corbett The Most Unpopular Governor In America
Discussion: rubber hose
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Iranian nuclear deal strains Obama's relations with big Jewish donors  —  The Iran nuclear deal has put new strains on President Obama's relationship with Jewish donors, a pillar of Democratic fundraising.  —  The U.S.-led agreement — endorsed by France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia …
Discussion: Mondoweiss and JP Updates
Yossi Klein Halevi / The New Republic:
Israel's Freakout, Explained
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court to review contraceptive coverage mandate  —  The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to consider a new challenge to President Obama's Affordable Care Act and decide whether employers with religious objections may refuse to provide their workers with mandated insurance coverage of contraceptives.
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Tea party unscathed in early GOP civil war  —  The Republican civil war erupted into full view this fall, and the establishment looked like it was about to shove the movement back in line.  —  But the early skirmishes ended with the tea party no weaker than it was.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Kristine Gill / Naples Daily News:
Trey Radel: ‘People coming & harassing me’  —  U.S. Rep. Trey Radel at Hazelden  —  A day after Collier and Lee Republicans called for his resignation, U.S. Rep. Trey Radel took a smoke break at his treatment facility in downtown Naples and said he's being harassed as he tries to focus on his health.
USA Today:
Businessman behind hits like “Pretty Woman” says he bought arms on Israel's behalf.  —  More than 60 years after a congressional Committee on Un-American Activities held hearings aimed at rooting out communist spies from Hollywood, a Hollywood producer has proudly revealed his own clandestine efforts on behalf of Israel.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Washington Post:
Among American workers, poll finds unprecedented anxiety about jobs, economy  —  Will Figg/For The Washington Post - John Stewart works at the Philadelphia International Airport escorting passengers in wheelchairs.  The job pays $5.25 an hour, plus tips.  “I'm glad I don't have a family,” Stewart said.
Doug Sosnik / Politico:
Which Side of the Barricade Are You On?  —  Democratic strategist Doug Sosnik was a close adviser to President Bill Clinton, and he's famed in Washington circles for his closely held, big-think memos on the state of American politics.  We got our hands on his latest—in which he warns …
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Shaun Chaiyabhat / WPLG-TV:
African-American girl faces expulsion over ‘natural hair’
Discussion: Shakesville and The Raw Story
Tim Alberta /
Congressional Vacation Set to Create Another Fiscal Crisis
Discussion: Daily Kos
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
Iran, North Korea Secretly Developing New Long-Range Rocket Booster for ICBMs
Discussion: Right Wing News and AEIdeas
Dan Levinson / Washington Post:
Bringing home Dad
Discussion: Washington Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Bousquet / Tampa Bay Times:
Florida orders restrictions on voters returning absentee ballots
Nomaan Merchant / Associated Press:
Attorney: Texas Woman To Face 18 Years For Ricin Letters Sent To Obama, Bloomberg
Discussion: The Raw Story
Globe and Mail:
Liberals cruise to victory in Toronto Centre
Discussion: Politico, Poynter and Shakesville
Carrie Dann / NBCNews:
‘Do-nothing’ Congress on track for one of the least productive years ever
Discussion: Shakesville
Jose DelReal / Politico:
Charles Krauthammer: Worst since Munich
Discussion: neo-neocon
Bryan Bender / The Boston Globe:
John Kerry opened secret channel to Iran
Katrina Trinko / USA Today:
It's all ho-ho-ho til Obama hijacks your holiday: Column
Discussion: The Federalist and National Review