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2:10 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 On Ohio Governor, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; More Voters Say Medicaid Expansion Is Good Idea  —  Ohio Gov. John Kasich begins his reelection year with a 44 - 37 percent lead over a largely unknown possible Democratic challenger …
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.
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
White House targets local media on Obamacare  —  President Barack Obama has bungled so badly that he's told senior aides to not even try to win positive coverage from the national press.  —  Instead, they're going local.  —  In the past month, Obama and his Cabinet have hit nine …
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.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Republicans mindlessly oppose Iran nuclear deal  —  Republicans are opposed to President Obama's deal with the Iranians — whatever it is.  —  A couple of minutes after 9 p.m. on Saturday, word crossed the news wires that negotiators in Geneva had reached an agreement on Iran's nuclear program.
Bryan Bender / The Boston Globe:
John Kerry opened secret channel to Iran  —  Quiet diplomacy helped lead to deal on Tehran's nuclear program  —  WASHINGTON — It was early December 2011 and the US Senate was poised to hold a crucial vote on the nomination of Richard Cordray to head President Obama's controversial new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
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 …
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 …
Jose DelReal / Politico:
Charles Krauthammer: Worst since Munich  —  'This is a sham from beginning to end.  It's the worst deal since Munich,' he said.  John Shinkle/POLITICO  —  Close  —  Charles Krauthammer says he believes President Barack Obama's deal with Iran is “the worst deal since Munich.”
Discussion: neo-neocon
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 …
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.
Carrie Dann / NBCNews:
‘Do-nothing’ Congress on track for one of the least productive years ever  —  It's not quite a “do nothing” Congress - but it's not far off.  —  With only a handful of remaining legislative days on their calendar, this current Congress is on track to go down as one of the most unproductive in modern history.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
PPP: Pennsylvania's Tom Corbett The Most Unpopular Governor In America  —  The latest release from Democratic-leaning PPP on Tuesday indicated that Pennsylvania's Tom Corbett is the most unpopular governor in the country, a fitting capper to what's been a year of dismal polling for the Republican.
Discussion: rubber hose
Yossi Klein Halevi / The New Republic:
Israel's Freakout, Explained  —  New worries about whether Obama's presidency has made them less safe  —  There are only two credible obstacles to an Iranian bomb: economic sanctions and the possibility of an Israeli military strike.  The deal signed with the Iranian regime threatens both.
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
Florida GOP chairs want Radel out
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The shakeup at the Minneapolis Fed is a battle for the soul of macroeconomics—again
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Nomaan Merchant / Associated Press:
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Discussion: The Raw Story
Globe and Mail:
Liberals cruise to victory in Toronto Centre
Discussion: Politico, Shakesville and Poynter
Fredrick Kunkle / Washington Post:
Report: Deeds expresses anger at state agency that failed son, vows fight for change
 Earlier Items: 
Colleen Flaherty / Inside Higher Ed:
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Emily L. Hauser / The Daily Beast:
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Juliet Eilperin / Post Politics:
Al Gore goes vegan, with little fanfare
Discussion: The Huffington Post, NPR and The Fix
Washington Post:
Karzai tells Susan Rice of more demands for accord extending U.S. troop presence
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Praised by de Blasio, Dinkins Responds With an Arrow
Discussion: Capital New York and Politicker
Katrina Trinko / USA Today:
It's all ho-ho-ho til Obama hijacks your holiday: Column
Discussion: The Federalist and National Review
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why voters are finished believing Obama's health care promises
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Chicago Tribune
New York Times:
End the N.S.A. Dragnet, Now
Discussion: Hit & Run