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5:30 PM ET, November 26, 2013


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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
CBS News' Lara Logan Taking Leave Of Absence Over Discredited ‘60 Minutes’ Benghazi Report  —  NEW YORK — Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and executive producer of '"60 Minutes," informed staff Tuesday that Lara Logan and her producer, Max McClellan, would be taking a leave of absence following …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Lara Logan out as CPJ dinner host
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
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.
Fars News Agency:
Iran Strongly Rejects Text of Geneva Agreement Released by White House  —  TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday called invalid a press release by the White House alleged to be the text of the nuclear agreement struck by Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) in Geneva on Sunday.
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Iran: White House Lying About Details of Nuke Deal  —  Iranian officials say that the White House is misleading the public about the details of an interim nuclear agreement reached over the weekend in Geneva.  —  Iran and Western nations including the United States came to an agreement …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama's pivot No. 5 this year
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Weasel Zippers
Ashley Killough / CNN:
IRS proposes new rules for tax-exempt organizations
Discussion: Politico
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
The Obamacare success stories you haven't been hearing about  —  Delaware artist David Shevlino will get better health coverage at lower cost next year, thanks to Obamacare.  Why aren't we hearing more about him?  (David Shevlino / November 25, 2013)  —  Last summer Ellen Holzman and Meredith Vezina …
Jay Hancock / Kaiser Health News:
‘Narrow Networks’ Trigger Push-Back From State Officials
Discussion: National Review
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
You Might Lose Your Doctor, But Don't Blame Obamacare
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.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court to rule on birth-control mandate (UPDATED)
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Jose Delreal / Politico:
Dinesh D'Souza calls Obama ‘Grown-Up Trayvon’  —  Conservative commentator and writer Dinesh D'Souza ignited a social media backlash Tuesday, when he referred to President Barack Obama as “Grown-Up Trayvon” on Twitter.  —  “I am thankful this week when I remember that America is big enough …
Discussion: Mediaite and theGrio
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Dinesh D'Souza Deletes Tweet Calling Obama ‘Grown-Up Trayvon’
Discussion: Liberaland
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
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 …
Yossi Klein Halevi / The New Republic:
Israel's Freakout, Explained
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
Shaun Chaiyabhat / WPLG-TV:
African-American girl faces expulsion over ‘natural hair’  —  Vanessa VanDyke told to cut hair or leave school  —  An African-American teen says she faces expulsion because administrators at her private school want her to cut and shape her hair.  —  Vanessa VanDyke said she was given …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Shakesville
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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Paul Krugman:
The Obamacare Worm Turns
Discussion: Mediaite and Talking Points Memo
Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
Larry Pratt: 'If We Have Gun Control In This Country, Then We Will Know We Are Under God's Judgment'
Discussion: The Raw Story and Liberaland
Tim Alberta /
Congressional Vacation Set to Create Another Fiscal Crisis
Discussion: Daily Kos
Dan Levinson / Washington Post:
Bringing home Dad
Discussion: Washington Wire
USA Today:
Businessman behind hits like “Pretty Woman” says he bought arms on Israel's behalf.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Bousquet / Tampa Bay Times:
Florida orders restrictions on voters returning absentee ballots
Doug Sosnik / Politico:
Which Side of the Barricade Are You On?  —  Democratic strategist …
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
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Tea party unscathed in early GOP civil war
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Katrina Trinko / USA Today:
It's all ho-ho-ho til Obama hijacks your holiday: Column
Discussion: The Federalist and National Review