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12:35 PM ET, November 27, 2013


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The Huffington Post:
Top-Secret Document Reveals NSA Spied On Porn Habits As Part Of Plan To Discredit ‘Radicalizers’  —  WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency has been gathering records of online sexual activity and evidence of visits to pornographic websites as part of a proposed plan to harm the reputations …
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Microsoft, suspecting NSA spying, to ramp up efforts to encrypt its Internet traffic
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Obama's photo policy smacks of propaganda  —  Is the Obama White House airbrushing history?  —  It was a hallmark of the Stalin era: Fallen Soviet leaders vanished from official photographs.  Nobody accuses President Obama of such subterfuge (well, nobody except for those who believe …
New York Times:
A Plea to Avoid Crush of Users at Health Site  —  WASHINGTON — White House officials, fearful that the federal health care website may again be overwhelmed this weekend, have urged their allies to hold back enrollment efforts so the insurance marketplace does not collapse under a crush of new users.
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Iran: White House Lying About Details of Nuke Deal
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House won't rule out future executive action on immigration
Discussion: National Review and Weasel Zippers
Mike Allen / Politico:
GETAWAY-DAY EDITION — PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN GURUS TO PUSH FOR BIG DEBATE CHANGES based on rise of social media and early voting — DE BLASIO ALREADY AFFECTING NYC  —  EXCLUSIVE: Top officials from past presidential campaigns have quietly formed a group to push for major changes …
The Hill:
Obama seeks limits on tax-exempt groups  —  The Obama administration on Tuesday moved to rein in the “dark money” groups that have spent millions of dollars in political campaigns without disclosing their donors.  —  In draft guidance to be issued by Treasury and the IRS …
Byron Tau / Politico:
President Obama pitches new rules for political nonprofits
Discussion: Hot Air
Reid Wilson / GovBeat:
Is another Republican wave building?  —  President Obama's poll numbers are at record lows.  The health care law that serves as the cornerstone of his domestic policy legacy is even more unpopular.  And there are few chances to change the conversation among a skeptical public that isn't happy with Washington.
Discussion: Power Line, CNN and Weekly Standard
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Democrats eagerly seeking signs of success with health-care law
Robert Reich / Salon:
The right is poisoning Obamacare
Jen Carlson / Gothamist:
Alec Baldwin Talks About His MSNBC Show's Sudden Cancellation  —  Following a confrontation with paparazzi outside of his New York City home—allegedly calling a paparazzo a “c**ksucking fag”— MSNBC suspended Alec Baldwin's show, and now they have cancelled it.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Alec Baldwin Explains MSNBC Departure: ‘They Killed My Show’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and
William Douglas / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
New tax law driving expats to renounce U.S. citizenship  —  McClatchy Washington BureauNovember 27, 2013  —  Facebook Twitter Google Plus Reddit E-mail Print  —  WASHINGTON — For Ruth Anne Freeborn, it boiled down to a choice between country and family.
Discussion: Hit & Run and VodkaPundit
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
White House faces tough court fight on ObamaCare mandate  —  The Obama administration faces a tough task in convincing the Supreme Court to rule in favor of ObamaCare's contraception mandate, according to legal experts.  —  They say Chief Justice John Roberts's court, which upheld the health law …
Discussion: Twitchy and Right Wing News
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  November 27, 2013 - Obama Hits Historic Low In Ohio, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Clinton Tops Kasich, Ties Christie In 2016 Race  —  President Barack Obama's job approval rating among Ohio voters is a negative 34 - 61 percent, his lowest score in any Quinnipiac …
Eli Stokols /
Hudak will resign seat to end recall threat, hold Democrats' Senate majority  —  DENVER — State Sen. Evie Hudak has decided to resign rather than risk facing a recall election that, should she lose, would flip control of the senate to Republicans, FOX31 Denver was first to report Wednesday.
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
MAP: Incumbent Republicans Face Almost All Of The Primary Challenges  —  Though much has been made about Democrats' positioning on Obamacare as 2014 approaches, it may be Republicans that face more hurdles in the early parts of the campaign.  —  In seven of eight Senate races …
CNN/ORC Poll: Are Obamacare's flaws fixable?  —  Washington (CNN) - Despite the flawed rollout of, a majority of Americans still seem to have an open mind about whether Obamacare will work, and more than half of those surveyed in a new national poll believe the current problems can be solved.
Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
The Price of Smart Power  —  Will Obama's nuclear deal with Iran come at the cost of Syrian lives?  —  The real question is not whether we have more tools but why we aren't using the ones we have.  And here there are two leading explanations.  Power offered one, and it is a persuasive argument …
Discussion: Power Line
New York Times:
Pope Sets Down Goals for an Inclusive Church, Reaching Out ‘on the Streets’
Discussion: The Week
Matt Spetalnick / Reuters:
Americans back Iran deal by 2-to-1 margin: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - Americans back a newly brokered nuclear deal with Iran by a 2-to-1 margin and are very wary of the United States resorting to military action against Tehran even if the historic diplomatic effort falls through, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday.
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Dinesh D'Souza: America ‘Will Survive Grown-Up Trayvon in the White House’  —  Conservative commentator and 2016: Obama's America author Dinesh D'Souza trolled the web Tuesday afternoon with a tweet declaring his thankfulness that America will recover from having what he considers …
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Alan Duke / CNN:
‘Fight Club’ producer Arnon Milchan: I helped Israeli spy agency
Ben S. Carson / Washington Times:
A health care lemon
Dan / TFN Insider:
Cynthia Dunbar (Remember Her?)  Says Teaching Texas Kids about Climate Change Is ‘Socialized Education’
Discussion: Liberaland
Jenna Portnoy / New Jersey Online:
Chris Christie OK with Dream Act, but will not sign N.J. Senate version
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
MSNBC's Roberts Disputes Claim That Press ‘Not Interested’ in Helping People Get Obamacare
Adrian Chen / New York Times:
Much Ado About Bitcoin
Discussion: TechCrunch
Robert Samuelson / Real Clear Politics:
Obama's Broken Promise (Chapter Two)
 Earlier Items: 
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Senate Dems want CEO
Steven Hill / The Atlantic Online:
Now Abolish the Filibuster for Legislation, Too
David Nather / Politico:
State successes show health law can work
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Mary Cheney takes veiled shot at Liz Cheney
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Illinois Governor's race looks like a toss up
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Daily Kos