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5:05 PM ET, November 28, 2013


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Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Doesn't Eat, Doesn't Pray and Doesn't Love  —  The question of whether for-profit companies can claim a religious identity, one that exempts them from obeying a generally applicable law, is fully worthy of the attention the Supreme Court is about to give it.
Discussion: Althouse and News Desk
Snejana Farberov / Daily Mail:
How Obama referred to Tea Party protesters as ‘tea-baggers’ in handwritten letter to Texas teacher complaining about health care law  —  Responding to an angry constituent's letter about the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama allegedly used a sexually charged derogatory term referring to members of the Tea Party movement.
Margaret Carlson / Bloomberg:
Is Obamacare Challenging Enough for Obama?
Discussion: Power Line
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Obama menu: Turkey, 9 types of pies  —  Thanksgiving dinner at the White House will be heavy on tradition and heavy on pies.  —  For dinner itself, the Obamas will have an assortment of dishes including sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole, cornbread stuffing …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters:
Kanye West on Obama's Failures: 'Black People Don't Have the Same Connections as Jewish People'  —  You know why Barack Obama is having problems executing his agenda?  —  Rapper Kanye West told 105.1 FM radio in New York City earlier this week that it's because “Black people don't have the same level …
Robert Farago / The Truth About Guns:
And So It Begins: New York Sending Out Gun Confiscation Notices  —  New York's SAFE Act is a bad, bad thing.  It requires people to register, sell or transfer (out of state) “assault rifles” and “high capacity” magazines.  Many Empire State gun and standard capacity ammunition magazine owners have complied.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
A Realist's Take on Obamacare  —  For years, Obamacare supporters weathered at best tepid support for the President's reform in the expectation that once people experienced the actual law, rather than the right-wing fever dream, opinions would change.  Then they were hit with the wholly unexpected surprise …
Ariel Ben Solomon / Jerusalem Post:
Report: London is mediating indirect secret talks between US and Hezbollah  —  Talks reportedly deal with fight against al-Qaida, regional stability and other Lebanese political issues.  —  The US and Hezbollah are in secret indirect talks managed by London dealing with the fight against Al-Qaida …
Linda Shapley / Editor's Notes:
Q&A with Ricardo Baca, The Post's new marijuana editor  —  Ricardo Baca has been appointed Marijuana Editor at the Denver Post.  (Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post)  —  As noted last week, The Denver Post is appointing an editor to oversee our coverage of the recreational marijuana law taking effect in January.
Discussion: Politico and Poynter
Lucy McCalmont / Reuters:
Mike Tyson hits ‘horrible’ Obamacare  —  Boxer Mike Tyson thinks Obamacare has been KO'd.  —  “The reality of this plan: It didn't work.  So we have to find another plan,” Tyson said Wednesday on CNN's “Piers Morgan Live.”  —  The former heavyweight champion of the world said Obamacare is …
Discussion: CNN
Summer Anne Burton / BuzzFeed:
Three Unpublished J.D. Salinger Stories Have Leaked Online  —  Updated: The leaker says the source was a mysterious eBay auction, and Salinger scholar Kenneth Slawenski has confirmed for BuzzFeed that they are truly Salinger's unpublished stories.Three unpublished stories by J.D. Salinger …
Alex Hern / Guardian:
Help!  My hard drive with £4m in Bitcoins is somewhere in that Newport landfill  —  A digital ‘wallet’ containing 7,500 Bitcoins that James Howells generated on his laptop is buried under four feet of rubbish  —  Buried somewhere under four feet of mud and rubbish …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
The Hard Charger at Obama's Side Has His Hands Full  —  WASHINGTON — Denis McDonough was pacing the elliptical path on the South Lawn of the White House one day this fall, ruminating on the challenges of a second term for his boss, President Obama.  Mr. McDonough, the White House chief of staff …
Discussion: BuzzFeed
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Ian Bremmer / New York Times:
China's Limited Influence
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner
Stephen Kalin / Reuters:
Iran says to continue building at Arak nuclear site despite deal
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Leonid Bershidsky / Bloomberg:
Even the Pope Waits for Putin
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David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Mike Huckabee labels Lara Logan a ‘hero journalist’ for discredited Benghazi report
Jim Yardley / New York Times:
Berlusconi Expelled From Senate in Italy After 2 Decades in Government
Discussion: Boing Boing and
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The dog ate Obama's health-care reform.
Discussion: NewsBusters
Peter Hamby / CNN:
First on CNN: Perry plans campaign-style swing through South Carolina