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11:55 AM ET, November 30, 2013

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Timothy Egan / New York Times:
Rooting for Failure  —  I just spent 15 minutes on my local health care exchange and realized that I could save a couple hundred dollars a month on my family's insurance.  Of course, I live in Washington State, which has a very competitive market, a superbly functioning website …
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Washington Post:
HealthCare.gov will meet deadline for fixes, White House officials say  —  Administration officials are preparing to announce Sunday that they have met their Saturday deadline for improving HealthCare.gov, according to government officials, in part by expanding the site's capacity so that it can handle 50,000 users at once.
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Louise Radnofsky / Wall Street Journal:
Health Site Is Improving But Likely to Miss Saturday Deadline … Despite recent progress at HealthCare.gov, a raft of problems will remain beyond the Obama administration's Saturday deadline to make the troubled federal insurance website work.  —  The news isn't all bad …
New York Times:
Airlines Urged by U.S. to Give Notice to China  —  WASHINGTON — On the same day that China scrambled fighter jets to enforce its newly declared air defense zone, the Obama administration decided to advise American commercial airlines to comply with China's demands to be notified in advance of flights through the area.
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Guardian:
China scrambles fighter jets towards US and Japan planes in airspace
Discussion: Sky Dancing and The Agonist
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Pressure builds on Boehner for NSA vote  —  House Republican leaders are under pressure to allow a vote on legislation that would curb the National Security Agency (NSA).  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has defended the NSA's spying programs, but a growing bloc of his conference is signing …
CNN:
U.S. man in hot water in Dubai over parody video  —  (CNN) — It was intended as a piece of comedy, but it's turned into a drama.  —  A young American living in the United Arab Emirates has been imprisoned since April, his family says, for posting what was intended to be a funny video on the Internet.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Reuters:
Venezuela's Maduro vows stricter business inspections  —  (Reuters) - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said a stricter wave of inspections for suspected price-gouging would begin on Saturday in an aggressive pre-election “economic offensive” aimed at taming the highest inflation in the Americas.
Discussion: Power Line and Weasel Zippers
Margalit Fox / New York Times:
Peter Kaplan, Who Brought a Cutting Edge to The New York Observer, Dies at 59  —  Peter W. Kaplan, who in his 15 years as editor was credited with making The New York Observer both pertinent and impertinent as it gleefully chronicled the every move and shake of the city's movers and shakers, died on Friday in Manhattan.
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Former KKK Leader And His Mother Indicted After Alabama Cross Burning  —  A 28-year-old alleged “former Exalted Cyclops” of the Ku Klux Klan and his mother have both been arrested and are facing federal charges relating to a 2009 cross burning in a predominantly African-American neighborhood in Ozark, Ala.
Discussion: Liberaland
Mariah Blake / Washington Monthly:
Revisionaries  —  How a group of Texas conservatives is rewriting your kids' textbooks.  —  Don McLeroy is a balding, paunchy man with a thick broom-handle mustache who lives in a rambling two-story brick home in a suburb near Bryan, Texas.  When he greeted me at the door one evening last October …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Mahablog
CNN:
CNN/ORC Poll: Jump in percentage of those saying things not going well  —  Washington (CNN) - Americans views on the state of the nation are turning increasingly sour, according to a new national poll.  —  And a CNN/ORC International survey released Friday also indicates that less than a quarter …
Russell Brand / Guardian:
The Sun on Sunday lied about me last week.  Have they learned nothing?  —  Not a big deal in the scheme of things, but it's still the same fecund bone-yard of gossip, poison and lies  —  The Sun on Sunday, which is of course the News of the World with a different hat on, lied about me last week.
Discussion: The Raw Story, Spectator and Mediaite
 
 
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Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Mitt Romney's Son Helped Rescue Four People After Car Crash
Discussion: Balloon Juice and KSL-TV
BBC:
Black Friday flurry for UK retailers in discounting push
Bernard Weil / Toronto Star:
Disabled woman denied entry to U.S. after agent cites supposedly private medical details
Discussion: The Raw Story and Telegraph
David Nather / Reuters:
Obama's goal: Avoid ‘Mission Accomplished’ moment
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Hullabaloo
Kristen Conner / WVVA-TV:
Two men arrested over Walmart stabbing
Discussion: DCist, NBCNews and Scared Monkeys
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Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Strassel: Piano Sonata in FTC Minor
Discussion: National Review