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7:30 PM ET, November 30, 2013


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Washington Post: 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, according to government officials, in part by expanding the site's capacity so that it can handle 50,000 users at once.
Louise Radnofsky / Wall Street Journal:
Health Site Is Improving But Likely to Miss Saturday Deadline … Despite recent progress at, 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:
Health Care Site Rushing to Make Fixes by Sunday  —  As the Obama administration's weekend deadline for a smoothly functioning online marketplace for health insurance arrives, more than a month of frantic repair work is paying off with fewer crashes and error messages and speedier loading of pages …
Nina Golgowski / NY Daily News:
Seattle man who wore clothes with holes, clipped coupons leaves $188M to institutions  —  Jack MacDonald, who kept a meager lifestyle all his life, was never poor as he appeared but was in fact a secret millionaire.  MacDonald's astonishing donations from his will mark the largest philanthropic gift in Washington State this year.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Save America: Restore the draft  —  At this time of Thanksgiving, I'm grateful for the U.S. military — not just for the usual reason that it protects us from our foes but also because it has the potential to save us from ourselves.  —  As I make my rounds each day in the capital …
Associated Press:
Obama shops at D.C. bookstore  —  President Barack Obama is doing his part to support small businesses.  —  Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha dropped in Saturday at Washington's Politics and Prose bookstore and purchased what he said was a “long list” of books that included “The Kite Runner …
Discussion: CNN
NY Daily News:
Elderly woman could be city's 10th ‘knockout game’ victim  —  Yvonne Small, 76, fell to the ground after being punched by her assailant on Alabama Ave. and Wortman Ave. in East New York about 11:35 a.m.  —  The New York City Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Michael-In-Norfolk and Daily Kos
Karen Araiza / Philadelphia News, Local News …:
Women Get Into Black Friday Stun Gun Fight Inside the Mall  —  Black Friday shopping can be hazardous to your health.  —  One woman apparently used a stun gun on another after an all-out brawl inside of the Franklin Mills Mall in Northeast Philadelphia.  —  Mike Napolitano was in the mall …
Sec. Kathleen Sebelius / The Huffington Post:
HHS Shares Tips for Consumers Visiting HealthCare.Gov  —  As we continue working around the clock to improve and the holiday shopping season kicks into gear, we wanted to share some consumer friendly tips for individuals looking for quality affordable health insurance.
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Obama: People do think I'm trustworthy  —  (CNN) - The hits to President Obama's popularity, prompted by the botched rollout, are simply a natural fluctuation every commander-in-chief faces, Obama told interviewer Barbara Walters in an interview aired Friday.
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 …
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Russell Brand / Guardian:
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