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2:40 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 …
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
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 and Liberaland
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
Margalit Fox / New York Times:
Peter Kaplan, Editor of 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.
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.
Mitch Ginsburg / The Times of Israel:
‘US freed top Iranian scientist as part of secret talks ahead of Geneva deal’  —  Mojtaba Atarodi, arrested in California for attempting to acquire equipment for Iran's military-nuclear programs, was released in April as part of back channel talks, Times of Israel told.
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Robert Kaplan / RealClearWorld:
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Discussion: Power Line and Weasel Zippers
Russell Brand / Guardian:
The Sun on Sunday lied about me last week. Have they learned nothing?
Discussion: The Raw Story, Spectator and Mediaite
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Mitt Romney's Son Helped Rescue Four People After Car Crash
Discussion: Balloon Juice and KSL-TV
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Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
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Bernard Weil / Toronto Star:
Disabled woman denied entry to U.S. after agent cites supposedly private medical details
Discussion: The Raw Story and Telegraph