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7:35 AM ET, November 30, 2013


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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 …
Discussion: NewsBusters
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Christie leads possible 2016 GOP contenders in CNN/ORC poll
Discussion: US Politics
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
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
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, 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.
Lacey Donohue / Gawker:
The Best Walmart Thanksgiving Day Fight Videos  —  According to a Walmart press release, Thanksgiving was a day of record-breaking sales, sales that were “bigger, better, faster, cheaper and safer than ever.”  —  Safer, huh?  Let's examine the video evidence.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Obamacare's Secret Success  —  The law establishing Obamacare was officially titled the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  And the “affordable” bit wasn't just about subsidizing premiums.  It was also supposed to be about “bending the curve” — slowing the seemingly inexorable rise in health costs.
Black Friday flurry for UK retailers in discounting push  —  A flurry of promotions tied to Black Friday have caused a frenzy for some UK retailers, with a fight breaking out in one Asda shop apparently over discounted televisions.  —  Asda, owned by the US consumer giant Wal-Mart …
Travis Gettys / The Raw Story:
Birther preacher claims Obama had mother of his ‘love child’ killed outside White House  —  A birther preacher is pushing the conspiracy theory that Miriam Carey, who was shot to death Oct. 3 after police said she tried to ram her car into a barrier outside the White House, was the mother of President Barack Obama's illegitimate child.
Bernard Weil / Toronto Star:
Disabled woman denied entry to U.S. after agent cites supposedly private medical details  —  A Toronto woman is shocked after she was denied entry into the U.S. because she had been hospitalized for clinical depression. … Ellen Richardson was prevented from going on a March of Dimes organized cruise …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Telegraph
David Nather / Reuters:
Obama's goal: Avoid ‘Mission Accomplished’ moment  —  Here's the scenario the Obama administration wants to avoid at all costs on Saturday: It declares the Obamacare website fixed, a bunch of cable news network anchors try to log on again on live TV, and they get more error messages.
Discussion: CNN and Hullabaloo
Kristen Conner / WVVA-TV:
Two men arrested over Walmart stabbing  —  UPDATE: Claypool Hill, VA (WVVA) — Reports are confirmed by Tazewell county 911 dispatch that a stabbing occurred Thursday night around 6:30 PM at Walmart in Claypool Hill.  —  The Tazewell County Sheriffs Office is handling the case.
Discussion: DCist, NBCNews and Scared Monkeys
Lauren Effron / ABC News:
President: Obamacare ‘to Be a Legacy I Am ... Proud Of’ … Despite facing a disastrous rollout of his health care plan, criticism over his policies and approval ratings that have plunged to an all-time low, President Obama said he remains confident that his signature health care law …
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Obama visits protesters fasting in support of immigration reform
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