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10:15 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 …
Discussion: Michael-In-Norfolk
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Guardian:
China scrambles fighter jets towards US and Japan planes in airspace  —  Washington tells airlines to notify Chinese authorities if flying through area amid escalating tensions in South China Sea  —  China scrambled fighter jets to investigate US and Japanese aircraft flying through …
Discussion: The Agonist
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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.
Discussion: The Week, BBC, NPR and Politico
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
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.
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 …
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
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.
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
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
BBC:
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 …
 
 
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David Nather / Reuters:
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Two men arrested over Walmart stabbing
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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Obama visits protesters fasting in support of immigration reform