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10:40 AM ET, December 1, 2013


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New York Times:
Inside the Race to Rescue a Health Care Site, and Obama  —  WASHINGTON — As a small coterie of grim-faced advisers shuffled into the Oval Office on the evening of Oct. 15, President Obama's chief domestic accomplishment was falling apart 24 miles away, at a bustling high-tech data center in suburban Virginia.
W.H.: Obamacare site now works for ‘vast majority’  —  The Obama administration said Sunday that it achieved its goal of making work for the “vast majority” of users, two months after the disastrous start of enrollment in the president's signature health law.
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post: will meet deadline for fixes, White House officials say
New York Times:
Health Care Site Rushing to Make Fixes by Sunday
Paul Walker Dead — ‘Fast and The Furious’ Star Dies in Fiery Car Crash  —  DEAD AT 40 IN FIERY CAR CRASH  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Paul Walker — best known for his role in “The Fast and the Furious” movies — died Saturday afternoon after a single-car accident and explosion in Southern California ... TMZ has learned.
Cary Osborne /
Actor Paul Walker killed in Valencia car crash  —  Two people were killed Saturday afternoon when a Porsche sports car crashed and burst into flames in Valencia, and the passenger was actor Paul Walker, his publicist confirmed to the Associated Press  —  “Sadly I have to confirm that Paul Walker …
P.J. O'Rourke / Wall Street Journal:
The Boomer Bust  —  Here we are in the baby boom cosmos.  What have we wrought?  —  The Baby Boom generation spans eighteen years.  Already, the earliest boomers have reached retirement age.  Many are getting more conservative as they get older.  WSJ's Jason Bellini reports.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
ABC 7 Eyewitness News:
Metro-North train derails in the Bronx  —  mass transit, train accident, metro north, abc7 traffic center  —  NEW YORK (WABC) — Authorities say a Metro-North train has derailed in the Bronx, and multiple injuries are reported.  —  It happened at 7:20 Sunday morning at Palisades Avenue …
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Puerto Rico, with at least $70 billion in debt, confronts a rising economic misery  —  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Boxes and wooden crates filled with household items bound for the U.S. mainland are stacked high in the Rosa del Monte moving company's cavernous warehouse, evidence of the historic rush …
Steve Coll / New Yorker:
HIGHER CALLING  —  In 2005, Alaska Airlines fired nearly five hundred union baggage handlers in Seattle and replaced them with contractors.  The old workers earned about thirteen dollars an hour; the new ones made around nine.  The restructuring was a common episode in America's recent experience of inequality.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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:
Eye on 2016, Clintons Rebuild Bond With Blacks  —  Inside Bright Hope Baptist Church, the luminaries of Philadelphia's black political world gathered for the funeral of former Representative William H. Gray III in July.  Dozens of politicians — city, state and federal …
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 …
Tracy McVeigh / Guardian:
Theresa May under fire for bid to fly out hunger striker Ifa Muaza  —  Private plane carrying ‘near to death’ asylum seeker forced back to UK  —  Home Office officials were refusing to comment on Saturday evening on an apparently botched effort to deport a seriously ill man from Britain by private plane.
Discussion: BBC and Boing Boing
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