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10:50 AM ET, December 3, 2013


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White House returns to Obamacare sales mode  —  President Barack Obama will launch a coordinated campaign Tuesday by the White House, congressional Democrats and their outside allies to return attention to why the Affordable Care Act passed in the first place.
Stuart Rothenberg / Rothenblog:
A Traditional Midterm Headache for Democrats  —  Democrats have had a nice run recently of interesting House recruits and new takeover opportunities resulting from open GOP seats.  And yet, it probably won't matter.  —  If history is any guide — and it usually is — the president's recent problems …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Obamacare is here to stay  —  Winds were calm in the capital on Monday, except in the immediate vicinity of the White House, where gale-force exhalations were blowing out of the West Wing.  —  After the administration's claim Sunday that star-crossed had been repaired with …
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Cost of Health Care Law Is Seen as Decreasing
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Liberaland
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama will highlight ObamaCare benefits
Murray Weiss / New York:
Metro-North Engineer Dozing Seconds Before Train Derailment, Sources Say  —  MANHATTAN — Investigators believe the motorman at the controls in the deadly Metro-North Railroad derailment in the Bronx Sunday dozed off for a few fateful moments and woke up too late to stop the speeding train …
New York Post:
Engineer ‘zoned out’ before speeding Metro-North train derailed  —  Train engineer William Rockefeller Jr. (top left in plue shirt, black jacket) walks past victims of the Metro-North rail tragedy  —  The Metro-North train involved in Sunday's horrific disaster derailed on a 30-mph curve …
Washington Post:
Health-care enrollment on Web plagued by bugs  —  The enrollment records for a significant portion of the Americans who have chosen health plans through the online federal insurance marketplace contain errors — generated by the computer system — that mean they might not get the coverage they're expecting next month.
Dareh Gregorian / NY Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Archie Comics co-CEO accused of gender discrimination by male employees  —  Nancy Silberkleit is accused by her male employees of gender discrimination such as referring to them as ‘penis’ instead of by name, but Silberkleit contends that the case should be tossed out because white males are not ‘a protected class’.
Discussion: The Raw Story, Guardian and BuzzFeed
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
Zucker plans massive change at CNN  —  After almost a year of tinkering, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker has concluded that a news channel cannot subsist on news alone.  —  So he is planning much broader changes for the network—including a prime-time shakeup that's likely to make CNN traditionalists cringe.
Kimberly Hefling / ABC News:
Asian Nations Dominate International Test  —  Teens from Asian nations dominated a global exam given to 15-year-olds, while U.S. students showed little improvement and failed to reach the top 20 in math, science or reading, according to test results released Tuesday.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and NPR
Sophie Brown / CNN:
Shanghai teens top international education ranking, OECD says
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Mini-Bargain: Patty Murray, Paul Ryan Closer To Modest Budget Deal  —  The chief Democrat and Republican budget negotiators are nearing a possible agreement to roll back a portion of the across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration.  —  Talks remain fluid and sources caution that a possible deal could still fall apart.
Discussion: New York Times and Booman Tribune
Paul Ryan, Patty Murray closer to budget deal
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Jeremy Schwartz / Austin American-Statesman:
Fort Hood prostitution trial begins  —  FORT HOOD —  A sexual assault prevention officer recruited young, financially distressed female soldiers to be part of an escort service involving senior noncommissioned officers, according to testimony Monday in the first day of the court-martial …
Discussion: Associated Press and Jezebel
Charles Davis / VICE:
The Exploited Laborers of the Liberal Media  —  Photo courtesy of Intern Labor Rights  —  Editor's note: For years, VICE used part-time unpaid interns—a practice that we recently halted.  We currently pay interns $10 an hour and limit them to 20 hours a week during the school year and 25 hours a week during the summer.
Ben Popper / The Verge:
UPS researching its own delivery drones to compete with Amazon's Prime Air  —  Flying parcel-carriers are the next logical frontier for delivery companies  —  Amazon made headlines Sunday night when it announced it was working on small drones that could someday deliver customers packages in half an hour or less.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Business Insider
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
13 Times The Reagan White House Press Briefing Erupted With Laughter Over AIDS  —  In Jon Cohen's 2001 book, Shots in the Dark: The Wayward Search for an AIDS Vaccine , he detailed the Reagan administration's early indifference to the growing epidemic.  White House acting press secretary Larry Speakes …
Discussion: NPR, Jezebel and
Los Angeles Times:
For Roger Mahony, clergy abuse cases were a threat to agenda  —  From the start of his tenure as the leader of L.A.'s Catholics, Roger Mahony had ambitious plans for the archdiocese.  But clergy molestation claims were vying for his attention.  —  A year after arriving in Los Angeles …
Matt Higgins / CBS Las Vegas:
Legalized Prostitutes At Nevada's Bunny Ranch Back Obamacare  —  MOUND HOUSE, Nev. (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — President Barack Obama has at least one segment of America behind his health care law: the legalized prostitutes at the Moonlight Bunny Ranch.  —  The girls who work at the Bunny Ranch tell KRNV-TV …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Liberaland
Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
New Obamacare Headache: Is Your Enrollment Real?  —  Bob Shlora of Alpharetta, Ga., was supposed to be a belated Obamacare success story.  After weeks of trying, the 61-year-old told ABC News he fully enrolled in a new health insurance plan through the federal marketplace over the weekend …
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Obamacare media updates are starting to get tense  —  Every day, usually about 2 p.m. or so, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services hosts a half-hour-long call on the status of the insurance marketplace.  Now, every day, we here at Wonkblog will update you on what the federal government told us about how Obamacare is going.
Governor Tells Supporters To Forgo Buying Children Presents, Give Money To His Campaign Instead  —  The War On Christmas may actually be happening this year, but it's being waged by an unlikely culprit: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R).  —  Last week, Walker's campaign sent an email encouraging supporters …
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
CA Assembly GOP Puts Up Fake California Health Exchange Site  —  California Republicans are desperate and shameless.  In the past two weeks, GOP Assembly members have sent mailings out on what appears to be the state's dime to their constituents about health insurance.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Rhode Island Guv Bows To Criticism, Will Call It A ‘Christmas Tree’  —  Rhode Island will no longer be a front in the War on Christmas.  —  The state's Gov. Lincoln Chafee (D) released a statement Monday to make clear that the spruce on display in the capitol in Providence, R.I. will be referred to as a “Christmas tree.”
Discussion: Liberaland
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama looks to help blue states elect Dem governors  —  President Barack Obama won reelection last year warning voters about what he called an extreme Republican agenda that would roll back the social and economic victories of the previous years.  —  But that agenda is on the move in the states …
Discussion: Liberaland
Melynda Sides /
Woman charged with murder in Hoover Iron Bowl party shooting  —  A woman has been charged with murder after shooting another woman at an Iron Bowl watch party in Hoover on Saturday.  —  Police have identified the suspect as Adrian Laroze Briskey, a 28-year-old from Birmingham.
Discussion: and The Raw Story
Emma Dumain / Roll Call:
Could the Sympathy Card Help Trey Radel Keep His Job?  —  Radel, center, leaves court last month after pleading guilty to cocaine possession.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)  —  Weeks after news of his cocaine bust broke, Rep. Trey Radel continues to cling to his seat in Congress …
Elizabeth Harrington / Washington Free Beacon:
Expert: Security Risks Even Worse After ‘Fix’  —  The Obamacare insurance marketplace is even more vulnerable to security breaches since the administration “fixed”, according to a cyber security expert.  —  Health and Human Services (HHS) released a progress report …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Chris Christie steamroller hits home-state hurdles  —  Republican Chris Christie's greatest asset and claim to fame - governing in the blue state of New Jersey - could become his biggest liability next year.  —  As the GOP's strongest 2016 hopeful, according to polling at this early stage …
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Limbaugh Accuses Pope Francis Of ‘Pure Marxism’
Discussion: CNN
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Bishops Sued Over Policies on Abortion at Hospitals
Discussion: ACLU, NPR and Michael-In-Norfolk
Peter Lloyd / ABC:
Lawyer accuses ASIO of ‘muzzling’ E Timor spying case after raids
Discussion: Business Insider and Guardian
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama campaign arm encouraging Newtown anniversary events
Yu Hua / New York Times:
The Hijacking of Chinese Patriotism
Discussion: The Peking Duck
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Insurers Are Offered Assistance for Losses
Pamela Geller / The Daily Caller:
Documents reveal British banned Geller and Spencer because of their ‘pro-Israeli views’
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Why mass transit is doomed in America: Politicians don't know people who use it
Discussion: The Dish, Eschaton and The Awl
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
GOP member: Iran deal like Chamberlain's appeasement of Nazi Germany
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Liberaland
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Issa Fishes For Proof Obama Knew He Lied About Obamacare
Discussion: Liberaland
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
U.S. justices decline to hear another Obamacare challenge
Bruce Horovitz / USA Today:
Applebee's to serve tablets at every table
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
The Rise Of Obamacare McCarthyism