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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Considering Which Head or Heads May Roll for a Troubled Website Rollout  —  WASHINGTON — White House officials, asserting that the HealthCare.gov website is largely fixed, are under mounting pressure from Democrats and close allies to hold senior-level people accountable for the botched rollout …
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama to Defend Health Law as Economic Benefit  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama leaves the White House on Wednesday for one of the capital's most struggling neighborhoods to talk about the economy, not simply to divert attention from his troubled Affordable Care Act but to explain how that law …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: 'We're not going back'  —  President Obama declared Tuesday …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Who was standing behind Obama today? White House won't say
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama to address income inequality
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Chris Frates / CNN:
Some Reid staffers exempt from Obamacare  —  Washington (CNN) — Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, one of Obamacare's architects and staunchest supporters, is also the only top congressional leader to exempt some of his staff from having to buy insurance through the law's new exchanges.
Discussion: ABC News and Hot Air
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The Hill:   Shutdown part 2? Democrats vow to block stopgap spending bill
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
House bill would bash Tehran deal
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Republicans see one remedy for Obama: impeachment  —  History will record that on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary met to consider the impeachment of Barack Hussein Obama.  —  They didn't use that word, of course.
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Newsweek Plans Return to Print  —  Newsweek, the struggling weekly magazine that ceased print publication last year, plans to turn the presses back on.  —  The magazine expects to begin a 64-page weekly edition in January or February, said Jim Impoco, Newsweek's editor in chief.
Abby D. Phillip / ABC News:
Dick Cheney Surprised by Facebook ‘Attack’ on Daughter Liz in Gay Marriage Spat  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney reluctantly commented today on the rift between his two daughters Liz and Mary Cheney, saying that he was surprised that Mary, who is lesbian, and her wife attacked Liz on Facebook.
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
‘Super PAC’ to Raise Money for Liz Cheney's Senate Bid
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Elicia Dover / KATV-TV:
Mark Pryor Turns to the Bible in New Campaign Ad  —  (KATV) Sen. Mark Pryor is out with a new TV ad offering a Biblical solution to the already heated 2014 Senate race in Arkansas.  —  Pryor's campaign said the ad will begin airing on Wednesday.  In the 30 second ad, Pryor speaks directly to the camera about his faith in the Bible.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Post Politics
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CNN:
First on CNN: Republicans bring back Medicare attack
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
John Markoff / New York Times:
Google Puts Money on Robots, Using the Man Behind Android  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — In an out-of-the-way Google office, two life-size humanoid robots hang suspended in a corner.  —  If Amazon can imagine delivering books by drones, is it too much to think that Google might be planning …
John Hawkins / Townhall.com:
Why Liberalism Is On The Wrong Side Of History … Liberals dream of one day seeing all Americans permanently locked in the smothering, cradle-to-grave death grip of the nanny state.  Nothing excites a liberal more than the idea of controlling where you go to school, regulating your work and play …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
One in Four U.S. Uninsured Plan to Remain That Way  —  Republicans more likely than Democrats to say they will pay fine  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Most Americans who currently lack insurance say they are likely to get it for next year, as required by the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.”
Peggy Noonan's Blog:
Low-Information Leadership  —  The president's problem right now is that people think he's smart.  They think he's in command, aware of pitfalls and complexities.  That's his reputation: He's risen far on his brains.  They think he is sophisticated.  —  That is his problem in the health insurance debacle.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Dem proposes taxing drivers by the mile  —  Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) on Tuesday re-introduced legislation that would require the government to study the most practical ways of taxing drivers based on how far they drive, in order to help fund federal highway programs.
Hunter / Daily Kos:
Why the Third Way hates Sen. Elizabeth Warren  —  And the war is on.  —  The obsessive centrists of the punditverse were abuzz today with praise for supposed centrist Democratic organization Third Way and their grumbling op-ed condemnation of Democratic liberal populism in abstract and …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Medicaid expansion becomes weapon against GOP governors  —  It's widely accepted as an article of faith that Obamacare will be uniformly bad politics for Dems in 2014.  After all, the rollout is a disaster and majorities disapprove of the law, so how could it possibly be any other way, right?
Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
Rush Limbaugh Knows Nothing About Christianity  —  Well, after Sarah Palin, another scholar of Catholicism has weighed in on Pope Francis.  Rush Limbaugh has a truly gold-star hathos alert in a recent diatribe, brilliantly titled: … Does it get more awesomely hathetic than that?
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Kentucky Longshot Bevin Campaigns on ‘McConnell Fatigue’  —  Sen. Mitch McConnell's Republican primary challenger, Matt Bevin, insists he's just where he wants to be in his longshot bid to unseat Kentucky's longest-serving senator.  —  “I'm David, and he's Goliath.  That's just the reality of it.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
The Huffington Post:
Here's Why Obamacare Is Going To Work  —  WASHINGTON — As Obamacare emerges from the rubble of its first two months, local organizers, state officials and the White House see a clear path forward.  With the website now quasi-functional, there are good reasons to believe that the Affordable Care Act will catch on.
JSOnline:
Scott Walker campaign aide fired after tweets demeaning Hispanics  —  These tweets were sent from Taylor Palmisano's Twitter account.  Expletives have been blurred out.  —  For the second time in less than four months, Gov. Scott Walker has fired an aide for making demeaning comments about Hispanics on social media.
Politico:
Checking IRS Obamacare readiness  —  The Internal Revenue Service has successfully finished testing systems to accurately calculate tax credits under Obamacare but needs to improve its controls to avoid problems with fraud as the agency begins doling out the credits in 2014, an inspector general report said Tuesday.
Discussion: americanthinker.com and Hot Air
Emma Dumain / Roll Call:
Boehner's New Immigration Policy Director Has Deep Experience on Overhaul Efforts  —  Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, is taking on a new and formidable immigration policy director, a sign that he could be more serious about passing immigration legislation than his critics suggest.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Republicans Nearing a Dead End on Obamacare  —  Greg Sargent says that although the Obamacare website debacle scared some Democrats, in the end virtually none of them meaningfully abandoned the law: … It's funny that Republicans don't believe their own propaganda.
Discussion: The Week and The Plum Line
 
 
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Discussion: RT, The Fix and Taegan Goddard's …
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