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12:30 PM ET, December 4, 2013

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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Who was standing behind Obama today?  White House won't say  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL BARACK OBAMA OBAMACARE  —  Nineteen people stood behind President Obama on stage in the Executive Office Building Tuesday as the president kicked off a new campaign to promote Obamacare.
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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 …
Carrie Budoff Brown / Politico:
Source: Enrollment surge on HealthCare.gov  —  About 29,000 people signed up for health insurance through HealthCare.gov on Sunday and Monday — a figure that surpasses the total for the whole month of October, an official familiar with the program told POLITICO.
Brett Norman / Politico:
Health enrollments surge in 48 hours
Discussion: Mediaite
Politico:
Checking IRS Obamacare readiness
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: 'We're not going back'  —  President Obama declared Tuesday …
Discussion: CNN and Right Wing News
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama to address income inequality
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
JDellaVolpe / Harvard University blogs:
IOP Releases New Fall Poll, 5 Key Findings And Trends in Millennial Viewpoints  —  Conceived by two Harvard undergraduate students during the winter of 1999, Harvard University's Institute of Politics Survey of Young Americans' Attitudes toward Politics and Public Service began in 2000 …
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Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
Millennials Abandon Obama and Obamacare  —  A majority of America's youngest adults would vote to recall the president.  —  Young Americans are turning against Barack Obama and Obamacare, according to a new survey of millennials, people between the ages of 18 and 29 who are vital to the fortunes …
Chris Frates / CNN:
Some Reid staffers exempt from Obamacare exchanges  —  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.
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Andrew Doughman / Las Vegas Sun News:
Reid confident Congress to pass immigration bill, says Boehner will ‘cave in’  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid predicted Tuesday that Congress will pass an overhaul of the nation's immigration system sometime next year.  —  “I feel positive we will get an immigration bill passed,” …
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
House bill would bash Tehran deal
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: Politico and Post Politics
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CNN:
First on CNN: Republicans bring back Medicare attack
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Embattled Pryor Invokes God, Bible in New Ad
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
Margaret Talbot / Comment:
MY CANCELLED POLICY, AND MY VALUES  —  In the short term, I am the kind of person for whom the Obamacare mandate is a pain in the neck.  My husband and I, both writers, have been buying health insurance on the individual market for several years, paying about a thousand dollars a month for a policy that covers us and our two children.
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.”
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.
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Shakesville
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Virginia Sets Black Friday Record — In Gun Sales  —  Virginia saw a new high for gun sales on Black Friday this year, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported on Wednesday.  —  The state tallied 3,902 gun transactions on Friday, a 1.2 percent increase over the previous Black Friday record …
Harvard News:
Substantiating Fears of Grade Inflation, Dean Says Median Grade at Harvard College Is A-, Most Common Grade Is A  —  The median grade at Harvard College is an A-, and the most frequently awarded mark is an A, Dean of Undergraduate Education Jay M. Harris said on Tuesday afternoon …
Kim Severson / New York Times:
One Man Lost and Impaired, the Other Fearful and Armed  —  CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. — Deanne Westbrook had tried everything to keep her husband, Ronald, in the house.  —  He was 72.  Alzheimer's had erased much of his talent for music and flying airplanes.  —  No one is sure how …
Reuters:
Short-term fix eyed for another problem with U.S. healthcare website  —  President Barack Obama's administration has found a short-term fix to pay insurance companies for plans selected on HealthCare.gov, the not-yet-complete government website used to shop for insurance required under Obama's healthcare program.
 
 
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Arturo Garcia / The Raw Story:
Climate change-denying Texas Rep. to lead House meeting on extraterrestrials
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Liberaland and Guardian
Brad DeLong / Washington Center for Equitable Growth:
The Honest Broker: Is Growth Getting Harder? If so, Why, and What Can We Do About It?
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
The Hamilton Project / Papers:
A Dozen Facts about America's Struggling Lower-Middle Class
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Wire
Paul Browne / Notre Dame News:
Notre Dame, on religious liberty grounds, sues for relief from federal mandate
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Mommy, the Drone's Here!  —  WASHINGTON — The novelty of flying cars never materialized.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Dem proposes taxing drivers by the mile
 Earlier Items: 
The Huffington Post:
Here's Why Obamacare Is Going To Work
Discussion: The Plum Line
George Packer / Comment:
BLACK FRIDAY AND THE RACE TO THE BOTTOM
The Hill:
Shutdown part 2? Democrats vow to block stopgap spending bill
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Medicaid expansion becomes weapon against GOP governors
JSOnline:
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