GOP touts campaign to blunt Obama's executive powers — House Republicans say they're proud of their 2013 campaign to stymie President Obama's regulatory agenda, even as Congress comes under fire for one of its least productive years. — The bitterly divided Congress will pass fewer laws in 2013 than any year in modern history.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Immigration advocates bank on budget deal to rescue overhaul — Few in Washington want to see House and Senate negotiators strike a budget deal more than advocates for immigration reform. — Their interest is not so much in the policy as the timing. The unending fiscal battles …
Bill Keller / New York Times:
Nelson Mandela, Communist — IN 2011, the British historian Stephen Ellis published a paper concluding that Nelson Mandela had been a member of the South African Communist Party — indeed, a member of its governing Central Committee. Although Mandela's African National Congress …
Discussion: The Hinterland Gazette and Prairie Weather
Chad Terhune / Los Angeles Times:
Covered California gave consumers' contact info to agents — California's health exchange has provided insurance agents with names and contact information for tens of thousands of people who went online to check out coverage but didn't ask to be contacted. — Covered California Executive …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler, americanthinker.com, Right Wing News, The Gateway Pundit, Weasel Zippers, The Daily Caller, Althouse and ABC News
Rick Moran / americanthinker.com: Covered California hands out consumer's personal info to insurance companies
William Teach / Right Wing News: Covered California Provides Consumer Information Without Permission
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit: It Begins... California Health Insurance Exchange Shares Patient Info Without Consent
Nickarama / Weasel Zippers: Covered CA Gave Insurance Agents The Contact Info For Thousands Of People Who Didn't Authorize It
Ann Althouse / Althouse: The government can “imagine some people may be upset” …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
An Education in College Justice — Under pressure from the Obama administration, a university tramples the rights of the accused. — Joshua Strange will never forget the girl he met in May 2011. — Both were underclassmen at Alabama's Auburn University when a common acquaintance introduced them.
Discussion: Instapundit, Blazing Cat Fur and emptywheel
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit: JAMES TARANTO: An Education in College Justice: Under pressure …
Frau Katze / Blazing Cat Fur: Case study: Obama's war on men
Colin Powell wants US to adopt universal health care — Asks why single-payer systems in Europe have not been adopted in the United States. — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said universal health care should be available to all Americans. He was speaking at a charity event for prostate survivors in Seattle.
Discussion: The Reaction
Wall Street Journal:
The ObamaCare Buck Finally Stops — President Obama says blame the government, not President Obama. — President Obama has found someone to blame for the Affordable Care Act's rolling failures besides Republicans. ObamaCare is the government's fault, not his.
Discussion: Power Line, americanthinker.com and Weasel Zippers
Scott Johnson / Power Line: Quotations from Chairman Barry
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
GOP governor ‘all in’ on ACA — In a Republican party that's gone all out against Obamacare, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval went all in. — Sandoval is the only Republican governor whose state is both running its own health insurance exchange this year and expanding its Medicaid program under the health law.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Taegan Goddard's …
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
Lazy Journalists Aren't to Blame for Death of Print — This week's announcement that New York magazine was becoming a biweekly was greeted, in my profession, with the sort of cheer that might herald the announcement of a sewer line backup or a mid-honeymoon appendectomy. — New York magazine is very successful.
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots and Vox Popoli
Robert Stein / Connecting.the.Dots: Why Shouldn't Magazines Die? — One of the best around goes bi-weekly …
Philadelphia News, Local News, Weather …:
Gay Teacher Fired After Applying to Marry Partner — Griffin, an alumnus of the private all boys liberal arts Catholic high school, had taught Spanish and French at the school for the past 12 years. — High school teacher Michael Griffin was fired from his position at Holy Ghost Preparatory School …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Lez Get Real and Towleroad
Obama: Diplomacy Best Approach to Iran Nuke Crisis — President Barack Obama said Saturday he believed the chances for a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran are 50/50 or worse, yet defended diplomacy as the best way to prevent Tehran from acquiring atomic weapons.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Containing Iran is the least awful choice
Containing Iran is the least awful choice
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
New York Times:
Wall Street Mothers, Stay-Home Fathers — As Husbands Do Domestic Duty, These Women Are Free to Achieve — Marielle Jan de Beur often catches the 6:27 a.m. train to Grand Central Terminal, waiting on the Westchester platform with a swarm of dark-suited men, and then walks 10 blocks …
James Hohmann / Politico:
Ex-RNC chair Ed Gillespie weighs Mark Warner challenge in Virginia — HOT SPRINGS, Va.—Former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie is considering a run against Virginia Sen. Mark Warner (D) next year. — “It's a very winnable race,” the powerful GOP insider told POLITICO in a Saturday afternoon interview.
James Hohmann / Reuters: Cuccinelli makes surprise speech, rules out another run