November 2013

Nov 27, 2013

Report: Elizabeth Warren for president in 2016?

By Susan Davis, USA Today

Could Sen. Elizabeth Warren run for president in 2016?  The New Republic makes the case for the liberal Massachusetts Democrat as a potential rival to presumed front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton in their latest cover story.

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Supreme Court Will Take Up Controversial Obamacare Provision On Contraception

By Pete Williams, NBC News

The Supreme Court, taking up a controversial provision of Obamacare, agreed Tuesday to consider whether a company can refuse to provide contraceptive care to female employees on the grounds that doing so would violate its religious freedom.

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Obama Meets With Entertainment CEOs in Calif.

By Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics

As speeches go, President Obama's appearance in California on Tuesday was a testament to remakes, or perhaps politically expedient recycling. Speaking in a courtyard to an estimated 1,800 DreamWorks Animation guests and employees in Glendale, the president delivered what the White House billed as an economic address, squeezed between fundraisers held in two states over two days.

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Appointmentpalooza in the Senate? Don't Bet on It

By Molly Ball, The Atlantic

There are 231 presidential nominations waiting to be confirmed by the Senate. Now that Democrats have changed the filibuster rules—last week's invocation of the "nuclear option"—those are all going to sail through, right? The Senate will be one non-stop confirmation party until every federal judicial chamber, Cabinet-agency desk, ambassadorship, and oversight board is occupied by a liberal Obama appointee! Flowers will bloom and music will play in the Capitol as Harry Reid presents "Appointmentpalooza"!

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Iran Sanctions: Dancing with Tehran

By Doyle McManus, LA Times

If economic sanctions were key to forcing Iran to accept limits on its nuclear program, wouldn't more sanctions have an even greater effect? Critics of last week's interim nuclear deal with Tehran certainly think so.

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In a Time of Need, the Vice President Plays to His Strengths

By Jackie Calmes, New York Times

Speaking to longshoremen, local politicians and health care activists last week in Houston, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. variously quoted his grandfather Ambrose Finnegan, his father, Joe Sr., and the poet William Butler Yeats. “Joey,” he recalled his grandfather hollering, “keep the faith!”

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Nov 26, 2013

Among American Workers, Poll Finds Unprecedented Anxiety About Jobs, Economy

By Jim Tankersley and Scott Clement, Washington Post

The alarm rang on John Stewart’s phone at 1:10 a.m. Up at 1:30, he caught one bus north into Philadelphia a little after 2 and another bus, south toward the airport, half an hour after that. He made it into work around 3:25 for a shift that started at 4, for a job that pays $5.25 an hour, which he cannot afford to lose.

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Long Road Ahead For Permanent Iran Nuclear Deal To Be Reached

With Tom Gjelten, NPR

The Obama administration says one of the most important gains in the Iran nuclear deal is that it will buy time for negotiations on a more permanent agreement. If no such agreement is reached, sanctions that have been suspended could be re-imposed. But analysts say the obstacles to a final agreement are still huge, and it may not be easy to regain the leverage that sanctions have achieved so far.

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Next Step in Iran Nuclear Deal

With John Harwood, CNBC

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Fla. Special Election May Showcase 'Obamacare' Effect

By Susan Davis, USA Today

A special election for a vacant House seat in Florida is shaping up as an early bellwether race that may indicate how President Obama's health care law is going to affect the 2014 elections.

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Obama Nightly Reading Reveals Angst About Health-Site Fix

By Mike Dorning & Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg News

During the day, Jeffrey Zients drives around Washington’s Beltway, overseeing the private contractors and government officials racing to fix the flawed Obamacare website.

By night, President Barack Obama gets a rundown of Zients’ progress from White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough during their evening stroll along the South Lawn. A fuller report follows in a briefing book Obama takes upstairs to the first-family’s quarters for late-night reading.

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Nov 25, 2013

What Happened to Immigration Reform?

By Molly Ball, The Atlantic

Last week, John Boehner was having breakfast at his customary spot on Capitol Hill, Pete’s Diner, when he was approached by two teenage girls with a video camera. Clad in a baseball cap and fleece pullover, the speaker nervously fiddled with his ear as the pair told him of their undocumented immigrant parents’ fear of deportation. “I’m trying to find a way to get this thing done,” he told them. “It’s, as you know, not easy. It’s not going to be an easy path forward, but I’ve made it clear since the day after the election that it’s time to get this done.”