November 2013

Nov 19, 2013

Split on Accord on Iran Strains U.S.-Israel Ties

By David E. Sanger and Jodi Rudore, The New York Times

To the Israeli government, the preliminary deal with Iran that the Obama administration is trying to seal this week is a giveaway to a government that has spent two decades building a vast nuclear program. It enshrines the status quo — at a time when the Iranians are within reach of the technical capability to build a bomb — and rewards some unproven leaders with cash and sanctions relief.

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War Over Health Care

With Eamon Javers, CNBC

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Obama’s Ratings Tumble After Health-Care Flaws

By Dan Balz and Peyton M. Craighill, Washington Post

The flawed rollout of the Affordable Care Act has pushed President Obama to the lowest point of his presidency, with dwindling faith in his competence and in many of the personal attributes that have buoyed him in the past, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

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A Dirty Secret Lurks in the Struggle Over a Fiscal ‘Grand Bargain’

By Jackie Calmes, The New York Times

The long-sought bipartisan “grand bargain” on the nation’s fiscal future is not going to happen this year, and probably not for the rest of President Obama’s term. There is the simple, familiar reason. And then there is the dirty secret.

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Nov 18, 2013

U.S. Tech Firms May Be Feeling Bite From NSA Spying Reports

By Tom Gjelten, NPR

Recent disclosures about NSA surveillance have affected U.S. relations with allies and tainted America's image around the world. Now the fallout seems to be creeping into the U.S. tech sector.

Cisco Systems, which manufactures network equipment, posted disappointing first-quarter numbers this week and warned that revenues for the current quarter could drop as much as 10 percent from a year ago — partly as a consequence of the NSA revelations.

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Upcoming Battle Will Showcase Rising Power of Women in Senate

By Ed O'Keefe, The Washington Post

In a further sign of the shifting demographics of Congress, the U.S. Senate this week is poised for the first major policy dispute in recent years spearheaded by the chamber’s growing number of women.

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JFK, A Presidency on a Pedestal

By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

Fifty years after the death of John F. Kennedy, there's no mystery about why his brief presidency remains an object of fascination: It was glamorous, photogenic, and cut short by an assassination that still seems an insoluble puzzle. Compared to the full-color images of Kennedy and his wife on our television screens this month, other figures of his era seem gray.

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By John Dickerson, Slate Magazine

in the spring of 1962, President John F. Kennedy launched a bold effort to provide health care for the aged—later to be known as Medicare. It culminated in a nationally televised presidential address from Madison Square Garden, carried on the three television networks. It was a flop. The legislation foundered amid charges that it was an attempt to socialize medicine and a threat to individual liberty—the same charges President Obama encountered over the Affordable Care Act five decades later.

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Obamacare's Threat to Liberalism

By Todd Purdum, Politico

From the moment of his improbable emergence as a presidential contender seven years ago, Barack Obama has always positioned himself as something better than a politician. And he has always presented his goals for progressive change as something bigger than the bare minimum a Democrat might hope for in a country that skews center-right.

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Obama Defends Iran Dealmaking Amid Dispute Over Relief

By Indira A.R. Lakshmanan & Terry Atlas, Bloomberg News

The Obama administration is on the defensive days before Iran nuclear negotiations are scheduled to resume in Geneva, as critics in Israel and in the U.S. Congress say Iran would concede too little and gain too much from an easing of international economic sanctions.

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Nov 15, 2013

Chuck Schumer Would Still Put 'Quite a Bit' of Money on Immigration Reform

By Molly Ball, The Atlantic

The conventional wisdom for months now has been that immigration reform is dead. Yet hope springs eternal for the large community of activists and interest groups pushing for reform to pass; this group collectively freaked out when, on Wednesday, Speaker John Boehner said House Republicans aren't willing to negotiate with the Senate on the issue.

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How Could Obama Not Have Known?

By Gloria Borger, CNN

As the story of the Obamacare website fiasco unfolds, senior administration aides tell me that the President is "mad, frustrated and angry."

Mad that his signature legislative achievement is stuck at the gate, frustrated that he's running out of time to fix it and angry that he's got a second-term agenda now going nowhere. He's so furious, in fact, that he stepped out of character to vent to an assembled group of top aides, saying he would have delayed the website if he had known it was a mess.

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