Archive for December 1st, 2013

SacBee: Dan Walters: Gov. Brown’s vision of California lacks reality and detail

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 – 12:00 am

Humorist Garrison Keillor closes his radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion,” with these words:

“Well, that’s the news from Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.”

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CBSNews: Is President Obama a lame duck already?

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Can President Obama still achieve any of his second-term goals during the remainder of his presidency?

By Rebecca Kaplan, CBS News
November 29, 2013, 6: 00 AM

Second terms have historically been tough ones for presidents. From Ronald Reagan’s Iran Contra scandal to Bill Clinton’s Lewinsky affair to Hurricane Katrina during George W. Bush’s second term, U.S. leaders have so often found their second four years going off the rails that it’s known colloquially as the “second-term curse.”

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Politico: Thanksgiving takes more Black Friday sales

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This year, at least a dozen major retailers opened on Thanksgiving. | AP Photo

By ASSOCIATED PRESS | 11/30/13 6:13 PM EST

Thanksgiving Day is no longer all about turkey: It’s eating away at Black Friday shopping.

U.S. shoppers spent $9.74 billion at stores on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. That’s a drop of 13.2 percent compared with the same day last year, according to preliminary data released on Saturday by research firm ShopperTrak.

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Confronting the Health Insurance Exchange’s Problems: A look back at how White House advisers have tried to fix the botched health care website.Charles Dharapak/Associated Press

By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG and MICHAEL D. SHEAR
Published: November 30, 2013

WASHINGTON — As a small coterie of grim-faced advisers shuffled into the Oval Office on the evening of Oct. 15, President Obama’s chief domestic accomplishment was falling apart 24 miles away, at a bustling high-tech data center in suburban Virginia.
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By Zachary A. Goldfarb
Published: November 30, 2013

For more than two years, President Obama has endorsed reducing Social Security payments as part of an ambitious deal to tame the national debt. But then Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) — viewed by supporters on the left as a potential 2016 presidential candidate — embraced a far different proposal: increasing benefits for seniors.

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