DAYLEE PICTURE: Clouds over Mullaley, New South Wales in Australia. From the Daily Mail of the UK.
Ukraine in Turmoil After Leaders Reject Major E.U. Deal from the New York Times
"Tens of thousands of protesters have demanded that the country shake off its post-Soviet identity and move into the orbit of a more prosperous Europe."
The Real Reason Neocons Are Scared About Obama's Iran Deal (Jacob Heilbrunn) from the National Interest
"... for sheer panic it is almost impossible to surpass the alarms being sounded by the neocons. ... The worst nightmare for the neocons will be if Iran does in fact adhere to the agreement with Obama (though they may increase their own visibility in the GOP, though for how long would be an open question). It would deprive the neocons of a valued enemy and diminish their own importance. If he succeeds, Obama may not only neutralize Iran, but also the neocons."
Why Obama Has Room to Maneuver on Iran (Ronald Brownstein) from National Journal
"A war-weary public is willing to cut the president some slack on diplomatic initiatives. But it's not willing to do so on his domestic priorities."
Pope Sets Down Goals for an Inclusive Church, Reaching Out 'on the Streets' from the New York Times
"Francis said women must play an increasingly important role in the church, but that letting women be priests was "not a question open to discussion.""
"... canceled plans sparked a political firestorm as people realized President Obama's promise — "If you like your plan, you can keep it" — didn't apply to everyone. But Neff, a 46-year-old self-employed writer, isn't outraged. She's relieved. Even though she makes too much money to receive a subsidy to buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the policy cancellation was good news for her. She's not the only one."
Kentucky Governor Sees Health Law as Chance to Heal an Ailing State from the Los Angeles Times
"Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is overseeing a promising rollout of the healthcare law. Defying bitter GOP opposition, he says it's medicine the state needs."
The right’s D-Day Delusion: What to Really Expect with Obamacare’s Nov. 30 Relaunch (Brian Beutler) from Salon
"Some things to keep in mind as you wade through the histrionics surrounding tomorrow's relaunch of Healthcare.gov."
Liberalism Will Survive Obamacare (John Cassidy) from the New Yorker
"The great irony of the reforms is that the most “socialized” bits are working out pretty well. The problems have been in trying to promote private enterprise."
The Obamacare Worm Turns (Paul Krugman) from the New York Times
"I suggested yesterday that we’re probably heading for a turning point in the health reform discussion. Conservatives are operating on the assumption that it’s an irredeemable disaster that they can ride all the way to 2016; but the facts on the ground are getting better by the day, and Obamacare will turn into a Benghazi-type affair where Republicans are screaming about a scandal nobody else cares about. And it’s already starting to happen."
Obamacare’s Secret Success (Paul Krugman) from the New York Times
"The health exchanges are off to a famously rocky start, but many, though by no means all, of the cost-control measures have already kicked in. Has the curve been bent? The answer, amazingly, is yes. In fact, the slowdown in health costs has been dramatic."
Rooting for Failure (Timothy Egan) from the New York Times
"California is just as good. It’s enrolling more than 2,000 people a day. New York is humming as well. And Kentucky, it’s the gold standard now ... This is terrible news, and cannot be allowed to continue. ... But not to worry. The failure movement is active and very well funded."
Republicans are Absolutely Certain Obamacare has Already Failed (Greg Sargent) from the Washington Post
"... that pattern, unfortunately, is one we’ve seen over and over in this debate. People giving up their current plans get tons of attention. People getting new coverage don’t. Those Americans paying higher premiums next year have been all over the media. Those Americans paying lower premiums haven’t."
To readers: It is for THIS reason that I have been piling in so many Obamacare stories these last several weeks.
On Thanksgiving, Understanding What Gratitude Requires (E.J. Dionne Jr.) from the Washington Post
"Thanksgiving Day is awash in sentiment, but gratitude is not a sentiment. It’s a virtue. It’s certainly nice, but it is more than a feeling or an emotion. Properly understood, gratitude is hard because it entails both an admission and a demand. A genuine sense of gratitude is rooted in the realization that when I think about all that I am, all that I have and all that I might have achieved, I cannot claim to have done any of this by myself. None of us is really “self-made.”"
Reliving The Iraq War, Ctd (Andrew Sullivan) from the Dish
"I think that andrew-sullivan-i-was-wrong-covermuch can be summarized and learned from your very first post written during 9/11, in particular, “When our shock recedes, our rage must be steady and resolute and unforgiving.” If there is one lesson I think that is vital to learn, it’s that rage is never a good response to an attack. ..."
Rumsfeld’s War and Its Consequences Now (Mark Danner) from the New York Review of Books
"... this intense will to triumph and dominate shows in the film’s protagonist only in his studious denials. Morris’s camera struggles with that self-satisfied opacity and so do we, knowing that beneath it, somewhere, lies the bottomless ambition that led Nixon to dub Rumsfeld “a ruthless little bastard.”"
THANKSGIVING LEFTOVERS NUGGET!!
A Short Course on the History of 8 Thanksgiving Foods from the Washington Post
"The myth of our holiday’s Pilgrim origins took hold. But the dishes we eat at Thanksgiving? They capture other stories about the making of the American nation."
OBAMA FAMILY NUGGETS!!
Meet the O’Bamas from Politico
"How the president’s Irish “cousin” is making shrewd use of the First Family."
Obamas Might Stay in Washington After Presidency Ends from ABC News
"The first family might choose to stay in Washington, D.C., after President Obama leaves office in 2016, the president and first lady Michelle Obama told ABC News’ Barbara Walters in an interview. By then, their eldest daughter Malia will be in college, and their youngest daughter Sasha will still be in high school as a sophomore."
Ever Want to be Invisible? It Could Happen Soon in America, Unless Canada Beats Us to It from the National Journal
"Experiencing something approaching human flight has long been possible. For a price, anyone can leap out of a plane with a parachute, and jetpacks can make up the difference. As for the second, more elusive part of the equation? Researchers from Texas and Toronto say they have invented two different types of invisibility cloaks. For now, these devices only make things seem to disappear on wavelengths undetectable to the human eye, but researchers on both products say a full-scale invisibility cloak is no longer just an impossible dream."