“The president visits DreamWorks Animation to meet with film industry representatives, tour the studio, and give a speech on the U.S. economy,” USA Today notes. Obama returns to the White House tonight.
The Hill: “Administration officials said Monday that some visitors to ObamaCare's federal enrollment site would experience outages, slow response times or messages to try again later during the month of December. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) delivered the message in the latest attempt to downplay expectations surrounding Nov. 30, the administration's self-imposed deadline for fixing HealthCare.gov.”
A CMS spokeswoman said, “The system will not work perfectly on Dec. 1, but it will work much better than it did in October.”
In a new CNN/ORC poll, President Obama takes hits in personal categories with majorities saying Obama is not/does not:
- A strong and decisive leader (down 8 points)
- inspires confidence (down 11 points)
- being honest and trustworthy (down 9 points), and
- can manage the government effectively (down 14 points).
Most people (56%) now say they don’t agree with Obama on issues they care about (down 16 points from May) and they no longer consider him a person they admire (down 23 points from 2011).
The Supreme Court Is expected to wade into the Affordable Care Act/birth control debate… MSNBC’s Irin Carmon: “Last year, the debate over insurance coverage for birth control was held on the presidential campaign trail and in Congress. This week the Supreme Court is expected to decide whether it will take up the controversy. The Court is considering several cases brought by private, for-profit employers, among 43 such cases that have been filed. The employers say the Affordable Care Act’s requirement to fully cover birth control in insurance plans violates religious liberty – the company’s religious liberty. Most Court watchers expect it to accept the case brought by Hobby Lobby, a craft-store chain that won at the Tenth Circuit of Appeals, and which the solicitor general requested the Court hear.
Wall Street Journal: "The Obama administration is mounting an aggressive campaign to head off new congressional sanctions against Iran, arguing they would jeopardize the high-stakes deal sealed this past weekend to curb Tehran's nuclear program. After arguing for weeks that sanctions would hurt the prospects of reaching a deal, senior administration officials are now asking lawmakers to hold off for another six months while negotiators try to achieve a long-term accord."
New York Times: "The weekend ended with the first tangible sign of a nuclear deal with Iran, after more than three decades of hostility. Then on Monday came the announcement that a conference will convene in January to try to broker an end to the civil war in Syria. The success of either negotiation, both long sought by President Obama, is hardly assured — in fact the odds may be against them. But the two nearly simultaneous developments were vivid statements that diplomacy, the venerable but often-unsatisfying art of compromise, has once again become the centerpiece of American foreign policy."
Washington Post: "President Obama’s credibility problem has battered his approval ratings, complicated his relationship with foreign allies and harmed his party’s prospects in next year’s midterm elections. But the decline in the public’s opinion of his trustworthiness presents a particular set of challenges for his diplomacy with Iran, highlighted this weekend by an agreement that will temporarily freeze the country’s nuclear program in exchange for limited sanctions relief."
NBC’s Andrea Mitchell on the U.S.-Iran deal on Nightly News.
NBC’s Suzanne Gamboa: “President Barack Obama took his immigration message to the heart of Chinatown in San Francisco Monday telling an audience the issue goes beyond the nation’s southern border. Reaching out to those in the country of Asian descent, another racial group that has increasingly voted Democratic, the president said it is ‘long past time to reform an immigration system that does not serve America as well as it should.’”
NBC News: "Obama repeated on Monday that he will not take executive actions to halt deportations of undocumented immigrants, saying that such unilateral action would 'violate our laws'...Confronted during remarks in San Francisco by a heckler who advocated for an executive order to stop deportations, Obama firmly insisted that he does not have the constitutional power to bypass Congress on the issue."
Phil Rucker: “Hecklers have become a staple at Obama’s public events, but it’s rare that one underscores the message that the president is trying to deliver — in this instance, that the American people support a path to citizenship for those here illegally but that Congress is blocking comprehensive immigration reform.”
CNN’s Jim Acosta reported that heckler at Obama’s event is an undocumented immigrant.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon on another potential problem regarding Karzai and Afghanistan: “Even as a group of diplomats and advocates tries to shift the storyline on Afghanistan to focus on the gains the country has logged this past decade, a blast from the country’s brutal past has resurfaced to further complicate already difficult US-Afghan relations: Stoning may once again become the law. ‘It is absolutely shocking that 12 years after the fall of the Taliban government, the Karzai administration might bring back stoning as a punishment,’ said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch in a press release. Added his colleague Heather Barr in an interview: The ‘Karzai government cannot think that an effort like this can go ahead unnoticed and without a response from international actors.’”