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OBAMA AGENDA: Enrollment problem? Or setting expectations really low?

"Millions fewer people will enroll in private health plans under the Affordable Care Act next year than the Congressional Budget Office had predicted, the Obama administration said Monday," per the Wall Street Journal. "The developments are the latest sign that the law, which Democrats passed in 2010 to provide near-universal health insurance, is struggling to reach that goal quickly. Attracting new enrollees to the health law’s insurance exchanges has proven more difficult than advocates had predicted, and a slice of those who do sign up for plans haven’t kept up with premiums."

Obama is calling on the F.C.C. to take up strict net neutrality rules.

From the AP: "The White House said Obama and Putin spoke three times Tuesday on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific economic meeting, tacking some of the tough issues that have strained their relationship, including Russia's provocations in Ukraine and support for Syria's embattled government. They also discussed the fast-approaching deadline in nuclear talks with Iran, in which the U.S. and Russia find themselves on the same negotiating team. Unlike at some of their past meetings, Obama and Putin kept their deep-seated policy disagreements behind the scenes. But their public encounters suggested their relationship remains tense."

The New York Times writes on a surge of anti-Americanism in China as the country competes with the U.S. for the title of the world's largest economy.

Remember Ebola? The last patient being treated for the virus in a U.S. hospital is set to be released.

CONGRESS: The coming clash over the environment

The New York Times looks at the brewing war between Republicans and the White House over the Environmental Protection Agency and the Keystone XL pipeline.

From Roll Call: "Tax-free Internet shopping is safe for now thanks to Speaker John A. Boehner. A bill granting states the ability to force out-of-state websites to collect Internet sales tax is dead, according to the Ohio Republican’s spokesman."

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has a (closed) hearing Wednesday on ISIS, with testimony from Retired Marine Gen. John Allen and others.

From the Huffington Post: "[O]fficials in the Obama administration and on Capitol Hill say there is one issue that may have enough cross-party appeal to break through the logjams. That issue is criminal justice reform."

POLITICO looks at the rise of red-state Democrats in the new Congress.

Nancy Pelosi says her fellow Democrats "should consider seniority “a consideration” but “not a determination” in doling out committee leadership assignments," writes Roll Call.

OFF TO THE RACES: And the award goes to…

Roll Call doles out awards for the best 2014 campaigns, with medals to Joni Ernst, Cory Gardner, Kay Hagan, Gwen Graham, and others.

ALASKA: The Alaska Dispatch News: "At least 50,000 ballots remain to be counted that could affect margins and possibly outcomes in two closely watched political races in Alaska. The competition for Democratic Sen. Mark Begich's U.S. Senate seat has drawn national attention, with Republican candidate Dan Sullivan holding a 8,149-vote lead over Begich -- a 3.6 percent difference -- after the first round of vote counting immediately following Tuesday’s general election. The governor’s race is also tight, with independent Bill Walker leading Republican Gov. Sean Parnell by 3,165 votes, or just 1.4 percent."

ARIZONA: The Arizona Republic: “A Tucson judge Monday rejected a request by Republican congressional candidate Martha McSally for a temporary restraining order to stop counting provisional votes in southern Arizona's tightly contested 2nd Congressional District race. …

As of 5:40 p.m. Monday, McSally's razor thin lead over incumbent Democratic Rep. Ron Barber in the race for the southern Arizona district had shrunk to 179 votes, down from 341 votes earlier Monday. If either candidate wins by fewer than 200 votes, an automatic recount will occur.”

CALIFORNIA: Doug Ose leads Ami Bera by just 530 votes, with another vote count expected Wednesday.

The LA Times looks ahead to what could be some big statewide races in the next two elections.

GEORGIA: NBC's Kelly O'Donnell reports that Georgia Republican Johnny Isakson will announce his Senate re-election bid on Monday.

KENTUCKY: From NBC's Andrew Rafferty: "One thing Republicans did not win in last week’s wave election was Kentucky’s House of Representatives, which is complicating GOP Sen. Rand Paul’s potential plans for a 2016 presidential run.'

LOUISIANA: The Times-Picayune raps Gov. Bobby Jindal for spending more than $150,000 from his state campaign account for travel to 2016 must-visit states like Iowa and New Hampshire.

Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness held a "unity rally" Monday at a bar named after Huey Long.

NEW YORK: Vote counting is underway in the uncalled election between Louise Slaughter and Mark Assini.


*** Tuesday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Tamron Hall interviews Medal of Honor recipient Col. Jack Jacobs and Linda Davidson, co-founder of “Our Military Kids” on Veterans Day; and National Nurses United Co-president Jean Ross on the national nurses strike

*** Tuesday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell interviews Ebola czar Ron Klain, VA Secretary Robert McDonald, IAVA Founder and Exec. Director Paul Rieckhoff, Bloomberg Deputy Managing Editor Jeanne Cummings, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, NBC’s Kristen Welker and Richard Engel and the Weather Channel’s Mike Seidel.

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