TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The Obama administration pushed back another Obamacare deadline, this time to give consumers an extra week to sign up for coverage beginning on Jan. 1. The date moves from Dec. 15 to the 23rd, but the final cutoff for enrollment is still March 31--for now. It's Day One of the new post-nuclear world in the Senate, but so far all we know is Obama will have an easier time doing two things: 1) Achieving some of his legislative priorities and 2) Firing people who might be underperforming. The nation honored the memory of JFK, shot 50 years ago today, and barriers restricting gadgets on planes continue to fall.
ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER OBAMACARE DEADLINE PUSHED BACK: The admin said today it had cut a deal with insurers to give people an extra week in December to enroll in coverage that will begin in 2014. The move isn't an act of holiday charity, though, but another mea culpa for the still-hobbled federal online exchange. (Louise Radnofsky, WSJ)
INSURANCE COMPANIES JUST GOT DEALT A TOUGHER JOB: The deadline extension will place added pressure on insurance companies, who will have even less time to process glitchy enrollment data coming to them from the Obamacare site before coverage begins Jan. 1. CMS says the decision was made "in consultation with" the insurance industry. (Baker/Novack, NJ)
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHRISTIE AND WALKER: Obamacare is causing some unusual divisions among Republican governors, between those who oppose the law and those who are helping to implement it in their states. And the schism could help determine the 2016 election. (Jonathan Martin, NYT)
FILIBUSTER FALLOUT: 28 HOURS LATER: We're one day into the new filibuster-free world, and one of the only things we know for sure is that Obama will have a much easier time firing people now (Kathleen Sebelius? Marilyn Tavenner?). Before the rule changes, Obama had to consider the chances Republicans would approve any potential replacement nominee, but that's no longer an issue. (Ezra Klein, WaPo)
NATION HONORS JFK: Flags were lowered to half staff and ceremonies took place around the country to honor the life and accomplishments of a president gone too soon. (Manny Fernandez, NYT)
THE WEEK AHEAD IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The House and Senate are out next week, and Obama will pardon a turkey that will later die. Obama also heads to San Francisco on Monday to talk about immigration.
BOSTON'S ELEGANT ELEGY: The Boston Symphony interrupts its performance on Nov. 22, 1963, to play a moving tribute to the president. (Anastasia Tsioulcas, NPR)
THE NEXT FLIGHT FRIGHT: Just when you thought air travel couldn't get any worse, the FCC proposes to lift the ban on cellular devices during flights. (Juli Weiner, Vanity Fair)
REDEFINING BEAUTY: The pope's oft-glanced over initial response to a man covered with tumors is what makes his actions all the more heroic. (Benjamin W. Corm, Quartz)
POUND IT: As antibiotics become obsolete, the fist bump should replace the handshake as the standard greeting . (James Hamblin, The Atlantic)
SUSANA MARTINEZ'S UNDOING: The man who helped put the New Mexico governor and GOP savior on the map could also keep her from getting where she wants to go. A teaser: "She is a right-and-wrong kind of person. And I am not saying that she did anything illegal, but there is right and wrong. And I guess it has evolved to: Then there is Jay [McCleskey]." (Daniel Libit, NJ)
LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 3 MINUTES: Obama tries to distance himself from Obamacare, and Harry Reid tries to kill us all by going nuclear. Run for the shelters! (Reena Flores, NJ)