TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Obamacare enrollment is doing well so far in December, having successfully signed up more people in the first two days of the month than all of October. But young people have really soured on Obama and his signature legislative achievement, which could spell generational disenchantment with government and its programs. New Snowden files show the NSA is collecting location data on billions of cellphones every day. Martin Bashir resigned after his scatological comments about Sarah Palin, Elizabeth Warren is definitely not running for president, and Rob Ford is taking his show onto Washington sports radio.
NEW LEAKS: NSA TRACKING 5 BILLION CELLPHONE RECORDS EVERY DAY: Officials say the programs are lawful and only intended to develop intelligence on foreign targets. The one paragraph take: "In scale, scope and potential impact on privacy, the efforts to collect and analyze location data may be unsurpassed among the NSA surveillance programs that have been disclosed since June. Analysts can find cellphones anywhere in the world, retrace their movements and expose hidden relationships among individuals using them." (Gellman/Soltani, WaPo)
HOW THE NSA IS TRACKING YOU IN ONE GRAPHIC: It's nearly impossible to hide from cell tower coverage. (WaPo)
NEW CHAPTER FOR OBAMACARE: Reports show that 29,000 people signed up for health insurance during the first two days of December--more than the total number of people in all of October. The news is not just good for the site's repair effort but for the law overall, as the administration is banking on getting enough people enrolled in the coming months to ensure the law works as intended down the road. (Baker/Ritger, NJ)
AND THE SITE IS FAR FROM COMPLETELY FIXED: It's still struggling to sign people up for Medicaid, as files sent to state departments are filled with errors and incomplete information. (Sarah Kliff, WaPo)
TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Obama will host a Hanukkah event at the White House and participate in an MSNBC Hardball College tour event at American University. Biden is in Beijing for a second day of meetings with Chinese senior officials and will attend a breakfast with the U.S. Chamber of Congress in Beijing. He departs for Seoul in the evening. Kerry is in Moldova to meet with senior officials for bilateral discussions. Pritzker and Perez will deliver remarks at the White House Labor and Management Summit. The House is expected to vote on the "Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act" and the "Innovation Act," which aims to curb abusive patent litigation practices. The Senate is out of session.
ROB FORD: Our favorite Toronto mayor is joining the D.C.-area sports-talk show "Sports Junkies" to offer up his weekly NFL picks. (Paul Farhi, WaPo)
SILVER LININGS: Graduating during the recession may result in higher long-term satisfaction among Millennials because they expect less. (Carmel Lobello, The Week)
VOLCKER RULE: At long last, the so-called, 950-page Volcker Rule is expected to take effect on December 10th, only 1-year late and 5-years after the financial crisis. (Tim Fernholz, Quartz)
MARTIN BASHIR: The MSNBC host quits after his potty-brained suggestion about what Sarah Palin should put in her mouth was met with a rain of fury. (Tommy Christopher, Mediaite)
LIZ WARREN: She's definitely not running for president. She promises. Really. (Richard Weir, Boston Herald)
HOW MANY ENGINEERS DOES IT TAKE: ...to fix the Obamacare site? Apparently, a lot, and it's not entirely Obama's fault. The technological problems would be a doozy for even the 100 best engineers at Google. (David Talbot, MIT Tech Review)
EVOLUTION OF THE DEMS: How did the Democratic party morph from a party of white southerners to the party of big government and civil rights? (Ted Van Dyk, The Atlantic)
REVENGE OF THE NERDS: The story of two "alienated, angry geeks"--Snowden and Greenwald--and how they leaked the biggest story of 2013. (Janet Reitman, Rolling Stone)
LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 3 MINUTES: The Pope announces Tuesday night is Ladies Night in Heaven. John Stewart and the GOP celebrate the end of racism via Twitter. (Reena Flores, NJ)
LOST--BUT FOUND? A mini-doc follows a Lost Boy who is still chasing a better life in America more than a decade after leaving Sudan. (McDonald/Jensen, NYT)