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- "Roughly 40,000 Americans have signed up for private insurance through the flawed federal online insurance marketplace since it opened six weeks ago, according to two people with access to the figures," "a tiny fraction of the total projected enrollment for the 36 states where the federal government is running the online health-care exchange." (Washington Post)
- With the end of the year's legislative calendar in sight, the major focus this week is on House and Senate negotiations to forge a budget package and a new farm bill, while uncertainty percolates over the status of tax-reform efforts. Senate battles over President Obama's nominees will also continue, as will the controversies surrounding the Affordable Care Act, with the Republican-led House set to vote on a Republican bill dubbed the Keep Your Health Plan Act. (National Journal Daily)
- Obama will nominate Treasury official Timothy Massad to be the next chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Tuesday afternoon, according to a White House official. (National Journal)
- Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) "says he will formally announce his decision" about whether he'll run for reelection "at the end if this month." (WTVA-TV)
- In NE SEN, Treasurer Shane Osborn (R) "landed a big endorsement Monday" from FreedomWorks, even though "two other key conservative organizations," Senate Conservatives Fund and Club for Growth, "have backed one of Osborn's main Republican opponents," Midland University president Ben Sasse (R). (Omaha World-Herald)
- In CT GOV, 2010 nominee Tom Foley (R) "is running a TV ad in New York inviting city residents who fear the coming Bill de Blasio administration to move to his state." (New York Post)
- A new NBC News poll of national adults, conducted Nov. 7-10 by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, shows former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) leading New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), 44-34%. (release)
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• Stu Rothenberg wrote a blog post Monday about problematic post-mortems of the Virginia governor's race. No one discusses this much, but exit polls have margins of error, just like every other poll we examine. In Virginia, it was plus-or-minus 3 percentage points for the whole survey, with bigger margins of error among subgroups, meaning that ascribing Cuccinelli's loss to a few points difference among married voters or white women (compared against Mitt Romney's 2012 performance) is dicey. Exit pollsters weight their surveys to calibrate them to the actual results, which gives them an extra advantage that other surveys don't have. But they're still polls.
• Teasing an announcement so early, as Cochran is doing, is a telling hint that the veteran senator may look to retire and avoid a contentious primary against conservative state Sen. Chris McDaniel.
HAIR OF THE DOG
FRESH BREWED BUZZ
- The latest count from the Virginia State Board of Elections gives state Sen. Mark Herring (D) a 117-vote lead in the attorney general's race over state Sen. Mark Obenshain (R). (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
- "The Secret, Dirty Cost of Obama's Green Power Push" (AP)
- "There were something like 53 million unmarried women eligible to vote in 2012, but on [Republican] campaigns you don't hear a specific strategy discussed of 'How are we going to reach unmarried women?'" -- Romney WH '12 deputy campaign manager Katie Packer Gage, who along with pollster Christine Matthews and Romney ad director Ashley O'Connor, is "opening what appears to be the first Republican firm aimed specially at wooing female voters," Burning Glass Consulting (New York Times)
- The cable-TV network A&E "announced Monday" that "The Governor's Wife," the reality program featuring former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards (D) and his new wife, Trina, "has aired in its entirety." (Baton Rouge Advocate)
- "Charlie Baker doesn't have to try so hard" (Boston Herald)
- "CNN has hired Brian Stelter, the New York Times media reporter, to serve as the new host of 'Reliable Sources'[,] its Sunday media program[,] and as a full-time media reporter on its digital side" (Politico)
- "Hugo Lindgren is out as editor of 'The New York Times Magazine'" (Capital New York)
- On Halloween, people who live in embattled CBS News correspondent Lara Logan's Cleveland Park neighborhood "were startled to see the famous TV correspondent trick-or-treating with her children while dressed in a hot-pink bodysuit costume, set off with high heels." (Washington Post)
- "If you have any sort of cursory knowledge of American culture and journalism, you know that NYT stands for New York Times. So you would think people could figure that out." -- New York Times reporter Jonathan Martin, in an interview with WFAN-AM about Twitter users confusing him with Dolphins OT Jonathan Martin (WFAN-AM)
- New Hampshire Executive Councilor Ray Burton (R), the "longest-serving member of the Executive Council and tireless advocate for the North Country who kept a rigorous travel schedule in the sprawling district," died early Tuesday at age 74. (AP)
- Dr. Perry Inhofe, son of Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), "was on board a plane that crashed near Owasso, Okla. on Sunday" and "was killed in the crash." (KOCO-TV)
- "Michael Ford remembered for pig-and-chicken tale" (Campaigns & Elections)
- "Reps. Yoder and Wenstrup are new dads" (The Hill)
PLAY OF THE DAY!
- Today's weather, from the National Weather Service: Cloudy with scattered rain and snow showers this morning, then partly sunny this afternoon. Highs around 40. North winds around 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation 40%.
- The House and Senate are back at 2 p.m.
- The GW Colonials go Black Bear hunting when they take on Maine. (Smith Center, 7 p.m.)
- The Caps return home from the West Coast to host the Blue Jackets. (Verizon Center, 7 p.m.)
- Chicago hosts a big college-hoops doubleheader: No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 2 Michigan State, followed by No. 4 Duke vs. No. 5 Kansas. (ESPN, 7:30 p.m.)
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- Explorer Hiram Bingham III (R) served as governor of Connecticut for a day.
- The winner is Andrei Cherny, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "Built in the midst of the Great Depression, this landmark was opened on November 12, 1936 with a president in attendance. What was the landmark and who was the president?" The 2nd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.
NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS
- Obama's Second-Term Slump Should Concern Democrats
- Wide-Open Race in 2016 Offers Ocean of Possibilities
- When It Comes to Raising Cash, Women Have Long Been Leaning In
- Can Obama Fix Health Care Cancellations?
- Codepink Entertains Jeh Johnson's Neighbors
"Hey, New York City. With your new mayor, I know many of you are thinking about leaving." -- The opening lines to Foley's new New York cable-TV ad, which is airing on Fox News Channel and NY1 on Time Warner Cable
"In 1988, the crime rate in the United States rises four hundred percent. The once great city of New York becomes the one maximum security prison for the entire country. A fifty-foot containment wall is erected along the New Jersey shoreline, across the Harlem River, and down along the Brooklyn shoreline. It completely surrounds Manhattan Island. All bridges and waterways are mined. The United States Police Force, like an army, is encamped around the island. There are no guards inside the prison, only prisoners and the worlds they have made. The rules are simple: once you go in, you don't come out." -- The opening lines to "Escape From New York"
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Steven Shepard, Executive Editor