The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, November 27, 2013

By Jayce Henderson

Nov 27, 2013 3:42am

The Note’s Must-Reads are a round-up of today’s political headlines and stories from ABC News and the top U.S. newspapers. Posted Monday through Friday right here at www.abcnews.com

Compiled by ABC News’ Jayce Henderson, Amanda VanAllen, Will Cantine and Jordan Mazza

OBAMA
ABC News’ Mary Bruce: “Obama Lauds Hollywood as ‘Bright Spot’ of the Economy” Visiting a studio run by one of his most ardent political supporters, President Obama today praised Hollywood as a driver of economic growth, calling the entertainment industry “one of the bright spots of our economy.  “This is one of America’s economic engines,” the president said during a visit to the Glendale campus of DreamWorks Animation. LINK

HEALTH CARE
The Hill’s Julian Hattem: “White House faces tough court fight on ObamaCare mandate” The Obama administration faces a tough task in convincing the Supreme Court to rule in favor of ObamaCare’s contraception mandate, according to legal experts. They say Chief Justice John Roberts’s court, which upheld the health law in a landmark 2012 decision, has generally set a high bar for limiting religious rights.In addition, Justice Anthony Kennedy, often the court’s swing vote, authored a 1993 decision that exempted a religious group from following laws it said were contradictory with its beliefs. The Supreme Court announced on Tuesday that it would consider the case, possibly in its spring term. LINK

The New York Times’ Michael D. Shear and Robert Pear: “White House Urges Caution On Health Site” White House officials, fearful that the federal health care website may again be overwhelmed this weekend, have urged their allies to hold back enrollment efforts so the insurance marketplace does not collapse under a crush of new users. At the same time, administration officials said Tuesday that they had decided not to inaugurate a big health care marketing campaign planned for December out of concern that it might drive too many people to the still-fragile HealthCare.gov. LINK

The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe: “Democrats Eagerly Seeking Signs Of Success With Health-Care Law” The political battle over the future of the national health-care law is about to become a media faceoff between Republican accounts of mishap and failure vs. Democratic stories that hint at eventual success. In a pre-Thanksgiving messaging memo, Democratic senators are being urged to use the holiday break to find success stories and “aggressively publicize them so that people can see the law is delivering on its promise.” The memo was prepared and distributed by the Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, the Senate Democrats’ political messaging operation. LINK

Politico’s Jennifer Haberkorn: “Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Cases On Contraceptive Mandate” The Supreme Court has agreed to revisit Obamacare, this time to review the requirement that most employers provide contraceptive coverage in their employee health insurance plans. On Tuesday, the court accepted two cases centered on the issue of business owners’ religious expression. It’s another test for the embattled health care law, which is already struggling under the weight of a botched website and a political backlash after millions of Americans saw their current insurance plans cancelled for 2014. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Colleen McCain Nelson: “Health Website Deadline Nears“ With the clock ticking toward a Saturday deadline, Obama administration officials promise that the HealthCare.gov website will work better. Exactly how much better? LINK

BIRTH CONTROL
Bloomberg’s Greg Stohr: “Health Law’s Birth-Control Rule Gets Supreme Court Review” The U.S. Supreme Court will take up a challenge to part of President Barack Obama’s health-care law by companies claiming a religious exemption to the requirement that they provide birth-control coverage for employees. The justices today agreed to hear two cases involving family-run businesses that say they regard some forms of contraception as immoral. LINK

TEA PARTY
The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “IRS Moves to Clean up Scandal of Tea Party Targeting” Months after it acknowledged improperly targeting conservative political groups for scrutiny, the Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday released new guidelines it said will clean up what sorts of activities count as political — but which critics said could end up stifling free speech even more. The agency is trying to clean up after its own auditor said it asked intrusive questions and improperly delayed applications from tea party and conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status in the past three years. LINK

MEDIA
The Los Angeles Times’ James Rainey: “Nearly 40 news outlets accuse Obama administration of limiting access” Nearly 40 news organizations have accused the Obama administration of improperly controlling images of the president by limiting the access granted to independent photojournalists while allowing free rein by the White House’s own photographers. In a letter and a meeting last week, the news outlets and journalism groups complained to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney about the practice, saying the White House has prevented an unvarnished view of government business, while encouraging officially sanctioned competition for private news organizations. LINK

IRS
USATODAY’s Gregory Korte and Fredreka Schouten:IRS moves to curb tax-exempt groups’ political activity” The Obama administration is moving to clamp down on the growing political activity of “social welfare” tax-exempt groups, six months after controversy erupted over the IRS scrutiny of conservative groups.  The Treasury Department’s proposed rules, released Tuesday, would restrict the ability of those groups to conduct a wide range of activities, from running ads to distributing mailers that target specific candidates to get-out-the-vote drives.  LINK

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Supreme Court to Hear Religious Challenge to ObamacareLINK

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