The Note's Must-Reads for Thursday, November 28, 2013

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PRESIDENT OBAMA The New York Daily News' Leslie Larson and Joseph Straw: " President Obama and daughters name Popcorn the National Thanksgiving Turkey at annual pardon ceremony" Congratulations, the President will not be having you for dinner. Joined by daughters Sasha and Malia on the White House's North Portico, President Obama on Wednesday granted two turkeys a Thanksgiving pardon - or, as Obama put it, "a full reprieve from cranberry sauce and stuffing" "The office of the Presidency - the most powerful position in the world - brings with it many awesome and solemn responsibilities. This is not one of them," Obama said, joining his audience in laughter. LINK

IMMIGRATION REFORM ABC News' Arlette Saenz: " Immigration Activists Fast for Third Week as Thanksgiving Nears" For three immigration activists in Washington, D.C., this Thanksgiving won't include plates of turkey, stuffing or pumpkin pie. Instead, they will be fasting on the National Mall in the name of immigration reform. "For us, this will be the first time that we have been away from our families during this holiday, and instead, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving on the Mall, drinking only water instead of eating turkey or watching a football game," Eliseo Medina, who has fasted for 15 days, said in a news conference Tuesday. LINK

HEALTH CARE The Hill's Jonathan Easley: " Latest small-business delay another blow to O-Care rollout" The White House is delaying the launch of its online small-business exchange by one year, a Health and Human Services (HHS) official confirmed to The Hill on Wednesday. The delay is another setback for the troubled enrollment process of President Obama's signature healthcare law. Companies with fewer than 50 employees were slated to begin buying coverage through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), an online ObamaCare exchange, this month. The exchange's delay means small businesses will instead have to seek out coverage through an agent or broker. LINK

USA Today's Kelly Kennedy: " Tech Experts See Health Care Site's Fixes" As they near a Nov. 30 deadline to show works smoothly, White House officials have already started a marketing campaign aimed at reassuring business leaders in the technology field by showing them exactly what they've done to fix the troubled website. As Mikey Dickerson, who is on leave from Google to help, scurried to fix an hour-long website outage Monday morning, about half a dozen industry leaders showed up for a run-through at the QSSI operations center in Columbia, Md. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Louise Radnofsky: " Obama Administration Delays Online Health-Insurance Sign-Ups for Small Businesses" The Obama administration has shelved plans for small businesses to sign up for insurance policies using the troubled website and will instead encourage companies to sign up through an insurer, agent or broker, officials said Wednesday. It was the latest delay involving the law and reflected the administration's priority on getting the website to work for individual customers, even at the expense of other goals such as smoothing the way for small businesses. LINK

The New York Times' Robert Pear: " Online Health Law Sign-Up Is Delayed For Small Business" The Obama administration on Wednesday announced a one-year delay in a major element of the new health care law that would allow small businesses to buy insurance online for their employees through the new federal marketplace. It was yet another setback for the rollout of the health care law and resulted, in part, from the well-documented problems of the insurance marketplace website. Administration officials said they had to focus on the basic functions of the website, so that individuals could shop for insurance, before offering online enrollment for small businesses. In the meantime, businesses and their employees can apply through brokers. LINK

Bloomberg's Alex Wayne and Julianna Goldman: " Obamacare Small Business Health Market Delayed For 1 Year" Small business won't be able to use the federal government's health-insurance website until November 2014 in most U.S. states, the latest delay for the Obama administration's health-care system overhaul. Businesses can use brokers or enroll directly with insurers in the meantime, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said on a conference call yesterday. LINK

The Washington Post's Juliet Eilperin and Amy Goldstein: " Tech Team Scrambling To Create Workaround For Site Before Deadline" Days before the Obama administration's self-imposed Nov. 30 deadline for fixing, its technology team is scrambling to build a new part of the Web site as a workaround that would enable more people to buy health insurance without relying directly on the site. The new mechanism, EZ App, would permit people who are eligible for financial help from the government to enroll for coverage without calculating an exact subsidy amount, which has been a major stumbling block, according to government and insurance industry officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to be frank. LINK

IRAN The Los Angeles Times' Paul Richter: " Iran nuclear deal foes rein in criticism" As they prepare for battle over the new deal to limit Iran's nuclear program, the accord's supporters and foes are calibrating strategies based on their reading of Americans' conflicted views about the Islamic Republic. American war-weariness forms a big part of the Obama administration's campaign for the accord, a preliminary agreement to curb Iran's disputed nuclear program. Administration officials have said that without a diplomatic deal, the country would be on a "march to war." LINK

FEDERAL STIMULUS The Washington Times' Jim McElhatton: " Bankrupt energy company probed" Securities regulators are investigating a green energy company that won a $100 million federal grant under President Obama's stimulus program, only to end up bankrupt this fall. According to bankruptcy court documents filed this week, San Francisco-based Ecotality is being investigated by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the independent, industry-financed securities regulator that can levy fines and refers hundreds of cases of fraud and insider trading each year to the Securities and Exchange Commission. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO " Obama Pardons Turkeys Caramel and Popcorn" LINK

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