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Amazon Does The Drone; Media Tires Of Control Freak White House; Keeping The Obamas In Washington; Britain’s Forcible Birth Story; Healthcare.gov’s Star-Crossed ‘Fix’; People Hate Congress Worse Than Car Salesmen – Monday Morning News Roundup 12-2-2013

December 2, 2013 by  

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

  • Amazon.com is testing delivering packages using drones, CEO Jeff Bezos said on the CBS TV news show “60 Minutes” Sunday. The idea would be to deliver packages as quickly as possible using the small, unmanned aircraft, through a service the company is calling Prime Air, the CEO said. Source: USA Today…

 

  • More than 30 major U.S. media organizations and the leading U.S. press photographers’ union have protested against being barred from covering President Barack Obama in an open letter to his press secretary. “Journalists are routinely being denied the right to photograph or videotape the president while he is performing his official duties,” said the letter, which was delivered to Jay Carney. Outlets such as USA Today and McClatchy newspapers have announced they will not publish the “hand-out” photographs distributed by the White House. Source: The Telegraph…

 

  • Throughout his time in office, President Obama has opened many outside-the-Beltway speeches with a suggestion that he, too, feels like an outsider in the nation’s baffling, frustrating capital city. He shouts to the audience about how good it is to be wherever he is that day — Cleveland, Miami, San Francisco. Then he takes pokes at the town where great success in his chosen profession has brought him. Now, though, Obama has raised the possibility that he might remain a resident of the capital after his lease on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. expires in January 2017. Source: The Washington Post…

 

  • A pregnant woman in Britain has had her baby forcibly removed by caesarean section by social workers. Essex social services obtained a High Court order against the woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and her child to be taken from her womb. The council said it was acting in the best interests of the woman, an Italian who was in Britain on a work trip, because she had suffered a mental breakdown. The baby girl, now 15 months old, is still in the care of social services, which is refusing to give her back to the mother, even though she claims to have made a full recovery. Source: The Telegraph…

 

  • Despite recent progress at Healthcare.gov, a raft of problems will remain beyond the Obama administration’s Saturday deadline to make the troubled Federal insurance website work. The news isn’t all bad: Users say the site looks better, pages load faster, and more people are getting through to sign up for health plans. But technical problems still affect Healthcare.gov’s ability to verify users’ identities and transmit accurate enrollment data to insurers, officials say. The data center that supports the site faces continuing challenges, and tools for processing payments to insurers haven’t been built. Source: The Wall Street Journal…

 

  • The public’s approval rating for Congress has finally hit rock bottom: For the first time, America has a higher opinion of car salespeople. A new Economist/YouGov.com poll put the approval rating of Congress at a historic low of 6 percent. A December 2012 Gallup poll comparing Congress’ approval ratings to other occupations had car salespeople at the bottom at 8 percent and Congress at 10 percent. Now Congress is the cellar dweller. Source: Washington Examiner…

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