Dec. 4, 2013
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The culture of Black Friday, Obamacare and the midterm elections, Favorite Songs of Christmas

Today’s news and Cal Thomas shares thoughts on the culture that surrounds Black Friday, plus: Kyle Kondik discusses the midterm elections, TW&E annual series “Favorite Songs of Christmas,” and more

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Wednesday news

Defending Obamacare: The Obama administration is in federal court again to defend against another  challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s individual and employer mandates. This time the case involves states that have opted not to run their own healthcare exchanges. 

IRS and Obamacare: A new IRS Inspector General report claims the agency is not prepared to handle the level of fraud that could target Obamacare subsidies.

Public relations: After weeks of negative press coverage on Obamacare, the White House is launching a new public relations campaign. The effort is an attempt by the administration to take the offensive and point out Obamacare’s benefits after weeks of withering press about the botched healthcare.gov rollout. 

Abedini: Iranian authorities have held Abedini for more than a year because of his Christian faith. His family there reports his health is once again failing and now the American Center for Law and Justice says his life is being threatened.

Business/economy: Business reporter Warren Smith reports that U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday and the S&P 500 was down for the 3rd day in a row.

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Commentary: Black Friday

Commentator Cal Thomas says this past “Black Friday” was a metaphor that means more than merely the merchants’ bottom line.

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Obamacare and the midterm elections

Senior correspondent Kent Covington discusses the upcoming midterm elections with Kyle Kondik of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.

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Series: Favorite Songs of Christmas

Today we talk with listener Taylor Shepherd about her favorite Christmas song, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” adapted from a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

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