1. Republicans — at least so far — don’t intend to shut down the government over Obamacare in January, according to Sam Stein. The obvious question: whatever they think now, would they be able to resist if radicals demand that all True Conservatives follow them off another cliff?
2. Sarah Kliff does some individual-level reporting about what using Healthcare.gov is like right now. Short answer is the same we’ve all seen from the cumulative level reporting: better, but not as good as it should be.
3. Same conclusion, more reporting, this time from Kaiser’s Phil Galewitz. There’s a huge difference between “fixed” and “broken” which probably won’t make much difference to the ultimate success or failure of reform, but will make a lot of people’s lives either a bit easier or a bit more difficult.
4. Kevin Drum looks at the data and makes an interesting point: The web site has been working better since early November, at least according to the Obama Administration’s self-reporting.
5. Where is the campaign against health care reform most intense? Where more people are uninsured. Sean Sullivan looks at the map.
6. My take: Repeal is still dead.
7. Steve Benen is right that it’s silly for the administration to reinforce the idea that the private sector always knows best. I don’t think it makes much difference in the long run, but even at the moral level, why do it?
8. More from Danny Vinik on the possible White House/Hill Democrats split over Iran sanctions.
9. I consider hypocrisy one of the least of the political sins, but nevertheless enjoyed Jonathan Chait’s tour of one pundit and how he flipped from total conviction that the nuclear option was imperative to total conviction that the nuclear option equaled the destruction of the republic.
11. Yes, it’s a post-policy GOP and a do-nothing House: Apparently the House Ways and Means committee hasn’t marked up a bill since April. I’m betting that’s some sort of record.
12. That budget deadline that is almost certainly going to be missed next week? Stan Collender notes that it’s not exactly one that we should care about.
13. Gabrial Arana profiles activist Dan Choi, three years after Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
14. And…oh, can we somehow manage to miss the war on the (non-existent) war on Christmas this year? No? Oh well. Matt Yglesias has the latest on the seasonal tradition.