Today’s edition of quick hits:
* On the offensive: “President Barack Obama said his signature health care reform law is going nowhere as long as he’s in office, and he’ll spend the remainder of his presidency fighting to make it work if necessary. ‘Do not let the initial problems with the website discourage you, because it’s working better now, and it’s just going to keep on working better over time,’ Obama said at an event at the White House intended to promote the health law and its benefits. ‘If I’ve got to fight another three years to make sure this law works, then that’s what I’ll do.’”
* Biden in Asia: “Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. delivered a carefully calibrated show of support for Japan on Tuesday, expressing deep concerns about China’s move to control airspace over disputed islands in the East China Sea, but stopping short of a demand that Beijing reverse itself. Instead, he urged the feuding neighbors to talk to each other.”
* Kiev: “Refusing to grant a central demand of protesters who have laid siege to public buildings and occupied a landmark plaza in this rattled capital, the Ukrainian Parliament on Tuesday defeated a measure calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and his government.”
* Iran: “The White House remains at odds with lawmakers who want the U.S. to impose additional sanctions on Iran, saying they could undermine a six-month deal that temporarily halts Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for some sanctions relief while the P5+1 seeks a broader agreement.”
* Detroit: “A federal judge ruled that Detroit is eligible for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection, paving the way for largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The ruling on Tuesday by Judge Steven Rhodes ends months of uncertainty for the troubled city, which filed for bankruptcy in July to dig out from under more than $18 billion in debt. The move has prompted an outcry from both Detroit’s creditors and unions, which are worried that public-sector’s pensions will be put on the chopping block.”
* Speaking of Detroit: “Sales of new cars surged at an unexpectedly strong rate for November, exceeding initial forecasts that might have suggested the domestic market was beginning to slow down after a torrid spring and summer.”
* “The House has continued to listen to the American people and to focus on their concerns,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told reporters today. “Whether it’s the economy, whether it’s jobs, whether it’s protecting the American people from Obamacare – we’ve done our work.” How he said this with a straight face is a mystery.
* Not bad: “Health and Human Services says that 1 million people visited the HealthCare.gov website on Monday…. The administration had said that it hoped the site could accommodate 800,000 in one day by Nov. 30, so hitting the 1 million mark with no major issues is encouraging news for the problem-plagued site.”
* Oops: “Mike Huckabee’s Fox News program uses a mirror placed next to the program’s studio audience in order to make it appear as if far more people are in attendance.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.