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Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
Two Cheers for Zero Dark Thirty's Torture Scenes  —  One scene features a bloodied, disoriented and humiliated man is strapped to a wall with his pants around his ankles.  A second scene depicts the same man having liquid forcibly poured down his throat; later, he's shoved into a box that could barely hold your stereo.
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Greg Miller / Washington Post:
In ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ she's the hero; in real life, CIA agent's career is more complicated  —  She was a real-life heroine of the CIA hunt for Osama bin Laden, a headstrong young operative whose work tracking the al-Qaeda leader serves as the dramatic core of a Hollywood film set to premiere next week.
Discussion: Lawfare
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
Zero Dark Thirty: new torture-glorifying film wins raves | Glenn Greenwald
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Justice Scalia defends comparing laws against homosexuality, murder  —  U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia equated homosexuality and murder on Monday as he argued at a Princeton seminar that elected bodies should be allowed to regulate actions they see as immoral.
Discussion: Associated Press
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
GOP mute as Supreme Court tackles gay marriage  —  House Republican leaders had a uniform response to the Supreme Court's decision to take up gay marriage: Silence.  —  The high court's decision last week to hear two cases relating to same-sex marriage puts that issue at the center of the national debate.
Tom Cohen / CNN:
Angry with Obama, GOP threatens political war next year  —  Washington (CNN) — They are losing the battle over higher taxes on the wealthy, so now Republicans are threatening a political war next year when it comes time to raise the nation's debt ceiling.  —  With cracks appearing …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Government Shutdown Watch  —  I wanted to quickly follow up on that Mother of All Government Shutdowns on deck for February(ish).  As noted earlier, the President says he will not allow another round of debt limit hostage taking.  It's been ambiguous to me just what the President means by this.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Frank Newport / Gallup:
More Americans Want Leaders to Compromise on Fiscal Cliff
Discussion: CNN, AEIdeas and The Fix
Amy Walter / ABCNEWS:
Michigan Gov. Faces ‘Right to Work’ Choice  —  The scene in Michigan today is a familiar one.  A Republican governor from a Midwest industrial state supports legislation that stymies the influence of labor unions.  —  If the bill is signed today by Gov. Rick Snyder, Michigan will become …
Discussion: CNN
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Rich Yeselson / American Prospect:
This Is Not Wisconsin. It's Worse.
Sam Baker / The Hill:
White House drops support for major Medicaid cut  —  The Obama administration backed away Monday from roughly $100 billion in Medicaid savings it had proposed during deficit-reduction talks earlier this year.  —  The move comes as liberals have pressed the White House to take Medicaid off …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Wall Street Journal:
Cliff Talks Progress Between Obama, Boehner
Kerry Picket / BREITBART.COM:
NO SHOTS FIRED: STATE DEPT BENGHAZI SECURITY FORCE UNARMED  —  A source with personal knowledge of the security situation in Benghazi told Breitbart News that Senators who listened to closed door testimony about the Benghazi attack were shocked to learn State Department security personnel agents were not immediately armed.
Maine Public Broadcasting Network / mpbn.net:
Panel Recommends that Maine Prosecutor be Suspended … Assistant Hancock County District Attorney Mary Kellett is being recommended for suspension by a panel of the Maine Board of Bar Overseers.  Created by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, the board governs the conduct of lawyers.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
First on CNN: Haley finalizes short list for DeMint seat  —  Washington (CNN) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has whittled down the list of people she is considering for Jim DeMint's soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat to five people, a Republican close to the governor told CNN on Tuesday.
Michigan Capitol Confidential:
School Districts Closed Because Of Excessive Teacher Absences Over Right-to-Work  —  Students suffer because ‘several hundred’ teachers call in sick to attend right-to-work protest in Lansing  —  At least 26,000 children will miss school today because their teachers called in sick or took …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Hot Air
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
In Talks, House Majority Weighs Loyalty to Voters  —  WASHINGTON — As their leaders inch toward agreeing to higher tax rates, dozens of House Republicans find themselves caught between the will of a larger American public that favors higher taxes on the rich and the wishes of constituents …
Scott Wong / Politico:
‘Dr. No’ of Senate says ‘yes’ to taxes  —  The Oklahoma senator and obstetrician known as “Dr. No” has taken on the most unlikely of roles: getting Republicans to say “yes” to tax hikes.  —  Tom Coburn, who has blocked dozens of bills, infuriated Democratic leaders and been on the lopsided end …
Jarrett Renshaw / New Jersey Online:
N.J. Sen. Barbara Buono is first Democrat to challenge Christie for governor  —  TRENTON — State Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex) has officially announced she is running for governor, making her the first Democrat to challenge Gov. Chris Christie.  —  “It's time for a leader in Trenton …
Discussion: GOP 12 and Post Politics
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
INFOGRAPHIC: We Could End Homelessness With The Money Americans Spend On Christmas Decorations  —  The latest annual report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development shows that the national homeless population held steady from 2011 to 2012, hardly good news but perhaps better …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and New York Times
Grace-Marie Turner / Forbes:
A Resistance Movement Rises Against ObamaCare  —  This article appears in the December 24, 2012 issue of Forbes.  —  (Photo credit: Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com)  —  ObamaCare may be the law, but a major resistance movement has already sprouted across the U.S. Though approval …
Politico:
Crafting a boom economy  —  Behind the Curtain: About this weekly feature  —  Behind the Curtain is a reported column, Web show and online conversation about the behind-the-scenes intrigue that shapes politics and policy.  It will unfold every Tuesday (and beyond, when news dictates).
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
THE VOICES MISSING FROM THE SAFETY NET DEBATE  —  Something there is about the Supplemental Security Income Program of the Social Security Administration that seems to drive putative liberals to embrace their inner DeMint.  Years ago, when Bill Clinton was in the White House and Newt Gingrich …
William La Jeunesse / Fox News:
California doubles down on solar power, as critics question cost, job results  —  Solar power facilities like this one in Riverside County, Calif., have raises concerns among some, who question whether the public is really benefiting from the investment.FOX NEWS
DealBook:
Treasury Earns $7.6 Billion From Sale of Last Shares in A.I.G.  —  The Treasury Department said on Tuesday that it has sold off its remaining stake in the American International Group, reaping about $7.6 billion from the sale.  —  The government sold the 234.2 million shares at $32.50 each …
Daniel Miller / Daily Mail:
University of Texas professor claims black students are failing because they are raised by poor single women  — Law professor Lino Graglia has previously accused black culture of ‘setting children up for failure’  —  A professor at the University of Texas has sparked outrage by claiming black …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Clinton cancels Mid East trip due to illness  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will not attend the Dec. 12 meeting of the Friends of Syria in Morocco due to a lingering stomach ailment.  —  Clinton was expected to make news at the event by formally recognizing the National Coalition …
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Morsi's Opponents Describe Abuse by President's Allies  —  CAIRO — Islamist supporters of President Mohamed Morsi captured, detained and beat dozens of his political opponents last week, holding them for hours with their hands bound on the pavement outside the presidential palace while pressuring …
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Aaron Carroll / Washington Monthly:
Raising the Medicare Eligibility Age Isn't Harmless
BBC:
Cayman Islands premier McKeeva Bush arrested
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detroitnews.com:
Tempers flare at Capitol with Michigan on brink of right-to-work legislation
Gerald F. Seib / Wall Street Journal:
Election Sharpens the Partisan Divide
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
FBI Report Shows Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes Increased In 2011
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
Sens. Klobuchar, Hagan: Delay medical device tax
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Jeff Weiner / Orlando Sentinel:
George Zimmerman case: Hearing today on GPS, evidence motions
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Republicans must wise up
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Carolyn Y. Johnson / Boston Globe:
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