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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.
Discussion: Mother Jones, CNN, TBogg and msnbc.com
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Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
Zero Dark Thirty: new torture-glorifying film wins raves |  Glenn Greenwald  —  Can a movie that relies on fabrications to generate support for war crimes still be considered great?  —  (updated below - Update II [Tues.])  —  Earlier this year, the film “Zero Dark Thirty” …
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.
Rich Yeselson / American Prospect:
This Is Not Wisconsin.  It's Worse.  —  Sheldon Dick/Farm Security Administration  —  Strikers guarding window entrance to Fisher body plant number three in Flint, Michigan (1937)  —  Let's clear one thing up.  “Right to work” laws, which permit employees working at a unionized workplace …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
“Right to work” push guarantees all out war in Michigan
The White House:
Remarks by the President at the Daimler Detroit Diesel Plant, Redford, MI  —  THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Redford!  (Applause.)  It is good to be back in Michigan.  (Applause.)  How is everybody doing today?  (Applause.)  —  Now, let me just start off by saying we have something in common — both our teams lost yesterday.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Mitt in the Afterlife  —  Certainly you've seen them, or at least one — that steady drumbeat of oddly normal and yet somehow surreal pictures of post-defeat Mitt Romney that keep showing up everywhere.  Here, gassing up the minivan with hair and posture right out of a screen test for The Hangover 5.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and New York Magazine
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Bill Maher / HBO:
Authentic Is the New Slimy
Discussion: Politico and The Raw Story
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.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Tom Price won't challenge Boehner  —  A senior House Republican said Monday he is not mounting a challenge to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), momentarily keeping a lid on simmering tensions between conservatives and the party leadership.  —  Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), a conservative stalwart …
Discussion: Politico
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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Sore Loser Allen West: My Opponent Only Won Because He Cheated  —  In an exit befitting his outspoken, controversial two years in Congress, Rep. Allen West (R-FL) said that he only lost his re-election because his opponent cheated.  —  West lost narrowly to Democratic up-and-comer Patrick Murphy last month …
Yahoo! Finance:
Hostess Maneuver Deprived Pension  —  Hostess Brands Inc. said it used wages that were supposed to help fund employee pensions for the company's operations as it sank toward bankruptcy.  —  It isn't clear how many of the Irving, Texas, company's workers were affected by the move …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Discourse.net
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
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Boston Globe:
Yale scientists name Obamadon, a slender-jawed lizard, after the President  —  In the foreground, the carnivorous lizard Palaeosaniwa pursues a pair of hatchling Edmontosaurus, as the snake Cerberophis and the lizard Obamadon look on.  In the background, T. rex faces off against Triceratops.
Discussion: The Hill and Twitchy
Robin Marty / RH Reality Check:
Worst Marketing Decision Ever: Drycleaner Puts “Pro-life” Message on Their Hangers  —  There is a branch of anti-choice activists that will use pretty much anything as a medium for their message: newspaper ads, graphic signs displayed in front of schools, bus stop benches.
Jesse Drucker / Bloomberg:
Google Revenues Sheltered in No-Tax Bermuda Soar to $10 Billion  —  Front Street in Hamilton, Bermuda.  The increase in Google's revenues routed to Bermuda, disclosed in a Nov. 21 filing by a subsidiary, could fuel the outrage over corporate tax dodging.  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) …
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.
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
Goldman's Top Economist Explains The World's Most Important Chart, And His Big Call For The US Economy  —  In a recent report, Goldman's top economist Jan Hatzius predicted that finally, the US would see a real growth acceleration in the second half of 2013.  —  There are three great reasons to listen to Hatzius:
Discussion: Economist's View
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Jamie Foxx Jokes About Killing ‘All The White People’ In His New Movie  —  Two weeks ago, Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx made national headlines when he called President Obama “Our lord and savior.”  —  While hosting NBC's Saturday Night Live this weekend, Foxx joked about how in his new film …
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 …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Lindsey Graham's ‘bankruptcy’ trifecta  —  “I think we're going over the cliff.  It's pretty clear to me they made a political calculation.  This offer doesn't remotely deal with entitlement reform in a way to save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security from imminent bankruptcy.
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Kim Sengupta / The Independent:
Exclusive: UK military in talks to help Syria rebels  —  International coalition could offer air and sea support as well as military training  —  NOTE: WE DO NOT STORE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS(ES) BUT YOUR IP ADDRESS WILL BE LOGGED TO PREVENT ABUSE OF THIS FEATURE.  PLEASE READ OUR LEGAL TERMS & POLICIES
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 …
Meenal Vamburkar / Mediaite:
Joe Scarborough Blasts Conservative ‘Bullies’ For ‘Destroying’ GOP: ‘Punch Them In The Face’  —  On Monday, Joe Scarborough took a harsh look at the conservative “racket” The Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol described recently in an op-ed. Agreeing with the sentiment, Scarborough criticized …
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 …
Discussion: Reuters, Politico and Hot Air
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Republicans must wise up  —  The biggest problem the Republican Party faces is not uninspiring candidates or unsound tactics.  It is unpopular ideas.  —  This reality was brought home in last month's election.  It's playing out in the struggle over how to avoid the “fiscal cliff.”
Discussion: The Fix, CNN and Business Insider
 
 
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