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11:45 AM ET, December 14, 2012

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Susan Rice / Washington Post:
Why I made the right call  —  View Photo Gallery — What you need to know about Susan Rice: The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has withdrawn from consideration for secretary of state  —  On Thursday I asked that President Obama no longer consider me for the job of secretary of state.
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Elizabeth Hartfield / ABCNEWS:
Counting Their (Mixed) Blessings. (The Note)
Tracy Connor / Rock Center with Brian Williams:
EXCLUSIVE: Susan Rice drops out of running for secretary of state; saddened by partisan politics
Washington Post:
Susan Rice withdraws as candidate for secretary of state
Tracy Connor / Rock Center with Brian Williams:
EXCLUSIVE: Susan Rice drops out of running for secretary of state, cites ‘very politicized’ confirmation process
Discussion: Wake up America
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Marijuana Not High Obama Priority  —  President Obama says recreational users of marijuana in states that have legalized the substance should not be a “top priority” of federal law enforcement officials prosecuting the war on drugs.  —  “We've got bigger fish to fry,” Obama said of pot users …
Bobby Jindal / Wall Street Journal:
The End of Birth-Control Politics  —  Over-the-counter sales of oral contraceptives will cut off a disingenuous attack line.  —  The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists announced its support last month for selling oral contraceptives over the counter without a prescription in the United States.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The G.O.P.'s Existential Crisis  —  We are not having a debt crisis.  —  It's important to make this point, because I keep seeing articles about the “fiscal cliff” that do, in fact, describe it — often in the headline — as a debt crisis.  But it isn't.  The U.S. government is having no trouble borrowing to cover its deficit.
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
House GOP Secretly Authorized $500,000 To Defend Unconstitutional Anti-Gay Law  —  It has come to light that House Administration Committee Chairman Dan Lungren (R-CA) secretly approved a $500,000 increase to a contract with a private law firm to defend the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in federal court.
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Megan Ruyle / The Hill:
House Republicans made scarce during ‘fiscal cliff’ talks
Discussion: Politico
John Gramlich / Roll Call:
House GOP Boosts Funds for DOMA Legal Defense
Christina Ng / ABCNEWS:
Shooting at Newtown, Conn. Elementary School, Gunman Is Dead  —  A shooting at a Connecticut elementary school this morning prompted the town of Newtown to lock down all of its schools and drew SWAT teams to the school, authorities said today.  —  A gunman has been killed and at least …
Discussion: MyFOX8.com
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Hartford Courant:
One Confirmed Dead In School Shooting In Newtown  —  State police responding to a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.  —  At least one person is dead after a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dickinson Drive.  —  Police said there are multiple shooting victims.
Pat Collins / nbcwashington.com:
Man in Apparent Mitt Romney Mask Robs Sterling Bank  —  Robber took cash from all five tellers  —  A man who appeared to be wearing a Mitt Romney mask held up a bank in Sterling, Va., Thursday morning, and that's not all that had the FBI calling the robbery “unusual.”  News4's Pat Collins reports.
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Promise vs. Reality in Newark on Mayor's Watch  —  NEWARK — When snow blanketed this city two Christmases ago, Mayor Cory A. Booker was celebrated around the nation for personally shoveling out residents who had appealed for help on Twitter.  But here, his administration was scorned …
Kieren McCarthy / news.dot-nxt.com:
Internet humbles UN telecoms agency  —  ITU forced to face modern realities as WCIT conference implodes  —  Having turned industries and governments upside down, the Internet has claimed its first organizational scalp, subjecting the United Nations' International Telecommunication Union …
Discussion: BBC, Guardian and Crooked Timber
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Jennifer Martinez / The Hill:
US says it won't ratify UN telecom treaty
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
With Gap Wide and Time Short, Obama and Boehner Meet  —  WASHINGTON — With time running short to work out a deal to avert a year-end fiscal crisis, Speaker John A. Boehner met with President Obama at the White House on Thursday evening to try to bridge a vast gap between the parties on taxes …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sen. Durbin: White House has taken Medicare eligibility age hike off the table
Discussion: Daily Kos
David Morgan / CNBC:
Only 15 States Opt to Run Obamacare Exchanges  —  Only 15 states have told the federal government they plan to operate health insurance exchanges under President Barack Obama's reform law, leaving Washington with the daunting task of creating online marketplaces for two-thirds of the country.
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
The Hagel Haters  —  Why Israel's supporters can't stand the man who might be the next secretary of defense.  Eli Lake reports.  —  Chuck Hagel, who is reportedly the frontrunner to be the next Pentagon chief, has made a lot of friends in the U.S. foreign-policy establishment and at the top levels of Obama's inner circle.
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Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
Report: Hagel likely top White House pick for Department of Defense chief
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Agonist
Andrew Martin / New York Times:
Building a Showcase Campus, Using an I.O.U.  —  Some call it the Edifice Complex.  Others have named it the Law of More, or the Taj Mahal syndrome.  —  A decade-long spending binge to build academic buildings, dormitories and recreational facilities — some of them inordinately lavish …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Inouye is pressed to give up his gavel  —  Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) is coming under pressure to relinquish his chairmanship of the Appropriations Committee.  —  Critics say the Senate panel has lost power in recent years under the 88-year-old Inouye, who took over the committee …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Ben Brumfield / CNN:
U.S. to send troops, Patriot missiles to Turkey  —  A member of the Syrian opposition's Al-Buraq Brigade stands guard on a main road in the northern Syrian town of Ain Dakna near the Turkish border on Monday, December 10.  Click through to view images of the fighting from December, or see photos of the conflict from November.
Paul Mozur / China Real Time Report:
A Frigid Launch for iPhone 5 in Beijing … Apple's flagship store in Beijing's upscale Sanlitun shopping district began selling the iPhone 5 for the first time on Friday in what was arguably the least eventful launch of an Apple device in the company's four-year history in the Chinese capital.
Discussion: Mashable! and Business Insider
 
 
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Suzy Khimm / Wonkblog:
New language, same findings: Tax hikes on the rich won't cripple the economy
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
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