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Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Martin Bashir Resigns From MSNBC  —  Just over two weeks ago, MSNBC host Martin Bashir delivered a harsh piece of commentary that culminated in the suggestion that someone should “s-h-i-t” in former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's (R-AK) mouth.  Bashir offered an abject apology on his next broadcast …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Martin Bashir resigns from MSNBC
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Martin Bashir Out at MSNBC
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Weasel Zippers
Geoffrey Dickens / Author Feed:
Networks That Skipped Bashir's Gross Attack on Palin Were Outraged By Limbaugh Fluke Joke
Washington Post:
NSA tracking cellphone locations worldwide, Snowden documents show  —  The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world, according to top-secret documents and interviews with U.S. intelligence officials …
Carrie Budoff Brown / Politico:
Source: Enrollment surge on  —  About 29,000 people signed up for health insurance through on Sunday and Monday — a figure that surpasses the total for the whole month of October, an official familiar with the program told POLITICO.
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Young invincibles spurn O-Care  —  Mounting opposition to ObamaCare among young adults is creating a new crisis for the White House.  —  While the federal enrollment website appears to be improving by the day, polls show the “young invincibles” key to making the law work are becoming less likely to enroll.
Discussion: Politico, Talking Points Memo and CNN
Vince Coglianese / The Daily Caller:
NOT A JOKE: Video called ‘Forget About The Price Tag’ wins HHS grand prize for promoting Obamacare
Discussion: Hot Air, National Review and Hit & Run
Richard Weir / Boston Herald:
Elizabeth Warren pledges she won't run for president in 2016  —  By:  —  U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren pledged today she will not run for president in 2016 and will finish her term.  —  The Bay State senior senator has been mentioned in the preliminary talk about the presidential race, but Hillary Clinton has generated the most buzz.
JDellaVolpe / Harvard University blogs:
IOP Releases New Fall Poll, 5 Key Findings And Trends in Millennial Viewpoints  —  Conceived by two Harvard undergraduate students during the winter of 1999, Harvard University's Institute of Politics Survey of Young Americans' Attitudes toward Politics and Public Service began in 2000 …
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
Baffling 400,000-Year-Old Clue to Human Origins  —  Scientists have found the oldest DNA evidence yet of humans' biological history.  But instead of neatly clarifying human evolution, the finding is adding new mysteries.  —  In a paper in the journal Nature, scientists reported Wednesday …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Republicans see one remedy for Obama: impeachment  —  History will record that on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary met to consider the impeachment of Barack Hussein Obama.  —  They didn't use that word, of course.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Republicans Try To Discuss Obama Impeachment Without Using The ‘I-Word’
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Says U.S. Should Use Nuclear Weapons If It Attacks Iran  —  A Republican congressman said on Wednesday that if the United States ends up using military force against Iran's nuclear program, it should do so with nuclear weapons.  —  GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson made headlines …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep.: Nuke Iran If War Is Necessary (VIDEO)
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Brooklyn Politician Blames ‘Jewish Success’ For ‘Knock Out Game’  —  Laurie Cumbo, a councilwoman-elect in Brooklyn, N.Y., believes alleged “Knock Out Game” attacks against Jews in the Crown Heights neighborhood may have been fueled by “resentment” against the Jewish community.
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Cotton campaign rips ‘offensive’ NRSC attack on Mark Pryor's Bible ad  —  Rep. Tom Cotton's (R-Ark.) Senate campaign on Wednesday denounced a “bizarre and offensive” attack on Sen. Mark Pryor's faith by the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).  —  Pryor, an Arkansas Democrat …
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Rubio PAC Jumps In Big to Aid Tom Cotton in Arkansas
Discussion: Politico
Ford may have tried to buy crack video: court documents  —  Text:  —  Tamara Cherry, CTV Toronto  —  Mayor Rob Ford may have tried to buy the alleged video of himself smoking crack cocaine two months before news of the video first broke, court documents released today allege.
Chris Lingebach / CBS DC:
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to Appear on ‘The Sports Junkies’
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
FBI executes search warrant, takes computers from Kent Sorenson's home  —  FBI officials executed a search warrant at former state Sen. Kent Sorenson's home two weeks ago and confiscated computers and other materials connected to presidential campaign politics, his lawyer told The Des Moines Register today.
Discussion: Liberaland and Talking Points Memo
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Inequality is ‘the defining issue of our time’  —  The speech on inequality that President Obama delivered just now will mostly pass unnoticed by the political world, with Republicans dismissing it as “class warfare” and an effort to distract from Obamacare, and pundits describing it more judiciously …
Brian Beutler / Salon:
The right's core dishonesty: How Obamacare became its own culture war  —  Hostilities to the law have become detached from the ideological and partisan antipathies that gave rise to them  —  Many people think of the right's Obamacare hatred as an outgrowth of straightforward partisan and ideological truths.
Reity O'Brien / The Center for Public Integrity …:
State supreme court judges reveal scant financial information  —  Investigation reveals conflicts despite limited disclosure  —  Last December, the California Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal filed by a couple who had accused financial giant Wells Fargo & Co. of predatory lending.
Pamela McClintock / Hollywood Reporter:
Obama: I Want to Host ESPN's ‘SportsCenter’ When I Retire  —  The president put in his ask to Disney CEO Bob Iger at a private meeting with entertainment moguls during his Nov. 26 visit to Jeffrey Katzenberg's DreamWorks Animation.  —  A version of this story first appeared in the Dec. 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
The best speech Obama has given on the economy  —  The speech President Obama delivered this morning at THEARC in D.C. is perhaps the single best economic speech of his presidency.  That's in part because it exists for no other reason than to lay out Obama's view of the economy.
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NY Daily News:
Anthony Weiner is in talks to host an NYC radio show, sources say
Discussion: Mediaite and Politico
Keith Humphreys / The Reality-Based Community:
Eating the Seed Corn in the Health Research World
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
The Secret Life of Grief
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Third Way's Response To Sen. Warren: Banks Should Disclose Donations
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For Gregory III, Syria's Greek-Catholic Church has three “true martyrs”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Newtown 911 calls: Shooting heard in background
Discussion: Politico and The Immoral Minority
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Revealed: A PayPal Mafioso Is Behind “Tips For Jesus” Giving Spree
Discussion: SiliconBeat, Most Recent and LAist
Andrew Osborn / Reuters:
Britain to tackle “Islamist extremism” after soldier's murder
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Democrats' 2013 Drop-Off Problem
Discussion: Hot Air and Taegan Goddard's …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CBS News chairman defends Lara Logan in staff meeting
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Kim Severson / New York Times:
One Man Lost and Impaired, the Other Fearful and Armed
Margaret Talbot / Comment:
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Power Line