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6:05 PM ET, December 5, 2013

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Faith Karimi / CNN:
Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid icon and father of modern South Africa, dies  —  Revolutionary and politician Nelson Mandela  —  (CNN) — Nelson Mandela, the revered statesman who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead South Africa out of decades of apartheid, has died, South African President Jacob Zuma announced late Thursday.
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Lydia Polgreen / New York Times:
Nelson Mandela, South African Icon of Peaceful Resistance, Is Dead  —  JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president and an enduring icon of the struggle against racial oppression, died on Thursday, the government announced, leaving the nation without its moral center …
Tracy Connor / World News:
Nelson Mandela dead at 95  —  Slideshow: Nelson Mandela: A revolutionary's life  —  View images of civil rights leader Nelson Mandela, who went from anti-apartheid activist to prisoner to South Africa's first black president.  —  Launch slideshow  —  By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News
Discussion: Power Line, The Raw Story and The Verge
BBC:
South Africa's Nelson Mandela dies
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
Bill Keller / New York Times:   Nelson Mandela, South Africa's Liberator as Prisoner and President, Dies at 95
Politico:
GOP men told how to talk to women  —  The National Republican Congressional Committee wants to make sure there are no Todd Akin-style gaffes next year, so it's meeting with top aides of sitting Republicans to teach them what to say — or not to say — on the trail, especially when their boss is running against a woman.
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Politico:
Republicans tussle over gay candidates  —  Virginia Rep. Randy Forbes, a senior House Republican eyeing a powerful committee chairmanship, is causing friction with some of his colleagues by pushing the House GOP campaign arm to deny support for some of the party's gay congressional candidates.
Politico:
How the GOP lost its nerve on tax reform
Discussion: CNN and No More Mister Nice Blog
Alexander Abad-Santos / The Wire:
President Clinton Doodled Male Genitalia (We Think) and It Was Glorious  —  The image above comes from the hacker Guccifer, who reportedly got access to the Clinton Library and allegedly obtained unreleased doodles.  Guccifer famously broke into George W. Bush's emails and revealed that the former preisdent paints dogs.
Discussion: Mediaite, TheBlaze.com and FishbowlDC
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Approval Down Most Among Hispanics in Past Year  —  Hispanics' approval has fallen from 75% in December 2012 to 52% in November  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama's job approval rating averaged 41% in November, down 12 percentage points from 53% last December, his high-water mark since his first year in office.
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Polis melts down on House floor  —  Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) on Wednesday night lost his cool on the House floor over the issue of immigration, after the presiding officer warned another Democrat not to refer to people sitting in the House gallery.  —  Democrats were calling for House passage …
Washington Post:
Stolen cobalt-60 found in Mexico; curious thieves likely doomed  —  MEXICO CITY — The day after a load of stolen radioactive material was found in a field, Mexican authorities had formed a perimeter around the area and were measuring for contamination as they planned the recovery process Thursday, according to Mexican news reports.
Maria Sacchetti / Boston Globe:
President Obama acknowledges having lived with his uncle  —  President Obama acknowledged on Thursday that he lived with his Kenyan uncle for a brief period in the 1980s while preparing to attend Harvard Law School, contradicting a statement more than a year ago that the White House had no record of the two ever meeting.
John Fund / National Review:
A Roll of the Dice  —  President Obama is back selling his health-care law with the manic intensity of a late-night-infomercial pitchman who knows that if he doesn't move the product, it could be discontinued.  —  Here's Obama aiming his comments at young people this Wednesday: “The product is good.
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Young invincibles spurn O-Care
Sally Kohn / CNN:
Opinion: Hospitals close as GOP balks at Obamacare  —  Editor's note: Sally Kohn is a progressive activist, columnist and television commentator.  Follow her on Twitter at @sallykohn.  —  (CNN) — The Obamacare website is open for business.  But the Charlton Memorial Hospital in Folkston, Georgia, is closed.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Pelosi: No Budget Deal Without Unemployment Benefits Extension (UPDATED)  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday said Democrats would not support a budget deal that does not extend emergency unemployment benefits, which are set to lapse on Dec. 28 for about 1.3 million people.
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James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Unarmed Man Is Charged With Wounding Bystanders Shot by Police Near Times Square  —  An unarmed, emotionally disturbed man shot at by the police as he was lurching around traffic near Times Square in September has been charged with assault, on the theory that he was responsible …
Tom Scocca / Gawker:
On Smarm  —  Last month, Isaac Fitzgerald, the newly hired editor of BuzzFeed's newly created books section, made a remarkable but not entirely surprising announcement: He was not interested in publishing negative book reviews.  In place of “the scathing takedown rip,” Fitzgerald said …
Dan Merica / CNN:
Cruz refers to controversial law as advice to conservative group  —  Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Ted Cruz's advice for a conservative group facing criticism and hardship: “Stand your ground.”  —  The choice of words appeared to be a reference to a string of negative press …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jeffrey Young / The Huffington Post:
Nasty Surprise May Await People Who Thought They Enrolled In Obamacare  —  Unresolved technical problems on HealthCare.gov could lead to a rude surprise at the doctor's office next month for patients who think they successfully used the website to sign up for health insurance.
Alex Roarty / NationalJournal.com:
Obamacare Is Costing Democrats the White Women They'll Need at the Ballot Box  —  Polls show that when it comes to the troubled health care law, Democrats should be most concerned about one of their key constituencies.  —  A woman votes at the Park Slope Branch Public Library in the Brooklyn borough of New York November 5, 2013.
New York Times:
De Blasio Names Bratton as New York Police Commissioner  —  Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio on Thursday morning named William J. Bratton to lead the New York Police Department.  —  The move will return Mr. Bratton to the helm of the nation's largest force at a time of historically low crime rates …
New York Times:
No, There Won't Be a Doctor Shortage  —  IN just over a decade the United States will need 130,000 more doctors than medical schools are producing.  So says the Association of American Medical Colleges, which warns of a doctor shortage that will drive up wait times, shorten office visits …
Discussion: AEIdeas
NY Daily News:
ABC brass nixed Barbara Walters' pick of Edward Snowden as year's most fascinating person  —  Michael Bolton's happy to be backup at charity gala; Will Ferrell keeps Ron Burgundy at a distance  —  Barbara Walters wanted Edward Snowden to be at the top of her list of 10 most fascinating people of 2013.
Discussion: Liberaland, Mediaite, Gawker and TVNewser
Jose Pagliery / CNNMoney.com:
2 million Facebook, Gmail and Twitter passwords stolen in massive hack  —  Hackers have stolen usernames and passwords for nearly two million accounts at Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo and others, according to a report released this week.  —  The massive data breach was a result …
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Pope Francis is the Catholic Church's Obama - God help us  —  Pope Francis is undergoing a popularity surge comparable to the way Barack Obama was greeted by the world in 2008.  And just as President Obama has been a disappointment for America, Pope Francis will prove a disaster for the Catholic Church.
 
 
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Rachel Leigh / WFLX-TV:
“Christmas easier to spell than Hanukkah” posted on church sign
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Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Pandering to seniors over Social Security
John Marzulli / NY Daily News:
Brooklyn city councilman asks for leniency for alleged mobster
Louise Radnofsky / Wall Street Journal:
Medicaid Is Latest Health-Site Victim
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Politico:
Ky. gov hits McConnell on ACA
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Jenna Portnoy / New Jersey Online:
Chris Christie leaves for Oklahoma Thursday, raising ire of Democrats and gay rights activists
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Richard W. Garnett / Los Angeles Times:
The righteousness in Hobby Lobby's cause
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Ted Cruz explains dad's Fidel Castro comment
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Ana Marie Cox / Guardian:
Remember all those Obamacare horror stories? Not looking so bad now
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