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Faith Karimi / CNN:
Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid icon and father of modern South Africa, dies  —  The evolution of Nelson Mandela  —  (CNN) — Freedom fighter, prisoner, moral compass and South Africa's symbol of the struggle against racial oppression.  —  That was Nelson Mandela, who emerged from prison …
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Bill Keller / New York Times:
Nelson Mandela, South Africa's Liberator as Prisoner and President, Dies at 95  —  Nelson Mandela, who led the emancipation of South Africa from white minority rule and served as his country's first black president, becoming an international emblem of dignity and forbearance, died Thursday.  He was 95 .
Lydia Polgreen / New York Times:
Mandela's Death Leaves South Africa Without Its Moral Center  —  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 …
Nelson Mandela / CNN:
Political world reacts to Nelson Mandela death  —  (CNN) - U.S. lawmakers and former presidents from both sides of the aisle took time Thursday to mark the death of Nelson Mandela, the prisoner-turned-president who reconciled South Africa after the end of apartheid, is dead.  —  Mandela was age 95.
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Mandela's cause shaped Obama's political awakening  —  Entering his sophomore year at Occidental College, Barack Obama sought a political movement to match his personal awakening, which he signaled to friends and family at the time by reclaiming his African first name.  —  Barry became Barack that year.
Paul Taylor / Washington Post:
Nelson Mandela knew how to deploy the moral high ground
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Faith Karimi / CNN:
Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid icon and father of modern South Africa, dies
Reuters:
Nelson Mandela dead: A life of struggle, triumph
Discussion: Culture Desk
Tracy Connor / World News:
Nelson Mandela dead at 95
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
No talk of affordable health care in Obamacare PR push  —  WHITE HOUSE BARACK OBAMA OBAMACARE KATHLEEN SEBELIUS JAY CARNEY  —  One striking thing about the new White House Obamacare promotion campaign is that so far it hasn't had much to say about the central focus of Obamacare …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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.
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.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Obama Gets Real  —  Much of the media commentary on President Obama's big inequality speech was cynical.  You know the drill: it's yet another “reboot” that will go nowhere; none of it will have any effect on policy, and so on.  But before we talk about the speech's possible political impact …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Biden or Clinton?  Obama won't choose  —  President Obama stayed neutral Thursday about his possible sucessor, saying both Vice President Biden and former secretary of State Hillary Clinton “would make outstanding presidents.”  —  Asked to “compare and contrast” the pair's presidential attributes …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Art Swift / Gallup:
Majority of Americans Want Major Changes to Health Law  —  Fifty-two percent want Congress to repeal or scale back the law  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — After two months of glitches with the new federal healthcare website and attempts to fix it, the percentage of Americans who prefer that Congress scale …
Discussion: Business Insider and Reuters
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.
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Republican candidates shift their messages on Obama healthcare law  —  In a significant development, GOP candidates have embraced a concept that was unthinkable a year ago: fixing President Obama's landmark law.  Others, meanwhile, have offered replacement healthcare plans.
Discussion: The Plum Line and Politico
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Obamacare's architects plugged their ears and misled public  —  BARACK OBAMA OBAMACARE SUPREME COURT MEDICARE AND MEDICAID  —  In 1970 the eccentric but insightful economist Albert Hirschman published a book called Exit, Voice and Loyalty.  It explored how people respond when a private firm's …
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Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Budget Deal?  Big Obstacles, New Year's Deadline  —  With hopes of a “grand bargain” long gone, congressional negotiators now are seeking a more modest deal before year-end to ease the automatic spending cuts that are squeezing both the Pentagon and domestic federal programs.  But the going is getting rougher.
Discussion: CNN
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: Politico, The Raw Story and Daily Kos
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama plans new limits on NSA surveillance  —  President Barack Obama said Thursday that he'll be reining in some of the snooping conducted by the National Security Agency, but he did not detail what new limits he plans to impose on the embattled spy organization.  —  “I'll be proposing some self-restraint on the NSA.
Discussion: CNN
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
No budget deal this week  —  Washington (CNN) - Note to anyone watching the high-stakes, trillion-dollar budget talks in Washington: you can take a break from constantly checking for a deal.  Senior Republican and Democratic aides tell CNN that the two leaders running negotiations …
Discussion: Politico and Capitol Report
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
If you want someone to listen to you on race, you don't start by likening him to a slaveowner  —  Liberal writer Jonathan Chait wrote an extended analogy as a blog post today, and it's unambiguous that the analogy is this: Conservative critics today are to President Obama as slaveholders were to slaves who dared speak their mind.
 
 
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