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10:25 AM ET, December 6, 2013

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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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Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Rick Santorum ties Obamacare, Nelson Mandela  —  As condolences and reflections followed the passing of Nelson Mandela, Rick Santorum linked the injustices the former South African president fought and Obamacare.  —  “He was fighting against some great injustice, and I would make the argument …
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 .
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Richard Branson: Mandela Tried To Stop The Iraq War
Discussion: CNN and Liberaland
Paul Taylor / Washington Post:
Nelson Mandela knew how to deploy the moral high ground
Discussion: NBCNews, Politico and Business Insider
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
Michael O'Brien / NBCNews:
Obama: GOP should be ‘embarrassed’ by low productivity on Hill  —  Republicans ought to be “embarrassed” of their record low productivity during their time in charge of the House of Representatives, President Barack Obama said Thursday.  —  In an interview with MSNBC's Chris Matthews …
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Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
Can Democrats Recover From the Obamacare Catastrophe?  —  If Republicans don't flub the coming fiscal debates like they did in the fall, voters will focus squarely on the health care rollout.  —  Most graphs of polling data show shifts that are very gradual.
Discussion: First Read and Roll Call
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Republican candidates shift their messages on Obama healthcare law
Discussion: The Plum Line and Politico
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Budget Deal? Big Obstacles, New Year's Deadline
Discussion: CNN
First Read / NBCNews:
First Thoughts: Universal, bipartisan praise for Mandela — when that wasn't always the case  —  Universal, bipartisan praise for Mandela after his passing — when it wasn't always the case... Cincinnati-area focus group: Voters angry with Washington, down on Obama, and feeling helpless in fixing things …
Discussion: The Fix
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Scott Brown: Where am I?
Marc Fortier / Londonderry Patch News:
Scott Brown in ‘No Hurry’ to Decide on NH Senate Run
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
GOP comes to Detroit, trying to win over African-American voters  —  WASHINGTON — Today, Detroit has the eye of the Republican Party.  —  This morning, the state Republican Party will open an African American Engagement Office as part of a nationwide effort to reach out to black voters.
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
U.S. Economy Adds 203,000 Jobs, as Unemployment Falls to 5-Year Low  —  The economy added 203,000 jobs in November, a bit better than expected, as the unemployment rate fell to 7 percent, the lowest in five years.  —  While the return of hundreds of thousands of federal employees following …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
Discussion: VodkaPundit and protein wisdom
 
 
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama plans new limits on NSA surveillance
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No budget deal this week
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Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Pope Francis is the Catholic Church's Obama - God help us
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Dan Merica / CNN:
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