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8:00 AM ET, December 7, 2013

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Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
South Carolina Sheriff Refuses To Lower Flag For Mandela  —  Rick Clark, the sheriff of Pickens County, S.C., vowed on Friday to defy President Obama's order that U.S. flags be lowered to half staff in honor of deceased South African leader Nelson Mandela.  —  Clark made his promise …
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Ted Cruz  · 562,730 like this  —  Nelson Mandela will live in history as an inspiration for defenders of liberty around the globe.  He stood firm for decades on the principle that until all South Africans enjoyed equal liberties he would not leave prison himself, declaring in his autobiography …
Discussion: The Raw Story, BOR and Daily Kos
The Atlantic Online:
Apartheid's Useful Idiots  —  Nelson Mandela died yesterday, and all around the world, much-deserved hosannas are coming in, praising the life of one of the most important figures in modern Western history.  That last bit reflects my own bias.  What's become clear in all my studies …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Meet The Mandela RINOs: Republicans Who Lost Their R-Card For Praising Mandela  —  Republican politicians have tried to pay homage on Facebook to the late Nelson Mandela since his death on Thursday, but many of their conservative supporters want to hear none of it.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
7 Nelson Mandela Quotes You Probably Won't See In The U.S. Media  —  The former South African president, who died Thursday, was a revolutionary and a deep skeptic of American power.  —  Siphiwe Sibeko / Reuters  —  “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America.
ThinkProgress:
The Right Wing's Campaign To Discredit And Undermine Mandela, In One Timeline  —  The world is celebrating Nelson Mandela as a selfless visionary who led his country out of the grips of apartheid into democracy and freedom.  But some of the very people lavishing praise on South Africa's …
Anneta Konstantinides / ABC News:
Ted Cruz Criticized for Praising Nelson Mandela
Discussion: ABC News, The PJ Tatler and Twitchy
Jacob Fischler / BuzzFeed:
South Carolina Sheriff Refuses To Lower Flag For Nelson Mandela
Discussion: Mediaite
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Nelson Mandela funeral: George W. Bush, Bill and Hillary Clinton to attend Mandela memorial
Luke Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Third Way Op-Ed Writer Says Elizabeth Warren's Backing Of Social Security Plan Was The ‘Final Moment’  —  Jim Kessler, senior vice president for policy and a co-founder of Third Way, said Friday morning that Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-Mass.) backing of a plan to expand Social Security compelled …
Washington Free Beacon:
Matthews to Sharpton: McConnell Worse than de Klerk  —  MSNBC host Chris Matthews is on a roll, unfavorably comparing the reaction of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) to President Obama's election to that of South African apartheid-era president F.W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela's election Friday on Now with Alex Wagner.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Matthews: South Africa's White Apartheid Leaders Were More Patriotic Than GOP
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Jada F. Smith / New York Times:
Slowly They Modernize: A Federal Agency That Still Uses Floppy Disks  —  WASHINGTON — The technology troubles that plagued the HealthCare.gov website rollout may not have come as a shock to people who work for certain agencies of the government — especially those who still use floppy disks, the cutting-edge technology of the 1980s.
Discussion: Business Insider
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Carney criticizes report on Sebelius  —  The White House on Friday criticized as misleading a report in POLITICO Magazine claiming that President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius met just once since the signing of the Affordable Care Act more than three years ago.
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House: Obama won't insist on jobless aid in budget deal
Discussion: The Agonist
Richard Pollock / Washington Examiner:
Doctors boycotting California's Obamacare exchange  —  WATCHDOG OBAMACARE CALIFORNIA HEALTH CARE HEALTHCARE.GOV HEALTH CARE EXCHANGES  —  An estimated seven out of every 10 physicians in deep-blue California are rebelling against the state's Obamacare health insurance exchange and won't participate …
Detroit Free Press:
Rand Paul on Detroit: The city's future won't come from Washington; magic is in Motown  —  DETROIT — The best way to bring Detroit back from the brink of economic collapse isn't through a government bailout, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said during a speech to the Detroit Economic Club today.
Discussion: CNN, The Raw Story and The Fix
Travis Gettys / The Raw Story:
Sarah Palin: ‘Angry atheists’ are trying to ‘abort Christ from Christmas’  —  If Thomas Jefferson were alive today, Sarah Palin said, he would probably go on Fox News to complain about the war on Christmas.  —  The former half-term governor of Alaska and failed vice presidential candidate appeared Thursday …
Antoni Slodkowski / Reuters:
Insight - Fukushima water tanks: leaky and built with illegal labor  —  (Reuters) - Storage tanks at the Fukushima nuclear plant like one that spilled almost 80,000 gallons of radioactive water this year were built in part by workers illegally hired in one of the poorest corners of Japan …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Dina Cappiello / Associated Press:
U.S. extends permit for eagle deaths  —  Obama administration says some firms can kill eagles to spur green energy investment.  —  CONNECT  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Friday it will allow some companies to kill or injure bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years without penalty …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Challenged by Tea Party, Veteran Mississippi Senator Seeks 7th Term  —  WASHINGTON — Thad Cochran, a Mississippi Republican who was first elected to the Senate in 1978, set up a generational and ideological clash in the state's Republican primary when he announced Friday that he would seek a seventh term in 2014.
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Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran said Friday he will run for re-election next year.
Discussion: NPR, Business Insider, CNN and Politico
 
 
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Ted Van Dyk / The Atlantic Online:
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