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11:25 AM ET, December 7, 2013

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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
New York's Junior Senator, Doggedly Refusing to Play the Part  —  WASHINGTON — If there were a chutzpah caucus in the United States Senate, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York would be its natural leader.  —  On a fund-raising swing through Chicago this fall, she told donors to pressure …
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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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Meet The Mandela RINOs: Republicans Who Lost Their R-Card For Praising Mandela
Discussion: American Prospect and Marco Rubio
Anneta Konstantinides / ABC News:   Ted Cruz Criticized for Praising Nelson Mandela
Jacob Fischler / BuzzFeed:
South Carolina Sheriff Refuses To Lower Flag For Nelson Mandela
Discussion: Mediaite
Arlette Saenz / ABC News:
Rand Paul Says Wife is Against a 2016 Run  —  There's at least one member of Sen. Rand Paul's family who isn't quite on board just yet with a 2016 run — and that's his wife.  —  After a speech at the Detroit Economic Club today, Paul, a Republican senator from Kentucky …
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Detroit Free Press:
Rand Paul on Detroit: The city's future won't come from Washington; magic is in Motown
Discussion: The Raw Story, CNN and The Fix
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 …
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Obama has shown how a future GOP president can gut Obamacare  —  BARACK OBAMA OBAMACARE REPUBLICAN PARTY  —  I owe Mitt Romney an apology.  —  During the 2012 Republican presidential primary season, I repeatedly criticized Romney — and personally challenged him during his editorial board meeting …
Discussion: PostPartisan
Alec Macgillis / The New Republic:
Those Media Hysterics Who Said Obama's Presidency Was Dead Were Wrong.  Again.  —  It's been a pretty good week for the Obama administration.  The bungled healthcare.gov Web site emerged vastly improved following an intensive fix-it push, allowing some 25,000 to sign up per day, as many as signed up in all of October.
Discussion: The Dish
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
Jeffdunetz / Hot Air:
Charlie Cook: This is one of the most dramatic shifts in a generic congressional ballot I've ever seen  —  Although sales of “Green Eggs and Ham” spiked up, after the 16-day government shutdown in October, the numbers weren't quite as good for the Republican Party at least with the generic congressional ballot polls.
New York Times:
Freed by North Korea, War Veteran Heads Back to U.S.  —  HONG KONG — An American veteran who had been held prisoner in North Korea for more than a month was headed back home to the United States on Saturday after his release by the government, which cited his “sincere repentance” for his acts during Korean War.
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 …
Susan Crabtree / Washington Examiner:
1 in 4 Obamacare enrollments affected by technical bugs  —  OBAMACARE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES HEALTH CARE PENNAVE HEALTHCARE.GOV TECHNOLOGY  —  After refusing for weeks to detail the extent of back-end problems with healthcare.gov, the Obama administration on Friday said a technical bug …
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 …
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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 …
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
 
 
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Ted Van Dyk / The Atlantic Online:
The Democratic Party: How It Can Save Itself
Discussion: Power Line
Antoni Slodkowski / Reuters:
Insight - Fukushima water tanks: leaky and built with illegal labor
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Brendan Bordelon / The Daily Caller:
Obama dismisses IRS targeting of conservatives: 'They've got a list, and suddenly everybody's outraged'
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Nelson Mandela funeral: George W. Bush, Bill and Hillary Clinton to attend Mandela memorial
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