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1:20 PM ET, December 8, 2013

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Catholic School Fires Gay Teacher For Obtaining Marriage License  —  Michael Griffin taught French and Spanish at Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem, Pennsylvania for twelve years.  During that entire time, he's been in a relationship with his same-sex partner.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Paul: Unemployment benefits ‘disservice’ to workers  —  Democratic attempts to extend unemployment benefits for 1.3 million workers were a “disservice” to the unemployed, Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday.  —  “I support unemployment benefits for the 28 weeks they're paid for,” the Kentucky Republican said on “Fox News Sunday.”
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Bill Keller / New York Times:
Nelson Mandela, Communist  —  IN 2011, the British historian Stephen Ellis published a paper concluding that Nelson Mandela had been a member of the South African Communist Party — indeed, a member of its governing Central Committee.  Although Mandela's African National Congress …
Chad Terhune / Los Angeles Times:
Covered California gave consumers' contact info to agents  —  California's health exchange has provided insurance agents with names and contact information for tens of thousands of people who went online to check out coverage but didn't ask to be contacted.  —  Covered California Executive …
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Obama to Congress: Extend jobless aid  —  President Obama is calling on Congress to extend unemployment benefits for 1.3 million people in the United States.  —  “If Members of Congress don't act before they leave on their vacations, 1.3 million Americans will lose this lifeline,” he said in the White House weekly address.
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Michael Gartland / New York Post:
Venom between Obama and Rangel  —  They're two of the most powerful African-American politicians in the land.  And by most accounts, President Obama and Rep. Charles Rangel hate each other.  —  The most recently revealed salvo in their war of words — Obama's assertion that Rangel is a …
The Hill:
GOP touts campaign to blunt Obama's executive powers  —  House Republicans say they're proud of their 2013 campaign to stymie President Obama's regulatory agenda, even as Congress comes under fire for one of its least productive years.  —  The bitterly divided Congress will pass fewer laws in 2013 than any year in modern history.
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Immigration advocates bank on budget deal to rescue overhaul
Discussion: americanthinker.com
James Hohmann / Politico:
E.W. Jackson launching PAC  —  HOT SPRINGS, Va. — E.W. Jackson, the controversial GOP nominee for Virginia lieutenant governor who lost by 11 points, is not going away.  —  The African-American minister, who won an upset victory on the fourth ballot at a May nominating convention …
The Atlantic Online:
Newt Gingrich To Conservatives: ‘What Would You Have Done?’  —  A Message On Nelson Mandela That Conservatives Sorely Need To Hear  —  I think this is a fairly noteworthy statement from Newt Gingrich on Mandela's passing that should get some airing.  Gingrich is addressing …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
South Korea Announces Expansion of Its Air Defense Zone  —  SEOUL, South Korea — Defying both China and Japan, South Korea announced on Sunday that it was expanding its air patrol zone for the first time in 62 years to include airspace over the East China Sea that is also claimed by Beijing and Tokyo.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
An Education in College Justice  —  Under pressure from the Obama administration, a university tramples the rights of the accused.  —  Joshua Strange will never forget the girl he met in May 2011.  —  Both were underclassmen at Alabama's Auburn University when a common acquaintance introduced them.
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Homeland Security chairman: Threat of terrorism spreading like ‘wildfire’ overseas  —  (CNN) - The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said the threat of terrorism overseas is “getting worse, not better.”  —  “I personally see it spreading like a spiderweb, like a wildfire …
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
Obama: Diplomacy Best Approach to Iran Nuke Crisis  —  President Barack Obama said Saturday he believed the chances for a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran are 50/50 or worse, yet defended diplomacy as the best way to prevent Tehran from acquiring atomic weapons.
Discussion: CNN
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Containing Iran is the least awful choice
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
 
 
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Obamacare ‘perfect storm’: Feds reveal 10 percent error rate
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