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Washington Post:
An effective eye drug is available for $50.  But many doctors choose a $2,000 alternative.  —  The two drugs have been declared equivalently miraculous.  Tested side by side in six major trials, both prevent blindness in a common old-age affliction.  Biologically, they are cousins.
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 …
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Bill Keller / New York Times:   Nelson Mandela, Communist
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Durbin: No ultimatum on jobless benefits  —  Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames.  —  The number two Democrat in the Senate and a Republican member of the budget conference committee on Sunday strongly signaled that an emerging budget deal will not include new spending on unemployment benefits.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Dana Davidsen / CNN:   Durbin: Unemployment benefits won't make or break budget deal
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Obama to Congress: Extend jobless aid
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Immigration advocates bank on budget deal to rescue overhaul
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Shanna McCord / Santa Cruz Sentinel:
Merrill Newman said he was comfortable during detention in North Korean hotel room  —  SANTA CRUZ — A relaxed Merrill Newman walked outside his Santa Cruz home on Sunday morning and was immediately greeted by a neighbor with a giant hug.  —  The neighbor told Newman how she “just knew” …
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Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
South Korea Announces Expansion of Its Air Defense Zone
Gallop Asian Bistro / Facebook:
The Gallop Asian Bistro has taken seriously the allegations made by Ms. Dayna Morales, and those made against her.  Despite news reports to the contrary, this is not a simple, straight-forward matter and we have conducted our own internal investigation.  The results of that investigation …
James Hohmann / Politico:
No soul searching for Virginia GOP after losses  —  HOT SPRINGS, Va. — Virginia Republicans suffered a drubbing last month, losing all three statewide races (though a recount is impending in one).  A year earlier, it was pretty much the same story as Mitt Romney got swamped and the party unexpectedly lost ground in the Senate.
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James Hohmann / Politico:
E.W. Jackson launching PAC
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MLive.com:
Democrats react to Rand Paul visit, Detroit ‘freedom zones’ proposal  —  DETROIT, MI — Democrats responded in a variety of ways to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's Friday visit to Detroit.  —  The Kentucky Republican was in town helping the GOP effort to start reaching out to minorities in Michigan …
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Paul: Unemployment benefits ‘disservice’ to workers
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Rand Paul: Unemployment Benefits Extension Would Be A ‘Disservice’ To Workers
Discussion: Hullabaloo
ThinkProgress:
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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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Eric Cantor on how Republicans can win again  —  Virginia Republicans are in the midst of a three-day gathering to sort through what happened in their across-the-board losses at the ballot box in 2013.  (We previewed this autopsy here.)  —  WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 13: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor …
David Simon / Guardian:
‘There are now two Americas.  My country is a horror show’  —  The creator of The Wire, David Simon, delivered a coruscating speech about the divide between rich and poor in America, and how capitalism has lost sight of its social compact.  This is an edited extract
Discussion: NewsBusters and Prairie Weather
New York Times:
Protesters in Kiev Topple Lenin Statue as Rallies Grow  —  KIEV, Ukraine — In the biggest demonstration yet after weeks of growing momentum, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians filled the streets of Kiev on Sunday, tearing down and crushing a monument to Lenin in the city center and intensifying …
Philly.com:
Lawsuits accuse Phila. police of resuming ‘nickel rides’  —  This is what Philadelphia police say about James McKenna's conduct: He was drunk and belligerent - and broke his neck banging his head against cell bars.  —  McKenna has a different account of what happened that June night in 2011.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Democratic Party has no more centrists  —  When I first heard the claim, I thought it was a mistake or hoax.  A talking head was describing a raging war in the Democratic Party between progressives and centrists.  —  Centrist Democrats?  Aren't they already extinct?  —  Yes, they're gone, the dodo birds of politics.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Liberal Values
 
 
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