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3:05 AM ET, December 9, 2013


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Nelson Mandela / CNN:
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, congressional Democrats to commemorate Mandela in South Africa  —  (CNN) - More than 20 members of the U.S. House, mostly Democrats, and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz will travel to South Africa to honor and commemorate former South African president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
Bill Keller / New York Times:   Nelson Mandela, Communist
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” …
Discussion: Guardian and NBCNews
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
South Korea Announces Expansion of Its Air Defense Zone
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Worries about Hillary Clinton  —  Hillary Clinton may be the overwhelming front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, but she's going to have to deal with some knotty problems sooner or later.  She can't ignore forever either her party or the media's entreaties to talk on important subjects.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Sen. Rand Paul on scrapping ObamaCare, saving Detroit; ‘Pik’ Botha on Nelson Mandela's life and legacy  —  Special Guests: Sen. Rand Paul, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, ‘Pik’ Botha  —  This is a rush transcript from “Fox News Sunday,” December 8, 2013.  This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
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: English and Firedoglake
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Durbin: Unemployment benefits won't make or break budget deal
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
David Harding / NY Daily News:
Christmas lights cause furor in Rome after rainbow colors used for anti-homophobia message  —  Mile-long rainbow-flag themed Christmas lights that were planned as an anti-homophobic message following the suicide of a gay teen are causing a divide in Rome.  —  The lights were chosen …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Joe. My. God.
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.
James Hohmann / Politico:
E.W. Jackson launching PAC
Discussion: Blue Virginia and The Reaction
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Rand Paul: Unemployment Benefits Extension Would Be A ‘Disservice’ To Workers
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The PJ Tatler
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Paul: Unemployment benefits ‘disservice’ to workers
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
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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Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
Britain's Ministry of Nudges
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Billy Joel, Shirley MacLaine, three others recognized at Kennedy Center Honors
Discussion: Associated Press
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Homeland Security chairman: Threat of terrorism spreading like ‘wildfire’ overseas
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Politico
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