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5:45 PM ET, December 9, 2013

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Alex Seitz-Wald / NationalJournal.com:
How Adam Lanza Wrecked Obama's Second Term  —  Don't blame the catastrophic health care rollout for the president's woes.  The Sandy Hook shooting is the real reason things went amok.  —  There are plenty of reasons this is the lowest point of Barack Obama's presidency.
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Obama flies to South Africa with Bushes, Hillary Clinton  —  (CNN) - The Air Force One flight from the U.S. to South Africa on Monday was historic not only for its final destination, but for its passenger list.  —  Joining President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for the trip …
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Reuters:
Israeli Top Leaders Not Attending Mandela Funeral  —  JERUSALEM — Neither Israel's prime minister nor president will attend South Africa's commemorations of the late Nelson Mandela this week, officials said, a notable absence at events expected to draw more than 70 world leaders.
New York Times:
Spies' Dragnet Reaches a Playing Field of Elves and Trolls  —  Not limiting their activities to the earthly realm, American and British spies have infiltrated the fantasy worlds of World of Warcraft and Second Life, conducting surveillance and scooping up data in the online games played …
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ProPublica:
World of Spycraft: NSA and CIA Spied in Online Games  —  by Justin Elliott, ProPublica, and Mark Mazzetti, The New York Times … Not limiting their activities to the earthly realm, American and British spies have infiltrated the fantasy worlds of World of Warcraft and Second Life …
TIME:
The Top Ten Finalists for Person of the Year in 2013  —  Here are the final ten contenders for TIME's Person of the Year (listed alphabetically): Bashar Assad, President of Syria Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder Ted Cruz, Texas Senator Miley Cyrus, Singer Pope Francis, Leader of the Catholic Church Barack Obama …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
On Health Exchanges, Premiums May Be Low, but Other Costs Can Be High  —  WASHINGTON — For months, the Obama administration has heralded the low premiums of medical insurance policies on sale in the insurance exchanges created by the new health law.  But as consumers dig into the details …
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New York Times:
Amid the Uproar Over the Health Law, Voices of Quiet Optimism and Relief
Discussion: The Plum Line
ThinkProgress:
There's Now A Coloring Book To Teach Your Children To Love Ted Cruz  —  Are you a new parent terrified that the liberal media will turn your child into an Obama supporter?  Or do you just need something to entertain your kids during those long drives to Tea Party rallies?
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Lindsey Graham declines health care contribution
Discussion: Reuters and CNN
Susan Page / USA Today:
Sibling rivalry? Zeke vs. Rahm Emanuel on Obamacare
Seymour M. Hersh / London Review of Books:
Whose sarin?  —  Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August.  In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts.
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
White House: Sy Hersh report ‘false’
Discussion: The Hill, Mediaite and The Agonist
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
New Yorker, Washington Post Passed On Seymour Hersh Syria Report
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Cheney: The Iran Deal Is Bad Because Of Obamacare  —  Vice President Cheney said on Monday that the deal the U.S. and its international partners reached with Iran last month over its nuclear program is suspect because of some of the Obama administration's initial missteps in implementing the president's new health care law.
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Kentucky Man Sets Gun On Toilet Paper Dispenser While Using Restroom, Gun Goes Off  —  A Kentucky man just needed a place to set his gun while he relieved himself in a restaurant restroom on Sunday, but the toilet paper dispenser may not have been the best choice.
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Associated Press:
Man shot when gun discharges in restroom
Discussion: Liberaland
The Sportsman Channel:
Sarah Palin Joins Sportsman Channel as Host of Original Series “Amazing America with Sarah Palin”  —  Cultural, Political and Media Force, Palin Returns to Unscripted Television as Sportsman Channel's “First Lady of the Outdoors”  —  New Berlin, WI (December 9 2013) Former U.S. vice presidential candidate …
Susan Wyatt / KING-TV:
TSA agent confiscates sock monkey's toy pistol  —  “Rooster Monkburn” the cowboy sock monkey is without his pistol, thanks to a diligent TSA agent in St. Louis.  —  Phyllis May of Redmond, Wash. says she is “appalled and shocked and embarrassed all at the same time” about the incident that happened on Wednesday.
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Timothy Heritage / Reuters:
Putin dissolves state news agency, tightens grip on Russia media
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Politico
Zach Carter / The Huffington Post:
Obama Faces Backlash Over New Corporate Powers In Secret Trade Deal  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration appears to have almost no international support for controversial new trade standards that would grant radical new political powers to corporations, increase the cost of prescription medications …
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Mark Jacobs, Iowa GOP Senate Candidate: The Way To Talk To Women Is On An ‘Emotional Level’  —  WASHINGTON — As Republican candidates figure out how to best win over women voters, Iowa GOP Senate candidate Mark Jacobs thinks he has the answer: appeal to their emotions.
Tomas Hachard / The Atlantic Online:
Finally, Some Films That Don't Make the 1960s Look So Groovy  —  While it's likely entirely coincidental, it's nevertheless fitting that the Coen brothers' latest movie, Inside Llewyn Davis, has its initial release on December 6.  That was the day of the Altamont music festival in 1969 …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Americans Discover They're Trapped In GOP's Medicaid Expansion Gap  —  With HealthCare.gov working better and the first deadline to sign up for health coverage that starts in January approaching, Obamacare's so-called navigators — the people and organizations receiving federal funds to help people enroll …
 
 
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Sander Levin: Rand Paul's ‘disservice to humanity’
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Austan Goolsbee / Wall Street Journal:
Pre-K Education Is a Long-Term Winner
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Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Obama's Iraq  —  Obama lied, insurance plans died.
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Victoria Stilwell / Bloomberg:
U.S. Household Worth Rose by $1.92 Trillion in Third Quarter
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Tony Perry / Los Angeles Times:
Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to face sentencing
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
Liberals want to stop men from checking out women
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Job Creation Deals Struck By Florida's Governor Have Failed To Deliver
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Glenn Greenwald Vows To Return To U.S. After ‘Exile’
USA Today:
Cellphone data spying: It's not just the NSA
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Budget deal expected this week amounts to a cease-fire as sides move to avert a standoff
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Obama tells a whopper on IRS scandal
 

 
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