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4:30 PM ET, December 10, 2013

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ABC News:
Obama, Cuban President Raul Castro Shake Hands at Nelson Mandela Memorial  —  President Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro today at a memorial service for the late Nelson Mandela in South Africa.  —  Obama stopped to shake Castro's hand as he was walking to the podium to pay tribute to Mandela.
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Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Liz Cheney's 1988 Op-Ed on Anti-Apartheid Protestors: “Nobody's Listening”  —  Her father wasn't the only Cheney to speak out against speaking out against apartheid.  —  Liz Cheney for Senate; The Catalyst  —  In a 1988 op-ed for her college newspaper, Liz Cheney, the daughter …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
McCain On Obama-Castro Handshake: ‘Chamberlain Shook Hands With Hitler’ (AUDIO)  —  President Obama's handshake with Cuban President Raul Castro on Tuesday was met with a mostly muted reaction from conservatives and Republicans.  Invoking memories of the Munich Agreement, Sen. John McCain …
CNN:
A brief but important handshake between Obama, Castro  —  (CNN) - Arriving on stage at FNB stadium in Johannesburg to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, President Barack Obama shook hands with dozens of other world leaders, pausing briefly to grasp the hand of Cuban President Raul Castro.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Rubio Complains That Obama Didn't Take Castro To Task For Denying ‘Basic Freedoms’  —  President Obama could have at least squeezed in a brief lecture on human rights when he extended his hand to the leader of a longtime adversary, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said Tuesday.
Discussion: Liberaland
Lesley Clark / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama hand shake with Raul Castro makes waves  —  McClatchy Washington BureauDecember 10, 2013 Updated 32 minutes ago  —  Facebook Twitter Google Plus Reddit E-mail Print  —  President Barack Obama shook the hand of Cuban President Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela's memorial service …
Otto J. Reich / National Review:
The Damage of a Handshake  —  American presidents should avoid shaking …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Weasel Zippers
Associated Press:
Nelson Mandela memorial service: Obama praises ‘Madiba’ in euology …
Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
How Mandela Shifted Views on Freedom of Markets
Politico:
President Obama speaks at Nelson Mandela memorial, transcript
Discussion: World News and Washington Monthly
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Ex-Clinton Aide Expected to Join Obama  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama, after a rocky year that leaves him at the lowest ebb of his presidency, is bringing into his White House circle the longtime Democratic strategist John D. Podesta, a former chief of staff for President Bill Clinton.
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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama turns to populism to boost agenda
Los Angeles Times:
Obamacare backers not relying on White House to meet law's challenges
Keith Laing / The Hill:
GOP bills would prohibit in-flight calls  —  Political momentum to keep a ban on cellphone calls during flights gained momentum Monday as lawmakers said it would be crazy to allow them.  —  Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) became the second lawmaker after Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) to offer legislation to keep the ban in place.
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Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:   Republicans Want To Keep Airplane Phone Ban In Place Because Of The Noise
David Martosko / Daily Mail:
‘A public safety disaster’: Obamacare could force THOUSANDS of volunteer fire departments to close  — The Affordable Care Act forces companies with more than 50 workers to buy them all health insurance or pay hefty fines  — The IRS says volunteer firefighters are 'employees …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Another potential boost for Obamacare
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Yes, Obamacare is Redistribution—But Republicans Are Wrong About Who Pays  —  Republicans and their allies are making a lot of different arguments about what Obamacare is doing to America.  It's hiking premiums!  It's making people lose their doctors!  It's destroying Medicare!
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:
Senate Confirms Millett to D.C. Circuit Court  —  Move Marks First Judge Approved Since Democrats Changed Filibuster Rules  —  WASHINGTON—A divided U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Washington lawyer Patricia Millett to serve on a powerful U.S. appeals court, the first Obama administration nominee …
Discussion: The Switch
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate's ‘nuclear’ fight isn't over
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
New York Post:
The New York Times' ‘homeless’ hooey  —  If a five-part opus in The New York Times by Andrea Elliott is to believed, we live in a hard-hearted city.  But if you read closely, it suggests just the opposite.  —  Begin with the family at the center of this story.  The mother, father and eight kids aren't really homeless at all.
Fox News:
New York's top court blocks Colorado from forcing Fox reporter to reveal sources or face jail  —  New York's top court today spared FoxNews.com reporter Jana Winter from jail for refusing to reveal confidential sources for a bombshell story following the Aurora movie massacre.
Ari Soffer / Arutz Sheva:
Again: Turkish Students Arrested for Nazi Salutes at Auschwitz  —  Two Turkish tourists could face up to two years in prison for giving Nazi salutes outside the site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in Poland.  —  The Turkish nationals - who according to Turkey's Zaman news site …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Jihad Watch
Steve Benen / msnbc.com:
Cracks emerge in anti-ACA wall  —  Since the beginning of the debate over health care reform in 2009, the line from congressional Republicans has been as unyielding as it's been unconstructive: whatever President Obama suggests, they hate, even when the White House adopts GOP ideas.
Benny Johnson / BuzzFeed:
Twitchy Sold To Owners Of Townhall And Hotair  —  “Media Matters types would like to paint conservatives as boring, old white guys.  Twitchy ads more fun and humor to our platform,” Townhall's general manager says.  —  Twitchy, the conservative Twitter aggregation site …
Discussion: Hot Air
ThinkProgress:
Michigan Republican Committeeman: Gay Couples Want Health Care Because They Die Early Of AIDS  —  Dave Agema, a former Michigan state representative and current member of the National Republican Committee, told attendees of a holiday party last week that he wants to protect “traditional marriage” …
Wall Street Journal:
How to Keep Workers Unemployed  —  Another 99 weeks of jobless insurance won't create more jobs.  —  House-Senate negotiators are close to a modest budget accord to avoid another government shutdown, but suddenly the White House is introducing a last-minute demand.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Gawker
 
 
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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
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