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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 …
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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.
Otto J. Reich / National Review:
The Damage of a Handshake  —  American presidents should avoid shaking the hand of dictators, especially those that have American blood on theirs.  One example of many: Raul Castro was Minister of Defense in 1996 when Cuban Air Force Mig's, cold-bloodedly and over international airspace destroyed …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Weasel Zippers
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.
Lesley Clark / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama hand shake with Raul Castro makes waves
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Another potential boost for Obamacare  —  Opponents of the Affordable Care Act tend to suggest expanded coverage resulting from the law's Medicaid expansion somehow doesn't really count as success.  But the law's goal is to expand coverage, and the Medicaid expansion is one of the tools it utilizes to accomplish that.
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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 …
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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
Congressman Steve Stockman / stockman2014.com:
I'm running for Senate against liberal John Cornyn  —  You are in a foxhole fighting to save our constitutional Republic...  ...and the last thing you need is a Republican bayonet in your back.  —  But that's what liberal John Cornyn has been doing to you every day.  —  And we have less than 90 days to stop him.
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
In surprise move, Steve Stockman challenges John Cornyn
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
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 …
James Arkin / BuzzFeed:
Here's Why That Kentucky Doctor Is Closing His Practice “Due To The Policies Of Obamacare”  —  A Kentucky doctor took out a newspaper ad saying he was closing his practice “due to the policies of Obamacare.”  The reason is a federal requirement that he keep electronic records.
Discussion: Liberaland
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
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Robert W. Merry / The National Interest:
Does America Trust Barack Obama?  —  Of all of Abraham Lincoln's profound observations about politics and life, one in particular, uttered on September 2, 1858, in Clinton, Illinois, captures the essence of representative democracy: “You may fool all the people some of the time …
Discussion: Power Line
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Patty Murray, Paul Ryan close to finishing budget deal  —  House and Senate budget negotiators are down to a small set of differences, and are aiming to unveil a budget agreement by the end of the day Tuesday, according to senior aides familiar with the talks.
Discussion: CNN, Salon and Daily Kos
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Inside The Emerging Deal To Save The Food Stamp Program  —  The emerging deal on food stamp spending, part of the House and Senate's ongoing negotiations over the farm bill, would include dollar savings, but would not kick anybody off the program — a far cry from the bill passed by the House GOP this fall.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
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Meredith Shiner / The World's Greatest …:
How Democrats Plan to Cut Food Stamps Without Enraging Their Base
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
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!
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.
 
 
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