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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: Weasel Zippers and Ed Driscoll
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Rubio Complains That Obama Didn't Take Castro To Task For Denying ‘Basic Freedoms’
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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John Fritze / Baltimore Sun:
Cummings: Ted Cruz ‘got an earful’ from Dems on South Africa trip  —  (Rep. Cummings' office / December 10, 2013)  —  Rep. Elijah E. Cummings is in South Africa for Nelson Mandela's memorial, but that doesn't mean he's abandoned domestic policy.  In fact, Cummings said he and other Democrats …
Julian Zelizer / CNN:   From one first black president to another
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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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Reid Aide Gives Cornyn Democratic Bear Hug  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) communications director tried to give Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) a small kiss of death on Tuesday. … The tweet by Reid communications director Adam Jentleson came a day after Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) …
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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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Congressional Negotiators Reach Budget Deal  —  WASHINGTON — House and Senate budget negotiators reached agreement Tuesday on a budget deal that would raise military and domestic spending over the next two years, shifting the pain of across-the-board cuts to other programs over the coming decade …
Discussion: The Plum Line and Balloon Juice
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
Budget agreement reached  —  House and Senate budget negotiators will unveil a budget agreement Tuesday evening.  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) both briefed their colleagues Tuesday on their plan to set spending levels for the next two years and reorganize budget cuts set to take hold in 2014.
Discussion: CNN, Salon and Daily Kos
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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Christi Parsons / Los Angeles Times:
Obama brings on new advisor — veteran of Clinton impeachment
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama turns to populism to boost agenda
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
Tom Cohen / CNN:
Kerry tells Congress to hold off on new Iran sanctions for now  —  Washington (CNN) — He doesn't trust Iran, vows it won't get nuclear weapons, and thinks past rhetoric by its leaders threatening annihilation of Israel.  —  So why is Secretary of State John Kerry so adamant about getting …
Discussion: National Review
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Kerry gets his way on Iran
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 …
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
Pew Research Center:
Obama Job Rating Regains Some Ground, But 2013 Has Taken a Toll  —  Current Health Law Problems Register, Outlook Is Little Changed  —  For the first time since last spring, Barack Obama's steadily declining job rating has shown a modest improvement.  And while his signature legislative accomplishment …
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
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
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
New York Times:
Why Machiavelli Still Matters  —  FIVE hundred years ago, on Dec. 10, 1513, Niccolò Machiavelli sent a letter to his friend Francesco Vettori, describing his day spent haggling with local farmers and setting bird traps for his evening meal.  A typical day for the atypical letter writer …
Discussion: Althouse
 
 
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