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1:35 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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USA Today:
Obama eulogizes Mandela as ‘great liberator’  —  President Obama spoke of former South African President Nelson Mandela's legacy of making peace by getting them to trust each other.  Obama spoke at the memorial for Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Dec. 10) AP
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 …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Associated Press:
Nelson Mandela memorial service: Obama praises ‘Madiba’ in euology …
Politico:
President Obama speaks at Nelson Mandela memorial, transcript
Discussion: Washington Monthly and World News
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama shakes hands with Cuba's Raul Castro
Discussion: No More Mister Nice Blog and CNN
Colin Freeman / Telegraph:
President Barack Obama shakes Raul Castro's hand at Mandela memorial service
Erin McClam / NBCNews:
Obama, in eulogy, calls Mandela ‘the last great liberator of the 20th century’
Discussion: World News and theGrio
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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John Podesta / Politico:
Income Inequality's Ripple Effect
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama turns to populism to boost agenda
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
John Podesta to formally join Obama inner circle
Discussion: The Fix, Capitol Report and Politico
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
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!
Marjorie Connelly / The Caucus:
Despite Improving Indicators, Poll Finds Harsh View of Obama on Economy  —  Last week's reports of hopeful economic indicators did nothing to improve the American public's negative opinion of President Obama's stewardship of the nation's economy.  However, while most Americans describe …
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CBS News:
Poll: Most Americans are still pessimistic about the economy
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.
Discussion: Gothamist and National Review
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate approves Patricia Millett for D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals  —  Senate Democrats began to capitalize on their historic rules change by confirming the first of three judicial nominees to a powerful circuit court.  —  The Senate voted 56-38 on Tuesday to approve Patricia Millett's nomination …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Who's in Washington Purgatory?
Discussion: CNN and The Fix
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.
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Congress pushes quick work on Defense bill  —  The Topline: The race is on to finish the Defense authorization bill.  —  The House and Senate Armed Services leaders unveiled their final Defense bill on Monday, urging their colleagues to quickly pass it and arguing there were no other alternatives.
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Politico:
Questions linger for compromise defense bill
Discussion: The Hill
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
A student editor grovels after another cartoon kerfuffle.  —  For the University of Alabama's football team, the Nov. 30 season finale against intrastate archrival Auburn ended almost as disastrously as ObamaCare began (and as it has continued).  After leading 21-14 at the half …
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 …
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: Gawker and Betsy's Page
 
 
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