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2:15 PM ET, December 11, 2013

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TIME:
Pope Francis, The People's Pope  —  He took the name of a humble saint and then called for a church of healing.  The first non-European pope in 1,200 years is poised to transform a place that measures change by the century  —  On the edge of Buenos Aires is a nothing little street called Pasaje C …
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Nancy Gibbs / TIME:
Pope Francis, The Choice  —  With a focus on compassion, the leader of the Catholic Church has become a new voice of conscience.  Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs explains why Francis is TIME's choice for Person of the Year 2013  —  Once there was a boy so meek and modest, he was awarded a Most Humble badge.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Greenwald Attacks Time For Person Of The Year Selection: ‘A Meaningless Award From A Meaningless Magazine’  —  Glenn Greenwald ridiculed Time on Wednesday for the magazine's decision to name Pope Francis — and not Edward Snowden — its “person of the year” for 2013.
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Here's what's in Paul Ryan and Patty Murray's mini-budget deal  —  1. The total deal is $85 billion.  About $45 billion of that replaces sequestration cuts in 2014.  About $20 billion replaces sequestration cuts in 2015.  About $20 billion is deficit reduction atop sequestration.
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Erick Erickson / RedState:
BOHICA Act of 2013  —  I am old enough to remember when the GOP said not to worry about it caving on Obamacare funding because, by God, it would hold the line on sequestration.  —  Hell, that was a month ago.  —  Amazing how much can change in a month.  Congressman Paul Ryan …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
House prepares to vote on budget deal
Discussion: The Week, Daily Kos and Salon
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
How Paul Ryan Saved The Day
Discussion: Religion Dispatches
Reuters:
Lamar Alexander top aide investigated for child porn  —  Law enforcement agents have searched the home of GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander's (Tenn.) chief of staff over allegations of child pornography, according to a statement released by the senator's office.  —  The senator immediately placed Loskarn on administrative leave.
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NationalJournal.com:
Sen. Lamar Alexander's Chief of Staff Put on Leave Following Child Pornography Allegations  —  The Tennessee Republican is “stunned” about his staffer, Ryan Loskarn.  —  Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) speaks to members of the media at the Capitol October 11, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Politico:
Tea partiers line up to tackle GOP senators
Discussion: First Read
Mark Murray / First Read:
NBC/WSJ poll: Obama ends year on low note  —  President Barak Obama attends Nelson Mandela's public memorial in Johannesburg, South Africa.  —  By Mark Murray, Senior Political Editor, NBC News  —  A year that began with President Barack Obama riding high after his re-election victory …
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David Martosko / Daily Mail:
Oh, Bam!  President's approval rating plummets to 38 per cent overall, just 34 per cent …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Embattled HealthCare.Gov Sees Dramatic Enrollment Surge In November  —  Enrollment though HealthCare.gov increased fourfold in November, a new report released Wednesday morning by the Obama administration finds, as 110,410 Americans signed up for private coverage through the site last month, compared to just 26,794 in October.
Discussion: Liberaland
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Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Since October, 1.2 million have gained Obamacare coverage  —  Just about 1.2 million people have gained health coverage through Obamacare, according to new federal data released Wednesday morning.  —  Approximately 365,000 of those people have purchased private insurance and 803,000 …
Arlette Saenz / ABC News:
Cruz Says He Walked Out of Mandela Service When Raul Castro Spoke  —  Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, walked out of former South African President Nelson Mandela's memorial service Tuesday when Cuban President Raul Castro gave a speech, a spokeswoman for Cruz said.  —  “Sen. Cruz very much hopes …
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Matt Fuller / Roll Call:
Cantor's Pediatric Research Bill Has Democrats Fuming  —  While the House ties up some legislative loose ends this week before adjourning for the year, there is one suspension bill the public — and House Republicans — might be surprised to find many Democrats opposing …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Peter Hamby / CNN:
GOP could shake up 2016 campaign  —  Washington (CNN) — A handful of Republican Party officials is quietly advancing a new batch of rules aimed at streamlining a chaotic presidential nominating process that many party insiders viewed as damaging to the their campaign for the White House in 2012, multiple GOP sources told CNN.
Discussion: Politico, First Read and Poynter
Michael Levenson / The Boston Globe:
Clark wins special election for US House  —  Democrat Katherine M. Clark cruised to victory Tuesday, capturing the US House seat long held by Edward J. Markey, in a lightly contested special election.  —  She will become just the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House.
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Michael Levenson / The Boston Globe:   Very few voters, one new lawmaker
Local Colorado Springs News:
Six year old suspended for ‘sexual harassment’  —  CANON CITY, Colo. -  —  A six year old boy is suspended from school in Canon City for kissing a classmate on the cheek  —  His mother says it's a crush and the two children like each other.  But the school is calling it something else; sexual harassment.
The Switch:
NSA uses Google cookies to pinpoint targets for hacking  —  The National Security Agency is secretly piggybacking on the tools that enable Internet advertisers to track consumers, using “cookies” and location data to pinpoint targets for government hacking and to bolster surveillance.
Pacilin / California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris:
Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces Arrest of Revenge Porn Website Operator  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the arrest of the alleged owner and operator of a revenge porn website who facilitated the posting of more than 10,000 sexually explicit photos …
 
 
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems: Fixes not enough on O-Care
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Does Rising Inequality Make Us Hardhearted?
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Is service work today worse than being a household servant?
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Dana Rubinstein / Capital New York:
As Bloomberg departs, a soccer arena deal emerges
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James Hohmann / Politico:
Landrieu TV ad distances her from ACA
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Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
Paper Application Missing From Healthcare.gov
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and InsureBlog
Matthew O'Brien / The Atlantic Online:
The Most Important Economic Stories of 2013—in 41 Graphs
Denver Post:
By The Denver Post Editorial Board
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Tea party threat again hangs over Republicans' efforts to take Senate
Discussion: NewsBusters and Capitol Report
Alan S. Blinder / Wall Street Journal:
The Fed Plan to Revive High-Powered Money
 

 
From Mediagazer:

Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Newspaper industry narrowed revenue loss in 2013 as paywall plans increased

Todd Spangler / Variety:
British Pathé Uploads Entire 85,000-Film Archive to YouTube in HD

Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Smaller Barnes & Noble Stores? 'Yes, It's Possible,' Says Leonard Riggio

 
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