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9:30 AM ET, December 11, 2013

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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Capitol Leaders Agree to a Deal on the Budget  —  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 …
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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.
The Hill:
Budget deal is sealed  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) announced a budget deal Tuesday evening that would call for about $1 trillion in federal spending in 2014 while replacing some sequestration cuts.  —  The deal replaces $63 billion in sequester cuts over two years …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
It's A Deal!  Paul Ryan, Patty Murray Announce Budget Agreement  —  In a major breakthrough after three years of paralyzing partisan rifts, Congress' top two budget chiefs finalized a bipartisan agreement Tuesday that would set spending levels for two years and mitigate some of the painful spending cuts required by the sequester.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Budget agreement reached
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.
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Politico, Talking Points Memo and CNN
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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
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Poll: Health Law Hurts President Politically  —  Disapproval Rate Obama's Job Performance Rises to All-Time High of 54%, Even as Americans Upbeat on Economy … The federal health-care law is becoming a heavier political burden for President Barack Obama and his party …
Discussion: Washington Wire
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Euphoria of Obamacare becomes nightmare of higher premiums and deductibles
Robert W. Merry / The National Interest:
Does America Trust Barack Obama?
Discussion: Power Line
Christi Parsons / Los Angeles Times:
Obama brings on new advisor — veteran of Clinton impeachment
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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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
With Filibuster Threat Gone, Senate Confirms Two Presidential Nominees
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 …
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Fox News:
Cuban-American lawmakers dismayed over Obama handshake with ‘thug’ Castro
David Martosko / Daily Mail:
Oh, Bam!  President's approval rating plummets to 38 per cent overall, just 34 per cent on health care and 40 per cent on Iran  — Obama's support among young voters has disappeared, with 49 per cent now saying they disapprove of his job performance  — Hispanics' historic preference …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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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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 …
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 …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Kerry gets his way on Iran  —  Secretary of State John Kerry and the Obama administration appear to have won a fight with Congress over new Iran sanctions — at least for now.  —  As Kerry readied to give testimony on Tuesday to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the administration's …
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Tom Cohen / CNN:
Kerry tells Congress to hold off on new Iran sanctions for now
Discussion: National Review
 
 
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