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5:55 PM ET, December 11, 2013

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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.
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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 …
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.
Discussion: The Daily Banter and Balloon Juice
TIME:
Edward Snowden, The Dark Prophet
Jake Sherman / Politico:
House prepares to vote on budget deal  —  House Republicans are planning a Thursday vote on a bipartisan budget deal, one of their last legislative acts before leaving Washington for the rest of 2013.  —  Despite some conservative opposition inside and outside the Capitol …
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Conservative Groups Fire Back At John Boehner's Attack  —  Outside right-leaning groups are firing back at Speaker John Boehner after he attacked their intentions and questioned their commitment to conservative principles on Wednesday.  —  “Speaker Boehner's real problem here isn't with conservative groups …
Discussion: Mediaite and PoliticusUSA
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Source: McConnell will vote against budget deal brokered by Paul Ryan
Thomas Donnelly / Weekly Standard:   Right Deal for National Defense
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Here's what's in Paul Ryan and Patty Murray's mini-budget deal
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Rand Paul, Mike Crapo to oppose budget deal
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Politico:
RSC fires executive director  —  The conservative Republican Study Committee, the bastion of right-wing strategy on Capitol Hill, has fired its longtime executive director Paul Teller, accusing him of leaking conversations with lawmakers.  —  Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the chairman of the RSC …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Roll Call
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republicans plan 30-hour talkathon to protest ‘nuclear option’ use in Senate  —  Senate Republicans will stage a more than 30-hour talkathon on the Senate floor to protest Democrats' triggering of the “nuclear option” last month.  —  The GOP protest, which could extend into the weekend …
Politico:
Lamar Alexander top aide investigated for child porn  —  Law enforcement agents have searched the home of GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander's chief of staff over allegations of child pornography, according to a statement released by the senator's office.  —  Jesse Ryan Loskarn, who goes by his middle name …
Politico:   Panel sends DHS nominee Alejandro Mayorkas to Senate floor
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Hill staffers warned not to rely on info from ObamaCare exchange  —  Capitol Hill staffers who signed up for ObamaCare through the Washington, D.C., healthcare exchange, called DC Health Link (DCHL), are being told to confirm their enrollments in person, and not to rely on data provided by the website.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
HHS ‘hand-matching’ applications: Sebelius
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jason Millman / Politico:
Kathleen Sebelius pushes back against GOP critics
Healthy buzz:
The key Obamacare deadline few are talking about  —  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced this morning that nearly 365,000 Americans had signed up for private health insurance under Obamacare.  The vast majority came from 14 states running their own insurance exchanges …
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:   Embattled HealthCare.Gov Sees Dramatic Enrollment Surge In November
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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Alexander Smith / World News:
‘Fake’ sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela memorial provokes anger
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and NPR
Josie Ensor / Telegraph:
Nelson Mandela memorial interpreter ‘was a fake’
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Mark Murray / First Read:
NBC/WSJ poll: Obama ends year on low note  —  A year that began with President Barack Obama riding high after his re-election victory is ending with him in the biggest hole of his presidency.  —  A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that more Americans disapprove …
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Roxane Gay / Salon:
The media's Michelle Obama problem: What a selfie says about our biases  —  The overanalysis of the first lady's expression speaks volumes about America's expectations of black women  —  Not even President Obama is above taking a selfie in the least appropriate selfie-taking venue possible.
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Republicans will face intense pressure over unemployment benefits  —  On the morning after lawmakers reached a budget deal that doesn't include an extension in unemployment benefits, chief GOP budget architect Paul Ryan awoke to a raft of home-state headlines that were all about the nearly 100,000 Wisconsinites who stand to get cut off.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Congress Job Approval Drops to All-Time Low for 2013  —  Approval is 12% in December, up slightly from 9% in November  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' job approval ratings for Congress in 2013 averaged 14%, the lowest annual average in Gallup's history.  Congressional approval …
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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
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
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 …
 
 
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KochFacts.com:
The New York Times Ignores Koch's Stated Position on Proposed Carbon Tax and Falsely Tries …
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
MSNBC'ers: Media's Coverage of Obama's Selfie Mix of ‘Racist and Sexist Stereotypes’ About Blacks
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Weasel Zippers
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems: Fixes not enough on O-Care
Discussion: First Read
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Does Rising Inequality Make Us Hardhearted?
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Michael Levenson / The Boston Globe:
Clark wins special election for US House
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Is service work today worse than being a household servant?
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