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10:40 AM ET, December 11, 2013

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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.
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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 …
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
House, Senate negotiators reach budget deal
The Hill:
Budget deal is sealed
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Close  —  It's a familiar tale: Negotiators strike a fiscal deal …
Discussion: NationalJournal.com, USA Today and NPR
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
It's A Deal! Paul Ryan, Patty Murray Announce Budget Agreement
Discussion: Hit & Run
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Budget agreement reached
Discussion: Hot Air, CNN, Salon and Daily Kos
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 …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Tea party threat again hangs over Republicans' efforts to take Senate  —  More than half of Senate Republicans facing reelection next year face potentially viable tea party challenges — a historically large threat to the GOP establishment that could, once again, kill the party's chances of taking back control of the chamber.
Discussion: NewsBusters and Capitol Report
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Politico:
Tea partiers line up to tackle GOP senators
Discussion: First Read
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
With Filibuster Threat Gone, Senate Confirms Two Presidential Nominees
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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Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Poll: Health Law Hurts President Politically
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Euphoria of Obamacare becomes nightmare of higher premiums and deductibles
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
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 …
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
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.
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
Paper Application Missing From Healthcare.gov  —  The Obama administration began emphasizing the option of applying for insurance through the Obamacare Marketplace with a paper application ever since it became apparent that the online process at Healthcare.gov was riddled with problems.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and InsureBlog
Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
Obamacare Report Card: Progress, But Long Climb Ahead  —  The White House has released its second monthly report card on Obamacare enrollment in state and federal exchanges, documenting a mix of progress and problems in the system since it launched in October.
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 …
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.
Matthew O'Brien / The Atlantic Online:
The Most Important Economic Stories of 2013—in 41 Graphs  —  A record year for stocks.  A meh year for wages.  A weird year for Wall Street.  —  Maybe it's just me, but the last few years are getting tough to tell apart.  Imagine a quiz question:  —  Name that year where we threw obstacles …
Paul Brandus / The Week:
Why Republicans shouldn't get too excited over Obama's stumbles  —  Polls actually show the GOP losing ground in key areas  —  O  —  ne story line of the 2014 campaign (and no doubt the presidential race in 2016 itself) will go like this: ObamaCare, Republicans will shout …
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
First on CNN: Republicans moving to overhaul 2016 primary process
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Denver Post:
By The Denver Post Editorial Board
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Alan S. Blinder / Wall Street Journal:
The Fed Plan to Revive High-Powered Money
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Rep. Grayson loses $18 million in fraud scheme
Discussion: American Spectator
 Earlier Items: 
Pew Research Center:
Obama Job Rating Regains Some Ground, But 2013 Has Taken a Toll
Discussion: The Fix, CNN, TIME, Politico and Post Politics
New York Times:
Why Machiavelli Still Matters
Discussion: Althouse
James Arkin / BuzzFeed:
Here's Why That Kentucky Doctor Is Closing His Practice “Due To The Policies Of Obamacare”
Benny Johnson / BuzzFeed:
Twitchy Sold To Owners Of Townhall And Hotair
Otto J. Reich / National Review:
The Damage of a Handshake  —  American presidents should avoid shaking …