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11:50 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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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Budget Deal  —  As has been expected since the weekend, Patty Murray and Paul Ryan have come up with a budget deal that bipartisan congressional leaders (and the White House) will now try to rush through Congress before it adjourns for the year.  —  It's an actual deal that is designed …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
The new Paul Ryan  —  The new Paul Ryan emerged this week.  —  The House Budget chairman, who has spent years penning budgets fit for conservatives' dreams, has morphed into a man willing to take modest steps.  —  The two-year budget agreement he rolled out with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) …
Discussion: Mediaite and CNN
Michael A. Needham / USA Today:
Budget deal a step backward: Opposing view  —  More spending and higher fees.  —  While imperfect, the sequester has proved to be an effective tool in reducing base discretionary spending.  Nonetheless, conservatives have expressed a willingness to alter the budget caps established …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Capitol Leaders Agree to a Deal on the Budget
The Hill:
Budget deal is sealed
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:   House, Senate negotiators reach budget deal
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 …
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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Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Euphoria of Obamacare becomes nightmare of higher premiums and deductibles
HHS.gov:
Nearly 365,000 Americans selected plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace in October and November  —  1.9 million customers made it through the process but have not yet selected a plan; an additional 803,077 assessed or determined eligible for Medicaid or CHIP
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Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Sebelius Asks for Investigation of Flawed Website
Discussion: Reuters and Jammie Wearing Fools
Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
Obamacare Report Card: Progress, But Long Climb Ahead
James Hohmann / Politico:
Landrieu TV ad distances her from ACA  —  Sen. Mary Landrieu, the vulnerable Louisiana Democrat, tried Wednesday to distance herself even further from both Obamacare and President Barack Obama in the first television commercial of her reelection campaign.  —  The $250,000 buy continues …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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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
Paul Brandus / The Week:   Why Republicans shouldn't get too excited over Obama's stumbles
Politico:
Tea partiers line up to tackle GOP senators  —  GOP senators have aggressively tried to keep their conservative base at bay to ensure there's virtually no space on their right for a primary foe to emerge.  —  That didn't work so well.  —  Republican primary challengers are lining …
Discussion: First Read
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Tea party threat again hangs over Republicans' efforts to take Senate
Discussion: NewsBusters and Capitol Report
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
With Filibuster Threat Gone, Senate Confirms Two Presidential Nominees
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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John Fritze / Baltimore Sun:
Cummings: Ted Cruz ‘got an earful’ from Dems on South Africa trip
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.
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 …
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.
New York Times:
State Gun Laws Enacted in the Year Since Newtown  —  About 1,500 state gun bills have been introduced since the Newtown massacre.  —  178 passed at least one chamber of a state legislature.  109 have become law.  —  In the 12 months since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown …
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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Peter Hamby / CNN:
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Paper Application Missing From Healthcare.gov
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Rep. Grayson loses $18 million in fraud scheme
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