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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 …
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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 …
Matt Berman / NationalJournal.com:
John Boehner: Conservative Groups' Reaction to Budget Deal Is ‘Ridiculous’  —  House Speaker John Boehner went off on outside conservative groups Wednesday morning for pushing against the new budget deal.  —  “They're using our members and they're using the American people for their own goals,” he said.
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 …
Politico:
GOP's private war goes public
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Possible GOP 2016 contenders in Senate critical of budget deal
Discussion: Politico
Jake Sherman / Politico:
The new Paul Ryan  —  The new Paul Ryan emerged this week.
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Rand Paul, Mike Crapo to oppose budget deal
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Thomas Donnelly / Weekly Standard:   Right Deal for National Defense
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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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.
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 …
TIME:
Edward Snowden, The Dark Prophet
Alexander Smith / World News:
‘Fake’ sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela memorial provokes anger  —  Nelson Mandela's body is to lie in state for three days in Pretoria.  NBC News' Ron Allen reports on the thousands lining up to view Mandela's body and on a sign language interpreter at the Mandela memorial.
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Josie Ensor / Telegraph:
Nelson Mandela memorial interpreter ‘was a fake’
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Jason Millman / Politico:
Kathleen Sebelius pushes back against GOP critics  —  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius touted a vastly improved Obamacare enrollment website Wednesday morning as she sought to reassure skeptical lawmakers that people who want health insurance coverage starting Jan. 1 will have it.
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
HHS ‘hand-matching’ applications: Sebelius
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Politico:
Lamar Alexander top aide Ryan Loskarn arrested for child porn  —  GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander's chief of staff was arrested Wednesday afternoon on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography, the Justice Department said.  —  Jesse Ryan Loskarn — who goes by his middle name …
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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.
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
GOP dislikes sitting congressman, eyes DWI pol with secret family  —  Republicans are so nervous about Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm's re-election chances that they've quietly reached out to former GOP Congressman Vito Fossella — who quit five years ago after confessing to having a secret second family …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politicker
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 …
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
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
Santiago Lyon / New York Times:
Obama's Orwellian Image Control  —  THE Internet has been abuzz over the spectacle of President Obama and the prime ministers of Britain and Denmark snapping a photo of themselves — a “selfie,” to use the mot du jour — with a smartphone at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa on Tuesday.
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 …
Michael Lind / Salon:
Voucher-mania: Why the right is diseased (and out of ideas)  —  Conservatives have exactly one answer for all spending questions — and it has little to do with serious economics  —  In the second decade of the 21st century, the American right has only two economic ideas.
 
 
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Jeff Weiner / Orlando Sentinel:
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Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
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KochFacts.com:
The New York Times Ignores Koch's Stated Position on Proposed Carbon Tax and Falsely Tries …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Politico
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Congress Job Approval Drops to All-Time Low for 2013
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
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Does Rising Inequality Make Us Hardhearted?
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Michael Levenson / The Boston Globe:
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Six year old suspended for ‘sexual harassment’
Mark Murray / First Read:
NBC/WSJ poll: Obama ends year on low note
Matt Fuller / Roll Call:
Cantor's Pediatric Research Bill Has Democrats Fuming
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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