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10:50 AM ET, December 12, 2013

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Jonathan Strong / National Review:
Ryan Deal Limits Senate GOP's Power to Block Tax Increases  —  Senate Republicans scrubbing the Ryan-Murray budget deal have come across a little-noticed provision that will limit the GOP's ability to block tax increases in future years.  —  The bill includes language from the Senate Democrats' budget …
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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
House Republicans appear to be rallying behind $85 billion budget deal  —  House Republicans appeared Wednesday to be rallying around an $85 billion deal to avert ­another government shutdown, brushing off complaints from their right wing that the effort would trade immediate spending cuts for less-certain long-term savings.
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
The Budget Deal Is a Win for Democrats  —  And the GOP doesn't know it yet  —  If you're a liberal, your view of the just-brokered budget deal hinges on whether or not you think the sequester fight was lost before Patty Murray and Paul Ryan ever broke bread together.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Morning Plum: Top pollster advises Dems to go on offense on Obamacare  —  The GOP narrative for 2014 rests on the idea that Dem lawmakers and candidates are scurrying away from Obama and his signature domestic achievement.  The goal: To create an atmosphere of panic and chaos around Obamacare …
The Hill:
Dems threaten budget deal  —  The budget deal worked out by House and Senate negotiators is on the verge of unraveling over the exclusion of federal unemployment benefits, several leading Democrats warned Wednesday.  —  The lawmakers are outraged by a GOP move to add the Medicare “doc fix” …
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Taxation Without Penetration  —  The GOP has lost its purity on taxes, but the budget deal tries to keep up the façade.  —  Some years ago, I recall reading a series of trend pieces about how teens these days are engaging in rampant oral and anal sex in an effort to preserve their status as “technical” virgins.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Politico:
GOP's private war goes public
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Bipartisan Budget Deal Puts Ryan Under Fire From Fellow Conservatives
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and ABC News
Jeff Morganteen / CNBC:
Stockman: Budget deal a ‘joke and betrayal’
Discussion: Firedoglake and Vox Popoli
Erick Erickson / RedState:
The Ryan Budget Fight is Partly Bill Clinton's Republican Legacy
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Susan Davis / USA Today:
For Paul Ryan, budget deal may be a career turning point
Discussion: Washington Post and First Read
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Budget Deal Picks Up Steam
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Source: McConnell will vote against budget deal brokered by Paul Ryan
Roberto Schmidt / Correspondent:
The story behind “that selfie”  —  So here's the photo, my photo, which quickly lit up the world's social networks and news websites.  The “selfie” of three world leaders who, during South Africa's farewell to Nelson Mandela, were messing about like kids instead of behaving with the mournful gravitas one might expect.
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USA Today:
Mandela interpreter claims schizophrenic episode
Discussion: BBC, Mediaite, Gawker and Most Recent
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Meet the littlest casualty in the war on men.  —  Hunter Yelton of Cañon City, Colo., is accused of sexual harassment.  Hunter Yelton is 6 years old and in the first grade.  “He has a crush on a girl at school, who likes him back,” reports Colorado Springs' KRDO-TV.
Ron Cowen / The Huffington Post:
Is The Universe A Hologram?  Physicists Say It's Possible  —  A team of physicists has provided some of the clearest evidence yet that our Universe could be just one big projection.  —  In 1997, theoretical physicist Juan Maldacena proposed that an audacious model of the Universe …
Chris Nagus / KMOV-TV:
Nearly $90 million in fines handed down for government-funded phone fraud  —  (KMOV) - More fines issued for those involved in a government- funded “free phone” fiasco following a News 4 Investigation.  —  Two companies accused of fraud first played off the allegations to News 4's Chris Nagus …
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Biden: My ancestors 'didn't all come here legally'  —  Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that some of his ancestors came to the United States illegally and said it's fruitless to compare the immigration system of the 1800s to today's.  —  “My great-great grandparents came escaping …
Manu Raju / Politico:
North Carolina's choice  —  LENOIR, N.C. — It would be tough to find another state where the political terrain has shifted as dramatically as it has here — from kindling hopes of a Democratic revival in the South just a few years ago, to becoming a conservative hotbed that banned gay marriage …
Discussion: Right Wing News
CBS News:
A year after Newtown, Americans divided on gun laws  —  Shares -  —  Tweets - Stumble  —  One year after the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Americans divide on what should happen to laws covering the sale of guns, according to a new CBS News poll.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Wall Street Journal:
Juking the ObamaCare Stats  —  HHS won't disclose the enrollment data that really matter.  —  Most of Washington seems to have bought the White House claim that the 36 federal exchanges are finally working, and glory, glory, hallelujah.  But if that's really true, then what explains the ongoing secrecy and evasion?
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Republicans Running in Reverse  —  Let's hear it for women in high places.  —  This week in Detroit, Mary Barra took over General Motors.  In Washington, Senator Patty Murray made headlines when she worked out a deal with Representative Paul Ryan to keep the government funded for the next two years.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Aisha Harris / Slate:
Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore  —  It's time to give St. Nick his long overdue makeover.  —  When I was a kid, I knew two different Santa Clauses.  The first had a fat belly, rosy cheeks, a long white beard, and skin as pink as bubble gum.  He was omnipresent …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Obama's tardy epiphany about government's flaws  —  The education of Barack Obama is a protracted process as he repeatedly alights upon the obvious with a sense of original discovery.  In a recent MSNBC interview, he restocked his pantry of excuses for his disappointing results, announcing that …
Discussion: Power Line
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.
 
 
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Alex Seitz-Wald / NationalJournal.com:
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Leonid Ragozin / Guardian:
Vladimir Putin defends anti-gay laws as bastion of global conservatism
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Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
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Alan Boyle / NBCNews:
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Bloomberg:
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Isaac Chotiner / The New Republic:
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Amy Forlitti / Associated Press:
Minn. Nat. Guard Member Charged with Stealing IDs for Militia
Discussion: Liberaland
CNN:
Senate pulls an all-nighter, approves federal appeals court nominee
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
ThinkProgress:
With Charges Dropped, George Zimmerman Can Get All Of His Guns Back
Discussion: The Raw Story
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
GOP dislikes sitting congressman, eyes DWI pol with secret family