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11:20 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.
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” …
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 …
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.
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Pelosi on deal: ‘Embrace the suck’  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told Democratic House members at a meeting Thursday morning to “embrace the suck” and encouraged enough members to back the budget deal on the floor to allow passage, according to an attendee of the meeting.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and CNN
Jeff Morganteen / CNBC:
Stockman: Budget deal a ‘joke and betrayal’  —  Budget deal is a joke and betrayal: Expert  —  CNBC's Rick Santelli and David Stockman, OMB director under President Ronald Reagan, discuss the budget deal.  Stockman says the deal is the final surrender of House Republican leadership.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Vox Popoli
Susan Davis / USA Today:
For Paul Ryan, budget deal may be a career turning point
Discussion: Washington Post and First Read
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Taxation Without Penetration
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Politico:
GOP's private war goes public
Erick Erickson / RedState:
The Ryan Budget Fight is Partly Bill Clinton's Republican Legacy
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Bipartisan Budget Deal Puts Ryan Under Fire From Fellow Conservatives
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and ABC News
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Budget Deal Picks Up Steam
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
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
Andrea Peyser / New York Post:
Flirty Obama owes us an apology
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Bloomberg:
Sexiest Man Alive Embraces Obamacare to Boost Enrollment  —  The Sexiest Man Alive is being enlisted to spice up Obamacare.  —  Pop singer Adam Levine, who won the designation from People magazine last month, is among the celebrities who'll be promoting enrollment in online health insurance exchanges …
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Bloomberg:   Obama Needs to Fire Some People
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Ted Cruz / USA Today:
Obamacare is a disaster: Ted Cruz  —  We need to repeal all of the Affordable Care Act.  —  Obamacare was created with an ostensibly noble purpose: to expand health coverage to some of the uninsured and to make health care more affordable.  Three-and-a-half years ago …
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
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Why Don't Supreme Court Justices Ever Change Their Minds in Favor of the Death Penalty?  —  Harry Blackmun, John Paul Stevens, and Lewis Powell—all appointed by Republican presidents—started out as supporters of capital punishment.  Their decades-long study of capital cases made them see things differently.
Discussion: Washington Post and SCOTUSblog
Rachel Maddow / Washington Post:
How George W. Bush failed the GOP  —  Rachel Maddow hosts MSNBC's “The Rachel Maddow Show” and writes a monthly column for The Post.  —  After a presidency, what comes next?  Not just for the president but also for the members of the administration, the president's allies in Congress, his or her political party?
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and TheBlaze.com
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 …
CNN:
Senate pulls an all-nighter, approves federal appeals court nominee  —  (CNN) — Frustrated Republicans are retaliating for a Democratic power play to weaken their hand in opposing presidential nominations by forcing an all-night session.  —  Votes on judicial and other appointments were set …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
 
 
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