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2:40 PM ET, December 12, 2013

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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” …
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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 …
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.
Brian Beutler / Salon:
Obama's shutdown critics look like morons after budget deal
Discussion: Guardian
Seth Mandel / Commentary Magazine:
The New Paul Ryan Is the Old Paul Ryan
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Taxation Without Penetration
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Guardian
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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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Columnist Blasts Obama For Acting Like ‘Hormone-Ravaged Frat Boy’ At Mandela Service  —  Employing an inordinate number of pastry puns and an inexplicable knowledge of the first family's marital harmony, the New York Post's Andrea Peyser unleashed a torrent of outrage toward President Obama for …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Cummings: ObamaCare like Mandela's fight against apartheid  —  Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) on Thursday likened the political fight to implement the Affordable Care Act to the plight of Nelson Mandela, who fought against apartheid in South Africa.  —  Cummings attended Mandela's memorial service …
Andrea Peyser / New York Post:
Flirty Obama owes us an apology
CNN:
Mandela memorial interpreter asks forgiveness, calls himself champion
Carie Canterbury / Canon City Daily Record:
Mother of girl involved in ‘kissing’ discipline speaks out  —  Boy was suspended for two days after second kissing incident  —  The mother of a girl involved in the case of a 6-year-old Cañon City school boy being suspended for a second violation of giving a classmate unwanted kisses …
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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.
Lateef Mungin / CNN:
6-year-old not sexually harassing
Discussion: Shakesville
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 …
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TMZ.com:
Joe Biden — Obama and I Don't Exchange Xmas Gifts
Discussion: CNN, Red Alert Politics and Guardian
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Gallup's bad news for tea party  —  Views of the tea party are at all-time lows in a new poll, as primary challenges to establishment Republicans continue to heat up Washington.  —  Just 30 percent of Americans view the tea party favorably in a new Gallup poll released Wednesday …
Discussion: Liberaland
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Joy Wilke / Gallup:
Tea Party Favorability Falls to Lowest Yet
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Obama administration extends state high-risk pools through January  —  With some high-risk patients still struggling to gain health insurance, the Obama administration is extending a health law program that covers more than 100,000 Americans with preexisting conditions.
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Ted Cruz / USA Today:
Obamacare is a disaster: Ted Cruz
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
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Politico:
Lament of the Plutocrats  —  Why Wall Street is fed …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Capital New York
Paul Krugman:
Unprecedented Austerity  —  As many people have noted, a strange thing has happened on the fiscal policy front.  Intellectually, the case for austerity has pretty much collapsed, having been reduced at this point to the Three Stooges Theory: we're supposed to consider austerity a success …
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 …
Norman Podhoretz / Wall Street Journal:
Strike Iran Now to Avert Disaster Later  —  A conventional-weapons attack is preferable to the nuclear war sure to come.  —  Not too many years ago, hardly anyone disagreed with John McCain when he first said that “the only thing worse than bombing Iran is letting Iran get the bomb.”
Discussion: Power Line, Hot Air and Atlas Shrugs
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 …
 
 
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Michael Lehnert / Detroit Free Press:
It's long past time that we close Guantánamo
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NBCNews:
Health director who approved Obama birth certificate dies in plane crash
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RFE / Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Pakistani Mob Kills Man After Fruit Found Wrapped In Koran Pages
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The Atlantic Online:
Mandela and the Question of Violence
Matthew Hoye / CNN:
Senior Obama aide Pete Rouse leaving administration
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Why Don't Supreme Court Justices Ever Change Their Minds in Favor of the Death Penalty?
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