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12:40 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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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.
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 …
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.
Jeff Morganteen / CNBC:
Stockman: Budget deal a ‘joke and betrayal’
Discussion: Firedoglake and Vox Popoli
Susan Davis / USA Today:
For Paul Ryan, budget deal may be a career turning point
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Bipartisan Budget Deal Puts Ryan Under Fire From Fellow Conservatives
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and ABC News
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 and National Review
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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Andrea Peyser / New York Post:
Flirty Obama owes us an apology
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
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.
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Lateef Mungin / CNN:
6-year-old not sexually harassing  —  (CNN) — Amid a tidal wave of negative publicity, a Colorado school system has let a 6-year-old boy return to school and said it won't classify his kissing a girl on the hand as sexual harassment.  —  The story of first-grader Hunter Yelton made national news …
Discussion: Liberaland, Shakesville and ABC News
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
Joy Wilke / Gallup:
Tea Party Favorability Falls to Lowest Yet  —  Fifty-one percent view it unfavorably  —  PRINCETON, NJ — For the first time, a slim majority of Americans say they have an unfavorable opinion of the Tea Party movement.  About one-third view the movement favorably, a new low.
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Gallup's bad news for tea party
Discussion: Liberaland
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
Kelsey Osterman / Red Alert Politics:
Rep. Alan Grayson invites re-election supporters to be “Friends With Benefits”  —  Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) has had some weird and offensive fundraising emails before.  But his new “friends with benefits” plea is probably his creepiest.  —  On Wednesday morning, the Florida Democrat sent …
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Stephen Gutowski / Capitol City Project:
Rep. Grayson offers “friends with benefits” access to donors
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Twitchy
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 …
Matthew Hoye / CNN:
Senior Obama aide Pete Rouse leaving administration  —  Washington (CNN) - In the “will he stay or will he go?” saga, a Senior Obama Administration official confirms to CNN that, this time it seems, Pete Rouse really is leaving the administration.  —  When asked if this time Rouse was really leaving …
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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 …
The Atlantic Online:
Mandela and the Question of Violence … I have the misfortune of being near the end of Tony Judt's Postwar at a moment when of the great figures of our history, Nelson Mandela, has passed.  Judt's gaze is relentless.  He rejects all grand narratives, skewers Utopianism (mostly in the form of Communism) …
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 …
 
 
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CNN:
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