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1:50 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.
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 …
Jeff Morganteen / CNBC:
Stockman: Budget deal a ‘joke and betrayal’
Discussion: Firedoglake and Vox Popoli
Seth Mandel / Commentary Magazine:
The New Paul Ryan Is the Old Paul Ryan
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Taxation Without Penetration
Discussion: Guardian and Prairie Weather
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
CNN:
Mandela memorial interpreter asks forgiveness, calls himself champion
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Columnist Blasts Obama For Acting Like ‘Hormone-Ravaged Frat Boy’ At Mandela Service
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Carie Canterbury / Canon City Daily Record:
Mother of girl involved in ‘kissing’ discipline speaks out
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 … ‘SOUTH PARK’  —  KIM K'S A HOBBIT
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
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, Atlas Shrugs and Liberaland
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Robertson: Lesbian Friend Might Turn Your Kids Gay  —  Pat Robertson told a 700 Club viewer today that she is right to be wary of inviting a lesbian friend over to her home, because that might cause her children to “grow up as lesbians.”  Robertson, who has previously claimed that gay people are …
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 …
Michael Lehnert / Detroit Free Press:
It's long past time that we close Guantánamo  —  In 2002, I led the first Joint Task Force to Guantánamo and established the detention facility.  Today, I believe it is time to close Guantánamo.  —  In the coming week, Congress will lay the foundation for whether …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Verge
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) …
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
 
 
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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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Matthew Hoye / CNN:
Senior Obama aide Pete Rouse leaving administration
Discussion: New York Times
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Why Don't Supreme Court Justices Ever Change Their Minds in Favor of the Death Penalty?
Discussion: Washington Post and SCOTUSblog
Ted Cruz / USA Today:
Obamacare is a disaster: Ted Cruz
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Wall Street Journal:
Juking the ObamaCare Stats
Leonid Ragozin / Guardian:
Vladimir Putin defends anti-gay laws as bastion of global conservatism
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Obama's tardy epiphany about government's flaws
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Republicans Running in Reverse
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