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3:25 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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Brian Beutler / Salon:
Obama's shutdown critics look like morons after budget deal  —  Guess what, tired Beltway pundits: Obama's successful leadership from October brought an end to GOP hostage-taking  —  Back in August and September, two opposing analytical frameworks dominated the media's coverage of the government shutdown and debt limit hostage crises.
Discussion: Slate and Guardian
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 …
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.
Jonathan Strong / National Review:
Ryan Deal Limits Senate GOP's Power to Block Tax Increases
Discussion: RedState, Hot Air and Power Line
Seth Mandel / Commentary Magazine:
The New Paul Ryan Is the Old 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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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
CNN:
Mandela memorial interpreter asks forgiveness, calls himself champion  —  Johannesburg (CNN) — The sign language interpreter widely ridiculed for his performance at the Nelson Mandela memorial stands by his work.  —  Thamsanqa Jantjie said Thursday that he is a fully qualified interpreter …
Andrea Peyser / New York Post:
Flirty Obama owes us an apology
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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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
Abby D. Phillip / ABC News:
Republicans and Tea Party Activists in ‘Full Scale Civil War’
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
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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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 …
NBCNews:
Health director who approved Obama birth certificate dies in plane crash  —  The health director who approved the release of President Obama's birth certificate has died in a plane crash, Hawaiian officials said Thursday.  —  Loretta Fuddy died after the Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft …
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
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
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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Mohammed Ghobari / Reuters:
Air strike kills 15 civilians in Yemen by mistake: officials
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Michael Lehnert / Detroit Free Press:
It's long past time that we close Guantánamo
RFE / Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Pakistani Mob Kills Man After Fruit Found Wrapped In Koran Pages
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
The Atlantic Online:
Mandela and the Question of Violence
Matthew Hoye / CNN:
Senior Obama aide Pete Rouse leaving administration
Discussion: New York Times
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Why Don't Supreme Court Justices Ever Change Their Minds in Favor of the Death Penalty?
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Chris Nagus / KMOV-TV:
Nearly $90 million in fines handed down for government-funded phone fraud
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Alex Seitz-Wald / NationalJournal.com:
Black Supremacist Finally Out at DHS
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