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10:50 PM ET, December 12, 2013

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Abby D. Phillip / ABC News:
Republicans and Tea Party Activists in ‘Full Scale Civil War’ … Years of growing friction between the Republican Party leaders and its Tea Party faction has erupted into what one conservative said today was “full-scale civil war.”  —  House Speaker John Boehner, whose strategies …
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The Hill:
House approves budget deal, handing major victory to Boehner  —  The House on Thursday approved a two-year budget deal that turns off $63 billion in sequester spending cuts, handing a major victory to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio.).  —  Large majorities in both parties backed the bill in a 332-94 vote.
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: Politico and Connecting.the.Dots
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
John Boehner: Conservative Groups Have ‘Lost All Credibility’ (VIDEO)  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Thursday held firm in his criticism of outside conservative groups after a war of words Wednesday, questioning their credibility and saying they've gone “over the line” …
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.
Jake Sherman / Politico:
House passes bipartisan budget deal  —  After a tumultuous and politically divisive year, the House ended 2013 on a rare bipartisan note by passing a budget deal supported by a nearly equal number of Republicans and Democrats.  —  The chamber voted 332-94 to approve the two-year budget deal crafted …
Emma Dumain / Roll Call:
Boehner: Conservative Outside Groups ‘Have Lost All Credibility’
Discussion: Hawkings Here
Andrew Stiles / National Review:
Boehner: Conservative Groups ‘Have Lost All Credibility’
Discussion: Power Line and FreedomWorks
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi a ‘yes’ on budget deal
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Megyn Kelly: Jesus and Santa were white  —  On Wednesday night Megyn Kelly declared on her Fox News show that both Santa Claus and Jesus were white.  Discussing a piece in Slate by Aisha Harris about a black versus white Santa, Kelly that “just because it makes you feel uncomfortable it doesn't mean it has to change.”
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Aisha Harris / Slate:
What Fox News Doesn't Understand About Santa Claus  —  Earlier this week, I argued that our image of Santa Claus should no longer be a white man, but, instead, a penguin.  I hoped the piece would come across as a little tongue-in-cheek, while at the same time expressing my real concern …
Steven Morris / Guardian:
Pupils' Christmas ‘ruined’ by vicar's Santa Claus origins story
Discussion: Daily Kos and Unfogged
Aisha Harris / Slate:
Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore
Angie Drobnic Holan / PolitiFact:
Lie of the Year: ‘If you like your health care plan, you can keep it’  —  It was a catchy political pitch and a chance to calm nerves about his dramatic and complicated plan to bring historic change to America's health insurance system.  —  “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it …
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
HHS ‘encourages’ insurers to fix problems created by Obamacare
Discussion: Hot Air and Weekly Standard
John Bacon / USA Today:
Official who OK'd Obama birth papers dies in crash  —  One person is dead after a small plane crashed off the island of Molokai, Hawaii.  Officials say the other eight people on the plane survived.  (Dec. 12) AP  —  Hawaiian Health Director Loretta Fuddy was killed in a small plane crash off Hawaii.
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NBCNews:
Health director who approved Obama birth certificate dies in plane crash
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Vermont Is Kicking Everyone's Ass at Signing Up People for Obamacare  —  Which states are doing the best at signing up people for Obamacare?  Business Insider has a state-by-state chart here showing the number of people who have completed the process 100 percent: they've actually chosen …
Andrea Peyser / New York Post:
Flirty Obama owes us an apology  —  Maybe he went into sugar shock over a Danish pastry.  —  The president of the United States, leader of the free world, standard-bearer for everything upright, good and wholesome about the nation he leads, lost his morality, his dignity and his mind …
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Columnist Blasts Obama For Acting Like ‘Hormone-Ravaged Frat Boy’ At Mandela Service
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
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 …
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) …
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Ted Mann / Wall Street Journal:
Governors Spoke Privately About Bridge Controversy  —  Chris Christie Complained to Andrew Cuomo That His Appointee Was Pressing too Hard for Answers  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week to complain about a Cuomo appointee's handling of a growing controversy …
Discussion: Transportation Nation and Politico
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 …
Associated Press:
MISSING AMERICAN IN IRAN WAS ON UNAPPROVED MISSION  —  You are here  —  Home » United States government » Missing American in Iran was on unapproved mission  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — In March 2007, retired FBI agent Robert Levinson flew to Kish Island, an Iranian resort awash with tourists …
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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Sibel Edmonds / Sibel Edmonds' Boiling Frogs:
BFP Breaking News- Omidyar's PayPal Corporation Said To Be Implicated in Withheld NSA Documents  —  The U.S. Government, An Implicated Billionaire, Fortune-Seeking Journalists & A Public in the Dark  —  Update 1: It is unfortunate to see how the subject (Greenwald & friends) …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Daily Banter
 
 
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James Hohmann / Politico:
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Congressmen Want to Bring Obama to Court for Not Faithfully Executing Laws
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Mohammed Ghobari / Reuters:
Air strike kills 15 civilians in Yemen by mistake: officials
Discussion: The Verge and The Long War Journal
Politico:
Lament of the Plutocrats  —  Why Wall Street is fed …