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12:30 AM ET, December 13, 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” …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
House passes bipartisan budget deal
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
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 …
Dan Zak / Washington Post:
Megyn Kelly, Fox News's brightest star
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Steven Morris / Guardian:
Pupils' Christmas ‘ruined’ by vicar's Santa Claus origins story
Discussion: Daily Kos, Booman Tribune and Unfogged
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 …
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Obamacare exposes Republican hypocrisy on health care  —  Now that HealthCare.Gov is on a clear path to functionality, Republicans are having to come to terms with the fact that Obamacare will not conveniently collapse before anyone can purchase insurance.  If the law is going to fulfill …
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 …
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: Politico and Transportation Nation
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 …
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
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 …
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The Atlantic Online:   Mandela and the Question of Violence
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
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 …
Josh Eidelson / Salon:
Exclusive: Chris Hayes attends secret union meeting with unhappy NBC workers  —  Amid workers alleging union-busting by an NBC Universal-owned company, MSNBC's prime-time host Chris Hayes recently met privately with a group of them to hear their concerns, according to several people present at the meeting.
Michael Sippey / The Twitter Blog:
Reverting the changes to block functionality  —  Earlier today, we made a change to the way the “block” function of Twitter works.  We have decided to revert the change after receiving feedback from many users - we never want to introduce features at the cost of users feeling less safe.
 
 
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David Freddoso / Washington Examiner:
Obama's popularity slide has made his coalition dangerously shallower
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Jose DelReal / Politico:
White House press corps tees off on Jay Carney over access
James Hohmann / Politico:
Liberals needle Scott Brown on Massachusetts plates
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Congressmen Want to Bring Obama to Court for Not Faithfully Executing Laws
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Mohammed Ghobari / Reuters:
Air strike kills 15 civilians in Yemen by mistake: officials
Discussion: The Verge and The Long War Journal
Joy Wilke / Gallup:
Tea Party Favorability Falls to Lowest Yet
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