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3:45 PM ET, December 13, 2013

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Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Why This Round of the Republican Civil War Was Different  —  Republican leaders finally had enough with conservatives' antics and decided to take back control.  It worked, and we got a budget deal.  —  Another round of the long-running GOP civil war broke out this week, and you could be forgiven for greeting it with a yawn.
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Glenn Beck attacks ‘worthless’ John Boehner  —  Conservative radio host Glenn Beck went off on Republican leadership after the House passed a budget compromise Thursday, calling House Speaker John Boehner “worthless” and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a “liar.”
Discussion: Washington Post and Booman Tribune
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
House GOP Conservatives Help Propel Budget Bill
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:   Twilight of the Sequester  —  In Washington, folks are celebrating …
Karyn Maughan / eNCA:
Search form  —  A baboon has been spotted on the streets of Bryanston in Johannesburg, appearing hungry and confident... watch the eyewitness video.  —  EXCLUSIVE: Senior ANC officials walked through the stands in a vain attempt to stop crowds booing President Jacob Zuma at Madiba's memorial.
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Huckabee, Looking to 2016 Race, Speaks of ‘a Real Opportunity for Me’  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas has not been among the Republicans frequently named as a potential 2016 presidential candidate, but he would like that to change.
Yuval Levin / National Review:
Pressing the Panic Button?  —  As usual, it's hard to tell just what's going on inside the administration regarding Obamacare, but I don't think we can really take the steps announced by HHS yesterday as anything but a bright, red, flashing warning light about the internal expectations regarding January.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and AEIdeas
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Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Media Matters Declares Victory: ‘The War On Fox Is Over’  —  WASHINGTON — Since its founding in 2004, the progressive watchdog group Media Matters for America has been a thorn in the side of Fox News.  Its dozens of staffers monitor the network's leadership, hosts, guests and financial dealings incessantly …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Biggest Losers  —  The pundit consensus seems to be that Republicans lost in the just-concluded budget deal.  Overall spending will be a bit higher than the level mandated by the sequester, the straitjacket imposed back in 2011.  Meanwhile, Democrats avoided making any concessions on Social Security or Medicare.
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Another resignation comes in Christie administration over bridge scandal  —  (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced Friday the resignation of New Jersey's top Port Authority official Bill Baroni, as controversy swirls regarding allegations that politics played a role in a traffic study …
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and First Read
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Jenna Portnoy / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie announces another top Port Authority official has resigned after GWB flap
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
Chinese Naval Vessel Tries to Force U.S. Warship to Stop in International Waters  —  A Chinese naval vessel tried to force a U.S. guided missile warship to stop in international waters recently, causing a tense military standoff in the latest case of Chinese maritime harassment, according to defense officials.
Pete Williams / Investigations:
Feds say they disrupted suicide bomb plot by worker at Wichita airport  —  A 58-year-old airport worker was charged Friday with allegedly planning a suicide bombing at a passenger terminal at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in Kansas.  —  The suspect, Terry Lee Loewen …
Anemona Hartocollis / New York Times:
With Affordable Care Act, Canceled Policies for New York Professionals  —  Many in New York's professional and cultural elite have long supported President Obama's health care plan.  But now, to their surprise, thousands of writers, opera singers, music teachers, photographers, doctors …
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Sam Baker / NationalJournal.com:   Take Two Aspirin and Blame Everything on Obamacare
David Brooks / New York Times:
Strengthen the Presidency  —  A couple of months ago, I visited the Congressional Budget Office, one of our most trust-inspiring government agencies.  On the elevator ride, one of the economists confided that it can be challenging to be in government these days.
Jonathan Merritt / The Atlantic Online:
Insisting Jesus Was White Is Bad History and Bad Theology  —  Fox News television host Megyn Kelly told viewers on her December 11 broadcast that Jesus and Santa are both white men.  —  “Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn't mean it has to change,” Kelly said.  “Jesus was a white man, too.
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
Presidential task force recommends sweeping overhaul of surveillance tactics of NSA  —  A task force's draft proposals would change the spy agency's leadership from military to civilian and limit how it gathers and holds the electronic information of Americans.
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Adam Goldman / Washington Post:
Ex-FBI agent who disappeared in Iran was on rogue mission for CIA  —  An American man who disappeared in Iran more than six years ago had been working for the CIA in what U.S. intelligence officials describe as a rogue operation that led to a major shake-up in the spy agency.
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Gun Lobby Uses Newtown Anniversary To Raise Money  —  Gun Owners of America, one of the most aggressive pro-gun lobbies in America, posted a message to its website on Friday celebrating its victories in the year since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre and asking people to give money to its organization.
Discussion: Liberaland
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
Report: Less Than 15 Percent of Obamacare ‘Enrollees’ Are Actually Covered  —  This week's Obamacare headlines have been dominated by HHS' announcement that 365,000 Americans have selected a plan through Obamacare's federal and state exchanges — well short of the administration's projected goal of 800,000 enrollees by December 1st.
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Sean Higgins / Washington Examiner:
PolitiFact rewrites its own history in Obamacare ‘Lie Of The Year’ decision  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL OBAMACARE PRESIDENT HEALTH CARE POLITIFACT  —  In an impressive display of chutzpah, the Tampa Bay Times' fact-checking organization PolitiFact has designated President Obama's promise that …
Jamie Wiebe / The Atlantic Online:
Psychology of Lululemon: How Fashion Affects Fitness  —  Does expensive athletic wear actually incline us to work out?  “Enclothed cognition” proposes that the clothes you wear directly affect how we think and what we do.  —  The Simpsons might seem an odd place to find scientific inspiration.
Discussion: Althouse
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Karl Rove: Obamacare rap crosses line  —  Karl Rove is not happy with a new rap parody of Snoop Dogg's “Drop It like It's Hot” that promotes Obamacare, saying it “crosses the line.”  —  In the video, which directs viewers to Covered California-led efforts TellAFriendGetCovered.com and promotes #GetCovered …
Will C. Holden / KDVR.com:
2 injured in shooting at Arapahoe High School  —  Police gather outside Arapahoe County High School to respond to an active shooter situation on Dec. 13, 2013.  (Photo: Twitter / @WillHalbz)  —  Police gather outside Arapahoe County High School to respond to an active shooter situation on Dec. 13, 2013.
Discussion: KUSA-TV, Mediaite and The Raw Story
 
 
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Stewart Ledbetter / Vermont News:
Christie: ‘It matters who you nominate’
Peter Elkind / Fortune:
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Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Jobless Fear Looming Cutoff of Benefits
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Heben Nigatu / BuzzFeed:
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Blake Neff / The Hill:
Danish PM: Obama ‘selfie’ won't be shared
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HHS to Darrell Issa: We don't trust you
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Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
Americans Won't Be Easily Reassured About the Economy
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