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6:45 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.
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” …
Brian Beutler / Salon:
Obama's shutdown critics look like morons after budget deal
Discussion: Politico
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
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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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.
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, Booman Tribune and Unfogged
Dan Zak / Washington Post:
Megyn Kelly, Fox News's brightest star
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
Botho Molosankwe / IOL:
Sign language ‘fake’ blames illness  —  Johannesburg - The man who has been blasted on social networks and accused of providing “fake” sign language interpretation at Nelson Mandela's memorial service says he suffered a schizophrenic episode.  —  Thamsanqa Jantjie said his schizophrenia …
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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 …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Dish
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 …
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
Leslie Larson / NY Daily News:
Obama's funeral selfie won't be shared, as Danish PM says it didn't turn out to be a good picture  —  The little lady who started selfie-gate, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, dashed the hopes of those wanting a peek at the pic, but didn't say whether or not she's keeping the image as part of her own personal collection.
Discussion: Althouse
Max Fisher / WorldViews:
Even by North Korean standards, this announcement of Jang Song Thaek's execution is intense  —  North Korean state media are known for hyperbole, but even so, the official announcement of the execution of Jang Song Thaek is a step beyond.  The state-run Korean Central News Agency released …
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 2:  —  Glenn Greenwald Goes on Record: “I Don't Doubt PayPal Cooperates with NSA!”
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Daily Banter
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 …
Detroit Free Press:
Michigan Legislature OKs initiative to require insurance rider for abortion coverage  —  LANSING — A controversial initiative requiring women to buy additional insurance if they want abortion coverage in their health insurance plans passed the Legislature Wednesday afternoon and will take effect 90 days …
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
HHS ‘encourages’ insurers to fix problems created by Obamacare
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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Foxx: DOT to weigh in-flight call ban
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Jose DelReal / Politico:
White House press corps tees off on Jay Carney over access
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Reuters:
For some Obamacare shoppers, a brief grace period on premiums
Discussion: Hot Air
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
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