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5:40 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
Discussion: Washington Post and Booman Tribune
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Heritage Action: Boehner picks fight to clear way for immigration
Discussion: Guardian
USA Today:
Sheriff: Colo. school shooting suspect is dead  —  Two people were reported injured Friday afternoon during the shooting at the Denver school.  —  Two teens were injured Friday afternoon during a shooting at a suburban Denver high school by a fellow student, who then took his own life.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Liberaland
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Will C. Holden / KDVR.com:
2 injured in Arapahoe High School shooting; Student gunman dead  —  CENTENNIAL, Colo. — A student with a shotgun walked into Arapahoe High School just before noon Friday, apparently targeting a teacher, and shot a fellow student before turning the gun on himself.
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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Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Man who faked sign language at Mandela memorial has faced murder, other charges  —  JOHANNESBURG — The sign language interpreter who gestured meaninglessly at the Nelson Mandela memorial in South Africa on Tuesday has faced charges of murder, rape, theft, breaking and entering …
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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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.
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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
Discussion: The Impolitic
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 …
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 …
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.
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Jenna Portnoy / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie announces another top Port Authority official has resigned after GWB flap  —  Bill Baroni, the Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, testifies before a state Assembly panel last month.  (Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-Ledger)
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Another resignation comes in Christie administration over bridge scandal
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and First Read
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Tension Eases in Senate Ahead of Weekend  —  WASHINGTON — The partisan tension that has brought business in the Senate to a crawl eased on Friday as Democrats and Republicans said they were calling a weekend cease-fire that will allow them to move on to more pressing issues next week like the unfinished budget and defense bills.
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Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
House GOP Conservatives Help Propel Budget Bill
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.
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.
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.
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: neo-neocon and VodkaPundit
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
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.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
L.A.'s Eric Garcetti: Mayors will lead on immigration  —  Big-city mayors will help lead a national push on immigration reform and expanding early childhood education in 2014, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti predicted Friday.  —  In an interview with POLITICO, Garcetti said that he and his …
Discussion: CNN
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.
 
 
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