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12:45 PM ET, December 14, 2013

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Denver Post:
ARAPAHOE HIGH GUNMAN HELD STRONG POLITICAL BELIEFS, CLASSMATES SAID  —  The teenage gunman who entered Arapahoe High School on Friday afternoon and shot two fellow students with a shotgun was outspoken about politics, was a gifted debater and might have been bullied for his beliefs, according to students who knew him.
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EndPlay / TheDenverChannel.com:
Karl Pierson identified as Arapahoe High School gunman who shot student while targeting librarian  —  Karl Halverson Pierson as pictured in the 2012-2013 Arapahoe High School yearbook.  —  None  —  Regular Photo Size  —  Last Updated: 12 minutes ago  —  HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. …
USA Today:
Sheriff: Colo. school shooting suspect is dead
Discussion: Denver Post and Hit & Run
Associated Press:
Ryan's Budget Plan: A Bridge Over the Divide?  —  Rep. Paul Ryan likened his 2-year budget agreement with Democrats to taking a few steps in the right direction.  —  But the bipartisan deal also carries potential value for Republicans and Ryan himself at a time when the party lacks a clear leader ahead of the 2014 election.
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The Hill:
Tea Party: Boehner ‘declared war’  —  Tea Party Patriots said Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has “declared war on the Tea Party” with his “smug and pretentious rant” against certain right-wing organizations.  —  The group made the charge in a fundraising email to supporters, seeking to win donations over the public feuding.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Ryan: Boehner ‘got his Irish up’  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) “just kind of got his Irish up” when he lashed out at conservative activist groups this week, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said.  —  “He was frustrated that these groups came out in opposition to our budget agreement before we reached …
Discussion: New York Times and The PJ Tatler
Politico:
Senate poised to pass budget
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Heritage Action: Boehner picks fight to clear way for immigration
Discussion: CNN and Guardian
New York Times:
Bipartisan Budget Deal Forged in House Faces Opposition in Senate
Discussion: Politico
John Markoff / New York Times:
Google Adds to Its Menagerie of Robots  —  SAN FRANCISCO — BigDog, Cheetah, WildCat and Atlas have joined Google's growing robot menagerie.  —  Google confirmed on Friday that it had completed the acquisition of Boston Dynamics, an engineering company that has designed mobile research robots for the Pentagon.
JONATHAN TURLEY:
Federal Court Strikes Down Criminalization of Polygamy In Utah  —  It is with a great pleasure this evening to announce that decision of United States District Court judge Clarke Waddoups striking down key portions of the Utah polygamy law as unconstitutional.
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Exclusive: Thousands of HealthCare.gov sign-ups didn't make it to insurers  —  Enrollment records for close to 15,000 HealthCare.gov shoppers were not initially transmitted to the insurance plans they selected, according to a preliminary federal estimate to be released Saturday.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The site once vouched for its “lie of the year.”  —  PolitiFact.com, the Tampa Bay Times's “fact checking” operation, is out with its “Lie of the Year,” and it's a doozy of dishonesty: “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.' ”  —  Just to show how fast the news can move …
Wall Street Journal:
Backdating ObamaCare  —  A last-minute HHS rule orders insurers to pay for the law's blunders.  —  The White House says that ObamaCare is all fixed, but its conduct suggests otherwise.  As it has realized that the government-created chaos is exposing patients to nasty and even deadly surprises …
Discussion: Power Line and HHS.gov
Jill Colvin / Politicker:
Bill de Blasio Walks Away From White House Meeting With Sweeping National Hopes  —  Bill de Blasio and the other newly-elected mayors.  —  WASHINGTON — Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio went down to Washington, D.C. today to meet with President Barack Obama, emerging emboldened that a “progressive movement” was sweeping the nation.
Wichita Eagle:
Terry Lee Loewen charged in planned suicide bombing at Wichita airport  —  For months, authorities allege, a 58-year-old avionics technician named Terry Lee Loewen - driven by radical ideas and prepared to die in a suicide attack - moved forward with a plot to detonate explosives at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.
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Pete Williams / Investigations:
Feds say they disrupted suicide bomb plot by worker at Wichita airport
Washington Post:
By cracking cellphone code, NSA has capacity for decoding private conversations  —  The cellphone encryption technology used most widely across the world can be easily defeated by the National Security Agency, an internal document shows, giving the agency the means to decode most of the billions …
Discussion: NBCNews, Prairie Weather and Mashable
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Who Funds the Far Left?  You'll Be Surprised  —  The Center for American Progress is a left-wing organization that is closely associated with the Obama administration.  Its principal product is a web site called Think Progress.  Think Progress is part of the internet cesspool that modern liberalism has become.
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Eric Lipton / New York Times:
New Obama Adviser Brings Corporate Ties
 
 
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep. Wants Congress To Take Civil Action Against Obama For ‘Imperial Presidency’
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Shuffling Staff, Obama Strives For a Recharge
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ThinkProgress:
Senator Claims Giving People More Time To Enroll In Obamacare Will Lead To Government Takeover
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
U.S. may be open to Islamists joining Syrian rebel coalition
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Steve Harvey gets Obama interview
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Trayvon Martin's Parents Are Planning a Book
 

 
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