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2:45 PM ET, December 15, 2013


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Dan Friedman / NY Daily News:
Tea Party candidates launch battle against Republican honchos  —  Several Republican senators' reelection efforts are being threatened by conservative challengers such as the controversial Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Tex.)  —  Republican honchos like Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) are facing an uprising.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Paul Ryan: Budget Deal Will Allow House To Focus More On Obamacare Repeal
Discussion: The Raw Story
Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP zeroes in on debt limit debate
Discussion: Mediaite
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Congress turns to tax reform
Discussion: CNN and The Week
ABC News:
Ryan Prefers Conservative Debate Within ‘Family’
Discussion: Politico
Paul Ryan: Boehner ‘just got his Irish up’
Discussion: Politico
Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: The early favorites for 2016 presidential race  —  Iowa Poll: Presidential candidate preferences: Iowa Poll: Presidential candidate preferences  —  Hillary Clinton, left, and Paul Ryan / Getty Images photos  —  Coming Monday  —  How do Iowans feel about health care reform and its rollout?
Alexander Burns / Reuters:
Ambassador Kennedy: A star is born  —  Caroline Kennedy is a long way from Syracuse.  —  The soft-spoken presidential scion, who four years ago this month toured upstate New York in a short and ill-fated bid for the U.S. Senate, has swept with force into her newest public role as President Barack Obama's ambassador in Japan.
Discussion: NewsBusters
Paul Sperry / New York Post:
Inside the Saudi 9/11 coverup  —  After the 9/11 attacks, the public was told al Qaeda acted alone, with no state sponsors.  —  But the White House never let it see an entire section of Congress' investigative report on 9/11 dealing with “specific sources of foreign support” for the 19 hijackers, 15 of whom were Saudi nationals.
Robert Booth / Guardian:
Peter O'Toole, star of Lawrence of Arabia, dies aged 81  —  Actor who shot to fame in David Lean's 1962 masterpiece and received eight Oscar nominations has died in hospital in London  —  The actor Peter O'Toole who found stardom in David Lean's masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia, has died aged 81, his family has annouced.
Discussion: Liberaland and Gawker
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
White House delayed enacting rules ahead of 2012 election to avoid controversy  —  The White House systematically delayed enacting a series of rules on the environment, worker safety and health care to prevent them from becoming points of contention before the 2012 election …
Discussion: Hot Air, Hullabaloo and Betsy's Page
Ashley Killough / CNN:
McCain: CIA did not tell Congress the truth about Levinson  —  (CNN) - Sen. John McCain joined CNN's “State of the Union” from Kiev, Ukraine, on Sunday after the Arizona Republican addressed thousands of protesters who are angry over the Ukrainian government's decision to backpedal away from an agreement with the European Union.
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
McCain says he would vote for budget deal
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
George P. takes baby steps away from Bush name  —  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The latest scion of one of America's most powerful political dynasties is trying to convince voters he's something other than what his famous surname suggests.  —  George P. Bush, the 37-year-old grandson of one former president …
Arthur C. Brooks / New York Times:
A Formula for Happiness  —  HAPPINESS has traditionally been considered an elusive and evanescent thing.  To some, even trying to achieve it is an exercise in futility.  It has been said that “happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”
Jenn Taylor / Twitchy:
US embassy in London unveils huge tapestry of Obama, gushes over his ‘warm smile’ [pics]  —  Bask in the warmth, Twitchy readers.  Just bask. … President Selfie fits right in, huh?  —  (Photo credit: U.S. Embassy London)  —  Subtle placement.  —  (Photo credit: U.S. Embassy London)
Rasmussen Reports:
23% Name Pope Francis Most Influential, 21% Say Obama  —  Time magazine named Pope Francis its “Person of the Year” last week, and nearly one-in-four Americans agrees with that pick.  —  Rasmussen Reports gave Americans a similar list of influential people worldwide, and 23% said Pope Francis was the most influential person in 2013.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Liberaland
Andrea Tornielli /
“Never be afraid of tenderness”  —  In this exclusive interview, Pope Francis speaks about Christmas, hunger in the world, the suffering of children, the reform of the Roman Curia, women cardinals, the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), and the upcoming visit to the Holy Land
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Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
How the West was lost by the selfie president
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Michael Martinez / CNN:
Nation reflects on Newtown
Discussion: Global Grind and Balloon Juice
Alan Schwarz / New York Times:
The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder
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Francis A. Walker / The Atlantic Online:
Restriction of Immigration
NY Daily News:
SantaCon is on! Drunken Saint Nicks, Mrs. Clauses swarm city streets
Discussion: Liberaland, Mediaite, Mashable and Gothamist
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Enrollment Errors Cut, Officials Say; Fixes Are Overstated, Insurers Report
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and JustOneMinute

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Barry Diller / Wall Street Journal:
Broadcasters Don't Own the Airwaves

Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Michael Wolff's column for the Guardian discontinued

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Financial Times rejects Ipso in favour of its own editorial complaints system

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