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11:20 PM ET, December 15, 2013


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Benedict Nightingale / New York Times:
Peter O'Toole, Star of ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ is Dead at 81  —  Peter O'Toole, an Irish bookmaker's son with a hell-raising streak whose performance in the 1962 epic film “Lawrence of Arabia” earned him overnight fame and established him as one of his generation's most charismatic actors, died on Saturday in London.
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Peter O'Toole, R.I.P.  —  Peter O'Toole died in London yesterday.  He was one of the few actors I was happy to watch in any role.  He improved almost anything he was in, although I wish there had been more late-career stuff after his charming turn in My Favorite Year.
Discussion: Instapundit
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.
Damian Paletta / Washington Wire:
Ryan Says GOP to Make Debt-Ceiling Demands in Early '14  —  House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) signaled that Republicans would not raise the debt ceiling next year without some sort of concessions from Democrats, saying lawmakers were still crafting their strategy.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP zeroes in on debt limit debate
Discussion: Mediaite
ABC News:   Ryan Prefers Conservative Debate Within ‘Family’
Paul Ryan: Boehner ‘just got his Irish up’
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Congress turns to tax reform
Discussion: The Week and CNN
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Poll: Ted Cruz 3rd ‘most influential’ world leader, behind pope, Obama  —  WASHINGTON SECRETS OBAMACARE JOHN BOEHNER TED CRUZ CHRIS CHRISTIE POPE FRANCIS  —  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has had the best year of any Republican and virtually anyone in the world, ranking third in Rasmussen Report's …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Weasel Zippers
Dan Friedman / NY Daily News:
Tea Party candidates launch battle against Republican honchos
Rasmussen Reports:   23% Name Pope Francis Most Influential, 21% Say Obama
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Daughter Theory  —  FOR our age of wonks and white papers and warring experts, there ought to be a word — something just short of, though not shorter than, schadenfreude — for the gentle thrill inspired by a social-science finding that mildly unsettles one's ideological opponents.
Discussion: The Raw Story and JustOneMinute
Maureen Callahan / New York Post:
What happened to Lady Gaga?  —  It's already known as ARTFLOP.  —  On Nov. 6, amid the kind of hype not seen since Michael Jackson floated a statue of himself down the Thames River, Lady Gaga released her third studio album, “ARTPOP.”  —  And not since Jackson has such a globally famous …
Discussion: Power Line
Steven Zeitchik / Los Angeles Times:
Tom Laughlin, star of ‘Billy Jack’ films, dies at age 82  —  Actors Tom Laughlin and Delores Taylor starred in the 1971 movie “Billy Jack.”  (File photo)  —  Tom Laughlin, the maverick actor and filmmaker best known for the “Billy Jack” films, has died.  He was 82.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.”
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.
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET:
Apple approves ‘only gay social app for ages 12 and up’  —  The founders of believe it's time for a gay social app that doesn't have sex at its core.  This is an app that “you can bring home to Mom.”  —  Do you feel that the gay community is all too often symbolized by shiny torsos with a body fat percentage below 3?
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
How the West was lost by the selfie president  —  My bookshelves sag with encyclopedic volumes arguing that America and the West are in decline.  But proving that a picture is worth a thousand books, the “selfie” seen 'round the world ends the argument.  —  It's official …
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: Talking Points Memo
McCain says he would vote for budget deal
Discussion: Politico
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Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Kerry: N. Korea ‘Potentially’ Having Nuke Would Be ‘Unacceptable’
Discussion: ABC News and The Democratic Daily
Associated Press:
George P. takes baby steps away from Bush name
Discussion: The Reaction
Jenn Taylor / Twitchy:
US embassy in London unveils huge tapestry of Obama, gushes over his ‘warm smile’ [pics]
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Michael Martinez / CNN:
Nation reflects on Newtown
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Global Grind
Alexander Burns / Reuters:
Ambassador Kennedy: A star is born
Discussion: NewsBusters
Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: The early favorites for 2016 presidential race
Alan Schwarz / New York Times:
The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder