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8:20 AM ET, December 16, 2013

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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.
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
In budget deal, a secret reward for Dems  —  The two-year budget deal approved by the House has hidden political benefits for Senate Democrats, Republicans charge.  —  Because it sets a top-line budget number for 2015, Democrats won't have to write and pass a budget resolution in the midterm election year.
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Tax reformers see hope in budget deal  —  Congressional tax writers, left reeling after a string of setbacks to tax reform, say ratification of the budget pact could give them new momentum next year.  —  Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Durbin: GOP presidential ambitions and Tea Party challengers imperil budget deal  —  Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), the second-ranking Senate Democratic leader, said Sunday that Republicans jockeying for the White House in 2016 and Tea Party challengers in 2014 have imperiled the budget deal.
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CNN:
CNN vote count: Budget deal nearing Senate approval, but not there yet  —  Washington (CNN) - The budget deal struck by Republican and Democratic lawmakers that easily passed the House of Representatives last week has run into some opposition in the Senate.  But according to CNN's vote count, the deal appears to be nearing passage.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Gingrich: Budget deal keeps focus on Obamacare
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …, Hot Air and CNN
Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP zeroes in on debt limit debate
Discussion: Mediaite and Business Insider
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.
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
G.O.P. Firebrands Tone Down Their Message and Run Again  —  LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. — “My name is Congressman Bob Dold!” said the fleece-clad man making his way through a popular restaurant here.  —  Well, not exactly.  His name is Bob Dold, but he isn't a current member of Congress.
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Dan Friedman / NY Daily News:
Tea Party candidates launch battle against Republican honchos
Rasmussen Reports:   23% Name Pope Francis Most Influential, 21% Say Obama
ThinkProgress:
North Carolina Legislator: Obamacare Worse Than Terrorists, Stalin, Hitler Combined  —  A 2008 Bob Rucho for North Carolina Senate re-election ad  —  North Carolina State Senator Bob Rucho (R) tweeted Sunday that he believes the Affordable Care Act ranks as worse than the worst atrocities of the past century.
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
John Miller / CBS News:
NSA speaks out on Snowden, spying  —  The NSA gives unprecedented access to the agency's HQ and, for the first time, explains what it does and what it says it doesn't do: spy on Americans  —  The following is a script from “Inside the NSA” which aired on Dec. 15, 2013.  John Miller is the correspondent.
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
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Why Inequality Matters  —  Rising inequality isn't a new concern.  Oliver Stone's movie “Wall Street,” with its portrayal of a rising plutocracy insisting that greed is good, was released in 1987.  But politicians, intimidated by cries of “class warfare,” have shied away from making …
 
 
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Brendan Bordelon / The Daily Caller:
Congressman Trey Gowdy: Obama's disregard of law ‘has reached an unprecedented level’ [VIDEO]
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Poverty nation: How America created a low-wage work swamp
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USA Today:
Hillary Clinton may affect campaigns far ahead of 2016
Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
Moonwalking in Syria  —  U.S. efforts there may be giving …
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The Hill:
Podesta: Climate game changer
Associated Press:
AP-GFK POLL: HEALTH LAW SEEN AS ERODING COVERAGE
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Chris Matyszczyk / CNET:
Apple approves ‘only gay social app for ages 12 and up’
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Daughter Theory  —  FOR our age of wonks and white papers …
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Associated Press:
George P. takes baby steps away from Bush name
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Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
How the West was lost by the selfie president
Jenn Taylor / Twitchy:
US embassy in London unveils huge tapestry of Obama, gushes over his ‘warm smile’ [pics]
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
McCain: CIA did not tell Congress the truth about Levinson
 

 
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