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10:10 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.
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Discussion: Politico
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.
Discussion: CBS News and First Read
CNN:   CNN vote count: Budget deal nearing Senate approval, but not there yet
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
Art Swift / Gallup:
Honesty and Ethics Rating of Clergy Slides to New Low  —  Nurses again top list; lobbyists are worst  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans' rating of the honesty and ethics of the clergy has fallen to 47%, the first time this rating has dropped below 50% since Gallup first asked about the clergy in 1977.
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Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Lobbyists, lawmakers rated dishonest, unethical in poll  —  Members of Congress and lobbyists are among the professionals who have the lowest honesty and ethical standards, according to a new poll.  —  Only 6 percent of people in the United States rate lobbyists as having “high” or “very high” …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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.
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Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
NSA officials consider Edward Snowden amnesty in return for documents
Discussion: Althouse and The Agonist
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 …
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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John Fund / National Review:   Peter O'Toole: He Loved Drink, Feared the Taxman
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Peter O'Toole, R.I.P.
Discussion: Instapundit
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.
Tony Lee / BREITBART.COM:
HOUSE REPORT: ILL-TRAINED OBAMACARE NAVIGATORS ENCOURAGING FRAUD, JEOPARDIZING PRIVATE INFO  —  The Obama administration decided that Obamacare Navigators, tasked with helping Americans enroll in a health insurance plan, would not undergo mandatory background checks.
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.
Anita Gates / New York Times:
Joan Fontaine, Who Won an Oscar for Hitchcock's ‘Suspicion,’ Dies at 96  —  Joan Fontaine, the patrician blond actress who rose to stardom as a haunted second wife in the Alfred Hitchcock film “Rebecca” in 1940 and won an Academy Award for her portrayal of a terrified newlywed in Hitchcock's …
The Hill:
Podesta: Climate game changer  —  Environmental groups believe John Podesta will be a force for change on climate issues at the White House.  —  The groups argue that for most of Obama's years in office, an administration that took power at the height of the recession has prioritized helping the economy over other goals.
 
 
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Erica Goode / New York Times:
Sheriffs Refuse to Enforce Laws on Gun Control
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BBC:
Huge poll win for Chilean left
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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
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Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
Moonwalking in Syria  —  U.S. efforts there may be giving …
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Steven Zeitchik / Los Angeles Times:
Tom Laughlin, star of ‘Billy Jack’ films, dies at age 82
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Maureen Callahan / New York Post:
What happened to Lady Gaga?
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Daughter Theory  —  FOR our age of wonks and white papers …
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Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
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