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8:45 PM ET, December 17, 2013

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Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
‘This Is the End of the Presidency’  —  Tracking the same horrible second-term path as Bush, can Obama learn from the past?  —  Claiming a mandate he never had, the newly reelected president foisted a bold agenda upon Congress and the public, then watched it collapse within months …
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The Fix:
Haters gonna hate.  But they plan to vote Republican.  —  Meet the haters.  —  We're talking about the voters who've had it with all Washington politicians: President Obama, congressional Republicans and congressional Democrats.  Despite their distaste for, well, everyone, when push comes to shove …
Gary Langer / ABC News:
A Drop in Opposition to Obamacare Helps Stabilize a Struggling Presidency
Discussion: Daily Kos and NewsBusters
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
Obama's Current Approval Rating Is The Ugliest Since Nixon
Discussion: The Week, TIME and Ed Driscoll
David Martosko / Daily Mail:
Obama ‘hijacks’ tech executive meeting to make ‘PR pitch’ on Obamacare website fix instead of dealing with NSA surveillance  — The White House telegraphed in advance that the president wanted to talk up his efforts to fix healthcare.gov, but no one in the room was interested
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST and The PJ Tatler
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
White House to tap Microsoft exec to fix HealthCare.gov  —  The White House is tapping the private sector for its next point man to oversee the troubled Obamacare website.  —  The administration is set to announce that Kurt DelBene, a former executive at Microsoft, will succeed Jeff Zients …
Jessica Meyers / Politico:
Tech giants get Obama's ear on NSA
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Thought Leader  —  Little boys and girls in ancient Athens grew up wanting to be philosophers.  In Renaissance Florence they dreamed of becoming Humanists.  But now a new phrase and a new intellectual paragon has emerged to command our admiration: The Thought Leader.
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Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
WAS IT SOMETHING WE SAID?  —  Moral Hazard, the Irish setter owned for photo-op purposes by New York Times columnist David Brooks, sat at the window of the farmhouse and watched the sparrows dance upon the new-fallen snow.  There was a warm glow about the room from the blazing fireplace …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Mediaite
Jennifer Epstein / Reuters:
For U.S. Sochi delegation: Diversity, not diplomacy  —  The Obama administration's delegation to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi includes two openly gay athletes — including tennis legend Billie Jean King — and, in a snub to Russian President Vladimir Putin, does not include the president …
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller
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Kelly Whiteside / USA Today:
Obama sends message by naming Sochi Olympic delegation
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Obama, Biden, Top U.S. Officials To Stay Away From Sochi Olympics
Discussion: Advocate
Rep. Jim Matheson / Facebook:
When I launched my first campaign in 1999, I knew that the arc of my public service would have many chapters.  It has been a tremendous privilege to serve the people of Utah during my time in the United States House of Representatives, but my time in the House should not be the sum total of my service.
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
GOP congressman's retirement could put key district in play  —  Washington (CNN) - Virginia Republican Rep. Frank Wolf announced Tuesday that he will not run for re-election in 2014, setting up a competitive race to replace him in the suburbs and exurbs outside Washington, D.C.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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The Hill:
Rep. Wolf retires after 17 terms
Discussion: Politico
Jill Shatzen / Congressman Frank R. Wolf:
Wolf Won't Seek Re-Election In 2014
Edward Snowden / folha.uol.com.br:
An Open Letter to the People of Brazil  —  Atualizado em 17/12/2013 às 08h11.  —  Six months ago, I stepped out from the shadows of the United States Government's National Security Agency to stand in front of a journalist's camera.  —  Espionage Whistleblower Edward Snowden to Seek Asylum in Brazil
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Kckatzman / CBS Boston:
Harvard Student Charged In Bomb Hoax  —  BOSTON (CBS) — A Harvard student has been charged in connection with Monday's bomb threats which shut down four Harvard buildings and canceled finals for many students.  —  The U.S. Attorney's office says Eldo Kim, 20, of Cambridge …
Sherry Jacobson / Dallas Morning News:
Texas congressmen take aim at Affordable Care Act's navigators  —  Dozens of Obamacare supporters attended Monday's congressional hearing at the Eisemann Center in Richardson.  Luis Veloz, 20, of Dallas told the crowd that he and his family do not have health insurance.
Discussion: Mediaite, The Raw Story and NewsBusters
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Issa To Texas Health Official: ‘You Need To Watch More Fox News’
Discussion: Daily Kos and Dallas Morning News
KASW-TV:
Brewer weighs in on ‘white’ Santa controversy  —  PHOENIX — Governor Jan Brewer got caught up in the controversy surrounding the ethnicity of Santa Claus on Tuesday.  —  Watch the video above to hear her response when asked by 3TV Political Editor Dennis Welch if she believes Santa Clause is white.
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
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Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Bill O'Reilly: Megyn Kelly right about Santa
Emily Bazelon / Slate:
Snap Out of It  —  If this judge doesn't buy the legal basis for the NSA's intrusive phone snooping, no one should.  —  If you have been lulled into a state of somnolence about former government contractor Edward Snowden's revelations that the government is collecting records …
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New York Times:
A Powerful Rebuke of Mass Surveillance
Jorge Saenz / Associated Press:
Francis Dumps U.S. Cardinal Who Is Outspoken Critic Of Abortion, Gay Marriage  —  ST. LOUIS (AP) — Pope Francis announced changes in the influential Vatican office that evaluates and nominates candidates for bishop around the world.  —  Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington was appointed Monday to the Congregation for Bishops.
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Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Jerry Brown, urged to run for president, won't rule out 2016 bid  —  Some are urging California Gov. Jerry Brown to run a fourth time for president, in part to stop the front-runner, Hillary Rodham Clinton.  (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images / May 23, 2013)  —  If he weren't the nation's oldest governor …
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Exclusive: Inside Steve Stockman's Disgusting, Condemned Campaign Office (PHOTOS)  —  Those looking for dirt on Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) need look no further.  TPM has obtained photographs taken by the local officials who recently shut down Stockman's campaign office in Webster, Texas.
Discussion: Mediaite
Bloomberg:
Accidental Tax Break Saves Wealthiest Americans $100 Billion  —  Sheldon Adelson makes no secret of his disdain for the estate tax.  —  “How many times do you have to pay taxes on money?” the casino magnate asks, leaning on a blue cane on the cobblestones of Wall Street on a crisp October morning.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Gawker and The Raw Story
Wesley Pruden / Washington Times:
The global warming scam that will not die  —  We were all supposed to be dead by now, fried to a toasty potatolike chip.  Or doomed to die with the polar bears.  It was to be a soggy end for the most beautiful planet in the cosmos and for all the passengers riding on it.
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Rep. Latham won't run for reelection  —  Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa) won't run for reelection, he announced Tuesday evening, opening up a competitive House seat in southwestern Iowa.  —  “It is never a perfect time or a right time to step aside.  But for me, this is the time,” he said in an email to supporters.
Discussion: CNN, Roll Call and Taegan Goddard's …
 
 
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Reddit's science forum banned climate deniers. Why don't all newspapers do the same?
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