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9:35 AM ET, December 18, 2013

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Kelly Whiteside / USA Today:
Obama sends message by naming Sochi Olympic delegation  —  The White House delivered a strong message of opposition to Russia's anti-gay laws Tuesday with the announcement of its delegation to the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics.  —  The White House delegation will include an openly gay athlete: tennis great Billie Jean King.
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Obama, Biden, Top U.S. Officials To Stay Away From Sochi Olympics
Jennifer Epstein / Reuters:
For U.S. Sochi delegation: Diversity, not diplomacy
Discussion: The Hill, The Daily Caller and CNN
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Of course the uninsured hate ObamaCare too.  —  Reason's Peter Suderman takes note of a poll result that surprises him: … If Suderman's surprise is sincere, he must have taken a sip of the ObamaCare Kool-Aid.  Implicit in his reasoning is a huge unwarranted assumption—to wit, that people without health insurance desire to have it.
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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.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Ryan won't run for White House in 2016, his GOP colleagues say  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has a choice to make.  —  The Republican Budget Committee chairman is the most popular conservative in the House, and over the coming year, he will have to decide whether to seek a more powerful committee gavel …
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Damian Paletta / Washington Wire:
Rep. Ryan Floats Tying Keystone XL to Raising Debt Ceiling
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Second worst year on record for jailed journalists  —  For the second consecutive year, Turkey was the world's leading jailer of journalists, followed closely by Iran and China.  The number of journalists in prison globally decreased from a year earlier but remains close to historical highs.
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Reporters Without Borders:
71 journalists were killed in 2013
New York Times:
Budget Deal Offers a Reprieve From Washington Paralysis  —  WASHINGTON — Something odd happened here on Tuesday.  The Senate advanced a two-year bipartisan budget deal that will now surely be sent to the president for his signature later this week without waiting for a cliff, a chasm, a deadline or a shutdown to force its hand.
Discussion: The Week
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Fox News:
Senators fight cuts to veteran benefits ahead of key budget test vote
Discussion: The Reaction and The Agonist
S.A. Miller / New York Post:
Duck penis studies, lifecoaches for Senate staff: $30B in government spending questioned  —  WASHINGTON - While the White House and Congress griped this year about the pain of automatic budget cuts, the federal government still managed to spend billions of dollars on seemingly frivolous projects …
Discussion: Liberaland and Weasel Zippers
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Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
How John McCain Turned His Clichés Into Meaning  —  When I walk into John McCain's office a week before Thanksgiving, he is not at all happy — and seems to be enjoying it quite a bit.  —  He is sampling none of the usual flavors of upset we tend to associate with the Arizona senator …
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 …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
This is the ad every Democrat should be scared of in 2014  —  Ending Spending, a conservative outside group dedicated to, well, ending (government)spending, is running an ad in New Hampshire that will be replicated endlessly by Republican candidates and groups in the 2014 midterm election.
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Senate Dems block amendment to restore veteran benefits by closing illegal immigrant welfare loophole  —  Senate Republicans were unable to stop military pension cuts when Senate Democrats blocked a vote on an amendment to prevent the cuts by closing a welfare loophole for illegal immigrants Tuesday night.
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.
New York Times:
Saudi Arabia Will Go It Alone  —  London — Saudi Arabia has been friends with our Western partners for decades; for some, like the United Kingdom where I serve as ambassador, for almost a century.  These are strategic alliances that benefit us both.  Recently, these relationships have been tested …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Israel Matzav
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
The Reboot  —  Barack Obama's at the lowest point of his presidency.  Can John Podesta save him?  —  When President Barack Obama's chief of staff, Denis McDonough, approached John Podesta a few weeks ago about taking over the high-aggravation job of White House counselor …
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
Neil Gough / New York Times:
Bitcoin Value Sinks After Chinese Exchange Move  —  HONG KONG — China's biggest Bitcoin exchange was forced to stop accepting deposits in the Chinese currency on Wednesday, sending the price of the virtual money tumbling in one of its biggest markets globally.
Dan Friedman / NY Daily News:
Rangel Will Seek Reelection, Plans to Announce This Week  —  Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel will run for a 23rd term representing his Harlem district and plans an announcement as early as Thursday, people close to the legendary lawmaker said.  —  “He's decided,” said a source in contact with Rangel.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
Bloomberg:
North America to Drown in Oil as Mexico Ends Monopoly  —  The flood of North American crude oil is set to become a deluge as Mexico dismantles a 75-year-old barrier to foreign investment in its oil fields.  —  Plagued by almost a decade of slumping output that has degraded Mexico's …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
After Ruling Critical of N.S.A., Uncertain Terrain for Appeal  —  WASHINGTON — As Judge Richard J. Leon heard arguments last month in a challenge to a National Security Agency program, he said only one thing was certain.  —  “I'm not sure how I'm going to come out,” he said, “but I know it's going upstairs.”
Discussion: ACS Blog
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 …
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: Roll Call, CNN and Booman Tribune
Sarah Anne Hughes / DCist:
D.C. Council Approves Minimum Wage Increase  —  In a rather anticlimactic moment, the D.C. Council unanimously passed an increase in the minimum wage today to one of the highest levels in the country.  —  Council chair Phil Mendelson moved to place both the minimum wage increase and paid sick days …
Discussion: Daily Kos and ThinkProgress
 
 
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TIME:
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Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
GOP congressman's retirement could put key district in play
WisPolitics.com:
Walker says administration will evaluate eliminating income tax
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