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Drew Magary / GQ Magazine Online:
What the Duck?  —  How in the world did a family of squirrel-eating, Bible-thumping, catchphrase-spouting duck hunters become the biggest TV stars in America?  And what will they do now that they have 14 million fervent disciples?  Our Drew Magary toured the Louisiana backwater with Phil Robertson and the Duck Dynasty gang to find out
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Rossmurray / GLAAD:
Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson uses vile stereotypes to tell GQ his thoughts on LGBT people  —  The Robertsons, the family whose duck hunting products have made them a fortune, are breakout stars featured in A&E's Duck Dynasty.  GQ Magazine's profile of Phil Robertson included some of the vilest …
Politico:
W.H. to nominate Sen. Max Baucus as next ambassador to China  —  Sen. Max Baucus, the veteran Montana Democrat who has served in the Senate since 1978, is expected to be nominated by the White House to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to China, according to several sources familiar with the matter.
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Report: White House To Tap Max Baucus As Ambassador To China
Discussion: Liberaland and Business Insider
Washington Post:
Panel urges new curbs on surveillance by U.S.  —  A panel appointed by President Obama to review the government's surveillance activities has recommended significant new limits on the nation's intelligence apparatus that include ending the National Security Agency's collection of virtually all Americans' phone records.
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Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Rand Paul: Intelligence director should resign
Discussion: Politico
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
NSA spying report released
Discussion: Lawfare
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Rep. Jack Kingston Proposes That Poor Students Sweep Floors In Exchange For Lunch  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) wants kids to learn early in life that there's no such thing as a free lunch.  To make sure they absorb that lesson, he's proposing that low-income children …
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David / crooksandliars.com/user/7:
Rep. Kingston: We Will ‘gain As A Society’ By Forcing Hungry Kids To Sweep Floors To Eat
Discussion: Liberaland
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Record High in U.S. Say Big Government Greatest Threat  —  Now 72% say it is greater threat than big business or big labor  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Seventy-two percent of Americans say big government is a greater threat to the U.S. in the future than is big business or big labor …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
NYT Mag Offers Inexplicable 2006 John McCain Cover Profile in 2013  —  In the last couple of years, every time something John McCain says makes “news,” my immediate reaction—sometimes on Twitter, sometimes just in my head—is, “Remind me again why anybody should give a crap what John McCain thinks about anything?”
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
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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 …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
New Documentary Threatens to Make You Like Mitt Romney  —  During the 2012 campaign, I, like every liberal writer whose job it is to comment on politics every day, wrote many unkind things about Mitt Romney.  Much of the time I found him more sad than despicable; politicians who nearly reach …
Discussion: American Power
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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in October indicates that economic activity is expanding at a moderate pace.  Labor market conditions have shown further improvement; the unemployment rate has declined but remains elevated.
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Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Fed pulls back on stimulus
Discussion: Politico and Washington Monthly
Washington Post:
Obenshain to concede Virginia attorney general's race on Wednesday in Richmond  —  State Sen. Mark D. Obenshain(R) will concede the race for Virginia attorney general to Democrat Mark R. Herring on Wednesday, according to two people familiar with the decision.
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 …
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Carol E. Lee / Washington Wire:   Jarrett: 'I'm Not the Shadow Chief of Staff'
Fox News:
Non-citizens caught voting in 2012 presidential election in key swing state  —  Oct. 2, 2012: Voters cast their ballots at a Franklin County polling location on the first day of in-person absentee voting in Columbus, Ohio.Reuters  —  Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Wednesday …
Jason Reed / People.com:
President Obama: 'I've Got 3 Opinionated, Strong, Tall Women'  —  Sitting down for their annual interview with PEOPLE Managing Editor Larry Hackett and Washington, D.C., correspondent Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, President and Mrs. Obama reflect on the year's difficulties, both in the political arena …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
If Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is Replaced By A Republican, Here Is What Happens To The Law  —  At a forum in Reston, Virginia on Tuesday, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg threw her most recent bucket of cold water on Courtwatchers urging her to retire while President Obama is still in the White House.
Discussion: Liberaland
Laura Bennett / The New Republic:
Bloomberg's Favorite Toy  —  Inside the billionaire's quixotic, costly, and strangely milquetoast foray into opinion journalism  —  On a leafy stretch of East 78th Street, behind a locked, unmarked door with wrought-iron detailing, the office that housed Bloomberg View for the past …
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Hackers break into Washington Post servers  —  Hackers broke into The Washington Post's servers and gained access to employee user names and passwords, marking at least the third intrusion over the past three years, company officials said Wednesday.  —  The extent of the loss of company data …
Evan Soltas / Bloomberg:
North Carolina Shows How to Crush the Unemployed  —  The U.S. is about to cut the maximum duration of public support for the unemployed.  The federal extension of unemployment insurance expires on Jan. 1.  To see the consequences, look at North Carolina.  —  I've been watching the state since July …
Discussion: AEIdeas, National Review and Hullabaloo
New York Times:
Uninsured Skeptical of Health Care Law in Poll  —  WASHINGTON — Americans who lack medical coverage disapprove of President Obama's health care law at roughly the same rate as the insured, even though most say they struggle to pay for basic care, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Larry Klayman in huge CNN smackdown  —  Conservative legal activist Larry Klayman got into an argument on CNN with host Don Lemon and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin when he was brought on to discuss his victory this week in a lawsuit challenging NSA surveillance, resulting in Lemon cutting …
Discussion: BizzyBlog and The Week
Matthew Belloni / Hollywood Reporter:
Jay Leno in Demand: CNN's Jeff Zucker Among Suitors  —  The late-night host will be without a TV job in February, with the architect of the “Tonight Show” debacle joining Tribune, “American Idol's” Core Media and even ex-NBC chief Jeff Gaspin among those courting him.  —  How in demand is Jay Leno?
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
The politics of science fiction … That is from Tim Kreider, who praises the political visions and fiction of Kim Stanley Robinson.  Kreider also longs for a more political literature, devoted to such ideas as common stewardship of land and water, and also “small co-ops” instead of “vast, hierarchical, exploitative corporations.”
Discussion: EconLog
 
 
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Journalist consensus: Media leans left
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Twitter gold! The Obama #PajamaBoy selfie and other must-see mash-ups and memes [Photoshops]
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Republican Matt Bevin: Boehner Attack On Conservative Groups Showed ‘Smugness and Arrogance’
Emma Brown / Washington Post:
J.C. Hayward: A long-time local benefactor and WUSA anchor awaits a legal resolution
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Obama Poses with Controversial Separatist Leader
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