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7:40 PM ET, December 18, 2013

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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 …
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
NSA spying report released
Discussion: CNN and Lawfare
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Obama Panel Recommends New Limits on N.S.A. Spying
CNN:
Review: NSA snooping program should stay in place
Washington Post:
Tech executives to Obama: NSA spying revelations are hurting business
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
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 …
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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
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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Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
Watch The Moment Mitt Romney Realizes He Is Going To Lose The Election  —  Netflix is out with a trailer for its new Mitt Romney documentary — “MITT” — which provides a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look into some of the most important moments of his failed campaign for president.
Discussion: The Verge, FishbowlDC, Mediaite and The Week
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
New Documentary Threatens to Make You Like Mitt Romney
Discussion: American Power
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 …
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.
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 …
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Birther tea party rep. refuses to stand near Obama photo, moves away U.S. flag  —  A tea party-back Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri this week asked that a flag be moved because she did not want to stand near a photo of President Barack Obama during a press conference.
Discussion: Liberaland
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Columbia Daily Tribune:
Hartzler moves flag for press conference to avoid image with Obama
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Gateway Pundit
Peggy Noonan's Blog:
Incompetence  —  Everyone is doing thoughtful year-end pieces on President Obama.  Writers and reporters agree he's had his worst year ever.  I infer from most of their essays an unstated but broadly held sense of foreboding: There's no particular reason to believe next year will be better …
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?
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 …
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.
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: The Week
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
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 …
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters:
Barbara Walters on Obama: ‘We Thought He Was Going To Be The Next Messiah’  —  Yes, she really said it.  —  On CNN's Piers Morgan Live Tuesday, in a brief discussion about President Obama, Barbara Walters actually said, “We thought that he was going to be - I shouldn't say this at Christmastime …
 
 
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
If Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is Replaced By A Republican, Here Is What Happens To The Law
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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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Katie Glueck / Politico:
NRA backs John Cornyn over Steve Stockman in Texas
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Obama Poses with Controversial Separatist Leader
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