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5:00 PM ET, December 6, 2013

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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
7 Nelson Mandela Quotes You Probably Won't See In The U.S. Media  —  The former South African president, who died Thursday, was a revolutionary and a deep skeptic of American power.  —  Siphiwe Sibeko / Reuters  —  “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America.
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Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Rick Santorum ties Obamacare, Nelson Mandela  —  As condolences and reflections followed the passing of Nelson Mandela, Rick Santorum linked the injustices the former South African president fought and Obamacare.  —  “He was fighting against some great injustice, and I would make the argument …
The Atlantic Online:
Apartheid's Useful Idiots  —  Nelson Mandela died yesterday, and all around the world, much-deserved hosannas are coming in, praising the life of one of the most important figures in modern Western history.  That last bit reflects my own bias.  What's become clear in all my studies …
Leslie Larson / NY Daily News:
Sen. Ted Cruz's praise for Nelson Mandela met with criticism by supporters  —  The Texas senator posted a message on his Facebook page saying that Mandela would ‘live in history as an inspiration for defenders of liberty,’ but some of the comments posted called the former South African leader a 'terrorist …
The Daily Beast:
Don't Sanitize Nelson Mandela: He's Honored Now, But Was Hated Then  —  By Peter BeinartDecember 5th 20137:40 PM  —  If we turn the late South African leader into a nonthreatening moral icon, we'll forget a key lesson from his life: America isn't always a force for freedom.
Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Dick Cheney Didn't Regret His Vote Against Freeing Nelson Mandela, Maintained He Was A ‘Terrorist’  —  In 1986, Nelson Mandela — the former president of South Africa who died Thursday at the age of 95 — was serving the 23rd year of what would ultimately be a 27-year prison sentence.
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
Rick Santorum Compares Obamacare To Apartheid  —  Rick Santorum, the erstwhile Republican presidential candidate with a penchant for controversy, appeared on Fox News' O'Reilly Factor on Thursday night and memorialized the passing of South African leader and global visionary Nelson Mandela by equating Obamacare with apartheid.
Deroy Murdock / National Review:
Nelson Mandela, R.I.P  —  My friend James Deciuttis once asked me very directly, “Are you ever wrong?”  It was not asked with bile, but very straightforwardly, as if asking if I ever had visited Spain.  —  I told James that if he referred to my writing, speaking, and political activism, I have made many bad calls and misjudgments.
ThinkProgress:
The Right Wing's Campaign To Discredit And Undermine Mandela, In One Timeline
Anneta Konstantinides / ABC News:
Ted Cruz Criticized for Praising Nelson Mandela
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Santorum: Fight Against Obamacare Like Fight Against Apartheid
Discussion: Liberaland, Jezebel and Gawker
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Richard Branson: Mandela Tried To Stop The Iraq War
Discussion: CNN and Liberaland
Peter Schweizer / Politico:
When Barry Met Kathy  —  Almost never, it turns out.  —  Journalists and pundits have begun offering lengthy postmortems to explain the causes of the ruinous Obamacare rollout.  The debacle's scale has surprised even progressives who supported the Affordable Care Act.
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Jay Carney pushes back on Kathleen Sebelius report
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   No talk of affordable health care in Obamacare PR push
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Eagle-killing rule almost done
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Patriot Act author: Obama's intel czar should be prosecuted  —  Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr., the original author of the Patriot Act, says Director of National Intelligence James Clapper should be prosecuted for lying to Congress.  —  “Lying to Congress is a federal offense …
Art Swift / Gallup:
Majority of Americans Want Major Changes to Health Law  —  Fifty-two percent want Congress to repeal or scale back the law  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — After two months of glitches with the new federal healthcare website and attempts to fix it, the percentage of Americans who prefer that Congress scale …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Challenged by Tea Party, Veteran Mississippi Senator Decides to Run for Seventh Term  —  WASHINGTON — Thad Cochran, a Mississippi Republican who was first elected to the Senate in 1978, set up a generational and ideological clash in the state's Republican primary when he announced Friday that he would seek a seventh term in 2014.
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Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Thad Cochran to run for reelection
Discussion: CNN
Clarion-Ledger:
Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran said Friday he will run for re-election next year.
Discussion: NPR and Business Insider
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Exclusive: The Obamacare Error Rate Has Fallen Dramatically  —  Some perspective on the latest ACA freak-out  —  These days it seems like everybody following Obamacare is talking about the 834s.  Those are the personal data files that healthcare.gov sends insurance companies, in order to notify them of new enrollees.
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Politico:
State exchanges hitting data snags, too
Discussion: Hit & Run and Los Angeles Times
Brian Beutler / Salon:
GOP hits pathetic new low: “47 percent” thinking creeps even deeper  —  Ideology, not civility, is the problem  —  Of the three certainties in life (death, taxes and horrifying Republican expressions of the conservative worldview) the key question to ask is whether all of them can be deferred until after the next election.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Nullifiers Have A Plan To Stop The NSA: Turn Off Its Water Supply  —  A group of activists has a plan to take on the National Security Agency.  They're going to do it nullification-style.  They're going to shut off the water.  —  The California-based Tenth Amendment Center has teamed …
Discussion: The Verge
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Millions of Android users ‘deceived’ by flashlight app that shares location with advertisers  —  An Android developer has agreed to settle charges with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over a free flashlight app that has been “deceiving” users.  Brightest Flashlight Free …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Obama Gets Real  —  Much of the media commentary on President Obama's big inequality speech was cynical.  You know the drill: it's yet another “reboot” that will go nowhere; none of it will have any effect on policy, and so on.  But before we talk about the speech's possible political impact …
 
 
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First Read / NBCNews:
First Thoughts: Universal, bipartisan praise for Mandela — when that wasn't always the case
Discussion: The Fix and Taegan Goddard's …
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