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6:15 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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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 …
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 …
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 …
Anneta Konstantinides / ABC News:
Ted Cruz Criticized for Praising Nelson Mandela  —  While much of the world was eulogizing Nelson Mandela, some of Sen. Ted Cruz's followers were fuming that the man who defeated South Africa's apartheid and won the Nobel Peace Prize should be reviled as a communist and a terrorist.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Twitchy
ThinkProgress:
The Right Wing's Campaign To Discredit And Undermine Mandela, In One Timeline  —  The world is celebrating Nelson Mandela as a selfless visionary who led his country out of the grips of apartheid into democracy and freedom.  But some of the very people lavishing praise on South Africa's …
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.
Jacob Fischler / BuzzFeed:
South Carolina Sheriff Refuses To Lower Flag For Nelson Mandela  —  “Nelson Mandela did great things for his country and was a brave man but he was not an AMERICAN!!!,” Sheriff Rick Clark wrote on Facebook.  —  After the announcement of former South African President Nelson Mandela's death Thursday …
Discussion: Mediaite
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Nelson Mandela funeral: George W. Bush, Bill and Hillary Clinton to attend Mandela memorial
Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Dick Cheney Didn't Regret His Vote Against Freeing Nelson Mandela, Maintained He Was A ‘Terrorist’
Washington Free Beacon:
Matthews to Sharpton: McConnell Worse than de Klerk
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Meet The Mandela RINOs: Republicans Who Lost Their R-Card For Praising Mandela
Discussion: American Prospect, Daily Kos and BOR
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Matthews: South Africa's White Apartheid Leaders Were More Patriotic Than GOP
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Deroy Murdock / National Review:   Nelson Mandela, R.I.P
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Santorum: Fight Against Obamacare Like Fight Against Apartheid
Discussion: Jezebel, Liberaland and Gawker
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Carney criticizes report on Sebelius  —  The White House on Friday criticized as misleading a report in POLITICO Magazine claiming that President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius met just once since the signing of the Affordable Care Act more than three years ago.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House: Obama won't insist on jobless aid in budget deal  —  The White House will not insist that an emerging budget deal include an extension of the unemployment benefits program set to expire at the end of the year, press secretary Jay Carney said on Friday.
Discussion: The Agonist
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 …
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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Clarion-Ledger:
Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran said Friday he will run for re-election next year.
Discussion: Business Insider and NPR
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Thad Cochran to run for reelection
Discussion: CNN
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 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
Travis Gettys / The Raw Story:
Sarah Palin: ‘Angry atheists’ are trying to ‘abort Christ from Christmas’  —  If Thomas Jefferson were alive today, Sarah Palin said, he would probably go on Fox News to complain about the war on Christmas.  —  The former half-term governor of Alaska and failed vice presidential candidate appeared Thursday …
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
 
 
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
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