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11:20 AM ET, December 8, 2013

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The Hill:
GOP touts campaign to blunt Obama's executive powers  —  House Republicans say they're proud of their 2013 campaign to stymie President Obama's regulatory agenda, even as Congress comes under fire for one of its least productive years.  —  The bitterly divided Congress will pass fewer laws in 2013 than any year in modern history.
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Immigration advocates bank on budget deal to rescue overhaul  —  Few in Washington want to see House and Senate negotiators strike a budget deal more than advocates for immigration reform.  —  Their interest is not so much in the policy as the timing.  The unending fiscal battles …
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Bill Keller / New York Times:
Nelson Mandela, Communist  —  IN 2011, the British historian Stephen Ellis published a paper concluding that Nelson Mandela had been a member of the South African Communist Party — indeed, a member of its governing Central Committee.  Although Mandela's African National Congress …
Chad Terhune / Los Angeles Times:
Covered California gave consumers' contact info to agents  —  California's health exchange has provided insurance agents with names and contact information for tens of thousands of people who went online to check out coverage but didn't ask to be contacted.  —  Covered California Executive …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
An Education in College Justice  —  Under pressure from the Obama administration, a university tramples the rights of the accused.  —  Joshua Strange will never forget the girl he met in May 2011.  —  Both were underclassmen at Alabama's Auburn University when a common acquaintance introduced them.
Spero News:
Colin Powell wants US to adopt universal health care  —  Asks why single-payer systems in Europe have not been adopted in the United States.  —  Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said universal health care should be available to all Americans.  He was speaking at a charity event for prostate survivors in Seattle.
Discussion: The Reaction
Wall Street Journal:
The ObamaCare Buck Finally Stops  —  President Obama says blame the government, not President Obama.  —  President Obama has found someone to blame for the Affordable Care Act's rolling failures besides Republicans.  ObamaCare is the government's fault, not his.
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
GOP governor ‘all in’ on ACA  —  In a Republican party that's gone all out against Obamacare, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval went all in.  —  Sandoval is the only Republican governor whose state is both running its own health insurance exchange this year and expanding its Medicaid program under the health law.
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
Lazy Journalists Aren't to Blame for Death of Print  —  This week's announcement that New York magazine was becoming a biweekly was greeted, in my profession, with the sort of cheer that might herald the announcement of a sewer line backup or a mid-honeymoon appendectomy.  —  New York magazine is very successful.
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots and Vox Popoli
Philadelphia News, Local News, Weather …:
Gay Teacher Fired After Applying to Marry Partner  —  Griffin, an alumnus of the private all boys liberal arts Catholic high school, had taught Spanish and French at the school for the past 12 years.  —  High school teacher Michael Griffin was fired from his position at Holy Ghost Preparatory School …
Associated Press:
Obama: Diplomacy Best Approach to Iran Nuke Crisis  —  President Barack Obama said Saturday he believed the chances for a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran are 50/50 or worse, yet defended diplomacy as the best way to prevent Tehran from acquiring atomic weapons.
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Containing Iran is the least awful choice
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
New York Times:
Wall Street Mothers, Stay-Home Fathers  —  As Husbands Do Domestic Duty, These Women Are Free to Achieve  —  Marielle Jan de Beur often catches the 6:27 a.m. train to Grand Central Terminal, waiting on the Westchester platform with a swarm of dark-suited men, and then walks 10 blocks …
James Hohmann / Politico:
Ex-RNC chair Ed Gillespie weighs Mark Warner challenge in Virginia  —  HOT SPRINGS, Va.—Former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie is considering a run against Virginia Sen. Mark Warner (D) next year.  —  “It's a very winnable race,” the powerful GOP insider told POLITICO in a Saturday afternoon interview.
Discussion: Reuters
 
 
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