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4:25 PM ET, December 8, 2013

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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 …
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The Atlantic Online:
Newt Gingrich To Conservatives: ‘What Would You Have Done?’  —  A Message On Nelson Mandela That Conservatives Sorely Need To Hear  —  I think this is a fairly noteworthy statement from Newt Gingrich on Mandela's passing that should get some airing.  Gingrich is addressing …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
MLive.com:
Democrats react to Rand Paul visit, Detroit ‘freedom zones’ proposal  —  DETROIT, MI — Democrats responded in a variety of ways to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's Friday visit to Detroit.  —  The Kentucky Republican was in town helping the GOP effort to start reaching out to minorities in Michigan …
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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Paul: Unemployment benefits ‘disservice’ to workers  —  Democratic attempts to extend unemployment benefits for 1.3 million workers were a “disservice” to the unemployed, Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday.  —  “I support unemployment benefits for the 28 weeks they're paid for,” the Kentucky Republican said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Rand Paul: Unemployment Benefits Extension Would Be A ‘Disservice’ To Workers
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ThinkProgress:
Catholic School Fires Gay Teacher For Obtaining Marriage License  —  Michael Griffin taught French and Spanish at Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem, Pennsylvania for twelve years.  During that entire time, he's been in a relationship with his same-sex partner.
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Gallop Asian Bistro / Facebook:
The Gallop Asian Bistro has taken seriously the allegations made by Ms. Dayna Morales, and those made against her.  Despite news reports to the contrary, this is not a simple, straight-forward matter and we have conducted our own internal investigation.  The results of that investigation …
Washington Post:
An effective eye drug is available for $50.  But many doctors choose a $2,000 alternative.  —  The two drugs have been declared equivalently miraculous.  Tested side by side in six major trials, both prevent blindness in a common old-age affliction.  Biologically, they are cousins.
Michael Gartland / New York Post:
Venom between Obama and Rangel  —  They're two of the most powerful African-American politicians in the land.  And by most accounts, President Obama and Rep. Charles Rangel hate each other.  —  The most recently revealed salvo in their war of words — Obama's assertion that Rangel is a …
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
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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 …
Suzanne Venker / Fox News:
Why women still need husbands  —  Over the past several decades, America has witnessed a profound change in the way women view men and marriage.  It began with the baby boomer adage “never depend on a man.”  —  This message resulted in a generation of women who turned their attention away from the home and onto the workforce.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Homeland Security chairman: Threat of terrorism spreading like ‘wildfire’ overseas  —  (CNN) - The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said the threat of terrorism overseas is “getting worse, not better.”  —  “I personally see it spreading like a spiderweb, like a wildfire …
Discussion: Politico and The PJ Tatler
 
 
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Lee Siegel / Wall Street Journal:
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