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7:45 PM ET, December 9, 2013

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Alex Seitz-Wald / NationalJournal.com:
How Adam Lanza Wrecked Obama's Second Term  —  Don't blame the catastrophic health care rollout for the president's woes.  The Sandy Hook shooting is the real reason things went amok.  —  There are plenty of reasons this is the lowest point of Barack Obama's presidency.
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Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:
Why Miley Cyrus Should Be The 2013 Person Of The Year Instead Of Pope Francis  —  Time Magazine announced its finalists for Person Of The Year today, and the list is a not unsurprising mix of figures from various realms of public life: … It's easy to declare that one of these things is not like the other …
Reuters:
Israeli Top Leaders Not Attending Mandela Funeral  —  JERUSALEM — Neither Israel's prime minister nor president will attend South Africa's commemorations of the late Nelson Mandela this week, officials said, a notable absence at events expected to draw more than 70 world leaders.
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Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Obama flies to South Africa with Bushes, Hillary Clinton  —  (CNN) - The Air Force One flight from the U.S. to South Africa on Monday was historic not only for its final destination, but for its passenger list.  —  Joining President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for the trip …
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Spies' Dragnet Reaches a Playing Field of Elves and Trolls  —  Not limiting their activities to the earthly realm, American and British spies have infiltrated the fantasy worlds of World of Warcraft and Second Life, conducting surveillance and scooping up data in the online games played …
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ProPublica:
World of Spycraft: NSA and CIA Spied in Online Games  —  by Justin Elliott, ProPublica, and Mark Mazzetti, The New York Times … Not limiting their activities to the earthly realm, American and British spies have infiltrated the fantasy worlds of World of Warcraft and Second Life …
Matthew Barakat / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
APNewsBreak: US Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida loses $18M in fraud scheme  —  McLEAN, Va. — U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida lost $18 million in a scheme that cheated him and about 120 other investors out of more than $35 million, according to court papers.  —  The Virginia man who ran the scheme …
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John Bresnahan / Associated Press:
Alan Grayson loses $18M in fraud scheme  —  Controversial House Democrat Alan Grayson lost $18 million as part of a criminal scheme run by a Virginia man that bilked more than 100 investors out of more than $35 million, according to federal court documents.  —  William Dean Chapman, 44 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
ThinkProgress:
There's Now A Coloring Book To Teach Your Children To Love Ted Cruz  —  Are you a new parent terrified that the liberal media will turn your child into an Obama supporter?  Or do you just need something to entertain your kids during those long drives to Tea Party rallies?
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Susan Page / USA Today:
Sibling rivalry? Zeke vs. Rahm Emanuel on Obamacare
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Lindsey Graham declines health care contribution
Discussion: Reuters and CNN
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Limited Support for Iran Nuclear Agreement  —  Iran's Leaders Seen as ‘Not Serious’ in Addressing Nuclear Concerns  —  The public is reacting skeptically to last month's multilateral agreement aimed at freezing parts of Iran's nuclear program.  Overall, more disapprove than approve of the deal …
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Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Cheney: The Iran Deal Is Bad Because Of Obamacare
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Fox News Paid Fired Executive $8 Million to Keep Quiet  —  Roger Ailes' secrets command a heavy price.  Last week, the New York Times reported that Fox News had reached an out-of-court settlement with Brian Lewis, the former Roger Ailes aide who was abruptly fired in late July.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Kentucky Man Sets Gun On Toilet Paper Dispenser While Using Restroom, Gun Goes Off  —  A Kentucky man just needed a place to set his gun while he relieved himself in a restaurant restroom on Sunday, but the toilet paper dispenser may not have been the best choice.
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Associated Press:
Man shot when gun discharges in restroom
Discussion: Liberaland
The Sportsman Channel:
Sarah Palin Joins Sportsman Channel as Host of Original Series “Amazing America with Sarah Palin”  —  Cultural, Political and Media Force, Palin Returns to Unscripted Television as Sportsman Channel's “First Lady of the Outdoors”  —  New Berlin, WI (December 9 2013) Former U.S. vice presidential candidate …
Seni Tienabeso / ABC News:
George Zimmerman's Girlfriend Wants to Drop Charges, ‘Be With Him’ … George Zimmerman's girlfriend who called Florida police to say he was breaking her stuff and was brandishing a weapon no longer wants to press charges against him and instead wants to get back together with him.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
On Health Exchanges, Premiums May Be Low, but Other Costs Can Be High  —  WASHINGTON — For months, the Obama administration has heralded the low premiums of medical insurance policies on sale in the insurance exchanges created by the new health law.  But as consumers dig into the details …
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Susan Wyatt / KING-TV:
TSA agent confiscates sock monkey's toy pistol  —  “Rooster Monkburn” the cowboy sock monkey is without his pistol, thanks to a diligent TSA agent in St. Louis.  —  Phyllis May of Redmond, Wash. says she is “appalled and shocked and embarrassed all at the same time” about the incident that happened on Wednesday.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Heritage Action Bashes Ryan-Murray Budget Framework  —  Heritage Action fired a warning shot Monday against an emerging budget agreement between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) to set spending levels for a few years and mitigate some of the sequester cuts.
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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Budget deal expected this week amounts to a cease-fire as sides move to avert a standoff
Seymour M. Hersh / London Review of Books:
Whose sarin?  —  Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August.  In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts.
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
White House: Sy Hersh report ‘false’
Discussion: The Hill, Mediaite and The Agonist
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Timothy Heritage / Reuters:
Putin dissolves state news agency, tightens grip on Russia media
 
 
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Colorado Miscellany  —The recalls of two Democratic State Senators …
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Sander Levin: Rand Paul's ‘disservice to humanity’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Austan Goolsbee / Wall Street Journal:
Pre-K Education Is a Long-Term Winner
Discussion: National Review and AEIdeas
Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Obama's Iraq  —  Obama lied, insurance plans died.
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Americans Discover They're Trapped In GOP's Medicaid Expansion Gap
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