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11:15 PM ET, December 9, 2013


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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 …
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 …
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: Ed Driscoll and Weasel Zippers
Alex Seitz-Wald /
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.
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 …
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.
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.
New York Times:
Spies Infiltrate a Fantasy Realm of Online Games  —  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 by millions …
James Hohmann / Politico:
Dems: GOPer must quit over ‘death’ quip  —  Three Democratic state lawmakers called Monday for the state chairman of Virginia's Republican Party to resign over comments he made attacking President Barack Obama and Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe, arguing the statements would damage already frayed relations between the parties going forward.
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.
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.
Associated Press:   Man shot when gun discharges in restroom
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 …
James Hohmann / Politico:
Poll: Mark Pryor trails Tom Cotton in Arkansas  —  Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor trails his Republican challenger, Rep. Tom Cotton, by seven points among likely voters in Arkansas, 48 percent to 41 percent, according to a new poll from a conservative group that says his support of the health care reform law is costing him.
Discussion: Hot Air and Taegan Goddard's …
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.
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Who's in Washington Purgatory?  —  Meet the luckless Obama appointees caught in career limbo.  —  For the past 900 days—nearly three years—Ken Kopocis has been languishing in the bureaucratic equivalent of Guantánamo Bay: The longtime congressional staffer is waiting to be confirmed …
Discussion: CNN
Erin Golden / Omaha World-Herald:
Pete Festersen drops out of U.S. House race against Lee Terry  —  He's out of the race — again.  —  Democrat Pete Festersen is ending his campaign for Republican Lee Terry's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.  The Omaha City Council president told The World-Herald on Monday that he's …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Colorado Miscellany  —The recalls of two Democratic State Senators in September weren't an anomaly when it comes to how Colorado voters are feeling about the state legislature.  Republicans lead the statewide generic legislative ballot by a 47/42 margin, including a 41/30 advantage with independents.
Discussion: Firedoglake and
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 …
Rep. Steve Stockman to challenge Sen. John Cornyn in Texas GOP primary  —  (CNN) - Republican Rep. Steve Stockman is launching a primary challenge against fellow Texan Sen. John Cornyn.  —  The Senate's second-ranking Republican, Cornyn is up for re-election next year.
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Sander Levin: Rand Paul's ‘disservice to humanity’  —  Rep. Sander Levin said Monday that Sen. Rand Paul's position that extending unemployment benefits does a “disservice” to Americans looking for work is wrong, and said letting those benefits expire would be a “disservice to humanity.”
Discussion: CNN and Daily Kos
AllThingsD Editors Are Said to Complete NBCUniversal Deal  —  AllThingsD editors Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, who are leaving News Corp. at the end of the year, completed a deal with NBCUniversal for a news and conference business that will bring their current staff to a newly named website …
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Courthouse News Service:
Homeland Security Stiffs Times Reporters  —  MANHATTAN (CN) - Two New York Times reporters sued the Department of Homeland Security for records on their interrogations at JFK Airport this year.  The DHS claims the records do not exist, though one reporter claims his interview was entered on a computer.
Senate approves gun screening bill, sends to Obama  —  (CNN) - The Senate voted unanimously on Monday to renew a 10-year ban on guns that cannot be picked up by metal detectors commonly found in airports, court houses and government buildings.  —  The law, which prohibits firearms made mostly of plastic …
Discussion: Politico
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 …
NBC Signs David Remnick To Handle Russian Politics During Olympics Coverage With Guest Commentary  —  NBC announced how it intends to handle coverage of Russia's so-called “gay propaganda” law during its coverage of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi: guest commentary.  Sorry, Bob Costas.
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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Austan Goolsbee / Wall Street Journal:
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Victoria Stilwell / Bloomberg:
U.S. Household Worth Rose by $1.92 Trillion in Third Quarter
Discussion: AEIdeas and ThinkProgress
Tony Perry / Los Angeles Times:
Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to face sentencing
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Lindsey Graham declines health care contribution
Discussion: Reuters and CNN
Robin Wright / TIME:
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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Americans Discover They're Trapped In GOP's Medicaid Expansion Gap

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Gene Maddaus / Variety:
A Los Angeles ethics agency fines former CBS CEO Les Moonves $15K for misconduct in obtaining confidential police info about a sexual assault claim against him

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