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9:15 PM ET, December 11, 2013

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Politico:
RSC fires executive director  —  The conservative Republican Study Committee, the bastion of right-wing strategy on Capitol Hill, has fired its longtime executive director Paul Teller, accusing him of leaking conversations with lawmakers.  —  Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the chairman of the RSC …
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Conservative Groups Fire Back At John Boehner's Attack  —  Outside right-leaning groups are firing back at Speaker John Boehner after he attacked their intentions and questioned their commitment to conservative principles on Wednesday.  —  “Speaker Boehner's real problem here isn't with conservative groups …
Matt Berman / NationalJournal.com:
John Boehner: Conservative Groups' Reaction to Budget Deal Is ‘Ridiculous’  —  House Speaker John Boehner went off on outside conservative groups Wednesday morning for pushing against the new budget deal.  —  “They're using our members and they're using the American people for their own goals,” he said.
Politico:
GOP's private war goes public  —  The simmering feud between House Republicans and movement conservatives is finally an all-out war.  —  The tension exploded on Wednesday morning when Speaker John Boehner and outside conservative groups traded sharp barbs over the budget deal Rep. Paul Ryan …
Politico:
Lamar Alexander top aide Ryan Loskarn arrested for child porn  —  GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander's chief of staff was arrested Wednesday afternoon on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography, the Justice Department said.  —  Jesse Ryan Loskarn — who goes by his middle name …
CNN:
CNN's GUT CHECK for December 11, 2013
Discussion: Politico and Business Insider
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Rand Paul, Mike Crapo to oppose budget deal
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
Jake Sherman / Politico:
The new Paul Ryan  —  The new Paul Ryan emerged this week.
Thomas Donnelly / Weekly Standard:   Right Deal for National Defense
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Possible GOP 2016 contenders in Senate critical of budget deal
Discussion: Politico
Roberto Schmidt / Correspondent:
The story behind “that selfie”  —  So here's the photo, my photo, which quickly lit up the world's social networks and news websites.  The “selfie” of three world leaders who, during South Africa's farewell to Nelson Mandela, were messing about like kids instead of behaving with the mournful gravitas one might expect.
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Roxane Gay / Salon:
The media's Michelle Obama problem: What a selfie says about our biases  —  The overanalysis of the first lady's expression speaks volumes about America's expectations of black women  —  Not even President Obama is above taking a selfie in the least appropriate selfie-taking venue possible.
Alexander Smith / World News:
‘Fake’ sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela memorial provokes anger  —  Nelson Mandela's body is to lie in state for three days in Pretoria.  NBC News' Ron Allen reports on the thousands lining up to view Mandela's body and on a sign language interpreter at the Mandela memorial.
Josie Ensor / Telegraph:
Nelson Mandela memorial interpreter ‘was a fake’
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Greenwald Attacks Time For Person Of The Year Selection: ‘A Meaningless Award From A Meaningless Magazine’  —  Glenn Greenwald ridiculed Time on Wednesday for the magazine's decision to name Pope Francis — and not Edward Snowden — its “person of the year” for 2013.
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Nancy Gibbs / TIME:
Pope Francis, The Choice  —  With a focus on compassion, the leader of the Catholic Church has become a new voice of conscience.  Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs explains why Francis is TIME's choice for Person of the Year 2013  —  Once there was a boy so meek and modest, he was awarded a Most Humble badge.
TIME:
Pope Francis, The People's Pope  —  He took the name of a humble saint and then called for a church of healing.  The first non-European pope in 1,200 years is poised to transform a place that measures change by the century  —  On the edge of Buenos Aires is a nothing little street called Pasaje C …
TIME:
Edward Snowden, The Dark Prophet
ThinkProgress:
With Charges Dropped, George Zimmerman Can Get All Of His Guns Back  —  On Wednesday, Florida state prosecution dropped the domestic violence charges against George Zimmerman from a November dispute with his girlfriend Samantha Scheibe.  —  Because the charges were dropped …
Discussion: Liberaland
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Curt Anderson / Associated Press:
Prosecutor: No Domestic Charges Against Zimmerman
Jeff Weiner / Orlando Sentinel:
George Zimmerman will not be charged in domestic dispute, prosecutor says
Jason Millman / Politico:
Kathleen Sebelius pushes back against GOP critics  —  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius touted a vastly improved Obamacare enrollment website Wednesday morning as she sought to reassure skeptical lawmakers that people who want health insurance coverage starting Jan. 1 will have it.
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
HHS ‘hand-matching’ applications: Sebelius
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republicans plan 30-hour talkathon to protest ‘nuclear option’ use in Senate  —  Senate Republicans will stage a more than 30-hour talkathon on the Senate floor to protest Democrats' triggering of the “nuclear option” last month.  —  The GOP protest, which could extend into the weekend …
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Politico:   Panel sends DHS nominee Alejandro Mayorkas to Senate floor
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
GOP dislikes sitting congressman, eyes DWI pol with secret family  —  Republicans are so nervous about Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm's re-election chances that they've quietly reached out to former GOP Congressman Vito Fossella — who quit five years ago after confessing to having a secret second family …
Gawker:
Happy Holidays: Startup CEO Complains SF Is Full of Human Trash  —  Behold a perfect Silicon Valley denizen, an archetype: he's been written up in TechCrunch for his hackathon-organizing company.  He's been fluffed in Business Insider.  And now, inevitably, he's publicly savaged the homeless …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
GOP could shake up 2016 campaign  —  Washington (CNN) — A handful of Republican Party officials is quietly advancing a new batch of rules aimed at streamlining a chaotic presidential nominating process that many party insiders viewed as damaging to the their campaign for the White House in 2012, multiple GOP sources told CNN.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Hill staffers warned not to rely on info from ObamaCare exchange  —  Capitol Hill staffers who signed up for ObamaCare through the Washington, D.C., healthcare exchange, called DC Health Link (DCHL), are being told to confirm their enrollments in person, and not to rely on data provided by the website.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
Michael Lind / Salon:
Voucher-mania: Why the right is diseased (and out of ideas)  —  Conservatives have exactly one answer for all spending questions — and it has little to do with serious economics  —  In the second decade of the 21st century, the American right has only two economic ideas.
 
 
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The New York Times Ignores Koch's Stated Position on Proposed Carbon Tax and Falsely Tries …
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Congress Job Approval Drops to All-Time Low for 2013
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Uruguay votes to legalize marijuana
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Republicans will face intense pressure over unemployment benefits
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
MSNBC'ers: Media's Coverage of Obama's Selfie Mix of ‘Racist and Sexist Stereotypes’ About Blacks
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Landrieu TV ad distances her from ACA
Mark Murray / First Read:
NBC/WSJ poll: Obama ends year on low note
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Cantor's Pediatric Research Bill Has Democrats Fuming
Discussion: The Daily Caller