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9:00 AM ET, December 12, 2013

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Jonathan Strong / National Review:
Ryan Deal Limits Senate GOP's Power to Block Tax Increases  —  Senate Republicans scrubbing the Ryan-Murray budget deal have come across a little-noticed provision that will limit the GOP's ability to block tax increases in future years.  —  The bill includes language from the Senate Democrats' budget …
Discussion: Hot Air and Power Line
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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
House Republicans appear to be rallying behind $85 billion budget deal  —  House Republicans appeared Wednesday to be rallying around an $85 billion deal to avert ­another government shutdown, brushing off complaints from their right wing that the effort would trade immediate spending cuts for less-certain long-term savings.
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 …
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Source: McConnell will vote against budget deal brokered by Paul Ryan  —  Add the Senate's top Republican to the list of those who will oppose the new budget deal, which conservatives are blasting for blowing through the mandated spending caps on government spending next year.
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
The Budget Deal Is a Win for Democrats
CNN:
CNN's GUT CHECK for December 11, 2013
Discussion: Politico, Hot Air and Business Insider
Thomas Donnelly / Weekly Standard:   Right Deal for National Defense
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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Curt Anderson / Associated Press:
Prosecutor: No Domestic Charges Against Zimmerman  —  MIAMI (AP) — Prosecutors say they will not file domestic violence charges against George Zimmerman after his girlfriend said in a sworn statement she did not want to pursue the case.  —  State Attorney Phil Archer in Seminole County …
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ThinkProgress:   With Charges Dropped, George Zimmerman Can Get All Of His Guns Back
Jeff Weiner / Orlando Sentinel:
George Zimmerman will not be charged in domestic dispute, prosecutor says
Discussion: The Raw Story
CNN:
Senate pulls an all-nighter, approves federal appeals court nominee  —  (CNN) — Frustrated Republicans are retaliating for a Democratic power play to weaken their hand in opposing presidential nominations by forcing an all-night session.  —  Votes on judicial and other appointments were set …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republicans plan 30-hour talkathon to protest ‘nuclear option’ use in Senate
Alan Clendenning / Associated Press:
Interpreter for Mandela Event: I Was Hallucinating  —  The man accused of faking sign interpretation while standing alongside world leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela's memorial service said Thursday he saw “angels” at the event, has been violent in the past and suffers from schizophrenia.
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Alexander Smith / World News:
‘Fake’ sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela memorial provokes anger
Discussion: Red Alert Politics
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 …
Bloomberg:
Obama Needs to Fire Some People  —  When the Barack Obama administration realized that its HealthCare.gov website was fundamentally broken rather than merely glitchy, aides called former management consultant Jeff Zients to fix it.  —  When the White House realized restive congressional Democrats posed …
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Oregon signs up just 44 people for Obamacare despite spending $300 million  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL OBAMACARE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES OREGON HEALTHCARE.GOV TECHNOLOGY HEALTH CARE EXCHANGES  —  Oregon, once touted as a model for President Obama's health care law, signed up just 44 people …
Santiago Lyon / New York Times:
Obama's Orwellian Image Control  —  THE Internet has been abuzz over the spectacle of President Obama and the prime ministers of Britain and Denmark snapping a photo of themselves — a “selfie,” to use the mot du jour — with a smartphone at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa on Tuesday.
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Republicans Running in Reverse  —  Let's hear it for women in high places.  —  This week in Detroit, Mary Barra took over General Motors.  In Washington, Senator Patty Murray made headlines when she worked out a deal with Representative Paul Ryan to keep the government funded for the next two years.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Amy Forlitti / Associated Press:
Minn. Nat.  Guard Member Charged with Stealing IDs for Militia  —  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A member of the Minnesota National Guard and self-described commander of a militia group was charged Wednesday with stealing names, Social Security numbers and security clearance levels of roughly 400 members …
Discussion: Liberaland
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Obama's tardy epiphany about government's flaws  —  The education of Barack Obama is a protracted process as he repeatedly alights upon the obvious with a sense of original discovery.  In a recent MSNBC interview, he restocked his pantry of excuses for his disappointing results, announcing that …
Discussion: Power Line
Alan Boyle / NBCNews:
Space station's coolant system crippled, but crew stays safe  —  The International Space Station experienced a problem with its cooling system, NASA said.  —  A problem with one of the International Space Station's cooling systems may require a repair spacewalk, NASA told NBC News on Wednesday.
Discussion: BBC and Talking Points Memo
Ron Cowen / The Huffington Post:
Is The Universe A Hologram?  Physicists Say It's Possible  —  A team of physicists has provided some of the clearest evidence yet that our Universe could be just one big projection.  —  In 1997, theoretical physicist Juan Maldacena proposed that an audacious model of the Universe …
Discussion: National Review and Ed Driscoll
 
 
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Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
F.D.A. Restricts Antibiotics Use for Livestock
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DealBook:
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Isaac Chotiner / The New Republic:
America Could Elect An Atheist President. Really!
Discussion: Liberaland and The Dish
Bloomberg:
Americans Say Dream Fading as Income Gap Hurts Chances
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
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Discussion: CNN
Michael Lind / Salon:
Voucher-mania: Why the right is diseased (and out of ideas)
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Hill staffers warned not to rely on info from ObamaCare exchange
KochFacts.com:
The New York Times Ignores Koch's Stated Position on Proposed Carbon Tax and Falsely Tries …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Politico
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Congress Job Approval Drops to All-Time Low for 2013
Discussion: Firedoglake
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Republicans will face intense pressure over unemployment benefits
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo