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4:25 PM ET, December 12, 2013

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The Hill:
Dems threaten budget deal  —  The budget deal worked out by House and Senate negotiators is on the verge of unraveling over the exclusion of federal unemployment benefits, several leading Democrats warned Wednesday.  —  The lawmakers are outraged by a GOP move to add the Medicare “doc fix” …
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Brian Beutler / Salon:
Obama's shutdown critics look like morons after budget deal  —  Guess what, tired Beltway pundits: Obama's successful leadership from October brought an end to GOP hostage-taking  —  Back in August and September, two opposing analytical frameworks dominated the media's coverage of the government shutdown and debt limit hostage crises.
Discussion: Slate and Guardian
Abby D. Phillip / ABC News:
Republicans and Tea Party Activists in ‘Full Scale Civil War’ … Years of growing friction between the Republican Party leaders and its Tea Party faction has erupted into what one conservative said today was “full-scale civil war.”  —  House Speaker John Boehner, whose strategies …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Morning Plum: Top pollster advises Dems to go on offense on Obamacare  —  The GOP narrative for 2014 rests on the idea that Dem lawmakers and candidates are scurrying away from Obama and his signature domestic achievement.  The goal: To create an atmosphere of panic and chaos around Obamacare …
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Pelosi on deal: ‘Embrace the suck’  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told Democratic House members at a meeting Thursday morning to “embrace the suck” and encouraged enough members to back the budget deal on the floor to allow passage, according to an attendee of the meeting.
Joy Wilke / Gallup:
Tea Party Favorability Falls to Lowest Yet
Tal Kopan / Politico:   Gallup's bad news for tea party
Jake Sherman / Politico:
House poised to clear budget deal
Discussion: Business Insider and Guardian
Carie Canterbury / Canon City Daily Record:
Mother of girl involved in ‘kissing’ discipline speaks out  —  Boy was suspended for two days after second kissing incident  —  The mother of a girl involved in the case of a 6-year-old Cañon City school boy being suspended for a second violation of giving a classmate unwanted kisses …
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Lateef Mungin / CNN:
6-year-old not sexually harassing
Discussion: Shakesville
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Columnist Blasts Obama For Acting Like ‘Hormone-Ravaged Frat Boy’ At Mandela Service  —  Employing an inordinate number of pastry puns and an inexplicable knowledge of the first family's marital harmony, the New York Post's Andrea Peyser unleashed a torrent of outrage toward President Obama for …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Roberto Schmidt / Correspondent:
The story behind “that selfie”
Andrea Peyser / New York Post:
Flirty Obama owes us an apology
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Biden: My ancestors 'didn't all come here legally'  —  Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that some of his ancestors came to the United States illegally and said it's fruitless to compare the immigration system of the 1800s to today's.  —  “My great-great grandparents came escaping …
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TMZ.com:
Joe Biden — Obama and I Don't Exchange Xmas Gifts
Discussion: CNN, Red Alert Politics and Guardian
Andrew Stiles / National Review:
Boehner: Conservative Groups ‘Have Lost All Credibility’
Discussion: Power Line and FreedomWorks
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Megyn Kelly: Jesus and Santa were white  —  On Wednesday night Megyn Kelly declared on her Fox News show that both Santa Claus and Jesus were white.  Discussing a piece in Slate by Aisha Harris about a black versus white Santa, Kelly that “just because it makes you feel uncomfortable it doesn't mean it has to change.”
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Aisha Harris / Slate:
Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore  —  It's time to give St. Nick his long overdue makeover.  —  When I was a kid, I knew two different Santa Clauses.  The first had a fat belly, rosy cheeks, a long white beard, and skin as pink as bubble gum.  He was omnipresent …
Paul Krugman:
Unprecedented Austerity  —  As many people have noted, a strange thing has happened on the fiscal policy front.  Intellectually, the case for austerity has pretty much collapsed, having been reduced at this point to the Three Stooges Theory: we're supposed to consider austerity a success …
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Michigan ‘Rape Insurance’ Bill Passes Into Law  —  Michigan lawmakers passed a controversial measure on Wednesday that will ban all insurance plans in the state from covering abortion unless the woman's life is in danger.  The law, which takes effect in March, will force women and employers …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Shakesville
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The Atlantic Online:
Mandela and the Question of Violence … I have the misfortune of being near the end of Tony Judt's Postwar at a moment when of the great figures of our history, Nelson Mandela, has passed.  Judt's gaze is relentless.  He rejects all grand narratives, skewers Utopianism (mostly in the form of Communism) …
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Politico:
Lament of the Plutocrats  —  Why Wall Street is fed up with the White House—and Republicans too.  —  On a recent afternoon, executives at Goldman Sachs invited a few hundred major investors to the Conrad Hotel in lower Manhattan.  The bankers and their guests filed into a large room and turned their eyes to Hillary Clinton.
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Rachel Maddow / Washington Post:
How George W. Bush failed the GOP
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and TheBlaze.com
NBCNews:
Health director who approved Obama birth certificate dies in plane crash  —  The health director who approved the release of President Obama's birth certificate has died in a plane crash, Hawaiian officials said Thursday.  —  Loretta Fuddy died after the Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft …
CNN:
Mandela memorial interpreter asks forgiveness, calls himself champion  —  Johannesburg (CNN) — The sign language interpreter widely ridiculed for his performance at the Nelson Mandela memorial stands by his work.  —  Thamsanqa Jantjie said Thursday that he is a fully qualified interpreter …
Jose DelReal / Politico:
White House press corps tees off on Jay Carney over access  —  A frustrated press corps sounded off Thursday against White House press secretary Jay Carney over lack of access to President Barack Obama.  —  Carney said the White House “is working” to address the concerns …
Norman Podhoretz / Wall Street Journal:
Strike Iran Now to Avert Disaster Later  —  A conventional-weapons attack is preferable to the nuclear war sure to come.  —  Not too many years ago, hardly anyone disagreed with John McCain when he first said that “the only thing worse than bombing Iran is letting Iran get the bomb.”
Discussion: Hot Air, Power Line and Atlas Shrugs
 
 
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Reuters:
For some Obamacare shoppers, a brief grace period on premiums
Discussion: Hot Air
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Congressmen Want to Bring Obama to Court for Not Faithfully Executing Laws
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Mohammed Ghobari / Reuters:
Air strike kills 15 civilians in Yemen by mistake: officials
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Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Why Don't Supreme Court Justices Ever Change Their Minds in Favor of the Death Penalty?
Discussion: Washington Post and SCOTUSblog
Chris Nagus / KMOV-TV:
Nearly $90 million in fines handed down for government-funded phone fraud
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Manu Raju / Politico:
North Carolina's choice
Discussion: Right Wing News and First Read
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Republicans Running in Reverse