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4:00 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
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.
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 …
Joy Wilke / Gallup:
Tea Party Favorability Falls to Lowest Yet  —  Fifty-one percent view it unfavorably  —  PRINCETON, NJ — For the first time, a slim majority of Americans say they have an unfavorable opinion of the Tea Party movement.  About one-third view the movement favorably, a new low.
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Gallup's bad news for tea party
Discussion: Liberaland
Jonathan Strong / National Review:
Ryan Deal Limits Senate GOP's Power to Block Tax Increases
Discussion: RedState, Hot Air and Power Line
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”  —  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.
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 …
Andrea Peyser / New York Post:
Flirty Obama owes us an apology
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
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
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 …
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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 …
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
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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Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Obama administration extends state high-risk pools through January  —  With some high-risk patients still struggling to gain health insurance, the Obama administration is extending a health law program that covers more than 100,000 Americans with preexisting conditions.
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Ted Cruz / USA Today:
Obamacare is a disaster: Ted Cruz
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 …
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
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Mohammed Ghobari / Reuters:
Air strike kills 15 civilians in Yemen by mistake: officials
Discussion: The Verge and TalkLeft
RFE / Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Pakistani Mob Kills Man After Fruit Found Wrapped In Koran Pages
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Matthew Hoye / CNN:
Senior Obama aide Pete Rouse leaving administration
Discussion: New York Times
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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
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Republicans Running in Reverse