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2:00 PM ET, December 13, 2013

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Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Why This Round of the Republican Civil War Was Different  —  Republican leaders finally had enough with conservatives' antics and decided to take back control.  It worked, and we got a budget deal.  —  Another round of the long-running GOP civil war broke out this week, and you could be forgiven for greeting it with a yawn.
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Glenn Beck attacks ‘worthless’ John Boehner  —  Conservative radio host Glenn Beck went off on Republican leadership after the House passed a budget compromise Thursday, calling House Speaker John Boehner “worthless” and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a “liar.”
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Boehner gives immigration backers hope  —  Both sides in the immigration debate are watching Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) closely after Thursday evening's emphatic House vote in favor of a bipartisan budget deal.  —  The calculus is clear in the minds of immigration-reform advocates.
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:   Twilight of the Sequester  —  In Washington, folks are celebrating …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Huckabee, Looking to 2016 Race, Speaks of ‘a Real Opportunity for Me’  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas has not been among the Republicans frequently named as a potential 2016 presidential candidate, but he would like that to change.
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Karen Tumulty / Post Politics:
Huckabee says he may make another run for GOP presidential nod
Discussion: CNN and National Review
David Brody / The Brody File:
Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: “There's An Openness Now” To Run For White House
Karyn Maughan / eNCA:
Search form  —  A baboon has been spotted on the streets of Bryanston in Johannesburg, appearing hungry and confident... watch the eyewitness video.  —  EXCLUSIVE: Senior ANC officials walked through the stands in a vain attempt to stop crowds booing President Jacob Zuma at Madiba's memorial.
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Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Man who faked sign language at Mandela memorial has faced murder, other charges  —  JOHANNESBURG — The sign language interpreter who gestured meaninglessly at the Nelson Mandela memorial in South Africa on Tuesday has faced charges of murder, rape, theft, breaking and entering …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Biggest Losers  —  The pundit consensus seems to be that Republicans lost in the just-concluded budget deal.  Overall spending will be a bit higher than the level mandated by the sequester, the straitjacket imposed back in 2011.  Meanwhile, Democrats avoided making any concessions on Social Security or Medicare.
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
Obamacare's Never-Ending Fix-a-Thon  —  The Department of Health and Human Services held a conference call for journalists this afternoon with Kathleen Sebelius and other members of the Obamacare team in which they announced yet another round of fixes.  Most of them are aimed at folks who lost …
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Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
Chinese Naval Vessel Tries to Force U.S. Warship to Stop in International Waters  —  A Chinese naval vessel tried to force a U.S. guided missile warship to stop in international waters recently, causing a tense military standoff in the latest case of Chinese maritime harassment, according to defense officials.
Jonathan Merritt / The Atlantic Online:
Insisting Jesus Was White Is Bad History and Bad Theology  —  Fox News television host Megyn Kelly told viewers on her December 11 broadcast that Jesus and Santa are both white men.  —  “Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn't mean it has to change,” Kelly said.  “Jesus was a white man, too.
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
Presidential task force recommends sweeping overhaul of surveillance tactics of NSA  —  A task force's draft proposals would change the spy agency's leadership from military to civilian and limit how it gathers and holds the electronic information of Americans.
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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Obama Panel Said to Urge N.S.A. Curbs
Discussion: TechCrunch, Guardian and emptywheel
Anemona Hartocollis / New York Times:
With Affordable Care Act, Canceled Policies for New York Professionals  —  Many in New York's professional and cultural elite have long supported President Obama's health care plan.  But now, to their surprise, thousands of writers, opera singers, music teachers, photographers, doctors …
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Sam Baker / NationalJournal.com:   Take Two Aspirin and Blame Everything on Obamacare
Sarah Palin / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE — PALIN: READ MY LIPSTICK: NO NEW TAXES  —  No one can argue with the fact that Paul Ryan's compromise budget bill raises taxes and increases spending.  Show me one Republican who got elected on that platform.  Spare America the Orwellian word games.
Discussion: ABC News and Reuters
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Jeff Zeleny / ABC News:
Paul Ryan Says Presidential Ambitions Not Derailed by Budget Deal
Adam Goldman / Washington Post:
Ex-FBI agent who disappeared in Iran was on rogue mission for CIA  —  An American man who disappeared in Iran more than six years ago had been working for the CIA in what U.S. intelligence officials describe as a rogue operation that led to a major shake-up in the spy agency.
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
Report: Less Than 15 Percent of Obamacare ‘Enrollees’ Are Actually Covered  —  This week's Obamacare headlines have been dominated by HHS' announcement that 365,000 Americans have selected a plan through Obamacare's federal and state exchanges — well short of the administration's projected goal of 800,000 enrollees by December 1st.
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Republicans More Optimistic than Democrats about Midterms  —  But Less GOP Optimism than in 2010  —  Less than a year out from the 2014 midterm elections, Republicans are more optimistic than Democrats about their party's electoral prospects.  But the “expectations gap” …
Jamie Wiebe / The Atlantic Online:
Psychology of Lululemon: How Fashion Affects Fitness  —  Does expensive athletic wear actually incline us to work out?  “Enclothed cognition” proposes that the clothes you wear directly affect how we think and what we do.  —  The Simpsons might seem an odd place to find scientific inspiration.
Discussion: Althouse
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Karl Rove: Obamacare rap crosses line  —  Karl Rove is not happy with a new rap parody of Snoop Dogg's “Drop It like It's Hot” that promotes Obamacare, saying it “crosses the line.”  —  In the video, which directs viewers to Covered California-led efforts TellAFriendGetCovered.com and promotes #GetCovered …
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Media Matters Declares Victory: ‘The War On Fox Is Over’  —  WASHINGTON — Since its founding in 2004, the progressive watchdog group Media Matters for America has been a thorn in the side of Fox News.  Its dozens of staffers monitor the network's leadership, hosts, guests and financial dealings incessantly …
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
White House names new legislative affairs director, Katie Beirne Fallon  —  Katie Beirne Fallon, a former top staffer to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), will be named White House Legislative Affairs director - a move intended to shore up a Hill operation that has long needed stronger leadership …
Discussion: Guardian and Post Politics
 
 
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Heben Nigatu / BuzzFeed:
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Blake Neff / The Hill:
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Jonathan Allen / Politico:
HHS to Darrell Issa: We don't trust you
Discussion: Liberaland and First Read
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The 6,000-Page Report on CIA Torture Has Now Been Suppressed for 1 Year
Sean Higgins / Washington Examiner:
PolitiFact rewrites its own history in Obamacare ‘Lie Of The Year’ decision
David Brooks / New York Times:
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A.G. Schneiderman Secures Agreement Requiring Reinstatement Of Domino's Workers
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Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
Americans Won't Be Easily Reassured About the Economy
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama turns left
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Tempers Flare as New Rules Strain Senate
Michelle Cottle / The Daily Beast:
The Cruzification of Marco Rubio
Max Fisher / WorldViews:
Even by North Korean standards, this announcement of Jang Song Thaek's execution is intense