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3:20 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: Washington Post and Booman Tribune
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
House GOP Conservatives Help Propel Budget Bill
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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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Mike Huckabee quits radio show, sets sights on 2016 election
Discussion: NBCNews
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
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.
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Another resignation comes in Christie administration over bridge scandal  —  (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced Friday the resignation of New Jersey's top Port Authority official Bill Baroni, as controversy swirls regarding allegations that politics played a role in a traffic study …
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and First Read
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Jenna Portnoy / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie announces another top Port Authority official has resigned after GWB flap
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 …
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.
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
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.
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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David Brooks / New York Times:
Strengthen the Presidency  —  A couple of months ago, I visited the Congressional Budget Office, one of our most trust-inspiring government agencies.  On the elevator ride, one of the economists confided that it can be challenging to be in government these days.
Pete Williams / Investigations:
Feds say they disrupted suicide bomb plot by worker at Wichita airport  —  A 58-year-old airport worker was charged Friday with allegedly planning a suicide bombing at a passenger terminal at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in Kansas.  —  The suspect, Terry Lee Loewen …
Discussion: Liberaland and Jihad Watch
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
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.
Sean Higgins / Washington Examiner:
PolitiFact rewrites its own history in Obamacare ‘Lie Of The Year’ decision  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL OBAMACARE PRESIDENT HEALTH CARE POLITIFACT  —  In an impressive display of chutzpah, the Tampa Bay Times' fact-checking organization PolitiFact has designated President Obama's promise that …
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
Peter Elkind / Fortune:
Bloomberg News reaffirms ban on writing about Mike Bloomberg  —  The news organization owned by Bloomberg LP has an unusual, self-imposed policy preventing itself from writing about its founder.  —  FORTUNE — When Michael Bloomberg retires as New York's mayor in January after 12 years in office …
 
 
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Stewart Ledbetter / Vermont News:
Christie: ‘It matters who you nominate’
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Jobless Fear Looming Cutoff of Benefits
Discussion: The Fix and Wonkblog
Heben Nigatu / BuzzFeed:
You Have To Listen To The Powerful Feminist Speech Beyoncé Samples On Her New Album
Discussion: The Raw Story and Gothamist
Blake Neff / The Hill:
Danish PM: Obama ‘selfie’ won't be shared
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
HHS to Darrell Issa: We don't trust you
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The 6,000-Page Report on CIA Torture Has Now Been Suppressed for 1 Year
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
W.H. gets new legislative affairs head
Discussion: Guardian and Post Politics
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Chris Kirk / Slate:
The Missing 20,000 Gun Deaths
Sarah Palin / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE — PALIN: READ MY LIPSTICK: NO NEW TAXES
Discussion: ABC News, Reuters and New York Times
ag.ny.gov:
A.G. Schneiderman Secures Agreement Requiring Reinstatement Of Domino's Workers
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
Americans Won't Be Easily Reassured About the Economy
ThinkProgress:
Delaware Is On The Verge Of Raising Its Minimum Wage
Discussion: delawareonline
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama turns left