Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Obama's reboot: Can Podesta save him? — Barack Obama's at the lowest point of his presidency. Can John Podesta save him? — When President Barack Obama's chief of staff, Denis McDonough, approached John Podesta a few weeks ago about taking over the high-aggravation job of White House counselor …
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line: A window into the White House's view of House Republicans
Geoffrey Norman / Weekly Standard: A New Agenda? — Walter Shapiro, writing in the The American …
Steven Dennis / Roll Call: Podesta Apologizes for ‘Jonestown’ Remark After Getting Ripped by Boehner Spokesman
Paul Steinhauser / CNN: New polling low for Obama in crucial state
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo: New Obama Adviser Calls House Republicans A ‘Cult Worthy Of Jonestown’
Andrew Sullivan / The Dish: The Politico Premise
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider: New Obama Adviser Compares Republicans To A ‘Cult Worthy Of Jonestown’ — And Then Apologizes
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air: New WH advisor thinks Republicans are “a cult worthy of Jonestown”; Update: Apologizes
Lachlan Markay / Washington Free Beacon: Podesta Apologizes to Boehner for Jonestown Crack
Evan McMurry / Mediaite: Podesta Apologizes for Jonestown Comment: ‘My Snark Got in Front of My Judgment’
Bryan Preston / The PJ Tatler: Obama's New Counselor Calls House Republicans a ‘Jonestown Cult,’ Hastily Offers Limited Apology...
Andrew Johnson / National Review: Podesta: GOP ‘Cult Worthy of Jonestown’
Jon Terbush / The Week: Is Obama really doing worse than Bush and Nixon?
Michael Bastasch / The Daily Caller: BASTASCH: Podesta's White House return means a more aggressive green agenda
Walter Shapiro / American Prospect: The Year in Preview: Obama's Last Stand
Peggy Noonan's Blog:
Incompetence — Everyone is doing thoughtful year-end pieces on President Obama. Writers and reporters agree he's had his worst year ever. I infer from most of their essays an unstated but broadly held sense of foreboding: There's no particular reason to believe next year will be better …
Discussion: JustOneMinute, No More Mister Nice Blog, Questions and Observations, Betsy's Page, TheBlaze.com and Viking Pundit
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute: Ironic Genius At The WSJ
Steve M. / No More Mister Nice Blog: NOONAN: OBAMA STOOD NEXT TO A SCARY FAKE INTERPRETER, SO WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE IN A NUCLEAR HOLOCAUST
Bruce McQuain / Questions and Observations: It took almost 6 years, but Peggy Noonan is finally waking up ...
Betsy Newmark / Betsy's Page: Cruising the Web — James Taranto explains why even the uninsured don't like Obamacare.
Eddie Scarry / TheBlaze.com: Merry Christmas, from Peggy Noonan
Jim Acosta / CNN:
Tech source: We weren't at White House for health care chat
Tech source: We weren't at White House for health care chat
Discussion: Politico, Talking Points Memo, americanthinker.com, Business Insider and Wonkblog
Jennifer Epstein / Politico: Jarrett: 'I'm not the shadow chief of staff'
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo: Report: Tech Execs Frustrated By White House Focus On HealthCare.gov
Thomas Lifson / americanthinker.com: Tech execs disappointed in their meeting with Obama
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider: The White House Is Bringing In Microsoft's Kurt DelBene To Run The Obamacare Website
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog: A former Microsoft exec is taking over at HealthCare.gov
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
New Documentary Threatens to Make You Like Mitt Romney — During the 2012 campaign, I, like every liberal writer whose job it is to comment on politics every day, wrote many unkind things about Mitt Romney. Much of the time I found him more sad than despicable; politicians who nearly reach …
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
Watch The Moment Mitt Romney Realizes He Is Going To Lose The Election — Netflix is out with a trailer for its new Mitt Romney documentary — “MITT” — which provides a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look into some of the most important moments of his failed campaign for president.
Discussion: The Verge, Mediaite, FishbowlDC and The Week
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge: Watch Mitt Romney's emotional election night in first trailer for Netflix documentary
Patrick Tutwiler / FishbowlDC: Photo of the Day: The Moment Mitt Romney Realized He Lost the Election
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
This is the ad every Democrat should be scared of in 2014 — Ending Spending, a conservative outside group dedicated to, well, ending (government)spending, is running an ad in New Hampshire that will be replicated endlessly by Republican candidates and groups in the 2014 midterm election.
Discussion: National Review, The PJ Tatler, Shakesville, americanthinker.com, ABC News and Reuters
Bryan Preston / The PJ Tatler: This Devastating Ad Could Destroy the Democrats Next Year
Melissa McEwan / Shakesville: The Modern Republican Party, in Two Stories
Shushannah Walshe / ABC News: Scott Brown's Presence Looms in NH
David Nather / Reuters: Next Obamacare crisis: Small-business costs?
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Larry Klayman in huge CNN smackdown — Conservative legal activist Larry Klayman got into an argument on CNN with host Don Lemon and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin when he was brought on to discuss his victory this week in a lawsuit challenging NSA surveillance, resulting in Lemon cutting …
Discussion: The Week
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
How John McCain Turned His Clichés Into Meaning — When I walk into John McCain's office a week before Thanksgiving, he is not at all happy — and seems to be enjoying it quite a bit. — He is sampling none of the usual flavors of upset we tend to associate with the Arizona senator …
Discussion: Politico, Talking Points Memo, Mediaite and Post Politics
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo: McCain To Reid: 'I'm Going To Kick The Crap Out Of You'
Aaron Blake / Post Politics: McCain says he worries about effects of retirement
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Of course the uninsured hate ObamaCare too. — Reason's Peter Suderman takes note of a poll result that surprises him: … If Suderman's surprise is sincere, he must have taken a sip of the ObamaCare Kool-Aid. Implicit in his reasoning is a huge unwarranted assumption—to wit, that people without health insurance desire to have it.
Discussion: theGrio, Canada Blog …, Guardian and The Raw Story
Morgan Whitaker / theGrio: In defense of black Santas
Shahla Khan Salter / Canada Blog on The …: Fox News and a Few Conservative Muslim Leaders are Real Scrooges
Hadley Freeman / Guardian: Black, white or imaginary? Santa's race has the US in a Christmas kerfuffle
Eric W. Dolan / The Raw Story: Bill O'Reilly uses image of dark-skinned Saint Nicholas to prove Santa is white
Brewer weighs in on ‘white’ Santa controversy
Brewer weighs in on ‘white’ Santa controversy
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Politico and TheBlaze.com
Jose DelReal / Politico: Brewer: ‘Santa Claus is Santa Claus’
Eddie Scarry / TheBlaze.com: Jan Brewer says Santa could be black or even yellow
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters:
Barbara Walters on Obama: ‘We Thought He Was Going To Be The Next Messiah’ — Yes, she really said it. — On CNN's Piers Morgan Live Tuesday, in a brief discussion about President Obama, Barbara Walters actually said, “We thought that he was going to be - I shouldn't say this at Christmastime …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin, The PJ Tatler, The Gateway Pundit, Ed Driscoll and americanthinker.com
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin: Where's Barbara Walters' ‘next messiah’ now?
Bryan Preston / The PJ Tatler: Barbara Walters: We Expected Obama to be the ‘Next Messiah’
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit: Barbara Walters on Obama: ‘We’ Thought He Was Going to Be ‘the Next Messiah’ (Video)
James Hibberd / Inside TV:
‘Duck Dynasty’ star makes anti-gay comments; GLAAD slams — Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson is making anti-gay comments in the January issue of GQ. — In statements that threaten the A&E reality hit's wildly popular and uplifting brand of faith, family and hunting, the Robertson patriarch said …
Discussion: Business Insider, Liberaland, Weasel Zippers, Althouse and Towleroad News #gay
Aly Weisman / Business Insider: ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Says ‘Homosexuality Is A Sin’ In Explosive New Interview And Now Everyone Is Furious
ZIP / Weasel Zippers: Duck Dynasty Star Says He's Not Down With Homosexuality... Diversity Police Swoop In For The Kill...
Ann Althouse / Althouse: “I'm just thinking: There's more there! She's got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes.”
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Birther tea party rep. refuses to stand near Obama photo, moves away U.S. flag — A tea party-back Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri this week asked that a flag be moved because she did not want to stand near a photo of President Barack Obama during a press conference.
New York Times:
Saudi Arabia Will Go It Alone — London — Saudi Arabia has been friends with our Western partners for decades; for some, like the United Kingdom where I serve as ambassador, for almost a century. These are strategic alliances that benefit us both. Recently, these relationships have been tested …
Discussion: Jihad Watch, Israel Matzav and The Jawa Report
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Ryan won't run for White House in 2016, his GOP colleagues say — Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has a choice to make. — The Republican Budget Committee chairman is the most popular conservative in the House, and over the coming year, he will have to decide whether to seek a more powerful committee gavel …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, Talking Points Memo, CNN, Yahoo! News, The Plum Line, ABC News, Hot Air and The Reaction
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo: Colleagues Doubt Paul Ryan Will Set His Sights On White House
Paul Steinhauser / CNN: GOP keeps House seat in Alabama in party hands
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line: Morning Plum: Democrats should prioritize combatting inequality. It's popular.
Michael Falcone / ABC News: Know When To Fold 'Em: Wave of Retirements Sweep Congress
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air: Ryan to pass on 2016 presidential race?
Arrest, strip-search of Indian diplomat in New York triggers uproar — (CNN) — The arrest and detention of an Indian consular official in New York on visa fraud charges has created a diplomatic uproar, with punitive steps taken against State Department officials in New Delhi.
Discussion: americanthinker.com and ImmigrationProf Blog
Rick Moran / americanthinker.com: Indian diplomat arrested, strip-searched
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Hack List No. 4: David Brooks — Our annual list is here! This time, we channeled each hack's unique voice — and let them “write” their own entries — It seems a pleasant life to be a Columnist. He writes a few hundred words once, or at most twice a week.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Mediaite
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post: John Legend Says What Everyone Was Thinking About David Brooks
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Senate Dems block amendment to restore veteran benefits by closing illegal immigrant welfare loophole — Senate Republicans were unable to stop military pension cuts when Senate Democrats blocked a vote on an amendment to prevent the cuts by closing a welfare loophole for illegal immigrants Tuesday night.
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon, The Hill, Right Wing News, Scared Monkeys, The Gateway Pundit and The Lonely Conservative
Elizabeth Harrington / Washington Free Beacon: Disabled Military Retirees Not Exempt from Pension Cuts in Budget Deal
William Teach / Right Wing News: Senate Democrats Prefer Illegal Alien Benefits To Military Benefits
Scared Monkeys: Mavericky RINO Senator John McCain Says Republicans Voting Against Budget Deal Lack 'Intellectual …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit: Democrats Put Illegal Aliens Above US Veterans - Military Families Need to “Sacrifice”
Poll: Both uninsured, insured skeptical about Obamacare — Shares - — Tweets - Stumble — Skepticism about the health care law extends to both insured and uninsured Americans, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll. Both groups disapprove of the law overall …
Discussion: Hot Air, CBS DC, The Fix and Washington Free Beacon
David P. Goldman / PJ Media:
It's About the Settlements, Stupid — Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria, the misnamed occupied territories, are not the obstacle to peace between Israelis and Palestinians. They are the acid test of peace. To argue that peace is conceivable unless the bulk of the settlements remain in place constitutes stupidity or hypocrisy.
Discussion: Chicago Boyz, Power Line and Israel Matzav
Omri Avisaar / carolinglick: Kerry forces Israel's moment of decision
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Second worst year on record for jailed journalists — For the second consecutive year, Turkey was the world's leading jailer of journalists, followed closely by Iran and China. The number of journalists in prison globally decreased from a year earlier but remains close to historical highs.
Discussion: Guardian and Poynter, more at Mediagazer »
Roy Greenslade / Guardian: 211 journalists in world's jails in 2013 - with three countries holding most
Kristen Hare / Poynter: In 2013, 87 journalists were kidnapped around the world
Reporters Without Borders:
71 journalists were killed in 2013
71 journalists were killed in 2013
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Guardian, more at Mediagazer »
Heather Haddon / Metropolis:
Appointees Who Resigned in Wake of Bridge Controversy Retain Attorneys — Two appointees of Gov. Chris Christie's who recently resigned amid a controversy over lane closures at the George Washington Bridge have retained private attorneys, according to correspondence from their attorneys viewed by The Wall Street Journal.
Jose DelReal / Politico: Report: Ex-port execs retain lawyers
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Bevin wants new blood in Washington — Sen. Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) primary opponent suggested that he would use the debt-ceiling fight this spring as leverage to defund ObamaCare. — In an interview with The Hill, Republican Matt Bevin (Ky.) reiterated his disappointment with congressional GOP leaders …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, The Moderate Voice and First Read
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo: Republican Matt Bevin: Boehner Attack On Conservative Groups Showed ‘Smugness and Arrogance’
Prairie Weather / The Moderate Voice: Are there any Republicans left who don't wish Mitch McConnell would go away?
Americans' Belief in God, Miracles and Heaven Declines — Belief in Darwin's theory of evolution rises — A new Harris Poll finds that while a strong majority (74%) of U.S. adults do believe in God, this belief is in decline when compared to previous years as just over four in five (82%) …
Discussion: The Raw Story, CNSNews, Business Insider and TheBlaze.com
Travis Gettys / The Raw Story: Number of American atheists doubled since 2007, but more still believe in witches or UFOs
Susan Jones / CNSNews: Poll: Americans' Belief in God Is Strong—But Declining
Megan Willett / Business Insider: A Fascinating New Poll Shows That Americans Are Losing Faith In God
Meredith Jessup / TheBlaze.com: Poll: Americans' belief in God is on the decline
Decision time for Md.'s health exchange [Editorial] — Our view: The O'Malley administration has made progress on its Obamacare website, but the question of whether to scrap it remains unanswered — Since Gov. Martin O'Malley declared that the state's health insurance exchange website …
Discussion: National Review, CNN, The PJ Tatler and Weasel Zippers
Adam Aigner-Treworgy / CNN: Private exchanges: Obamacare shopping still not ready