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10:55 AM ET, December 10, 2014


 Top Items: 
Bob Kerrey / USA Today:
Sen. Bob Kerrey: Partisan torture report fails America  —  Intelligence agencies need guidance to do better, Senate Democrats failed to provide it.  —  I regret having to write a piece that is critical of the Democratic members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Aleksander Chan / Gawker:
Fox News Host: Get Over CIA Torture Report Because “America Is Awesome”  —  As people work their way through the passel of documents that is the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on post-9/11, Bush-era CIA torture, Fox News is ready to weigh in: The long-planned doc dump is all political subterfuge.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Michael Hirsh / Politico:
Michael Hayden Is Not Sorry  —  The Senate report rakes Bush's former CIA director over the coals.  He fires back in an exclusive interview.  —  Though the CIA's “enhanced interrogation” program long predated his takeover of the agency in 2006, former Director Michael Hayden has found himself …
Howard Dean / Politico:
I'm Ready for Hillary  —  Hillary Clinton is by far the most qualified person in the United States to serve as President.  If she runs, I will support her.  I have known Hillary for almost twenty-five years.  We first met when I was the governor of Vermont and she was the First Lady …
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Fox melts down after torture report: ‘The United States of America is awesome, we are awesome!’  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Fox News analysts, hosts and reporters on Tuesday wasted no time in blasting Democrats after Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein …
Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
Darkness Visible: Live-Blogging The Torture Report
Wall Street Journal:
CIA Interrogations Saved Lives
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
What will Cruz do?  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) faces a tough decision on whether to follow through on his pledge to block any legislation he deemed nonessential in the lame-duck session.  —  With his colleagues scrambling to finish a $1 trillion government-funding measure and get out of town, Cruz is a wild card.
Discussion: Political Wire
The Hill:
Senate Republicans feud over whether to keep nuke option  —  Senate Republicans met behind closed doors Tuesday to debate whether they should reverse changes to the filibuster that made it easier for Senate Democrats to confirm President Obama's nominees.  —  GOP lawmakers and senators-elect …
Peter Overby / NPR:
In Spending Bill, A Gift For Political Party Fundraising
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Reid, in Diminished Role, Vows Fight With G.O.P.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Yes, Dems did funnel money to ‘independent’ in Kansas Senate race
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Harry Reid makes push for nominees
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The Jonathan Gruber hearing was a zany coda to Darrell Issa's tumultuous tenure  —  A gaffe, under the oft-cited Michael Kinsley rule, is when somebody in Washington accidentally speaks the truth.  But what happens when frankness leads you to say something so monumentally stupid …
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
How much did Gruber make?  —  ObamaCare consultant Jonathan …
Discussion: National Review
Peter Suderman / Hit & Run:
Jonathan Gruber's Weak New Excuse for His Obamacare Exchange Subsidies “Speak-O”
Noah Rothman / Hot Air:   Gruber won't deny the White House wanted to trick Congress into passing the ACA
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Gruber grilled at marathon hearing
Betsy McCaughey / New York Post:
Still cooking the ObamaCare books
Hilary Sargent / Boston Globe:
Harvard Business School Professor Goes to War Over $4 Worth of Chinese Food  —  Ben Edelman (left) and Ran Duan (right)  —  Ben Edelman is an associate professor at Harvard Business School, where he teaches in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets unit.
Lena Dunham: Why I Chose To Speak Out  —  The ways I've been attacked for sharing my story show how far we have to go when discussing sexual assault.  —  Mike Marsland / WireImage / BuzzFeed  —  It has been almost a decade since I was sexually assaulted.
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Democrats lost the South through culture war and elitism  —  Fritz Hollings, John Edwards, Zell Miller, Blanche Lincoln, John Breaux, Kay Hagan, Mark Pryor and Mary Landrieu.  These eight Democrats have been senators from the South in the past decade.  —  If not for Southern Democrats …
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Bank of America sees $50 oil as Opec dies  —  “Our biggest worry is the end of the liquidity cycle.  The Fed is done.  The reach for yield that we have seen since 2009 is going into reverse”, said Bank of America.
Discussion: Instapundit
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Social Injustice Ate My Homework  —  Harvard law students have been taught to think like spoiled children.  —  If there were a First Rule of our present penchant for victimhood, it would presumably be that everything unpleasant that happens in the world must, in some way, eventually be about you.
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Dems push to revive failed gun control legislation  —  Gun control advocates in Congress are looking to revive failed legislation strengthening background check regulations.  —  A handful of Democratic lawmakers said Tuesday they plan to push once again for universal background checks …
Washington Post:
Congressional budget poised to partially block pot legalization in D.C.  —  An emerging deal to keep the federal government funded into next year would block the D.C. government from allowing legal sales of marijuana in the nation's capital, according to multiple congressional aides with knowledge of the negotiations.
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Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Republicans Should Listen to Their Voters, Not Donors
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Rick Santorum is running for president again — and says this time will be different
Discussion: CNN
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Propensity for Pessimism: The Battle Over Douglas Elmendorf — and the Inability to See Good News
Discussion: Bloomberg View
New York Times:
Congressional Leaders Reach Deal on Spending
Discussion: The Hill and New York Magazine
 Earlier Items: 
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Rick Perry, hungry for redemption, says he's a ‘substantially different’ candidate
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Kerry: New Flexible War Powers Needed to Fight IS
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
National Journal:
In late October, he campaigned in Colorado, by chance, on the same day as Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: Hit & Run