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5:30 PM ET, December 11, 2014


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Pelosi / Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Dear Democratic Colleague on CRomnibus  —  It is clear from this recess on the floor that the Republicans don't have enough votes to pass the CRomnibus.  This increases our leverage to get two offensive provisions of the bill removed: the bank bailout and big money for campaigns provision.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Bipartisan Revolt Imperils House Bill To Avert Government Shutdown  —  House Republican leaders are staking on thin ice with the government funding bill, facing stiff opposition from the left and the right that threatens passage just hours before a midnight deadline to avert a shutdown.
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Warren, left fume over deal  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday sought to rally opposition to the $1.1 trillion government funding bill, spearheading a revolt on the left that has put her influence in the Democratic Party to the test.  —  The Massachusetts liberal pleaded for House Democrats …
Roll Call:
Lacking Sufficient Support, House GOP Leaders Delay ‘Cromnibus’ Vote  —  Unsure whether they have the votes to pass a trillion-dollar federal spending package, House GOP leaders on Thursday afternoon delayed a final vote on the “cromnibus.”  —  They did so with mere hours to go until …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Political Wire
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Progressives caucus urges ‘no’ vote on spending bill
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
House stalled on funding
Matthew Zeitlin / BuzzFeed:
Scott Rudin On Obama's Favorite Movies: “I Bet He Likes Kevin Hart”  —  An exchange between Sony Pictures chair Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin turned into a riff on films they thought the president liked.  UPDATE: Both Rudin and Pascal have apologized for the emails.  —  Danny Moloshok / Reuters
Mike Fleming / Deadline:
Scott Rudin Apologizes After Leak Of Sony's Hacked Racially Insensitive E-Mails On Barack Obama
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Open Carry Activist Charged With Shooting Ex-Husband And Stepdaughter Dead  —  A woman charged with shooting and killing her ex-husband and stepdaughter has strong connections to groups advocating for expanding open carry gun laws in Texas.  —  Local news outlets on Wednesday reported …
Julie Fancher / Dallas Morning News:
Woman charged with capital murder after 2 found dead in Arlington home
Discussion: Liberaland and Raw Story
Todd Unger / WFAA-TV:   Woman in custody after two found dead in Arlington home
Miles Weiss / Bloomberg Politics:
Jeb Bush Has a Mitt Romney Problem  —  Over the last several months, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has been giving speeches, campaigning for candidates, appearing at public forums, and meeting with wealthy donors, which has led many people to believe that he may soon enter the race to become the next Republican presidential nominee.
Kasie Hunt / NBC News:
Rick Perry: Presidential Campaign's ‘Not an IQ Test’
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:   Rick Perry: ‘Running for the Presidency Is Not an IQ Test’
Beverly Johnson / Vanity Fair:
Bill Cosby Drugged Me.  This Is My Story.  —  Like most Americans, I spent the 60s, 70s, and part of the 80s in awe of Bill Cosby and his total domination of popular culture.  He was the first African American to star in a dramatic television series, I Spy, a show my family in Buffalo, New York, always watched.
Oliver Milman / Guardian:
Full scale of plastic in the world's oceans revealed for first time  —  Over five trillion pieces of plastic are floating in our oceans says most comprehensive study to date on plastic pollution around the world  —  More than five trillion pieces of plastic, collectively weighing nearly 269,000 tonnes …
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Why The Media's Fact Problems Are Way Bigger Than Rolling Stone  —  George Packer argues in The New Yorker that journalism's big crisis is just a business crisis.  In the very first paragraph, noting the collapse of Rolling Stone's story about a violent gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity …
The Huffington Post:
Joe Manchin Joins Democrats Opposed To Obama Treasury Pick Antonio Weiss  —  WASHINGTON — Another Democrat is adding his name to a small but growing list of senators opposed to President Barack Obama's nominee for a top Treasury Department post.  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) …
David Weigel / Bloomberg Politics:
A Key Obama Treasury Nominee Now Needs Even More GOP Votes to Save His Job
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
C.I.A. Director Defends Use of Interrogation Tactics, Avoiding Issue of Torture  —  Brennan on Tactics and Finding Bin Laden Brennan on Tactics and Finding Bin Laden  —  John O. Brennan, the C.I.A. director, said that information obtained from detainees that were subjected …
Discussion: USA Today and The Week
Psychologist says U.S. Senate's CIA report makes false charges
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Politico and Mediaite
Texas Monthly:
And the Bum Steer of the Year Is . . .  Was 2014 the year of the Un-Bum Steer?  So many of our usual suspects behaved themselves (more or less) that we wondered if something was amiss.  Texas A&M didn't do anything too Aggie-like, the Dallas Cowboys were actually in the playoff hunt for a change …
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Government shutdown would not stop Obama on immigration  —  Even if Republicans shut down the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) next year, President Obama could still carry out his executive actions giving legal status to up to 5 million undocumented immigrants.
Robert W. Wood / Forbes:
Obama Justice Department Was Involved In IRS Targeting, Lerner Emails Reveal  —  Sadly, the 18 month investigation into the IRS targeting of conservative groups isn't over, and it may be worse than anyone thought.  A federal judge has broken loose more emails that the DOJ had surely hoped would never surface.
Discussion: Hot Air, Power Line and “The Lid”
Catherine Keefe / Washington Post:
I'm an Obama supporter.  But Obamacare has hurt my family.  —  Obamacare has been far more frustrating than I'd ever dreamed.  —  At the moment President-elect Barack Obama proclaimed that “change has come to America,” I stood at the foot of my husband's bed in the cardiac ICU of Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo.
Mike Giglio / BuzzFeed:
ISIS Is Trying To Sell The Body Of U.S. Hostage James Foley For $1 Million  —  Middlemen in touch with ISIS or its associates say the group has turned a grim new page in its deadly hostage trade âÂ" by trying to sell the remains of at least one of the U.S. citizens it has executed in Syria.
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Associated Press:
Obama effort leads to surge in Guantanamo releases
Channel 4 News:
Unmasked: the man behind top Islamic State Twitter account
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Jawa Report
George Will / National Review:
The Plague of Overcriminalization  —  America might at long …
Discussion: Power Line and Hit & Run
Athena Jones / CNN:
Minority congressional staffers plan walkout in wake of Brown, Garner decisions
Discussion: Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
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The political pitfalls of cultural crossover: Scott Walker edition
Alex Roarty / National Journal:
Why the Club for Growth Is Changing Leadership
Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
Gawker discusses cost of ‘gamergate’
Samir Naji / CNN:
Gitmo inmate: My treatment shames American flag
Discussion: ABC News and The Jawa Report
James Hohmann / Politico:
Rick Snyder, eyeing 2016, to take Detroit success story on the road
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
All Senate GOP staff going on ObamaCare
Lanny Davis / The Hill:
Why I am ready for Hillary
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Booman Tribune