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2:40 PM ET, December 12, 2014


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Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
JPMorgan CEO helped whip votes  —  JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon made calls to lawmakers on Thursday urging them to support the “cromnibus” spending bill, House Financial Services Committee ranking member Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) told reporters.  —  Dimon's involvement came amidst progressives enraged …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Democrats who voted for the CRomnibus have received twice as much money from the finance industry as the ‘no’ voters
Discussion: Daily Kos and Daily Signal
Matt Fuller / Roll Call:
GOP to Bring Up Bill Blocking Obama Immigration Action — Next Year
Discussion: Washington Post and Hot Air
inSourceCode / Committee on Oversight & …:
Issa Subpoenas ObamaCare Architect Jonathan Gruber  —  Last night, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., subpoenaed ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber for all documents and communications with federal, state, or local government employees related …
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Gruber subpoenaed over ObamaCare contracts  —  ObamaCare consultant Jonathan Gruber has been subpoenaed for documents related to his work on the healthcare law after refusing to give details about his compensation to House lawmakers.  —  House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa …
Discussion: Political Wire
Natalie Villacorta / Politico:
Darrell Issa subpoenas Jonathan Gruber
Discussion: Daily Kos
Matthew Zeitlin / BuzzFeed:
Leaked Emails Reveal Maureen Dowd Promised To Show Sony Exec's Husband Column Before Publication  —  The end result: kudos at the studio and an email to Dowd after it published saying, “you're amazing.”  Update: Dowd says she didn't send an advance copy of the column.
Matt Schudel / Washington Post:
Michel du Cille, Post photojournalist who won Pulitzer three times, dies at 58 … Michel du Cille, a Washington Post photojournalist who was a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his dramatic images of human struggle and triumph, and who recently chronicled the plight of Ebola patients …
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Torture Is Who We Are  —  A country, like a person, is what it does.  —  Torture, declared President Obama this week, in response to the newly released Senate report on CIA interrogation, is “contrary to who we are.”  Maine Senator Angus King added that, “This is not America.  This is not who we are.”
Rick Gladstone / New York Times:
Dogs in Heaven?  Pope Francis Leaves Pearly Gate Open  —  Pope Francis has given hope to gays, unmarried couples and advocates of the Big Bang theory.  Now, he has endeared himself to dog lovers, animal rights activists and vegans.  —  Trying to console a distraught little boy whose dog had died …
Will Carr / Fox News:
Veteran Fox News correspondent Dominic Di-Natale dead at 43  —  Dominic Di-Natale, a globetrotting journalist whose work at Fox News Channel and other news organizations took him to Usama bin Laden's compound, demonstrations in Egypt's Tahrir Square and, more recently, to the scene of racially charged riots in Ferguson, Mo., has died.
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Nonemployed: The Vanishing Male Worker: How America Fell Behind  —  The Vanishing Male Worker: How America Fell Behind  —  Many men aged 25 to 54 have decided that low-wage jobs will not improve their lives.  Their absence from the work force has consequences for the nation.
Discussion: Hot Air and Clayton Cramer
CBS News:
ISIS issues guidelines for sex slavery  —  Shares -  —  Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have kidnapped thousands of women and girls in their raids on non-Sunni Muslim towns and villages across northern Syria and western Iraq.  —  Many of the captives are believed to be sold …
Susie Madrak / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Cop Shows Up At Penn Student's Room To Question Her About Activist Facebook Post  —  If only they were this diligent about investigating right-wing domestic terrorists.  —  Activists also report that the day after the town hall was held at Calvary United Methodist Church …
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
Inside the Collapse of The New Republic  —  Last Friday morning, Chris Hughes, the owner of The New Republic, and Guy Vidra, the magazine's C.E.O., presided over a meeting at the publication's Penn Quarter offices in Washington, D.C. It had been a busy twenty-four hours: a day earlier …
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Ed Rendell trash-talks ‘pathetic’ Chris Christie's Cowboys loyalty  —  (CNN) — Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said Gov. Chris Christie's unapologetic love for the Dallas Cowboys is “pathetic,” adding that it's rooted in a “basic inferiority complex.”  —  “If you are a Jerseyite …
Anthony Weiner / Business Insider:
Rand Paul And Apple Have The Same Strategy  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and Apple both seem to understand the marketplace.  —  Apple is betting bipartisan concern about intrusive government snooping will help sell phones, and Paul is creating a pretty impressive presidential campaign based on the same play.
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
ABC News:
New Questions Raised About Rolling Stone's UVA Rape Story … The college students described as friends of the alleged rape victim Jackie in an explosive Rolling Stone article revealed their identities to ABC News today, and said that some of the magazine's story is false.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obama opens fraud-ridden benefits programs to illegal immigrants  —  President Obama's unilateral executive action on immigration will make hundreds of thousands, perhaps more than a million, illegal immigrants eligible for federal transfer payments.  That will be done primarily through …
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Lisa Lerer / Bloomberg Politics:
Welcome to the Democrats' Post-Obama Family Feud
Brian Mahoney / Politico:
NLRB boosts unions' organizing leverage
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Mike Pence lays out vision for a presidential campaign. But will he be a candidate?
Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
Bobby Jindal's Prayer Rally Materials Blame Gays & Legal Abortion For Hurricane Katrina
Discussion: Raw Story and Towleroad News #gay
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Alan Keyes: Obama Will Become America's Hitler, Destroy Country Like The Twin Towers
Daniel Wiser / Washington Free Beacon:
Bachmann to Obama at White House Christmas Party: Bomb Iran
Jessica Sooknanan / WSB-TV:
Families to pose with Santa, firearms at local gun range
Discussion: Raw Story and PoliticusUSA
 Earlier Items: 
William McGurn / New York Post:
Tortured tantrums: Feinstein's fake fury
Plain Dealer:
In Arizona, the first hints of what a John Kasich presidential campaign might look and sound like
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Inside the collapse of the year's biggest tax deal
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Charles Krauthammer: A travesty of a report
Discussion: Guardian
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Women flood ranks of GOP
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Allen parents allege ‘racial bullying’ by coach
Discussion: Raw Story and Hinterland Gazette
Tea party fumes over campaign finance plan