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7:15 PM ET, December 13, 2014

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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Cruz center of Senate meltdown  —  Sen. Ted Cruz, the firebrand conservative freshman from Texas, has blown up the Senate leadership's plans to have a peaceful weekend by forcing round-the-clock votes on President Obama's nominees and the $1.1 trillion omnibus.
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Other Senators Fume Over Cruz's Push For Vote On Obama Immigration Action  —  Other members of the Senate fumed Saturday over objections by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) that held up a $1.1 trillion omnibus bill meant to keep the government open.
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Associated Press:
Senate Averts Shutdown Fears; Fights Over Nominees  —  Their power ebbing, Senate Democrats launched a last-minute drive Saturday to confirm roughly 20 of President Barack Obama's nominees, and several Republicans blamed tea party-backed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for creating an opening for the outgoing majority party to exploit.
Discussion: Politico
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Reid Announces Weekend Votes After Blockade (Updated)  —  Conservatives late Friday stalled action on the Senate floor as leaders scrambled to wrap up the 113th Congress.  —  Senators will reconvene at noon Saturday for a series of up to 40 roll call votes after conservatives sought …
Tara Palmeri / New York Post:
Cops tell de Blasio: Stay away from our funerals  —  Not over their dead bodies.  —  Cops are warning Mayor de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to stay away from their funerals should they be killed in the line of duty.  —  The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association distributed …
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Brendan O'Connor / Gawker:
NY Police Union Doesn't Want De Blasio At Cop Funerals  —  New York City's largest police union, the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association (PBA) is encouraging its members to sign a form letter asking Mayor Bill De Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito not to attend their funerals if they are killed while on active duty.
New York Times:
Poll Finds Unease in New York After Garner Case; Challenge for de Blasio
Danielle Avitable / WJTV:
Pastor Dresses Horse in Wedding Dress to Protest Same-Sex Marriage  —  It's not something you see every day, a horse in a wedding dress standing outside the federal courthouse.  —  “I thought it was laughable and I believe he was going for a ridiculous protest and he certainly got one,” says Eddie Outlaw, LGBT advocate.
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
G.O.P. Angst Over 2016 Led to Provision on Funding  —  The secret negotiations that led to one of the most significant expansions of campaign contributions in recent years began with what Republican leaders regarded as an urgent problem: How would they pay for their presidential nominating convention in Cleveland in two years?
Joanne Lipman / Wall Street Journal:
Women at Work: A Guide for Men  —  Even the most well-intentioned male managers can be clueless when dealing with women in the workplace  —  We are flooded with career-advice books for women.  There are women's networking groups and leadership conferences galore.
Discussion: Dr. Helen and Vox Popoli
New York Times:
Another Baseless Attack on Health Law  —  The opponents of the Affordable Care Act have filed another long-shot lawsuit that could undermine health care reform and force many consumers to pay more for health insurance if the suit succeeds.  —  The Supreme Court has already agreed to hear a separate case …
Discussion: Liberal Values and Prairie Weather
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Amid Details on Torture, Data on 26 Who Were Held in Error  —  One quiet consequence of this week's sensational release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the C.I.A. detention program was a telephone call that a human rights lawyer, Meg Satterthwaite, placed to a client in Yemen, Mohamed Bashmilah.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Early federal sentencing recommendation for McDonnell: At least 10 years in prison … The federal agency that will play a pivotal role in guiding the sentence of former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell has recommended that the onetime Republican rising star spend at least 10 years and a month in prison …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
 
 
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Associated Press:
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NY Daily News:
Rat problem worsens at One World Trade Center offices of Conde Nast
Discussion: New York Magazine
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Cruel Reality: Obama Paying for Illegal Amnesty With Fees Paid by Legal Immigrants
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Worst year: President Obama, for losses at home and crises abroad
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