• The Democrats' Obamacare offensive picks up steam
• U.S. Charges 49 Russian Diplomats with Healthcare Fraud.
• How the CIA Bungled the War on Terror
• Obama: Forget Fiscal Deficits, Focus on ‘Relentlessly Growing Deficit of Opportunity’
• NSA Tracking Cellphone Locations Worldwide, Snowden Documents Show
• Chuck Hagel: Pentagon Staff Cuts Will Save at Least $1 Billion
Below the Fold
• VA Gov. Bob McDonnell Laments Scandal: a 'Heartbreaking And Humbling Period of Time'
• Kentucky Governor to Mitch McConnell: Get Your Facts Straight on Obamacare
• GOP men tutored in running against women
• Pregnancy, Birth, And Abortion Rates for U.S. Teens Have All Hit a Record Low
• Stop-And-Frisk Innovator William Bratton Will Take Over NYPD
• Obama Orders Federal Government to Triple Its Use of Renewable Energy
• Nasty Surprise May Await People Who Thought They Enrolled in Obamacare
Analysis ► • How Wall Street — Not Pensioners — Wrecked Detroit
• VP Biden in South Korea for last stop on Asia tour
• Pentagon Urges China to Back Off No-Fly Zone
• Supreme Court justices say military-base protester’s case isn’t about free speech
• Conservative group ALEC pushes stealth tax on homeowners who install solar panels
• In Detroit Ruling, Threats to Promises and Assumptions
• Obama to tell feds to boost renewable electricity
• House Majority Leader Brushes Off Young Girl as She Asks Him to Help Her Undocumented Father
• Martin Bashir Resigns from MSNBC
• Sen. Warren to Banks: Disclose Donations to Think Tanks
• Elizabeth Warren, Liberals Hit Back Against Third Way After Economic Populist Attack
Ted Nugent's Presidential Pitch: Disenfranchise the Working Poor And the Elderly
Bill Clinton would support a Joe Biden 2016 presidential bid — if he won the nomination
Scott Brown May Be Warming to the Idea of a Senate Run in New Hampshire
Republicans Tussle Over Gay Candidates
PA-Gov: Schwartz Campaign calls Wall Street Journal op/ed ‘outrageous’ — but will not drop ‘Third Way’ affiliation
PA-Gov: Democratic candidate Allyson Schwartz is chair of a Wall Street group attacking Elizabeth Warren
Furious Virginia Republican quits party to run as an independent
Analysis ► GOP intolerance: “It’s part of their political DNA”
Free Passes! Free Passes! Getcha Free Passes to An Easy Reelection!
Dick Cheney Surprised By Backlash to Daughter's Gay Marriage Comments
WI-Gov: Scott Walker Fires Campaign Aide Following Racist Tweets
Chamber of Commerce to run ads defending incumbent GOP congressmen in Idaho, W.Va.
Liz Cheney Fundraiser Set for Swanky D.C. Restaurant
Obama to renew call for minimum wage increase as protests planned across US
White House counsel sticking around until spring
Duncan Hunter's Alcoholic Kid Says He Wants to Nuke Iran – And He's a Congressman from Near San Diego!
Analysis ► Why Hasn't Sen. Elizabeth Warren Backed the Iran Deal?
Analysis ► Sorry Guys, Congressional Polarization Can't Be Fixed By Lawmakers Hanging Out More
GOP Abortion Opponent Realizes That His Own Party's Amendment Helped Cover Abortions
John Boehner Blames Democrats for His Do-Nothing Congress
Extremist Rep. Duncan Hunter has a plan: Nuke Iran
House Chair Hosts Hearing About Aliens One Day After Dismissing EPA Science
Reid on Living Without the Filibuster While in the Minority: Bring It On
House Republicans float the impeachment option but way on the down low
Harry Reid Rails Against Joe Heck on Immigration Reform
State of the States
Texas losing billions in refusing to expand Medicaid, report finds
NYC Council considers electronic cigarette ban
Right-Wing Effort to Weaken Ohio’s Clean Energy Law Stalled, Not Dead
Colorado Secession Attempt Will Strengthen State, Says Governor John Hickenlooper
Maine Governor Plans to Move Social Services Facility, Restricting Access for Poor
Bobby Jindal Slams Obama, 'Extremist Left' And Lady Gaga on Energy Policy
Analysis ► Will the Detroit Institute of Arts be forced to sell its treasures?
Analysis ► Detroit After Bankruptcy Ruling – What Happens Next?
U.S. judge rules Detroit bankruptcy case can go forward
Detroit's new mayor, Mike Duggan, is a privatization expert
What a Rush
After Attacking the Pope, Rush Resurrects Smears Against Sandra Fluke
You're Paying $900M a Year to Subsidize Low-Wage Bank Tellers. Why?
Poverty wages in the land of plenty
D.C. Council Unanimously Votes to Give Workers a Raise And Time Off
This News Network Gives a 90-Second Master Class on How to Cover Poverty
Knowing, Deliberate Lies: "Detroit" Bankruptcy Edition
Will Local Media Cover ALEC Now That Its Agenda Has Been Exposed?
"I Took Down the Man Who Posted a Hacked Topless Photo of My Daughter on the Internet"
Lara Logan remains in good standing at CBS News
Meet the Woman Who Took Down the Man Who Posted a Hacked Topless Photo of His Daughter on the Internet
Analysis ► Can Dylan Davies' Publisher Sue Him for Damages?
Josh Marshall on Politico's MIRVed ICBM of Derp
ABC brass nixed Barbara Walters' pick of Edward Snowden as year's most fascinating person
How One 65-Year-Old Spent Years Making Porn – with His Wife's Blessing
Guardian has published only 1% of what Snowden gave them
Watch this! ► Fox News Exploits Another American's Murder in Benghazi
Former Clinton Aide Joins News Corp. as Communications Chief
Fox's "New" Benghazi Evidence Was Reported By Fox in July
Fox's Latest Christmas Scare Deemed a "Vicious Dissemination of Untrue Information"
Fox News' Neil Cavuto Shouts Over the Facts on Transportation Infrastructure Spending
Wide World of War
Researchers in Hawaii find lost Japanese WWII mega-sub
Forget Democrats And Republicans for a Minute – Do You Vote for Warmongers?
Culture Of Corruption
Walmart Is Paying Legal Fees for Big Number of Execs
Big Brother America
Analysis ► They're just making the criminal justice system more efficient
NSA Opponents Want to Cut Off Utah Facility from Water Supply
Obama’s Undocumented Uncle Spared from His Nephew’s Deportation Policy
JPMorgan Cyber Attack: Bank Warns 465,000 Customers About Data Theft
Banks fined record €1.7bn over benchmark interest rate rigging cartel
Second Wind for "Preposterous" Right-Wing Lawsuit Over Healthcare Exchanges
Drug Defendants Are Being 'Forced' to Plead Guilty, Report Claims
Analysis ► How An Obscure Federal Court Decision Just Gave the Shaft to American Workers
Supreme Court tackles Kentucky false advertising case
Montana judge defends job after remarks about 14-year-old rape victim
Analysis ► The Greatest Trick the Supreme Court Ever Pulled Was Convincing the World Roe v. Wade Still Exists
Utah Gay Marriage Ban Faces Court Challenge
Ex-Navy linguist fails in challenge to federal law
Another Georgia Republican, Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, Forgot the Camera Was Rolling, Accidentally Spoke His Mind
Greenspan Says Bitcoin a Bubble Without Intrinsic Currency Value
Inequality on the agenda for real?
Low bank wages costing the public millions, report says
Restaurant Forced to Stop Feeding the Homeless After Complaints from Nearby Businesses
GOP Debunked on Food Stamps
Athletics spending outpaces academic spending in NCAA schools, including UNC, NC State
Secretive Right-Wing Group Continues Its War on Clean Energy
These 11 Cities May Completely Run Out of Water Sooner Than You Think
Chevron And ALEC Take on the Big, Bad Lesser Prairie Chicken
Guns! Guns!! Guns!!!
Man Arrested Near University Campus Had Newspaper Clippings on Mass Shootings
CruzCare – Another GOP Weapon to Keep Working Families from Getting Health Insurance
Analysis ► Remember all those Obamacare horror stories? Not looking so bad now
Economics Daily Digest: Obamacare doesn't eliminate the need for Title X
Analysis ► Bereft of real ideas, GOP resorts to same old Medicare lie
Consumer Reports gives thumbs up to Healthcare.gov
Metro-North engineer suspended over fatal New York train derailment
New York Train Derailment Prompts Governors to Press Safety Debate
Obama's Vision for High-Speed Rail Is in Danger of Stalling Out
Derailed New York Train Had Alert Mechanism, But Not in Engineer's Car, Source Reports
City Dwellers Are Giving Up Cars in Favor of Subways And Bikes
New York train crash driver 'zoned out', says rail union
US delays prison for Somali man as officials tell of 'intelligence watershed'
Unarmed Man Charged with Assault Because Police Shot Bystanders When They Were Aiming for Him
Next, outgoing NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly will need a squad of NYPD dancing harem girls and a string of NYPD polo ponies for his security
Thug Sheriff Epidemic: Denver Inmates Repeatedly Complained of Being Choked, Tasered, And Sexually Harassed By Deputies, Were Ignored
K Street Follies
Visa quits ALEC (via Mark Crispin Miller)
Opinion ► The Salvation Army is an anti-gay evangelical church, boycott the red kettle
John Kerry in fresh push to unblock Israel-Palestine talks
Analysis ► Strain over security zone evident in Biden talks
Analysis ► Neocons Ignore Real Lessons of Munich
Joe Biden praises Xi Jinping's ability to manage disputes
Companies That Pay High Tax Rates Create More Jobs Than Tax Evaders
Al Qaeda Resurgence Tied to Syrian Crisis, Scholar Says
Hezbollah blames Israel for assassination of commander Hassan al-Laqis in Beirut, Lebanon
Hezbollah official assassinated outside his Beirut home