Morning Must Reads: December 12

In the news: Obama suspends nonlethal aid to Syrian opposition; House Republican leaders endorse budget deal; Senate grinds to a halt; Wall Street is fed up; Redskins bench RGIII

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

  • “Just a month before a peace conference that will seek an end to the grinding civil war in Syria, the Obama administration’s decision to suspend the delivery of nonlethal aid to the moderate opposition demonstrated again the frustrations of trying to cultivate a viable alternative to President Bashar al-Assad.” [NYT]
  • “House Republican leaders threw their weight behind a two-year budget deal, planning to bring it to a vote Thursday as opposition in both parties failed to gain enough traction to threaten passage.” [WSJ]
    • “Several leading Democrats warned Wednesday that the budget deal worked out by House and Senate negotiators is on the verge of unraveling over the exclusion of federal unemployment benefits.” [Hill]
    • “Senate Republicans scrubbing the Ryan-Murray budget deal have come across a little-noticed provision that will limit the GOP’s ability to block tax increases in future years.” [National Review]
    • How some agencies avoided sequester cuts [WashPost]
  • Senate Pulls All Nighter on Post-Nuclear Nominations [TIME]
  • Why Wall Street is fed up with the White House—and Republicans too [Politico]
  • Redskins bench RGIII [ESPN]