National Headlines 12-9-13

Lawmakers hope to make quick strike on $607B defense bill (The Hill)

Cheney on Christie: He’s a ‘promising figure’ (The Hill)

Pickens County sheriff refuses to lower flag for Mandela (Greenville Online)

George Zimmerman’s girlfriend wants charges dropped, document says (CNN)

Bob Filner gets probation — and his secrets are now public record (Los Angeles Times)

18 Charged in Inquiry Into Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office (New York Times)

Cellphone firms regularly give data to law enforcement (Boston Globe)

US Tech Companies Urge Curb on Surveillance (Voice of America)

Alan Grayson loses $18M in fraud scheme (Politico)

Poor Are Squeezed as Rental Demand Soars (New York Times)

Fed’s Fisher: Time to Taper Fed’s Bond Buys Is Now (Wall Street Journal)

High Court Weighs Air Safety vs. Pilot’s Reputation (New York Times)