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9:30 AM ET, December 17, 2013

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New York Times:
A Powerful Rebuke of Mass Surveillance  —  For the first time since the revelation of the National Security Agency's vast dragnet of all Americans' telephone records, a federal court has ruled that such surveillance is “significantly likely” to be unconstitutional.
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Judge Questions Legality of N.S.A. Phone Records  —  WASHINGTON — A federal district judge ruled on Monday that the National Security Agency program that is systematically keeping records of all Americans' phone calls most likely violates the Constitution, describing its technology as …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge: NSA phone program likely unconstitutional  —  A federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency program which collects information on nearly all telephone calls made to, from or within the United States is likely to be unconstitutional.  —  U.S. District Court Judge …
Bradley Brooks / Associated Press:
Snowden Petitions Brazil For Asylum In Exchange For Help With Spying  —  RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden says he would be willing to help Brazil investigate NSA spying on its soil, but could not fully participate without being granted political asylum …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
This Is The Most Important Paragraph In The Court Decision Against The NSA  —  The National Security Agency went into Judge Richard Leon's courtroom with a powerful precedent on its side.  In its 1979 decision in Smith v. Maryland, the Supreme Court held that individuals do not have a …
Associated Press:
Judge's word on NSA program won't be the last
Discussion: Associated Press
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Preliminary Thoughts on Judge Leon's Opinion
David Nather / Reuters:
Next Obamacare crisis: Small-business costs?  —  Think the canceled health policies hurt the Obamacare cause?  There's another political time bomb lurking that could explode not too long before next year's elections: rate hikes for small businesses.  —  Like the canceled individual health plans …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Senate poised to approve budget  —  The Senate is poised to approve the two-year budget deal on Tuesday, but the tally is not expected to match the landslide in the House.  —  The bill, which sets top-line spending levels for 2014 and 2015, is on track to just barely get the 60 votes it needs to clear the upper chamber.
Discussion: Roll Call
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Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Budget deal shows the GOP has PTSD
Discussion: Power Line
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Conservatives Fund: Boehner Targeting Conservatives Just Like IRS
Discussion: Daily Kos
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Lara Logan to return to ‘60 Minutes’  —  Lara Logan and Max McClellan, the ‘60 Minutes’ journalists who were put on a leave of absence following their now-retracted report on Benghazi, are set to return to the program early next year, POLITICO has learned.  —  Logan and her producer …
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David Weigel / Slate:
Why 60 Minutes Tanked the NSA Story: The Producers Theory
Discussion: Guardian, Reuters and Hit & Run
Jessica Hopper / Sound of the City:
Read the “Stomach-Churning” Sexual Assault Accusations Against R. Kelly in Full  —  It has been nearly 15 years since music journalist Jim DeRogatis caught the story that has since defined his career, one that he wishes didn't exist: R. Kelly's sexual predation on teenage girls.
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Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:   What R. Kelly Teaches Us About How Sexual Predators Choose And Silence Their Victims
Annie Linskey / Bloomberg:
Brown's Move to New Hampshire Fuels Talk of Senate Race  —  Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown plans to move to New Hampshire, the latest sign that he's considering a U.S. Senate bid there, which would complicate Democrats' effort to hold their majority in the chamber.
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  December 17, 2013 - Iowa Gov's Approval, Reelection Prospects Improve, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Christie Tops Clinton By 5 Points In 2016 Race  —  Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's reelection prospects are improving as voters approve 58 - 32 percent of the job he is doing …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Politico
Anneta Konstantinides / ABC News:
Mike Huckabee to Launch ‘Huckabee Post’  —  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will launch a news publication “Huckabee Post” in January 2014, ABC News has learned.  —  The site will cover a range of topics from news and politics to sports and pop culture, according to the former governor's son, David Huckabee.
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Tech execs to confront Obama on spying  —  Executives from the nation's biggest technology companies will meet with President Obama on Tuesday to discuss the revelations about National Security Agency surveillance.  —  The meeting will include Apple CEO Tim Cook, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer …
mynews13.com:
George Zimmerman is selling his original artwork on eBay  —  SANFORD —  It appears George Zimmerman has turned to painting, and is selling his own, original artwork on eBay not one week after prosecutors dropped domestic violence charges against him.  —  Now the painting has a bid of almost $100,000.
Rick Kissell / Variety:
Fox News Remains Ratings Champ As 2013 Comes to Close  —  It and rivals CNN, MSNBC down from last year  —  Fox News Channel maintained its grip on the cable-news network ratings prize in 2013, drawing more viewers than the combined averages of CNN, MSNBC and HLN.
FDA Consumer Health Information Updates:
FDA Taking Closer Look at ‘Antibacterial’ Soap  —  On this page:  —  When you're buying soaps and body washes, do you reach for the bar or bottle labeled “antibacterial”?  Are you thinking that these products, in addition to keeping you clean, will reduce your risk of getting sick or passing on germs to others?
 
 
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Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
‘This Is the End of the Presidency’
Discussion: ABC News
Washington Post:
Obama suffers most from year of turmoil, poll finds
Discussion: NewsBusters
Lucas Grindley / Advocate:
The Advocate's Person of the Year: Pope Francis
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and TheBlaze.com
Katie Thomas / New York Times:
Glaxo Says It Will Stop Paying Doctors to Promote Drugs
Discussion: Guardian and Balloon Juice
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Republicans must see the light on combatting poverty
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Is A Big Chill On the Way?  —  As Steve noted a little while ago …
Alexis Levinson / The Daily Caller:
Democratic group apologizes after sending tracker to memorial service
Discussion: Mediaite and Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Items: 
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Jeh Johnson OK'd for Homeland Security
Emma Dumain / Roll Call:
Ethics Committee Will Investigate Trey Radel
Discussion: The Reaction
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Conservatives Have No Idea What To Do About Recessions
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Hack List No. 9: Thomas Friedman
Camille Paglia / TIME:
It's a Man's World, And It Always Will Be
Michael Isikoff / NBCNews:
Climate change expert's fraud was ‘crime of massive proportion,’ say feds
 

 
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