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11:15 PM ET, December 16, 2013

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Liberal Values
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Federal Judge: NSA Program Revealed By Snowden Likely Unconstitutional
Discussion: The Impolitic
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  —  On Monday, the Village Voice published a long conversation between Jessica Hopper, the music editor for Rookie, and Jim DeRogatis, now a professor at Columbia College, who, as a critic at the Chicago Sun-Times …
Bloomberg:
Make Obamacare Cool, or Make It Hurt  —  Instead of outreach programs and sappy TV ads with parents imploring their kids to sign up for Obamacare, President Barack Obama needs to start thinking creatively if he wants his signature legislative achievement to be a success.  What motivates kids?
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Dallas Morning News:
Pete Sessions and Darrell Issa: Who are these Obamacare navigators?
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
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.
Discussion: ABC News, CNN, Daily Kos and First Read
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
‘60 Minutes’ Trashed For NSA Piece  —  “60 Minutes” was trashed all over Twitter on Sunday night for a two-part story on the NSA which critics dubbed obsequious at best.  —  The piece was fronted by reporter John Miller, who had to tell viewers this at the top of the segment: “Full disclosure …
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
‘60 Minutes’ reporter didn't want NSA story to be ‘a puff piece’
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?
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
An NSA Coworker Remembers The Real Edward Snowden: ‘A Genius Among Geniuses’  —  Perhaps Edward Snowden's hoodie should have raised suspicions.  —  The black sweatshirt sold by the civil libertarian Electronic Frontier Foundation featured a parody of the National Security Agency's logo …
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Michael Isikoff / NBCNews:
Climate change expert's fraud was ‘crime of massive proportion,’ say feds  —  The EPA's highest-paid employee and top expert on climate change engaged in “crime of massive proportions” by pretending to be working as an undercover agent for the CIA so he could avoid doing his real job for years …
Alexis Levinson / The Daily Caller:
Democratic group apologizes after sending tracker to memorial service  —  Democratic opposition research organization American Bridge apologized on Monday for sending someone to follow New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte at a funeral this weekend, after a reporter and the New Hampshire Republican party attacked them for the move.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Democratic Group American Bridge Apologizes After Oppo Tracker Films Memorial Service
Discussion: Mediaite and WMUR
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Conservatives Have No Idea What To Do About Recessions  —  For the last five years, liberals have promoted three main economic policies to shorten or ameliorate the Great Recession and speed the recovery from it.  — Deficit-financed spending to compensate for demand gaps in the private sector.
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 …
Kotaku:
Tea Party Facebook Group Posts BioShock Image Satirizing Tea Party  —  The National Liberty Foundation is a Florida-based group of radical conservatives associated with the right-wing group that calls themselves the Tea Party.  They use their Facebook to post lots of right-wing meme images and racist links.
Erica Goode / New York Times:
Sheriffs Refuse to Enforce Laws on Gun Control  —  GREELEY, Colo. — When Sheriff John Cooke of Weld County explains in speeches why he is not enforcing the state's new gun laws, he holds up two 30-round magazines.  One, he says, he had before July 1, when the law banning the possession …
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Hack List No. 9: Thomas Friedman  —  Our annual list is here!  This time, we channeled each hack's unique voice — and let them “write” their own entries  —  A Visit to Friedman World  —  I was at a conference in Brussels last week and having trouble with my column.
Art Swift / Gallup:
Honesty and Ethics Rating of Clergy Slides to New Low  —  Nurses again top list; lobbyists are worst  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans' rating of the honesty and ethics of the clergy has fallen to 47%, the first time this rating has dropped below 50% since Gallup first asked about the clergy in 1977.
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Conservatives Fund: Boehner Targeting Conservatives Just Like IRS  —  In a new fundraising email, the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) said House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is targeting conservatives in the same way that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative organizations seeking tax-exempt status.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Budget deal shows the GOP has PTSD  —  Since taking office, Barack Obama has run the table on congressional Republicans, racking up one government-expanding victory after another — from the stimulus to Dodd-Frank, Obamacare and the $620 billion in fiscal-cliff tax increases.
Discussion: Power Line
Bloomberg:
Secret Inside BofA Office of CEO Stymied Needy Homeowners  —  Photographer: Phelan M. Ebenhack/Bloomberg  —  Isabel Santamaria thought she finally caught a break in her effort to save her Florida home from foreclosure after nine frustrating months: She reached Bank of America Corp.'s Office of the CEO and President.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Plum Line
Emma Dumain / Roll Call:
Ethics Committee Will Investigate Trey Radel  —  Radel, center, will be investigated.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)  —  The House Ethics Committee will launch a formal investigation into alleged misconduct by Rep. Trey Radel, the panel's top Republican and Democrat announced Monday.
Camille Paglia / TIME:
It's a Man's World, And It Always Will Be  —  The modern economy is a male epic, in which women have found a productive role—but women were not its author  —  If men are obsolete, then women will soon be extinct—unless we rush down that ominous Brave New World path where females …
Discussion: AEIdeas and Rush Limbaugh
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Libertarian Radio Host Neal Boortz: “I'm Sorry, Santa Claus Is White, Deal With It”  —  “I'm gonna scream and complain because Martin Luther King is always portrayed as black,” said Neal Boortz, who was substituting for Herman Cain on his radio program Monday.  —  View Video ›
 
 
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Jeh Johnson OK'd for Homeland Security
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Should the burden of proof be on reformers—or on vested interests?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Pentagon sexual assault prevention chief stepping down
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
L. Gordon Crovitz / Wall Street Journal:
Jimmy Carter's Costly Patent Mistake
Discussion: National Review
USA Today:
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Nathaniel Stein / New York Times:
Leaked! Harvard's Grading Rubric
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Obama's 2013: A very tough year
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Stern Words for Wall Street's Watchdogs, From a Judge
Discussion: Prairie Weather and DealBook
Michael J. Boskin / Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare's Troubles Are Only Beginning
Discussion: Power Line
Betsy Rothstein / The Daily Caller:
Vice President Joe Biden gropes White House reporter
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and The PJ Tatler