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10:20 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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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
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
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge: NSA phone program likely unconstitutional
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
‘Passionate’ Judge Has Record of Wrestling With Thorny Issues, and the U.S. Government
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Preliminary Thoughts on Judge Leon's Opinion
Associated Press:
Judge's word on NSA program won't be the last
Discussion: Associated Press
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: Politico and Talking Points Memo
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Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
‘This Is the End of the Presidency’  —  Tracking the same horrible second-term path as Bush, can Obama learn from the past?  —  Claiming a mandate he never had, the newly reelected president foisted a bold agenda upon Congress and the public, then watched it collapse within months …
Discussion: ABC News and Hit & Run
David Weigel / Slate:
Why 60 Minutes Tanked the NSA Story: The Producers Theory  —  It'll be a good 30 years until I can start collecting Social Security checks, and I can't say where I was when JFK was shot, so I'm not really in 60 Minutes' target audience.  * Other reporters, who have closely covered the NSA story …
Discussion: Guardian, New York Magazine and Reuters
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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
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.
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
Washington Post:
Obama suffers most from year of turmoil, poll finds  —  President Obama is ending his fifth year in office matching the worst public approval ratings of his presidency, with record numbers of Americans saying they disapprove of his job performance and his once-hefty advantages over Republicans …
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
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Is A Big Chill On the Way?  —  As Steve noted a little while ago, the Northern states have been in a deep freeze for a while now.  The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that northern Minnesota hasn't had a six-day stretch colder than the one the state has just suffered through since the Nixon administration, 1972.
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.
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.
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.
 
 
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Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
Of Jane Fonda and Pope Francis
Chris Kirkham / The Huffington Post:
Building A Brand  —  Accusations that schools leave students …
Discussion: susiemadrak.com and ThinkProgress
Jordan Zakarin / BuzzFeed:
Shia LaBeouf Apologizes After Plagiarizing Artist Daniel Clowes For His New Short Film
Discussion: Telegraph, Gawker and The Verge
Lucas Grindley / Advocate:
The Advocate's Person of the Year: Pope Francis
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Tech execs to confront Obama on spying
 Earlier Items: 
Katie Thomas / New York Times:
Glaxo Says It Will Stop Paying Doctors to Promote Drugs
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Republicans must see the light on combatting poverty
Alexis Levinson / The Daily Caller:
Democratic group apologizes after sending tracker to memorial service
Discussion: Mediaite and Talking Points Memo
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