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11:55 AM ET, December 19, 2013

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Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
'Duck Dynasty's' Phil Robertson on Indefinite Hiatus Following Anti-Gay Remarks  —  UPDATED: The news comes after the reality star compared being gay to bestiality, drawing ire from LGBT groups including GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign.  —  Phil Robertson
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Tal Kopan / Reuters:
Sarah Palin defends Duck Dynasty star  —  Sarah Palin says the suspension of one of the stars of the show “Duck Dynasty” over recent anti-gay comments he made is an attack on free speech.  —  Palin re-posted a picture of her meeting with the stars of the A&E show on her Facebook page Wednesday night …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Ultimately There Will Be No Option for Silence or the Sidelines.  You Will Be Made To Care.  —  I have told you people again and again.  You will be made to care.  —  Evil preaches tolerance until it is dominant and then it seeks to silence good.  Phil Robertson, patriarch of the Duck Dynasty clan …
Rossmurray / GLAAD:
Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson uses vile stereotypes to tell GQ his thoughts on LGBT people
Lauren Effron / ABC News:
Hillary Clinton on 2016 Presidential Run: 'I'll Make That Decision Sometime Next Year' … Hillary Clinton is Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating Person of 2013.  —  Although speculation and rumors have been swirling for months over whether Clinton will make another run for the White House in 2016, she said she hasn't decided yet.
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Biden ‘dead meat’ in Iowa, governor says  —  Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden, widely assumed to be plotting a third presidential bid in 2016, shouldn't bother booking any flights to Des Moines, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said.  —  “Biden is dead meat out here,” …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Schweitzer's Wayback Machine
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
2016 watch: In Iowa, Democrat Brian Schweitzer cautions against war
Discussion: Politico, Radio Iowa and First Read
Peter Hamby / CNN:
In Iowa, Schweitzer takes aim at Clinton's Iraq vote
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Hillary Clinton: I'll Decide On 2016 Next Year
Discussion: Mediaite and Shakesville
Target Pressroom:
Target Confirms Unauthorized Access to Payment Card Data in U.S. Stores  —  Issue has been identified and resolved  —  Target today confirmed it is aware of unauthorized access to payment card data that may have impacted certain guests making credit and debit card purchases in its U.S. stores.
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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Sources: Target Investigating Data Breach  —  Nationwide retail giant Target is investigating a data breach potentially involving millions of customer credit and debit card records, multiple reliable sources tell KrebsOnSecurity.  The sources said the breach appears to have begun …
USA Today:
Target confirms massive credit-card data breach
Discussion: TalkLeft
Rich Lowry / Politico:
Pajama Boy, An Insufferable Man-Child  —  He is the face of a web ad that is the latest effort by the Obama team to leverage the holidays for conversation about Obamacare.  “Wear pajamas,” the ad reads.  “Drink hot chocolate.  Talk about getting health insurance.  #GetTalking.”
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Chris Christie dresses down Pajama Boy  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie co-opted the lampooned Pajama Boy image promoting Obamacare in order to send his own message about volunteering.  —  Christie tweeted a parody of the image Wednesday featuring him volunteering in an apron with a dig at the group.
Discussion: Althouse and CNN
Jenn Taylor / Twitchy:
Twitter gold! The Obama #PajamaBoy selfie and other must-see mash-ups and memes [Photoshops]
Discussion: Post Politics
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Record High in U.S. Say Big Government Greatest Threat  —  Now 72% say it is greater threat than big business or big labor  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Seventy-two percent of Americans say big government is a greater threat to the U.S. in the future than is big business or big labor …
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CBS News:
Poll: Many uninsured haven't explored Obamacare options
Andy Newman / New York Times:
Al Goldstein, Pioneering Pornographer, Dies at 77  —  Al Goldstein, the scabrous publisher whose Screw magazine pushed hard-core pornography into the cultural mainstream, died early Thursday in Brooklyn.  He was 77.  —  The cause was believed to be renal failure, said his lawyer, Charles C. DeStefano.
Austin Wright / Politico:
Patty Murray backs off military pension cut  —  Sen. Patty Murray is distancing herself from a cut in military pensions in the budget deal she brokered with Rep. Paul Ryan.  —  Her unease about a key element of her own deal, which passed the Senate on Wednesday and is now headed to President Barack Obama …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Barack Obama's NSA fine-print problem  —  An independent panel's call for major changes to the nation's surveillance programs ups the pressure on President Barack Obama to back serious reforms.  —  But the big changes the committee is calling for may be less vexing for Obama than one painful …
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
In probe of Va. Gov. McDonnell, prosecutors agreed to delay decision on charges  —  View Photo Gallery — McDonnell's time in office comes to a close: Gov. Robert F. McDonnell was supposed to be in the thick of the race to succeed him.  Instead, the Republican found himself relegated …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The GOP Repeal Trap  —  The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne, Indiana, reports on a fascinating exchange between GOP Rep. Marlin Stutzman and a local meat market owner, Lee Albright, who likes the Affordable Care Act and quizzed the Congressman about the real world implications of the GOP repeal stance:
Politico:
W.H. to nominate Sen. Max Baucus as next ambassador to China  —  Sen. Max Baucus, the veteran Montana Democrat who has served in the Senate since 1978, is expected to be nominated by the White House to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to China, according to several sources familiar with the matter.
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The Hill:
Baucus chosen for ambassador to China
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Lesbian boss ‘fired me for being straight’  —  A married, heterosexual gym teacher at a tony Upper West Side private school was fired because his lesbian supervisor disapproved of his “traditional family status,” the canned teacher claims in a new Manhattan lawsuit.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Obama's extreme use of executive discretion  —  “To contend that the obligation imposed on the president to see the laws faithfully executed implies a power to forbid their execution is a novel construction of the Constitution, and is entirely inadmissible.”  — U.S. Supreme Court, 1838
Discussion: Power Line
 
 
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Bloomberg:
Government Jobs Shouldn't Be Soul-Killing
Wall Street Journal:
National Lampoon's ObamaCare Vacation
Discussion: Watchdog.org
Charles Rangel / NY Daily News:
I'm in it to win it  —  The Congressman explains why he's fired up to run for a 23rd term
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Roll Call
Simon Johnson / Economix:
Big Banks and the Failure of Bankruptcy
Discussion: AEIdeas
Toronto Star:
Rob Ford's apology to Daniel Dale
The Volokh Conspiracy:
Why Presidents Resort to Policy-Based Non-Enforcement, and Why It's Concerning
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Harry Reid: Redskins should change name
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Weasel Zippers
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Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
The CoveredCA.com Collapse: How Many California Democrats Does It Take With It?
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Fear of a Black Santa
James Hohmann / Politico:
Wyoming Senate race 2014: Liz Cheney husband Phil Perry on vote rolls in 2 states
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
‘Ethically Murky’: Josh Barro, MSNBC Hosts Outline How to Lie to Amazon to Get Parental Discount
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Journalist consensus: Media leans left
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Rep. Jack Kingston Proposes That Poor Students Sweep Floors In Exchange For Lunch