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2:05 PM 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 …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Was Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson fired after likening homosexuality to bestiality?  —  Drudge's main headline is “ROASTED ‘DUCK’ LEADER FIRED AFTER GAY RANT,” links to The Hollywood Reporter story “'Duck Dynasty's' Phil Robertson on Indefinite Hiatus Following Anti-Gay Remarks/The news comes …
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
Peter Hamby / CNN:
In Iowa, Schweitzer takes aim at Clinton's Iraq vote
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
2016 watch: In Iowa, Democrat Brian Schweitzer cautions against war
Discussion: Radio Iowa, Politico and First Read
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
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:
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Obama's extreme use of executive discretion
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Think your state has Obamacare problems? They're nothing compared to Guam.
Discussion: Hot Air
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
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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CBS News:
Poll: Many uninsured haven't explored Obamacare options  —  Shares -  —  Tweets - Stumble  —  More than two months after the health care exchanges opened, a new CBS News/New York Times poll reveals most uninsured Americans - 58 percent - say they have not looked up information about applying …
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Andy Newman / New York Times:
Al Goldstein, Who Made Porn Dirtier, Dies at 77  —  Al Goldstein, the scabrous publisher whose Screw magazine pushed hard-core pornography into the cultural mainstream, died on Thursday at a nursing home in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.  He was 77.  —  The cause was believed to be renal failure, his lawyer, Charles C. DeStefano, said.
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Hack list No. 1: Mike Allen  —  Our annual list is here!  This time, we channeled each hack's unique voice — and let them “write” their own entries  —  PAYOLA-BOOK: No professional blowback for sponsor-fluffing Mike Allen — LEIBO on ALLEN: ‘enabler’ — Business lobby agenda pushed daily …
Toronto Star:
Rob Ford's apology to Daniel Dale  —  Full text of Mayor Rob Ford's apology to Daniel Dale. … / Scanned image  —  Rob Ford issued a second apology to Daniel Dale on Dec. 18. … Photos View photos  — zoom  —  Featured Video Close  — Video: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Caught Dancing at Work
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David Cooper / Toronto Star:
Reporter Daniel Dale drops libel suit after Mayor Rob Ford apologizes again
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Josh Levin / Slate:
The Welfare Queen  —  Ronald Reagan made Linda Taylor a notorious American villain.  Her other sins were far worse.  —  “She Used 80 Names”  —  Ronald Reagan loved to tell stories.  When he ran for president in 1976, many of Reagan's anecdotes converged on a single point: The welfare state is broken, and I'm the man to fix it.
Discussion: Hit & Run
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.
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 …
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
A First Look at NewCo's structure  —  Today Pierre Omidyar announced some details about how his new venture in news will be organized.  My summary and explanation...  First, the official release: … As I previously explained to readers of PressThink, I am an adviser to Omidyar's company …
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Harry Reid: Redskins should change name  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday that the Washington Redskins should change their name.  —  In an interview with The Hill, Reid said, “I think [Washington Redskins owner Dan] Snyder is so short-sighted on this.”
Discussion: DCist, ThinkProgress and Weasel Zippers
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The Hill:
Reid: ObamaCare will help Dems hold the Senate majority in 2014
 
 
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Obama to Commute Sentences for 8 in Crack Cocaine Cases
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Perry Chiaramonte / Fox News:
End of the line for the lead bullet? Regulations, bans force switch to ‘green’ ammo
Discussion: Liberaland
Andrew Ramonas / legaltimes.typepad.com:
Report: Former Bush Lawyer Harbored Anti-Gay Animus
Michelle Jamrisko / Bloomberg:
U.S. Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Rise on Holiday Distortions
Discussion: NewsBusters and Weekly Standard
Bloomberg:
Government Jobs Shouldn't Be Soul-Killing
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Wall Street Journal:
National Lampoon's ObamaCare Vacation
Simon Johnson / Economix:
Big Banks and the Failure of Bankruptcy
Discussion: AEIdeas
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