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3:25 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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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 …
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 …
Steve Deace / USA Today:
A&E fowls up ‘Duck’ flap: Column  —  The ‘tolerance’ society demands from Christians really is silent compliance.  —  A nation founded by pilgrims who came here to worship the God of the Bible freely without interference and persecution from ruling elites and those opposed to Christianity's influence …
Dean Obeidallah / The Daily Beast:
The Right's ‘Duck Dynasty’ Hypocrisy
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson Knew Exactly What He Was Doing
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
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Schweitzer's Wayback Machine
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
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Think your state has Obamacare problems?  They're nothing compared to Guam.  —  The Northern Mariana Islands are an American territory in the Pacific Ocean with 15 islands and 77,000 residents.  Their population is roughly equal to that of Sante Fe, N.M. And, right now …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The GOP Repeal Trap
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Obama's extreme use of executive discretion
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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Christine Brennan / USA Today:
Brian Boitano announces he's gay before trip to Sochi  —  Brian Boitano, the 1988 Olympic figure skating gold medalist who was named to the official U.S. delegation to the 2014 Sochi Olympics, announced today that he is gay.  —  “I am many things: a son, a brother, and uncle, a friend …
Charlie Spiering / Washington Examiner:
Meet Ethan Krupp: Pajamacare boy and Organizing for Action employee  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL OPINION OBAMACARE ORGANIZING FOR ACTION  —  This is the Obamacare Pajama boy in the latest Organizing for Action ad.  —  Pajamacare boy is Ethan Krupp, an Organizing for Action employee and the subject …
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
“Pajama Boy's” Blog Featured Post Criticizing President Obama
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
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
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
New Mexico Supreme Court Rules Same-Sex Marriage Legal  —  New Mexico's highest court ruled on Thursday that the state must allow same-sex couples to marry.  —  “We conclude that the purpose of New Mexico marriage laws is to bring stability and order to the legal relationship of committed couples …
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Bill Mears / CNN:
New Mexico high court rules same-sex couples have right to marry
Discussion: KRQE-TV and Associated Press
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.
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.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Obama Commutes Sentences for 8 in Crack Cocaine Cases  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama, expanding his push to curtail severe penalties for drug offenses, on Thursday commuted the sentences of eight federal inmates who were convicted of crack cocaine offenses.
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 …
 
 
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
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Sam Youngman / Politico:
Take This Town and Shove It  —  A White House reporter's tale of sex …
Perry Chiaramonte / Fox News:
End of the line for the lead bullet? Regulations, bans force switch to ‘green’ ammo
Andrew Ramonas / legaltimes.typepad.com:
Report: Former Bush Lawyer Harbored Anti-Gay Animus
The United States Department of Justice:
Statement Of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara
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