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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 …
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
Peter Hamby / CNN:
In Iowa, Schweitzer takes aim at Clinton's Iraq vote
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: 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
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
Discussion: Althouse, CNN and Post Politics
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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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Record High in U.S. Say Big Government Greatest Threat
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 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 …
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama campaign manager Messina approached about Baucus seat  —  Jim Messina, the architect of President Obama's successful reelection campaign, has been asked about replacing Sen. Max Baucus (D) in the U.S. Senate.  —  Obama's 2012 campaign manager has fielded calls from high-level officials …
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:
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
Michelle Jamrisko / Bloomberg:
U.S. Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Rise on Holiday Distortions  —  Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week to an almost nine-month high, showing fluctuation in the filings that typically occurs around the year-end holidays.  —  Jobless claims climbed by 10,000 …
Discussion: NewsBusters and Weekly Standard
 
 
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Simon Johnson / Economix:
Big Banks and the Failure of Bankruptcy
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Associated Press:
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