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Dean Obeidallah / The Daily Beast:
The Right's ‘Duck Dynasty’ Hypocrisy  —  By Dean ObeidallahDecember 19th 201312:00 PM  —  Conservatives think people should be held responsible for their actions—until one of their own, like Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson, has to pay a price for their hateful views.
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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 …
ThinkProgress:
Why The Racist And Homophobic ‘Duck Dynasty’ Comments Have Nothing To Do With Free Speech  —  On Wednesday, Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson made comments in a GQ interview condemning homosexuality as sinful and comparable to bestiality, as well as claiming that African Americans were better off under Jim Crow laws.
Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
A&E Cannot Bear Very Much Reality  —  I have to say I'm befuddled by the firing of Phil Robertson, he of the amazing paterfamilias beard on Duck Dynasty (which I mainly see via The Soup).  A&E has a reality show that depends on the hoariest stereotypes - and yet features hilariously captivating human beings - located in the deep South.
Ted Cruz / Facebook:
Free Speech Matters  —  The reason that so many Americans love Duck Dynasty is because it represents the America usually ignored or mocked by liberal elites: a family that loves and cares for each other, believes in God, and speaks openly about their faith.  —  If you believe in free speech …
Governor Bobby Jindal:
Gov. Jindal on Phil Robertson Suspension: I Remember When TV Networks Believed in 1st Amendment
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson Knew Exactly What He Was Doing
Discussion: Equality Matters
Tal Kopan / Reuters:
Sarah Palin defends ‘Duck Dynasty’ star
Adam Serwer / msnbc.com:
Conservatives freak out over ‘pajama boy’  —  Conservatives are in a tizzy over a seemingly innocuous Obamacare ad from Organizing for Action featuring a young man in pajamas.  —  He's “a metrosexual hipster in a plaid onesie” scowled National Review's Charles Cooke, a “vaguely androgynous …
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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 …
Byron Tau / Reuters:
For Obamacare boosters, all memes are good memes
Discussion: CNN, CBS New York and Politico
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
“Pajama Boy's” Blog Featured Post Criticizing President Obama
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Meredith Shiner / The World's Greatest …:
Most Republicans Plan Early Christmas Exit After Defense Vote  —  The Senate will vote through the weekend on pending nominations that Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., would like to see completed before Christmas — just don't expect most Republicans to be there for it.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:   Reid: ‘I Have Grown To Really Like’ Rand Paul
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dems plan big Christmas push on unemployment benefits
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Post Politics
ice.gov:
FY 2013: ICE announces year-end removal numbers  —  98 percent of the agency's total removals were convicted criminals, recent border crossers, illegal re-entrants or those previously removed by ICE, in line with agency's enforcement priorities  —  WASHINGTON — Today …
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Bradley Klapper / Associated Press:
Defying Obama, 26 Senators Push New Iran Sanctions
Discussion: Politico
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: his vorpal sword
Sam Youngman / Politico:
Take This Town and Shove It  —  A White House reporter's tale of sex, booze and the briefing room.  —  If you write about American politics for a living, stop right there.  Get back to work, and don't read another damn word.  —  Sign out of Twitter, say “thanks but no thanks” …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Marriage Equality Is The Law In New Mexico, State Supreme Court Rules  —  “We hold that the state of New Mexico is constitutionally required to allow same-gender couples to marry,” the justices unanimously concluded.  The state becomes the 17th in the U.S. to approve marriage equality.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Bill Mears / CNN:
New Mexico high court rules same-sex couples have right to marry
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 …
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Peter King Slams Paul For Attacking Clapper: ‘He Disgraced His Office’  —  Rep. Peter King (R-NY) blasted Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Thursday for comparing National Security Agency Director James Clapper to Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who leaked classified information about America's surveillance programs.
Discussion: Liberaland, Politico, The Verge and CNN
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
 
 
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Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
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