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9:40 PM ET, December 21, 2013

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New York Times:
New Health Law Frustrates Many in Middle Class  —  Ginger Chapman and her husband, Doug, are sitting on the health care cliff.  —  The cheapest insurance plan they can find through the new federal marketplace in New Hampshire will cost their family of four about $1,000 a month …
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Kathleen Geier / Washington Monthly:
The New York Times and the ACA: the yuppie whine-athon continues  —  I see the New York Times has published yet another article about very privileged people whining about the ACA.  —  In this case, said article features a couple making $100,000 a year who, under the ACA, will be paying $1,000 a month for health care.
Discussion: Eschaton
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
‘But What Is the Reality of It?’
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Mitch Sneed / Douglas County Sentinel:
In wake of ‘Duck Dynasty’ star suspension, Sheriff Miller tells A&E they are not welcome  —  The suspension of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson by the A&E Network after making controversial remarks in GQ magazine regarding homosexuality has been called a business decision.
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Keith Alexander / IC ON THE RECORD:
DNI Announces the Declassification of the Existence of Collection Activities Authorized by President George W. Bush Shortly After the Attacks of September 11, 2001  —  December 21, 2013  —  Yesterday, the Director of National Intelligence ("DNI") announced the declassification of the existence …
Natalie DiBlasio / USA Today:
PR director no longer with company after racist tweet  —  InterActiveCorp said Saturday that it has “parted ways” with PR director Justine Sacco, a day after a racist tweet from her account went viral.  —  The tweet, “Going to Africa.  Hope I don't get AIDS.  Just kidding.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
ABC News:
John Eisenhower, Historian and Ike's Son, Dies  —  The family of President Dwight D. Eisenhower says his son, 91-year-old John S.D. Eisenhower, has died.  —  The retired brigadier general and military historian had resided on Maryland's Eastern Shore in the community of Trappe, Md. No cause was given for his death Saturday.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Tom Precious / Buffalo News:
Assemblyman Gabryszak accused of sexually harassing three former staffers  —  ALBANY - Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak is being accused of sexually harassing three now-former legislative staffers, according to court papers filed Thursday.  —  Gabryszak, D-Cheektowaga, is the subject …
Mark Steyn / National Review:
The Age of Intolerance  —  Last week, following the public apology of an English comedian and the arrest of a fellow British subject both for making somewhat feeble Mandela gags, I noted that supposedly free societies were increasingly perilous places for those who make an infelicitous remark.
Roy Edroso / alicublog:
THE STUPIDEST THING EVER WRITTEN UNTIL GOLDBERG WRITES SOMETHING ELSE, PART INFINITY.  —  I actually subscribe to “The Goldberg File,” through which Jonah Goldberg sends special email columns to the late-night real people, and this is how today's transmission begins: … Blink.  Blink.
Discussion: Slate
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Exclusive: Secret contract tied NSA and security industry pioneer  —  (Reuters) - As a key part of a campaign to embed encryption software that it could crack into widely used computer products, the U.S. National Security Agency arranged a secret $10 million contract with RSA …
New Jersey Online:
Short Hills mall shooting update: 4 men arrested, identified in connection with deadly carjacking  —  NEWARK — Nearly a week after 30-year-old Hoboken lawyer Dustin Friedland was gunned down in a deadly carjacking while returning to his vehicle in an upper level parking deck of the Mall at Short Hills …
 
 
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid: Boehner will cave in on immigration reform next year
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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors this afternoon voted unanimously …
Timothy Egan / New York Times:
Good Poor, Bad Poor  —  On Sundays, this time of year …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
DCCC raises $5M in November
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Steve Stockman's Campaign Headquarters Condemned
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Economy Begins to Hit Growth Stride
 

 
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