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1:45 AM ET, December 22, 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 …
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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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 …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
A Frigid 2013 Draws to a Close  —  2013 will go down in the record books as one of the 10 coldest years in the U.S. since 1895.  This chart, from Real Science, shows the average temperatures recorded at all NOAA USHCN stations from 1895 to the present:  —  As Real Science points out …
Discussion: Real Science
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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
 
 
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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 …
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DCCC raises $5M in November
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