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5:30 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 …
James Hibberd / Inside TV:
‘Duck Dynasty’: New episodes will include Phil  —  Regardless of the current controversy and behind-the-scenes tension, A&E has every intention of keeping Phil Robertson on the air.  —  A source close to the situation confirmed that when the network resumes airing new episodes …
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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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Matthew Hendley / Valley Fever:
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors this afternoon voted unanimously to approve a $3.75 million settlement for New Times' co-founders, whose false arrests in 2007 were orchestrated by Sheriff Joe Arpaio.  —  Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were taken from their homes in the middle of the night …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Repeals ObamaCare  —  Under pressure from Senate Democrats, the President partly suspends the individual mandate.  —  It seems Nancy Pelosi was wrong when she said “we have to pass” ObamaCare to “find out what's in it.”  No one may ever know because the White House keeps treating …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid: Boehner will cave in on immigration reform next year  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) believes Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will negotiate on comprehensive immigration reform next year, despite his declarations to the contrary.  —  The Democratic leader argued that Boehner …
Discussion: CNN
Nicole Belle / crooksandliars.com/user/8:
Steve Stockman's Campaign Headquarters Condemned  —  Once again a member of the ‘Party of Personal Responsibility’ shows absolutely no personal responsibility.  —  What the hell is the deal with these Republican slobs living in filth?  First, we learned that the Rohrabacher family took umbrage …
Discussion: Liberaland and Off the Kuff
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
DCCC raises $5M in November  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $5 million in November, its best showing in an off-year November ever and $1 million more than its Republican counterpart.  —  According to a DCCC aide, the committee had $27.6 million cash in the bank …
 
 
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Timothy Egan / New York Times:
Good Poor, Bad Poor  —  On Sundays, this time of year …
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Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch - Blog:
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James Hohmann / Politico:
Pro-gun crowd to Scott Brown: Stay away from New Hampshire
Discussion: Hot Air, Miscellany Blue and Liberaland
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Economy Begins to Hit Growth Stride
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