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9:45 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 …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Mixed Messages Add Anxiety as Deadline Nears in Health Act
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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 …
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Laura Italiano / New York Post:
Pol sent staff video of ‘oral sex’  —  Move over, Vito “Gropez” — yet another Albany politician has been accused of outlandish sexual harassment by young female staffers.  —  Married-with-children Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak, 62, tormented three workers with lewd antics such as sending …
Discussion: Gothamist
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Meet The Press Reportedly in Jeopardy as NBC Looks to Cut Back DC Bureau  —  As we head into 2014, the fate of the longest-running news program on television is starting to look uncertain.  According to a new report from the New York Post's Claire Atkinson, NBC News chief Deborah Turness …
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Claire Atkinson / Associated Press:
DC staff irked as NBC News eyes cuts
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Rand Paul's play to expand the GOP's tent  —  Rand Paul cracks jokes about smoking pot.  He says the GOP needs to bring minorities and “people with ponytails” into the fold.  The Kentucky senator doesn't back gay marriage, but he's not out beating the drums against it, either.
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Michelle Nunn, Jason Carter hope to rechart the course of Georgia politics  —  MACON, Ga. — The two major parties here don't agree on many things.  One of them is that it is only a matter of time before Georgia goes from being a Republican stronghold to a state that is up for grabs.
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 …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Is Arkansas Still Friendly to Bill?  Clinton Tests It  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — When it came time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of a dam on the Little Red River this fall, former President Bill Clinton came running.  But once he arrived in the state, he had more on his mind than just public works.
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Obama and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year  —  When Barack Obama sings “Auld Lang Syne” on New Year's Eve, he will have reason to think back, with a deep sense of nostalgia and not a small amount of regret, on the last time he sang the song.  —  If he gets a lump in his throat …
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.
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 …
 
 
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Brent Hunsberger / Oregonian:
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Natalie DiBlasio / USA Today:
PR director no longer with company after racist tweet
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid: Boehner will cave in on immigration reform next year
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