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2:10 PM ET, December 22, 2013

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ABC News:
Justine Sacco, Fired After Tweet on AIDS in Africa, Issues Apology  —  The communications director fired over a tweet evoking AIDS and race that was sent as she was headed to Africa has now apologized, saying she is “ashamed” for her insensitivity to the millions of people living with the virus.
Rebel Pundit / BREITBART.COM:
AL SHARPTON'S CHICAGO TOWN HALL ERUPTS INTO REVOLT AGAINST MACHINE POLITICS  —  On Thursday, a town hall meeting hosted by Al Sharpton and the National Action Network to address gun violence exploded into a revolt against “Chicago Machine” politics, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and the aldermen in City Hall …
Claire Atkinson / Associated Press:
DC staff irked as NBC News eyes cuts  —  David Gregory, host of NBC's 'Meet the Press Inset: NBC News boss Deborah Turness  —  NBC News boss Deborah Turness is spending the last few days of the year eyeing cuts — moves that could include axing some senior on-air talent, The Post has learned.
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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 …
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
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Schock, Gabbard talk Congressional Future Caucus  —  In an effort to bring members of Congress younger than 40 together on important issues, Republican Rep. Aaron Schock and Democratic Rep.Tulsi Gabbard are pushing the Congressional Future Caucus, formed by the pair to try to address issues that young voters and members care about.
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 and Jammie Wearing Fools
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Tom Precious / Buffalo News:
Assemblyman Gabryszak accused of sexually harassing three former staffers
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 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 …
Natalie Villacorta / Politico:
Obamacare outreach hits the clubs  —  For Obamacare outreach, a Zumba class may work better than a gay bar.  —  Washington's new health insurance exchange dispatched a signup envoy to one of the city's gay clubs one recent night to get out the word about Obamacare.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Everyone Knows Obama's 2013 Was Bad, The Tough Question Is Why  —  WASHINGTON — The end of the year brings with it one of journalism's lazier crutches — the annual list of winners and losers.  —  Whatever value there is in judging a politician's standings in late December, it's limited.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Ideas From a Manger  —  PAUSE for a moment, in the last leg of your holiday shopping, to glance at one of the manger scenes you pass along the way.  Cast your eyes across the shepherds and animals, the infant and the kings.  Then try to see the scene this way: not just as a pious set-piece …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Mixed Messages Add Anxiety as Deadline Nears in Health Act  —  WASHINGTON — For most Americans, Monday is the deadline to sign up for health insurance that takes effect on Jan. 1.  It was supposed to be a turning point in the troubled history of the new health care law …
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Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Federal Judge: Right to Same-Sex Marriage Is 'Deeply Rooted in Nation's History and Implicit …
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Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Manchin sees gun control passage still ‘difficult’ in 2014
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Is Arkansas Still Friendly to Bill? Clinton Tests It
Brent Hunsberger / Oregonian:
Cover Oregon: If you don't hear from us by Monday, seek coverage elsewhere
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