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1:35 PM ET, December 23, 2013

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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN Poll: Health care law support drops to all-time low  —  Washington (CNN) - Support for the country's new health care law has dropped to a record low, according to a new national poll.  —  And a CNN/ORC International survey released Monday also indicates that most Americans predict …
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Health Law Seen as Obama's Biggest Achievement, Failure  —  Findings highlight controversial nature of “Obamacare”  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans see the 2010 Affordable Care Act as President Barack Obama's greatest achievement to date as well as his biggest failure, underscoring …
Discussion: CNN, The Fix, CBS DC and Politico
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE - Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson breaks his silence: Reality show star says he's ‘a lover not a hater’ but REFUSES to back down from anti-gay comments  — Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson is sticking by controversial comments he made about homosexuality to GQ magazine
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ThinkProgress:
The ‘Duck Dynasty’ Double Down: ‘Sexual Immorality Is Number One On The List’ Of Sins  —  A sign defending Robertson posted in Highland, Illinois.  —  CREDIT: KTVI.  —  Phil Robertson has spoken out publicly for the first time since GQ published comments he made condemning homosexuality …
Lesley Stahl / CBS News:
Susan Rice on contending with crisis  —  President Obama's national security advisor answers questions about the NSA leaks, Iran, Syria and the attack in Benghazi  —  The following script is from “Susan Rice” which aired on Dec. 22, 2013.  Lesley Stahl is the correspondent.  Rich Bonin, producer.
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The Hill:
Is US losing global influence?
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Hit & Run
Andrea Drusch / Politico:
Susan Rice defends Benghazi interviews
Discussion: CBS News and TheBlaze.com
Washington Post:
Obama administration quietly extends health-care enrollment deadline by a day  —  At midnight Monday, the official deadline arrives for Americans to sign up through the new federal health insurance exchange for health plans that begin Jan. 1.  But, without any public announcement …
BBC:
Creator of Kalashnikov rifle dies  —  Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov was born on 10 November 1919 in western Siberia, one of 18 children.  —  In 1938, he was called up by the Red Army and his design skills were used to improve the effectiveness of weapons and equipment used by Soviet tank regiments.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
Mikhail Kalashnikov, Creator of AK-47, Dies at 94
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
Abigail Pesta / NBCNews:
Kicked out of high school for ‘public lewdness’ after reporting rape  —  TOMBALL, Texas—When Rachel Bradshaw-Bean claimed she had been raped in the band room of her high school in Texas, school officials sprang into action—and kicked her out of school.  —  “I felt like a criminal,” …
Discussion: Gawker, The Raw Story and Shakesville
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Obamacare fight erupts in deep-blue Maryland  —  Maryland gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler is incensed over the botched rollout of Affordable Care Act.  He's aghast at chronic problems with Maryland's online enrollment platform and stunned that a state with “literally the smartest people in the country” …
Robert Mendick / Telegraph:
Muslim staff at Marks & Spencer can refuse to sell alcohol and pork  —  Marks & Spencer says its Muslim staff do not have to sell pork or alcohol to customers  —  Muslim staff working for Marks & Spencer have been given permission to refuse to serve customers buying alcohol or pork products
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John Fund / National Review:
Hiding the Hacking at HealthCare.gov  —  Christmas shoppers were stunned to learn last Thursday that computer hackers had made off with the names and other personal info of some 40 million Target customers.  Some of the pilfered information is reportedly being sold on the black market …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
UPI:
U.S. belief in God down, belief in theory of evolution up … Three-quarters of U.S. adults say they believe in God, down from 82 percent in 2005, 2007 and 2009, a Harris Poll indicates.  —  The Harris Poll found 57 percent of U.S. adult say they believe in the virgin birth of Jesus …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Liberaland
David Carr / New York Times:
When ‘60 Minutes’ Checks Its Journalistic Skepticism at the Door  —  Last week, a study commissioned by the president concluded that the National Security Agency had reached too far into the private lives of Americans.  The study, which came after a series of journalistic revelations exposing …
Amanda Lee Myers / Associated Press:
AP: NARROW RULING REJECTS OHIO GAY MARRIAGE BAN  —  You are here  —  Home » Ohio » AP: Narrow ruling rejects Ohio gay marriage ban  —  CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge ordered Ohio authorities Monday to recognize gay marriages on death certificates, saying that the state's ban …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Appeals Court Denies Utah Officials' Request For Emergency Halt To Same-Sex Couples' Marriages  —  Although the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals denied the emergency request, the trial court in the Utah marriage case is due to hear arguments Monday on the state's request to stop marriages during the appeal of the case.
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CNN:
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White House: No backup plan if Obamacare fails
David Espo / ABC News:
Congress Does Little of Consequence, Except Argue
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