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4:45 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: Hot Air, CNN, CBS DC, Politico and The Fix
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Obamacare Will Survive Despite Its Hellish Opening Act  —  Obamacare lives.  After nearly three months of Murphy's Law in action, after everything that could go wrong did, it's still got a pulse.  —  Monday, Dec. 23, two and a half months after HealthCare.gov crashed and burned during its launch …
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
W.H.: Obama enrolled in ACA  —  President Barack Obama has signed up for health insurance through an Affordable Care Act exchange, the White House said Monday.  —  In what an official acknowledged is a “symbolic” move since the president gets his medical care from the military …
Discussion: Mediaite, AURN and Twitchy
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Valerie Jarrett: Obama to buy health insurance by end of the day  —  President Barack Obama plans to sign up for health insurance through an Affordable Care Act exchange before the end of the day Monday, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said.  —  Jarrett made the announcement in an interview …
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
ObamaCare approval drops to record low
Discussion: Right Wing News
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 …
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 …
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Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE - Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson breaks his silence: Reality show star says he's …
Salt Lake Tribune:
Judge denies Utah AG's request to halt same-sex marriages  —  Court » Utah AG's Office files third request for a stay.  —  | The Salt Lake Tribune  —  A federal judge in Utah — who last week issued a controversial ruling allowing same-sex marriages — on Monday denied the state's request for a stay.
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Associated Press:
Utah gay marriage: Judge allows marriages to continue
Discussion: CNN
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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Andrea Drusch / Politico:
Susan Rice defends Benghazi interviews
Discussion: CBS News and TheBlaze.com
The Hill:
Is US losing global influence?
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Hit & Run
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 …
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:   Federal Judge Says Ohio Must Recognize Same-Sex Couples' Out-Of-State Marriages
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.
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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,” …
Roseanne Barr / Little Green Footballs:
“Susan rice is a man with big swinging ape balls.”  —  Gus … Susan Rice, National Security Advisor  —  Roseanne Barr, Washed Up Comedian  —  Screen Shot  —  Update - Roseanne keeps digging:
Bloomberg:
Secret Handshakes Greet Frat Brothers on Wall Street  —  Conor Hails, head of the University of Pennsylvania's Sigma Chi chapter, was in a Philadelphia hotel ballroom last month for a Barclays Plc (BARC) recruiting reception.  A friend pointed out a banker from their fraternity.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Bits and Barbarism  —  This is a tale of three money pits.  It's also a tale of monetary regress — of the strange determination of many people to turn the clock back on centuries of progress.  —  The first money pit is an actual pit — the Porgera open-pit gold mine in Papua New Guinea, one of the world's top producers.
Discussion: DealBook
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
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 …
 
 
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
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List of Universities rejecting academic boycott of Israel
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Dan Stamm / Philadelphia News, Local News …:
Water Main Break Knocks Out Service to Thousands
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Arizona Child Dies After Shooting Himself With Father's Misplaced Gun
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U.S. Marines poised to enter South Sudan
Robert E. Grady / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Misguided Obsession With Inequality
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Obamacare fight erupts in deep-blue Maryland
Juan Williams / The Hill:
A GOP identity crisis
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Manchin: Dems feeling ‘weight’ of O-Care
Discussion: The Reaction
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
White House: No backup plan if Obamacare fails
David Espo / ABC News:
Congress Does Little of Consequence, Except Argue
Discussion: Politico