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11:40 AM 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: Politico, The Fix and CBS DC
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 …
Discussion: Good As You and The Gateway Pundit
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?  —  A mounting set of foreign policy challenges is raising hackles among conservatives, who argue that the White House is squandering American influence around the globe.  —  In the Middle East, longtime U.S. allies Israel and Saudi Arabia have been rattled …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Hit & Run
Andrea Drusch / Politico:
Susan Rice defends Benghazi interviews
Discussion: CBS News and TheBlaze.com
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
Discussion: BBC and americanthinker.com
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Robert E. Grady / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Misguided Obsession With Inequality  —  He uses statistics that ignore taxes and transfer payments.  Faster growth is what the poor really need.  —  In his widely noted speech, President Obama said that “a dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility” is “the defining challenge of our time.”
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
White House: No backup plan if Obamacare fails  —  When Obamacare implementation began, its supporters said the program needed about seven million people to enroll by next March.  Of that number, advocates said, a large portion — about 40 percent — had to be young and healthy …
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 …
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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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
2 Members of Pussy Riot Freed Under Amnesty Law  —  MOSCOW — Two women from the punk group Pussy Riot serving two-year prison terms for staging a protest performance against President Vladimir V. Putin in Moscow's main cathedral were released on Monday under a new amnesty law.
Economist:
Age shall not weary her  —  America's central bank has become ever more powerful over the past century  —  AS THE holiday season of 1913 drew near, only one thing stood between Woodrow Wilson and a long-awaited vacation on the Gulf of Mexico.  Congress was still fighting over a bill to create …
Discussion: Guardian
 
 
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David Carr / New York Times:
When ‘60 Minutes’ Checks Its Journalistic Skepticism at the Door
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Juan Williams / The Hill:
A GOP identity crisis
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Manchin: Dems feeling ‘weight’ of O-Care
David Espo / ABC News:
Congress Does Little of Consequence, Except Argue
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