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8:05 AM ET, December 23, 2013

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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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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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Mark Green / FOX13Now.com:
10th Circuit Court denies Utah's Emergency Motion for Temporary Stay  —  SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert filed seeking an Emergency Motion for Temporary Stay following a federal judge's ruling that struck down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage, and on Sunday the United States Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit denied the motion.
Luke Salkeld / Daily Mail:
M&S faces boycott as it lets Muslim staff refuse to sell alcohol or pork  —  Furious M&S customers threatened to boycott the store last night for allowing Muslim checkout staff to refuse to serve customers who want to pay for alcohol or pork.  —  Managers at a London store told the workers …
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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
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN Poll: Heath 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 …
Discussion: Business Insider
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: Hit & Run
New York Post:
Father drops toddler from high-rise, jumps to his death  —  A distraught dad tossed his toddler off the roof of a 52-story apartment building on the Upper West Side on Sunday, then jumped himself — killing them both, law enforcement sources said.  —  Dmitriy Kanarikov, 35 …
Discussion: The Hinterland Gazette and Gawker
David Espo / ABC News:
Congress Does Little of Consequence, Except Argue  —  Call it a steady diet of gridlock, with “Green Eggs and Ham” on the side.  —  Congress did not pass White House-backed immigration or gun control legislation in 2013.  Or raise the minimum wage.  Or approve many other items on President Barack Obama's agenda.
Discussion: Politico
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.
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
The worst Twitter day of all time
Discussion: Althouse and Instapundit
Sandra Yi / KSL-TV:
2 petitions created by opponents, supporters of Amendment 3 decision  —  OGDEN — Two online petitions with opposing views are gaining momentum after the federal judge's ruling that Utah's Amendment 3 was unconstitutional.  —  Hundreds of people lined up at the Weber County clerk's office today …
 
 
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When the Right to Bear Arms Includes the Mentally Ill
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Democratic senator: Obama's lack of congressional friendships hurts policy efforts
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Schock, Gabbard talk Congressional Future Caucus
Natalie Villacorta / Politico:
Obamacare outreach hits the clubs
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Everyone Knows Obama's 2013 Was Bad, The Tough Question Is Why
 

 
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