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6:40 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: CBS DC, Politico, Hot Air, The Fix and CNN
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: TIME, Mediaite, AURN, Hot Air and Twitchy
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
ObamaCare approval drops to record low
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
Pelosi: Obamacare fallout will be reversed, won't hurt Democrats
Discussion: CBS DC
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 …
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
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
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: Hit & Run and CANNONFIRE
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
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,” …
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
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 …
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
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Joseph Curl / Washington Times:   Into Year 6, Obama admits he's clueless
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:
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: Liberal Values and Hit & Run
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
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.”
 
 
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Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
Krauthammer: 'I don't believe in God, but I fear him greatly' [VIDEO]
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters:
Sarah Palin Chats With NewsBusters About Her New Book, Martin Bashir, Santa Claus and Charlie Brown
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
How to Monetize Your Closet  —  I INTERVIEWED Brian Chesky …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
List of Universities rejecting academic boycott of Israel
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
Dan Stamm / Philadelphia News, Local News …:
Water Main Break Knocks Out Service to Thousands
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Arizona Child Dies After Shooting Himself With Father's Misplaced Gun
Discussion: Arizona Daily Star
Marie-Louise Gumuchian / CNN:
U.S. Marines poised to enter South Sudan
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John Fund / National Review:
Hiding the Hacking at HealthCare.gov
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
2 Members of Pussy Riot Freed Under Amnesty Law
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Amid Steady Deportation, Fear and Worry Multiply Among Immigrants
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Economist:
Age shall not weary her
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Obamacare fight erupts in deep-blue Maryland
Juan Williams / The Hill:
A GOP identity crisis
 

 
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