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10:30 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 …
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
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
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: americanthinker.com and BBC
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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 …
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 …
Juan Williams / The Hill:
A GOP identity crisis  —  Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) recent outburst against far-right conservative groups kicks off a political identity crisis for the GOP that will define the 2014 campaign.  —  Putting aside Boehner's rare show of anger, he is accusing Heritage Action …
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
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.
Discussion: Box Turtle Bulletin and Advocate
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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
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Manchin: Dems feeling ‘weight’ of O-Care  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Sunday said Democrats are feeling the weight of the botched Healthcare.gov site as they prepare for the 2014 midterms.  —  Manchin, known for going against the grain of his party at times, wouldn't go so far …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
The worst Twitter day of all time  —  Yesterday was the worst Twitter day of all time.  —  Or at least the worst that I remember.  —  Some lady no one had ever heard of and who had about 100 followers at the time sent the Tweet above.  —  The tweet went viral.
Discussion: Althouse and Instapundit
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ABC News:
Justine Sacco, Fired After Tweet on AIDS in Africa, Issues Apology
 
 
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Robert E. Grady / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Misguided Obsession With Inequality
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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
2 Members of Pussy Riot Freed Under Amnesty Law
Discussion: Althouse, Mediaite and Gawker
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Amid Steady Deportation, Fear and Worry Multiply Among Immigrants
Sandra Yi / KSL-TV:
2 petitions created by opponents, supporters of Amendment 3 decision
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation
New York Post:
Father drops toddler from high-rise, jumps to his death
Discussion: The Hinterland Gazette and Gawker
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Washington Post:
Covert action in Colombia
Discussion: TalkLeft
Evan Halper / Los Angeles Times:
Tom Steyer may be liberals' answer to the Koch brothers
Isaac Chotiner / The New Republic:
The Atheist's Guide to Christmas
Discussion: Maggie's Farm and Hot Air
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Democratic senator: Obama's lack of congressional friendships hurts policy efforts