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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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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Will An Appeals Court Stop Same-Sex Couples In Utah From Marrying On Christmas Eve?  —  With no decision from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals at the end of the day Monday, more same-sex couples will be heading to clerks' offices Tuesday to get married.  —  Andrea Dahl, left, marries Coral Mangus …
ThinkProgress:
Utah County Adopts Jim Crow Tactic, Preventing Same-Sex Couples From Marrying  —  Segregationist Sen. Harry F. Byrd Sr. (D-VA)  —  In the wake of the Supreme Court's school desegregation decision in Brown v. Board of Education, Virginia Sen. Harry F. Byrd called for a campaign of …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Judge Says Ohio Must Recognize Same-Sex Couples' Out-Of-State Marriages
Amanda Lee Myers / Associated Press:   AP: NARROW RULING REJECTS OHIO GAY MARRIAGE BAN
Associated Press:   Utah gay marriage: Judge allows marriages to continue
Barton Gellman / Washington Post:
Edward Snowden, after months of NSA revelations, says his mission's accomplished  —  MOSCOW — The familiar voice on the hotel room phone did not waste words.  —  “What time does your clock say, exactly?” he asked.  —  He checked the reply against his watch and described a place to meet.
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
Pelosi: Obamacare fallout will be reversed, won't hurt Democrats  —  (CNN) - The top Democrat in the House predicted that any political fallout from the new healthcare law will be reversed within months.  —  “By the time we get into the spring, I think the Affordable Care Act will either …
Discussion: CBS DC
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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:   Obamacare Will Survive Despite Its Hellish Opening Act
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Valerie Jarrett: Obama to buy health insurance by end of the day
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Civil rights leaders call for Obama to withdraw Georgia judicial nominees  —  Civil rights leaders and members of the Georgia congressional delegation on Monday called on President Obama to withdraw his nominees for federal courts in the state over concerns about their views and lack of diversity.
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The Battle Within the Democratic Party  —  Things are not going well for Democrats.  Riding high just weeks ago after Republicans shut down the government, the party now finds itself in a swoon: President Obama's ratings have hit an all-time low.  The implementation of healthcare reform remains a mess.
CEPR:
Inequality: Government Is a Perp, Not a Bystander  —  In his speech on inequality earlier this month President Obama proclaimed that the government could not be a bystander in the effort to reduce inequality, which he described as the defining moral issue of our time.
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 …
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Into Year 6, Obama admits he's clueless  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  What a depressing presidency Barack Obama has wrought.  —  Waltzing into office five years ago with the media's shameless aid on a high-school-style campaign pledge of “Hope and Change,” the former community organizer …
Adam Serwer / msnbc.com:
How Sotomayor undermined Obama's NSA  —  If Edward Snowden gave federal courts the means to declare the National Security Agency's data-gathering unconstitutional, Sonia Sotomayor showed them how.  —  It was Sotomayor's lonely concurrence in U.S. v Jones, a case involving warrantless use …
Discussion: emptywheel and Washington Monthly
RT:
Snowden will help Germany investigate NSA spying if granted asylum - report  —  Edward Snowden is offering Germany his help with investigating NSA spying activities on its soil, if Berlin grants him political asylum, Stern reports, citing correspondence with the whistleblower.
Discussion: Liberaland and BuzzFeed
Red Mass Group:
Former GOP Senate Candidate Gomez Equates Conservative GOP Activists with Klan Members … Yesterday morning this blogger was taking a nap, as it seems I'm coming down with a cold.  Awaking from that nap at 12:30 I looked at my tablet I had an email from Chris Pinto, a Worcester based …
David / crooksandliars.com/user/7:
Texas Student Reports Rape And Gets Kicked Out Of School For ‘public Lewdness’  —  A former Texas high school student has come forward with accusations that school officials suspended her for “public lewdness” after she reported that she had been raped in a band room.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Abigail Pesta / NBCNews:
Kicked out of high school for ‘public lewdness’ after reporting rape
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
 
 
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Drew Brooks / fayobserver.com:
Fort Bragg chapel holds first same-sex ceremony
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Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
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Bloomberg:
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How to Monetize Your Closet  —  I INTERVIEWED Brian Chesky …
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List of Universities rejecting academic boycott of Israel
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Arizona Child Dies After Shooting Himself With Father's Misplaced Gun
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UPI:
U.S. belief in God down, belief in theory of evolution up
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Bits and Barbarism  —  This is a tale of three money pits.
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