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8:55 AM ET, December 24, 2013

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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.
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Snowden will help Germany investigate NSA spying if granted asylum - report
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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
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.
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Larry Copeland / USA Today:
Obama's Ga. supporters protesting his court nominees  —  Obama's African American supporters in Georgia are protesting his nominees to federal courts in the state.  They say the list of nominees lacks diversity, ask that the process be re-started.  —  ATLANTA - Some of President Obama's …
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
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Upstart Groups Challenge Rove for G.O.P. Cash  —  A quiet but intense struggle over money and influence is roiling the Republican Party just as the 2014 election season is getting underway.  —  At least a dozen “super PACs” are setting up to back individual Republican candidates …
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.
Helen Pow / Daily Mail:
Chicago sandwich shop fires all its staff in an EMAIL just days before Christmas  — Director of operations Doug Besant said in the email the restaurant will likely close for a month as they reconcept the business into a burger joint  —  A Chicago sandwich shop has fired all its employees over email just days before Christmas.
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,” …
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David / crooksandliars.com/user/7:
Texas Student Reports Rape And Gets Kicked Out Of School For ‘public Lewdness’
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
Bill George / The Huffington Post:
Is Obama Backing Away From Obamacare?  —  The latest announcement from the White House on Thursday, December 19, seems to indicate that even President Obama is backing away from Obamacare.  —  At the very least, he is bobbing and weaving like an exhausted prize fighter trying to avoid a knockout punch.
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Drew Brooks / fayobserver.com:
Fort Bragg chapel holds first same-sex ceremony
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Adam Serwer / msnbc.com:
How Sotomayor undermined Obama's NSA
Discussion: emptywheel and Washington Monthly
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Into Year 6, Obama admits he's clueless
Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
Krauthammer: 'I don't believe in God, but I fear him greatly' [VIDEO]
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Bloomberg:
Secret Handshakes Greet Frat Brothers on Wall Street
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
How to Monetize Your Closet  —  I INTERVIEWED Brian Chesky …
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“Susan rice is a man with big swinging ape balls.”
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Arizona Child Dies After Shooting Himself With Father's Misplaced Gun
Discussion: Arizona Daily Star
UPI:
U.S. belief in God down, belief in theory of evolution up
Discussion: Liberal Values and Hit & Run
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Bits and Barbarism  —  This is a tale of three money pits.
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Washington Post:
Obama administration quietly extends health-care enrollment deadline by a day
 

 
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