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3:55 PM 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.
Joanne Kenen / Politico:
HHS offers help for people who miss Obamacare deadline  —  People who can't finish the online signup for Obamacare health insurance by midnight today because of website problems can seek extra time to finalize their application and still get covered by Jan. 1, according to a message posted on HealthCare.gov early this afternoon.
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Chad Terhune / Los Angeles Times:
California health exchange tops 400,000 enrolled prior to deadline
Discussion: Mediaite and Talking Points Memo
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
ObamaCare site sees traffic surge on eve of enrollment deadline
Discussion: Politico
Oliver Wright / The Independent:
Alan Turing gets royal pardon for ‘gross indecency’ - 61 years after he poisoned himself  —  He was the father of modern computing whose work on the Enigma code at Bletchley Park is said to have shortened the Second World War.  —  But he was also gay and in those less enlightened times …
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Jethro Mullen / CNN:
Alan Turing, British code-breaker castrated for homosexuality, receives pardon
Discussion: Mediaite and Advocate
Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
Alan Turing, Enigma Code-Breaker and Computer Pioneer, Wins Royal Pardon
Andrea Peyser / New York Post:
Give her the heave-ho, de Blasio  —  Enough!  —  If Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has a lick of sense in his 6-foot-5 frame, he'll cast out of his incoming administration Lis Smith — the randy Democratic operative who's got a freaky fetish for the black knee socks and balding pate of married ex-Love Gov Eliot Spitzer.
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Jose DelReal / Politico:
Bill de Blasio daughter reveals drug, alcohol abuse  —  In an unusual and moving Christmas Eve video, the college-age daughter of New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is revealing for the first time her struggle with alcohol, drugs and depression — and is urging others in need to get help.
Discussion: ABC 7 Eyewitness News and CNN
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
Where's the Anti-War Left on Iran?  —  Democratic senators joined Ted Cruz to put new sanctions on Iran last week.  Liberals should make them pay.  —  The American left is very good at turning ferociously on politicians who start ill-advised wars.  In Lyndon Johnson's final years in office …
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Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Here Are The 15 Democratic Senators Bucking The White House And Threatening War With Iran
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Mondoweiss and Philly.com
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:   The Battle Within the Democratic Party
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Legitimacy Problem  —  It's pretty clear that the implementation of Obamacare will set the tone for how Americans think about government for years to come.  There are two large questions to be settled, which you might call the questions of competence and coercion.
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
GOP should try again to delay Obamacare's individual mandate
Discussion: Hot Air and americanthinker.com
Julian Sanchez / The Atlantic Online:
The War on Terror's Jedi Mind Trick  —  National-security officials insist new violations of privacy are essential for keeping Americans safe from terror—but there's no evidence the programs have stopped any attacks.  —  A Republican-appointed judge and President Obama's own handpicked …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Outside the Beltway
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Michael B. Mukasey / Wall Street Journal:   The Air of Unreality in NSA Reform
Kris Van Cleave / WJLA-TV:
VIDEO: Santa Claus shot with pellet gun at toy giveaway in Southeast  —  WASHINGTON (WJLA) - A man in a Santa Claus suit was shot in the back with a pellet gun Tuesday morning at a toy giveaway in Southeast.  —  According to an ABC7 photographer who was interviewing the victim at the time of the shooting …
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
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Sarah Palin: I didn't read ‘Duck Dynasty’ interview  —  Turns out Sarah Palin, who has been one of Duck Dynasty's biggest defenders, hasn't actually read the GQ interview that includes cast member Phil Robertson's controversial comments on homosexuality and other subjects.
Adam Withnall / The Independent:
Kim Jong-un: North Korean leader ‘was very drunk’ when ordering executions  —  Source tells Japanese newspaper purge of Kim's powerful uncle Jang Song-thaek was inevitable after ‘surprising’ first deaths  —  The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was “very drunk” when he ordered the recent execution …
Discussion: Liberaland and Mediaite
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
‘Festivus’ writer grieves about Rand Paul  —  One of the writers of the famed “Festivus” episode of “Seinfeld” isn't too happy Sen. Rand Paul used the holiday to tweet a rant against Washington.  —  Airing his own grievance on Tuesday, writer Dan O'Keefe, took a swipe at the Republican senator from Kentucky.
Peter Walker / Guardian:
Edward Snowden to broadcast Channel 4's alternative Christmas Day message  —  NSA whistleblower records message from Russia, filmed by Laura Poitras, warning of the dangers of a loss of privacy  —  Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who prompted a worldwide debate when he leaked a cache …
 
 
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Shaun Walker / Guardian:
Freed Pussy Riot members say prison was time of ‘endless humiliations’
Aaron Wiener / Housing Complex:
Introducing the Ubertarian
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Slate
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Is Mark Warner seeing dangerous numbers?
Discussion: Power Line
Todd Starnes / Fox News:
Army: Don't say Christmas
Daniel J. Mitchell / Cato Institute:
It's a Very Merry Christmas for Washington Insiders
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Teen Dies After Being Shot
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Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
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Bill George / The Huffington Post:
Is Obama Backing Away From Obamacare?
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Will An Appeals Court Stop Same-Sex Couples In Utah From Marrying On Christmas Eve?
Adam Serwer / msnbc.com:
How Sotomayor undermined Obama's NSA
Discussion: emptywheel and Washington Monthly