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2:10 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.
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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 …
RT:
Snowden will help Germany investigate NSA spying if granted asylum - report
Discussion: BuzzFeed
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
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  —  OBAMACARE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HOUSE REPUBLICANS  —  Last July, after President Obama unilaterally delayed the Obamacare employer mandate for a year, House Republicans asked why the break should apply only to businesses.
Discussion: americanthinker.com and Hot Air
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Here Are The 15 Democratic Senators Bucking The White House And Threatening War With Iran  —  WASHINGTON — As the United States finally puts a decade of war behind it, a group of senators, including 15 Democrats, is defying the White House and threatening to push the country into a fresh war with Iran.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Mondoweiss and Philly.com
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Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
Where's the Anti-War Left on Iran?
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:   The Battle Within the Democratic Party
Chad Terhune / Los Angeles Times:
California health exchange tops 400,000 enrolled prior to deadline  —  Californians wait to sign up for health insurance at a recent enrollment fair in Sacramento as part of the federal healthcare law.  (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)  —  California's health insurance exchange …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
ObamaCare site sees traffic surge on eve of enrollment deadline
Discussion: Politico
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Is Mark Warner seeing dangerous numbers?  —  I couldn't help noting that Mark Warner, the Democratic senior senator from Virginia, was one of the six Democratic senators calling for “hardship exemptions” for people finding Obamacare insurance policies too expensive, and also one of the 13 Democratic senators …
Discussion: Power Line
Todd Starnes / Fox News:
Army: Don't say Christmas  —  Don't say Christmas.  —  That's the message that was conveyed to a group of soldiers at Camp Shelby by an equal opportunity officer from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, according to a soldier who attended a recent briefing.
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 …
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ThinkProgress:
Utah County Adopts Jim Crow Tactic, Preventing Same-Sex Couples From Marrying
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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Adam Withnall / The Independent:
Kim Jong-un: North Korean leader ‘was very drunk’ when ordering executions
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Aaron Wiener / Housing Complex:
Introducing the Ubertarian
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Daniel J. Mitchell / Cato Institute:
It's a Very Merry Christmas for Washington Insiders
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Teen Dies After Being Shot
Discussion: CBS News and Talking Points Memo
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Upstart Groups Challenge Rove for G.O.P. Cash
Discussion: The Week
Bill George / The Huffington Post:
Is Obama Backing Away From Obamacare?
Adam Serwer / msnbc.com:
How Sotomayor undermined Obama's NSA
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