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1:30 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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RT:
Snowden will help Germany investigate NSA spying if granted asylum - report
Discussion: BuzzFeed
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
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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Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
Alan Turing, Enigma Code-Breaker and Computer Pioneer, Wins Royal Pardon
Jethro Mullen / CNN:
Alan Turing, British code-breaker castrated for homosexuality, receives pardon
Discussion: Mediaite and Advocate
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
ObamaCare site sees traffic surge on eve of enrollment deadline  —  The Obama administration on Monday reported a “record day” for visits to HealthCare.gov as it extended the deadline for enrolling in coverage by 24 hours.  —  Julie Bataille, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) …
Discussion: Politico
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Chad Terhune / Los Angeles Times:
California health exchange tops 400,000 enrolled prior to deadline
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
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
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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
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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Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:   The Battle Within the Democratic Party
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.
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
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.
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
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 …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Figures.  Obama Tried to Sign Up for Obamacare But “System Couldn't Verify His Identity” (Video)  —  According to the White House, President Obama tried to symbolically sign up for Obamacare but the system didn't recognize him.  —  Ed Henry at FOX News reported:
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 …
Discussion: The Week
 
 
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Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
‘Festivus’ writer grieves about Rand Paul
Discussion: The Raw Story
Aaron Wiener / Housing Complex:
Introducing the Ubertarian
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Slate
Daniel J. Mitchell / Cato Institute:
It's a Very Merry Christmas for Washington Insiders
KKTV-TV:
Teen Dies After Being Shot
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and CBS News
BBC:
‘Mass ethnic killings’ in South Sudan
Bill George / The Huffington Post:
Is Obama Backing Away From Obamacare?
 Earlier Items: 
Drew Brooks / fayobserver.com:
Fort Bragg chapel holds first same-sex ceremony
Discussion: Guns.com, Advocate and Gawker
Adam Serwer / msnbc.com:
How Sotomayor undermined Obama's NSA
Discussion: emptywheel and Washington Monthly
CEPR:
Inequality: Government Is a Perp, Not a Bystander
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Into Year 6, Obama admits he's clueless