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12:45 AM ET, December 25, 2013

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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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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Sign-Up Period Extended Again for Health Plan  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Tuesday that it would provide more time for people to complete their applications for health insurance if they could show that they missed the deadline because of problems with the federal health care website.
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Health Insurance Blog:
Couldn't enroll by December 23? We can still help you get covered
Discussion: Post Politics
Chad Terhune / Los Angeles Times:
California health exchange tops 400,000 enrolled prior to deadline
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
ObamaCare site sees traffic surge on eve of enrollment deadline
Discussion: Politico and Los Angeles Times
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.
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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.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Appeals Court Refuses To Halt Utah Marriages For Same-Sex Couples  —  A Christmas Eve order from the 10th Circuit.  Update: State officials say they will ask the Supreme Court to step in.  —  Nicole Barnes, left, and her partner Tarah Camarillo exchange rings as they get married …
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McKenzie Romero / Deseret News:
About 700 marriage licenses issued in Utah since judge's ruling
Discussion: New York Times and LGBTQ Nation
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:   Will An Appeals Court Stop Same-Sex Couples In Utah From Marrying On Christmas Eve?
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 during a toy giveaway in Southeast Washington.  —  The video is disturbing.  The man dressed as Santa has led …
Jethro Mullen / CNN:
Alan Turing, British code-breaker castrated for homosexuality, receives pardon  —  (CNN) — Alan Turing, a British code-breaker during World War II who was later subjected to chemical castration for homosexual activity, has received a royal pardon nearly 60 years after he committed suicide.
Discussion: Mediaite and Advocate
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Oliver Wright / The Independent:
Alan Turing gets royal pardon for ‘gross indecency’ - 61 years after he poisoned himself
Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
Alan Turing, Enigma Code-Breaker and Computer Pioneer, Wins Royal Pardon
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: Hot Air and Mediaite
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.
Rick Kambic / Chicago Sun Times:
Morton Grove Library Board rejects $3K donation from atheist  —  Comments on a Facebook page, including one that said “[expletive] God,” led Morton Grove Library trustees to reject a $3,000 donation that was made to support Park Board member Dan Ashta's Pledge of Allegiance boycott.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Mediaite
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
The gist of Christmas lost  —  'Twas the season of Christmas, and all through the land  —  Were signs and symbols some folks couldn't stand.  —  The evergreen conifer many decorate with glee,  —  But don't you dare call it a Christmas tree.  —  Heaven forbid a Nativity in the town square
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
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Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
Where's the Anti-War Left on Iran?
Travis Gettys / The Raw Story:
Christian activists show their love by covering Chicago atheist display and berating onlookers  —  A Christian activist group placed a banner over an atheist display at Chicago's Daley Plaza proclaiming that “A is for Angels.”  —  The banner covers a sign set up earlier this month by the Freedom …
Discussion: Mediaite and Liberaland
Philip Rucker / Post Politics:
In fundraising pitch, Hillary Clinton says Bill will match donations  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton fired off an end-of-the-year fundraising solicitation to supporters of her family's charitable foundation - and she offered an intriguing pitch.  —  Her husband, former president Bill Clinton …
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.
 
 
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Travis Gettys / The Raw Story:
Bloomberg anchor gets Bitcoin on live TV and is promptly robbed by a viewer
Discussion: Mediaite, Liberaland and Gizmodo
Shaun Walker / Guardian:
Freed Pussy Riot members say prison was time of ‘endless humiliations’
Aaron Wiener / Housing Complex:
Introducing the Ubertarian
Discussion: Slate and Washington Monthly
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Is Mark Warner seeing dangerous numbers?
Discussion: Power Line
Todd Starnes / Fox News:
Army: Don't say Christmas
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel J. Mitchell / Cato Institute:
It's a Very Merry Christmas for Washington Insiders
Discussion: Firedoglake
KKTV-TV:
Teen Dies After Being Shot
Discussion: CBS News and Talking Points Memo
Julian Sanchez / The Atlantic Online:
The War on Terror's Jedi Mind Trick
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Outside the Beltway
BBC:
‘Mass ethnic killings’ in South Sudan
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Upstart Groups Challenge Rove for G.O.P. Cash
Discussion: The Week