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1:15 PM ET, December 26, 2013

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John H. Cochrane / Wall Street Journal:
What to Do When ObamaCare Unravels  —  Health insurance should be individual, portable across jobs, states and providers, and lifelong and renewable.  —  The unraveling of the Affordable Care Act presents a historic opportunity for change.  Its proponents call it “settled law,” …
Discussion: Power Line and americanthinker.com
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USA Today:
Many counties lack affordable plans for unsubsidized  —  More than half of the counties in 34 states using the federal health insurance exchange lack even a bronze plan that's affordable — by the government's own definition — for 40-year-old couples who make just a little too much for financial assistance, a USA TODAY analysis shows.
David Nather / Politico:
A very nervous New Year's for Obamacare
Discussion: Mediaite
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN Poll: GOP has edge in early midterm indicator  —  Washington (CNN) — Democrats have lost their advantage and Republicans now have a slight edge in the battle for control of Congress, according to a new national poll.  —  A CNN/ORC International survey released Thursday also indicates …
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CNN:
Poll: This is a ‘do-nothing’ Congress  —  Washington (CNN) - The worst Congress ever.  —  That's the verdict from two-thirds of Americans about the track record of the 113th Congress, according to a new national poll.  And a CNN/ORC International poll released Thursday also indicates …
Theda Skocpol / The Atlantic Online:
Why the Tea Party Isn't Going Anywhere  —  The demise of the Tea Party was loudly announced right after Congress voted on October 16 to lift the debt ceiling and reopen the federal government.  “Finally!  The Republican Fever Is Broken,” exulted Jamelle Bouie atThe Daily Beast …
Wall Street Journal:
GOP, Business Recast Message  —  Republican Leaders, Allies Aim to Diminish Clout of Most-Conservative Activists  —  Republican leaders and their corporate allies have launched an array of efforts aimed at diminishing the clout of the party's most conservative activists and promoting legislation instead of confrontation next year.
New York Times:
U.S. Sends Arms to Aid Iraq Fight With Extremists  —  WASHINGTON — The United States is quietly rushing dozens of Hellfire missiles and low-tech surveillance drones to Iraq to help government forces combat an explosion of violence by a Qaeda-backed insurgency that is gaining territory in both western Iraq and neighboring Syria.
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Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Kidnapped American asks U.S. to negotiate with al-Qaeda for his release
Mawuli Kwabla Tsikata / citifmonline.com:
Somalia bans Christmas celebrations  —  The Somali Government has banned celebration of Christian festivities in the country.  —  A directive released on Tuesday by the Ministry of Justice and Religious Affairs stated that no Christian festivities could be held in Somalia.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
Seth Masket / Washington Monthly:
Should Ginsberg Retire?  —  Facebook Twitter Digg Reddit StumbleUpon Delicious  —  I've got to disagree with Emily Bazelon's take on Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  Bazelon is defending Ginsburg's right to stay on the Supreme Court from a number of legal and political critics who are urging her to resign …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Nicolas Loris / The Heritage Foundation:
Time to Stock Up on Incandescent Bulbs Before They Go Out Permanently  —  If your New Year's resolution is to change your light bulbs, don't worry—the federal government's here to help.  —  Beginning January 1, 2014, the federal government will ban the use of 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
The 13 most memorable quotes of 2013  —  The year started with a deal on the fiscal cliff and ended with a deal on a two-year budget accord.  —  In between, there were fights over the Benghazi, Libya terrorist attack, National Security Agency surveillance programs, immigration reform …
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Josh Eidelson / Salon:
From fast food strikes to Wal-Mart: 2013 and the year in labor  —  2013 was a year of unexpected vulnerability and vitality — and the year fast food and Wal-Mart campaigns diverged  —  This time 13 months ago, low-wage non-union workers had just mounted first-of-their kind strikes …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
A Work Still in Progress  —  When the country observed the Constitution's 200th anniversary back in 1987, two narratives vied for public acceptance.  There was the triumphalist narrative celebrated in Philadelphia, where a quarter-million people took part in a 15-hour-long gala …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood a terror group  —  Egypt's military-run government has declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group.  —  The move comes months after the military removed Mohammed Morsi from the presidency.  Morsi was the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate in the 2012 election.
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Associated Press:
Egypt names Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group
 
 
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Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
America Joins the Developed World, Thanks to Obamacare
Kelley Beaucar Vlahos / Fox News:
Local courts reviving ‘debtors’ prison' for overdue fines, fees
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Jordan Robertson / Bloomberg:
A New Twist in International Relations: The Corporate Keep-My-Data-Out-of-the-U.S. Clause
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Reuters:
Israel plans new settlement push while freeing Palestinian prisoners
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