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7:50 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,” …
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Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
ObamaCare sales surge  —  Remember Budowsky's first law of insider punditry: When the media and political herds are tripping over each other's hoofs while stampeding in a certain direction, the herds are almost always wrong.  —  Take note of the fact that in recent days …
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 …
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
2016 CNN Poll: Clinton deadlocked with Christie but leads other GOP presidential possibilities
Discussion: Politico
Washington Monthly:
After Obamacare  —  A frenzy of hospital mergers could leave the typical American family spending 50 percent of its income on health care within ten years—and blaming the Democrats.  The solution requires banning price discrimination by monopolistic hospitals.
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Fox News:
The doctor won't see you? Analysts warn ObamaCare plans could resemble Medicaid
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Health Law Cemented, G.O.P. Adjusts
Discussion: Liberaland
David Nather / Politico:
A very nervous New Year's for Obamacare
Discussion: Mediaite
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Federal authorities charge white ‘knockout’ suspect with hate crime  —  Federal authorities said Thursday they have arrested and charged a Texas man in connection with the “knockout game,” accusing him of a hate crime for targeting a black man for a vicious street attack.
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Katy / KTRK-TV:
Katy man charged with hate crime for attack
Lee Habeeb / National Review:
A&E's Duck Dynasty Dilemma  —  It had never happened before.  When big, powerful TV executives ask a star to apologize for what they deem inappropriate comments or behavior, the star simply complies.  A team of publicists is assembled, the star does the obligatory apology tour for the press …
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Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
Michelle Obama at 50  —  Trailblazing first lady is ‘American superwoman,’ championing causes, raising a family  —  First lady Michelle Obama will be the guest of honor at a White House dance party next month when she turns “50 and fabulous,” as she put it recently.
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Ron Christie / The Daily Beast:   After a Lousy Year, How Obama Can Turn His Presidency Around
Shelly Banjo / Wall Street Journal:
Late Surge in Web Buying Blindsides UPS, Retailers  —  Some Christmas Packages Aren't Delivered … A surge in online shopping this holiday season left stores breaking promises to deliver packages by Christmas, suggesting that retailers and shipping companies still haven't fully figured …
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Josh Eidelson / Salon:
From fast food strikes to Wal-Mart: 2013 and the year in labor
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Liberaland
Katie Glueck / Politico:
The Francis factor: Pope's economic ideas rattle GOP  —  “He's entitled to his opinion, but I think we should look carefully at what he's saying,” Toomey said.  “It's easy to draw I think what could be mistaken, superficial conclusions from some of the things that he said.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Karl Rove:
My Fearless Political Predictions For 2014  —  It's time to see how well I did with my predictions for 2013 and to offer a set of 2014 forecasts.  —  I got 10 predictions for this year right.  President Obama's job approval rating did drop—from 53% at year's start to 40% this week.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
The 13 most memorable quotes of 2013  —  The year started …
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Sam Kleiner / The Daily Beast:
The GOP's History of Sexist Hillary-Bashing  —  Desperate to stop a second Clinton presidency in 2016, it's a sure bet many in the GOP will reprise the ugly attacks they used on her 22 years ago.  —  While Hillary Clinton has made clear that she won't decide whether she wants to pursue …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
In a Car-Culture Clash, It's the Los Angeles Police vs. Pedestrians  —  LOS ANGELES — In a city of seemingly endless highways — with its daily parade of car accidents, frustrating traffic jams and aggressive drivers — the Los Angeles Police Department these days is training its sights on a different road menace: jaywalkers.
Discussion: Gawker and Washington Monthly
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.
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Kidnapped American asks U.S. to negotiate with al-Qaeda for his release  —  A U.S. government contractor kidnapped by al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan in 2011 has recorded a video message calling on the Obama administration to negotiate with his captors, saying he feels “totally abandoned and forgotten.”
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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Obama signs budget, defense bills in Hawaii
Discussion: Politico
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin:
With Trayvon Martin, this Nativity gets edgy update
World News:
Russia ‘not really concerned’ about Obama's absence from Sochi Olympics
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Greenwald Snarks at MSNBC: I Defend Snowden Like You Defend Obama ‘24 Hours a Day’
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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
Discussion: BillMoyers.com
Jordan Robertson / Bloomberg:
A New Twist in International Relations: The Corporate Keep-My-Data-Out-of-the-U.S. Clause
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Nicolas Loris / The Heritage Foundation:
Time to Stock Up on Incandescent Bulbs Before They Go Out Permanently
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
A Work Still in Progress
 

 
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