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11:30 AM 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  —  So January has finally arrived, maybe New Year's Eve didn't end so well for you, and you've decided to take your brand-new Obamacare coverage out for a test drive.  —  Except - oops - maybe your new health insurer doesn't have any record of you.
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 …
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.
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
Associated Press:
Egypt names Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group  —  CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's military-backed interim government declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization Wednesday, intensifying its campaign of arrests and prosecutions targeting its members and tightening the noose on the group's network of charities and businesses.
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Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood a terror group
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 …
Wes Venteicher / Chicago Tribune:
Jesse Jackson Sr. responds to ‘Duck Dynasty’ star's comments  —  Jesse Jackson Sr. has jumped into the controversy surrounding comments by Phil Robertson, star of A&E's backwoods reality TV show, “Duck Dynasty.”  —  In an announcement sent out Tuesday, Jackson Sr. compared Robertson's recent comments …
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 …
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.
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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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
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Reuters:
Israel plans new settlement push while freeing Palestinian prisoners
Discussion: The Hill
Yasir Ghazi / New York Times:
Worshipers Targeted at Christmas Services in Baghdad
John Carney / CNBC:
The economics of Christmas, a holiday satire
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