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9:50 AM ET, December 26, 2013

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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 …
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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 …
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.
Discussion: The Other McCain and Doug Ross
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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.
ThinkProgress:
Judge Who Once Called Rape Victim ‘In Control’ Sentences Abusive Boyfriend To Write ‘Boys Do Not Hit Girls’  —  Montana District Judge G. Todd Baugh's controversial remarks about a 14-year-old rape victim inspired a national petition and protests when he suspended the rapist's jail sentence in August to a mere 30 days.
Discussion: The Raw Story
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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.
Discussion: The Raw Story
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Raphael Ahren / The Times of Israel:
Why is this occupation different from all other occupations?  —  The EU insists that Turks in Cyprus and Moroccans in Western Sahara ‘cannot be compared’ to Israelis in the West Bank.  Two legal scholars are fighting a losing battle to find out why
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Edward Snowden's Christmas message  —  ‘Together we can find a better balance.  End mass surveillance,’ said Snowden.  AP Photo  —  Close  —  NSA leaker Edward Snowden is offering an “alternative” Christmas Message, saying a child born today will “never know what it means to have a private moment.”
 
 
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Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Kidnapped American asks U.S. to negotiate with al-Qaeda for his release
Discussion: NBCNews and Israel Matzav
Yasir Ghazi / New York Times:
Worshipers Targeted at Christmas Services in Baghdad
John Carney / CNBC:
The economics of Christmas, a holiday satire
Discussion: EconLog
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama's albatross: Transparency
Discussion: Washington Wire
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Iran's top leaders praise spirit of Christmas
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Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
House Republican vows to defend Christmas from ‘offended’ minority
BBC:
Royal pardon for codebreaker Alan Turing
Philip Rucker / Post Politics:
In fundraising pitch, Hillary Clinton says Bill will match donations
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Appeals Court Refuses To Halt Utah Marriages For Same-Sex Couples
Travis Gettys / The Raw Story:
Christian activists show their love by covering Chicago atheist display and berating onlookers
Discussion: Mediaite and Liberaland