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2:35 PM ET, December 27, 2013

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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
N.S.A. Phone Surveillance Is Lawful, Federal Judge Rules  —  WASHINGTON — A federal judge in New York on Friday ruled that the National Security Agency's program that is systematically keeping phone records of all Americans is lawful, creating a conflict among lower courts and increasing …
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
U.S. judge upholds NSA phone surveillance program  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge ruled the National Security Agency's program that collects records of millions of Americans' phone calls is lawful, rejecting a challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union to the controversial counter-terrorism program.
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Jordan Weissmann / The Atlantic Online:
Why Gold Would Be Useless in an Economic Apocalypse  —  Since November, financial advisor David Marotta has been publishing a series of blog posts on how to manage your money in the event of a financial apocalypse—as in a world of hyperinflation, governmental collapse, and anarachic mobs.
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Be prepared: Wall Street advisor recommends guns, ammo for protection in collapse  —  WASHINGTON SECRETS GUN CONTROL OBAMACARE NSA SURVEILLANCE WALL STREET SOCIALISM  —  A top financial advisor, worried that Obamacare, the NSA spying scandal and spiraling national debt is increasing the chances …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Vista Workers Told Their U.S. Health Plan Fails Test  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has told Vista volunteers and other AmeriCorps workers that their government-provided health coverage does not measure up to the standards of the new health care law, and that they may be subject …
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Tracy Jan / The Boston Globe:
Mass., Vt. halt payments to firm behind health sites
David Nather / Politico:
Ads hit vulnerable Dems on Obamacare
Anthony Weiner / Facebook:
What's Next?  First, Let Me Say Thanks  —  There is a fundamental optimism that is wired into the DNA of America and its true capital - New York City.  We are a place that people come to improve their condition.  And once here we are unified by a common aspiration - to leave our kids a place better than the one we found.
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Alex Greig / Daily Mail:
Anthony Weiner uses social media to hint at a comeback
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Patricia Murphy / The Daily Beast:
Five Tea Party Challengers: The Ted Cruz Wannabes  —  By Patricia MurphyDecember 27th 20135:45 AM  —  Come 2014, these five ambitious senate hopefuls might storm their way onto Capitol Hill and change the Republican Party, with Ted Cruz as their hero.  —  If Ted Cruz seems like a one-of-a-kind, give it time.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Homeless Couple Gets A Home On Christmas Eve, Thanks To Innovative ‘Occupy’ Group  —  For many couples, the thought of living together in a 96-square-foot house sounds awful.  But for Chris Derrick and Betty Ybarra, it's a Christmas miracle.  —  That's because Derrick and Ybarra have spent …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Raw Story
Marc Siegel / Wall Street Journal:
The Death of the Bedside Manner  —  ObamaCare is speeding the decline in the quality of medical practice.  —  'It is as painful perhaps to be awakened from a vision as to be born," James Joyce wrote famously in his masterpiece “Ulysses.  ” I recently had such an experience when my office manager …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Fear Economy  —  More than a million unemployed Americans are about to get the cruelest of Christmas “gifts.”  They're about to have their unemployment benefits cut off.  You see, Republicans in Congress insist that if you haven't found a job after months of searching, it must be because you aren't trying hard enough.
Argus Leader:
Independent voice needed, Larry Pressler says  —  Is South Dakota ready for a comeback from Larry Pressler?  —  Turned out of the Senate after three terms by Tim Johnson in 1996, Pressler will run for the same seat 18 years later.  —  “Today, I am announcing that I am running for the United States Senate …
Gregory Wallace / CNNMoney.com:
Many Americans feel economy isn't improving  —  Despite a recent string of positive economic news, Americans say they aren't feeling the improvements.  —  A new CNN/ORC poll released Friday showed people were pessimistic that the economy was improving.  Nearly 70% said the economy is generally …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Utah Ruling Means No Respite for the Supreme Court on Same-Sex Marriage  —  WASHINGTON — In June, when the Supreme Court stopped short of deciding whether the Constitution guaranteed a right to same-sex marriage, many thought the court had bought itself several years before it had to confront the question again.
Mockarena / Chicks on the Right:
Yeah.  This'll Help Your Cause, You Psychos.  —  So guess what happened in Cologne, Germany during Christmas mass?  Liberal feminist wackjobs, that's what.  Behold:  —  I made the mistake of visiting the website run by the lunatics involved in this protest.  It's called FEMEN, and it's seriously sick and twisted.
Discussion: NewsBusters and iOwnTheWorld.com
Marco Garcia / Associated Press:
President Obama's Hawaii Vacation: Day 6  —  How President Barack Obama spent the sixth day of his holiday vacation in Hawaii on Thursday:  — GYM: The president woke up early for a morning workout at a gym at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.  After about an hour, Obama returned to his vacation home.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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The Hill:
Obama signs budget pact
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