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11:00 AM ET, December 27, 2013

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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 …
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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.
Tracy Jan / The Boston Globe:
Mass., Vt. halt payments to firm behind health sites  —  WASHINGTON — Even as President Obama's health insurance website limps to recovery, at least two states that used the same contractor and are still plagued with malfunctions — Massachusetts and Vermont — are taking preliminary steps to recoup taxpayer dollars.
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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 …
Discussion: National Review and JustOneMinute
David Nather / Politico:
Ads hit vulnerable Dems on Obamacare
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.
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.
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The Hill:
Obama signs budget pact
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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Obama signs budget, defense bills in Hawaii
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
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.
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.
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
Andy Soltis / New York Post:
Professor admits faking AIDS vaccine to get $19M in grants  —  An Iowa State University professor resigned after admitting he falsely claimed rabbit blood could be turned into a vaccine for the AIDS virus.  —  Dr. Dong-Pyou Han spiked a clinical test sample with healthy human blood …
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Caption time: John Kerry meets Snoop Dogg  —  Faux shizzle:  —  That's just begging for a caption.  If Kerry's wife Teresa was in that picture I'd suggest “Gin (soaked raisins) & juice.”  —  The quick meeting was good enough for Kerry to add his initials signifying that he personally wrote this State Department tweet:
Discussion: CNN, Post Local and Twitchy
Ryan Cooper / The Plum Line:
Hey Dems: the only way out on health care is through  —  A new poll shows that the Democratic edge on the generic congressional ballot has evaporated, and Republicans now have a slight edge.  Unsurprisingly, this is stoking panic in moderate Democratic circles, where they rightly blame …
 
 
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