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4:20 PM ET, December 27, 2013

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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
It's Over  —  Since the Supreme Court ruling in June, the writing has been on the wall for exclusion of marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples in the United States.  Since June the number of states with marriage equality has jumped from 12 to 18.  But last week's lower Court decisions …
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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 says NSA phone surveillance is lawful  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge ruled that a National Security Agency program that collects records of millions of Americans' phone calls is lawful, calling it a “counter-punch” to terrorism that does not violate Americans' privacy rights.
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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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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Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
Obamacare's Pajama Boy: ‘I am a liberal f***’  —  Ethan Krupp, the little man who played “Pajama Boy” in a widely mocked Obamacare ad, once characterized himself as a “liberal f**k.”  —  Krupp, an Organizing for Action (OFA) content writer who became the face of progressive America while wearing …
Discussion: Power Line, Vox Popoli and Ed Driscoll
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.
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 …
Bloomberg:
Moguls Rent South Dakota Addresses to Dodge Taxes Forever  —  Pierce H. McDowell III, president of South Dakota Trust Co., in his office in Sioux Falls.  The newspaper clipping is from March 1934, when a notorious gang robbed the local Security National Bank.  McDowell's grandfather worked as a trust officer at the bank.
Discussion: Liberaland, Gawker and BillMoyers.com
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
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 …
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
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.
The Hill:
Obama signs budget pact  —  President Obama broke from his vacation in Hawaii on Thursday to sign a stack of legislation that included the bipartisan budget deal and funding legislation for the Pentagon.  —  His signature on the budget agreement closes the books on a year of bitter fiscal fighting …
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Marco Garcia / Associated Press:
President Obama's Hawaii Vacation: Day 6
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