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11:55 PM ET, December 27, 2013

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Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
A&E Welcomes Phil Robertson Back to ‘Duck Dynasty’  —  Less than two weeks after his anti-gay remarks prompted an “indefinite hiatus” for the reality patriarch — and a strong fan backlash — the network says he will remain on the series.  —  Phil Robertson, “Duck Dynasty”
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Stuart Oldham / Variety:
‘Duck Dynasty’: A&E Ends Phil Robertson Suspension; Aims to Turn Controversy into Teachable Moment  —  A+E chief Nancy Dubuc had lengthy conversations with Robertson family, GLAAD, NAACP in recent days  —  A+E Networks has maneuvered its way out of the “Duck Dynasty” controversy surrounding …
Politico:
‘Duck Dynasty’ star to return  —  Close  —  Following a political and cultural backlash, the A&E cable network on Friday reversed its decision to suspend the patriarch of the hit series “Duck Dynasty” over inflammatory remarks about gay people.  —  Phil Robertson will return to the show sooner …
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
A&E Reverses Decision to ‘Suspend’ Phil Robertson  —  The A&E network has decided not to suspend Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, after saying they were putting him on indefinite hiatus following his controversial comments about homosexual sex.  —  In a statement, the network attempted …
New York Times:
Judge Upholds N.S.A.'s Bulk Collection of Data on Calls  —  WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Friday ruled that a National Security Agency program that collects enormous troves of phone records is legal, making the latest contribution to an extraordinary debate among courts and a presidential review group …
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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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:   U.S. judge says NSA phone surveillance is lawful
New York Post:
Hundreds of teens trash mall in wild flash mob  —  Hundreds of teenagers stormed and trashed a Brooklyn mall in a wild flash mob that forced the shopping center to close its doors during day-after Christmas sales, sources said on Friday.  —  More than 400 crazed teens grabbed and smashed jars of candy …
Discussion: Gothamist
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
New York Soon to Trail Florida in Population  —  ALBANY — New York, whose status as the most populous state has long been ceded, will soon fall behind Florida into fourth place, a long-anticipated drop that is rife with symbolism and that could carry potentially serious economic consequences in coming years.
New York Times:
Libyan Government Holds 4 U.S. Military Personnel  —  WASHINGTON — Four American military personnel have been detained in Libya and were in the Libyan government's custody, an American official said on Friday.  —  The circumstances of their detention were not clear.
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
Associated Press:
Unreturned library books can mean jail time  —  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Call it throwing the book at the bookworms.  —  A Texas man who was arrested for failing to return an overdue library book ignited an online flurry of snarky comments and headlines about the Lone Star State extending its tough-on-crime bravado to books.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
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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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
 
 
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Kirsten Kraklio / Arizona Republic:
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Democrats will pay political price for Obamacare in 2014
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Obama's year of missteps
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Marc Siegel / Wall Street Journal:
The Death of the Bedside Manner
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NY increasing minimum wage to $8 an hour in 2014
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Jason Keyser / Associated Press:
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Gregory Wallace / CNNMoney.com:
Many Americans feel economy isn't improving
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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Homeless Couple Gets A Home On Christmas Eve, Thanks To Innovative ‘Occupy’ Group
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Mockarena / Chicks on the Right:
Yeah. This'll Help Your Cause, You Psychos.
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Patricia Murphy / The Daily Beast:
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Fear Economy  —  More than a million unemployed Americans …
 

 
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