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Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
New York Times: No Evidence Al Qaeda ‘Had Any Role’ In Benghazi Attack  —  A months-long investigation by The New York Times “turned up no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role” in the assaults last year on a U.S. diplomatic mission and a C.I.A. compound in Benghazi, Libya.
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
A Deadly Mix in Benghazi  —  Benghazi, Libya  —  A boyish-looking American diplomat was meeting for the first time with the Islamist leaders of eastern Libya's most formidable militias.  —  It was Sept. 9, 2012.  Gathered on folding chairs in a banquet hall by the Mediterranean …
Charles Hoskinson / Washington Examiner:
Who are the losers in the ‘Duck Dynasty’ flap?  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL DUCK DYNASTY TELEVISION POLITICAL CORRECTNESS  —  Now that A&E executives have surrendered to the will of hundreds of thousands of “Duck Dynasty” fans and welcomed Phil Robertson back to the show nearly 10 days …
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Toby Keith restaurant in Va. bans guns, sparks uproar  —  WOODBRIDGE, Va. - A new restaurant that recently opened in Woodbridge is sparking a Second Amendment controversy, especially online.  —  The restaurant named for country music star Toby Keith has posted a “ No guns permitted” …
Bari Weiss / Wall Street Journal:
Camille Paglia: A Feminist Defense of Masculine Virtues  —  The cultural critic on why ignoring the biological differences between men and women risks undermining Western civilization itself.  —  Philadelphia  —  'What you're seeing is how a civilization commits suicide," says Camille Paglia.
Discussion: neo-neocon and Vox Popoli
Tony Leys / Des Moines Register:
Latest healthcare.gov problem could leave 16,000 Iowans uninsured Jan. 1  —  Nearly 16,000 Iowans who tried to apply for coverage via the trouble-plagued federal health-insurance website are being told to apply separately through the state Department of Human Services.
Discussion: KCCI-TV, Mediaite and Pirate's Cove
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Paul Ryan lectures the pope  —  The Catholic conservative who insists he cares about the poor says Pope Francis doesn't understand capitalism  —  When 1.3 million Americans lose their unemployment benefits on Saturday, they can thank Rep. Paul Ryan.  He took the lead in negotiating …
Discussion: Daily Kos and PERRspectives
Sean McElwee / The Atlantic Online:
Can Vermont's Single-Payer System Fix What Ails American Healthcare?  —  As Obamacare struggles, progressives hope a bold experiment could offer a better model.  But first, it has to work.  —  The Affordable Care Act's turbulent implementation has ruled the news cycle …
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Benefits Ending for One Million Unemployed  —  WASHINGTON — An emergency federal program that acts as a lifeline for 1.3 million jobless workers will end on Saturday, drastically curtailing government support for the long-term unemployed and setting the stage for a major political fight in the new year.
Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
State lawmakers battle Israel boycott by university organization American Studies Association  —  State Senator Jeffery Klein and Assemblyman Dov Hikind, both Brooklyn Democrats, plan to introduce a bill that gives colleges and universities in New York 30 days to withdraw support from ASA and similar groups or aid will be stripped.
Mark Gevisser / New York Times:
Life Under Russia's ‘Gay Propaganda’ Ban  —  The Russian port city Arkhangelsk (population 350,000) is on the White Sea, 1,230 kilometers north of Moscow.  A key Allied supply line to the Soviets in both world wars, it was also the departure point for the first Soviet gulag.
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Jonathon Sharp / CBS Minnesota:
Police: Mark Andrew Beaten After Getting iPhone Stolen At MOA Starbucks  —  MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) - The runner-up in the Minneapolis mayoral election is recovering after being robbed and brutally beaten Thursday night at the Mall of America.  —  Mark Andrew, 63, was at a Starbucks inside …
New York Times:
Libya Holds Four American Military Personnel for Hours  —  WASHINGTON — Four American military personnel assigned to the United States Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, were detained Friday and released hours later after being held by the country's Interior Ministry, American officials said.
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New York Times:
Libyan Government Holds 4 U.S. Military Personnel
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