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9:15 AM ET, December 29, 2013

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Marilyn Tavenner / HHS.gov:
Enrollment Surged Prior to the Deadline for Coverage on January 1  —  As we continue our open enrollment campaign, we experienced a welcome surge in enrollment as millions of Americans seek access to affordable health care coverage through new Health Insurance Marketplaces nationwide.
Discussion: CNN and NBCNews
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Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
ObamaCare enrollment tops 1 million  —  More than 1.1 million people enrolled in ObamaCare before a December 24 deadline for consumers seeking healthcare plans that begin Jan. 1, the Obama administration said early Sunday.  —  Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) …
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 …
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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.
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
DNC sends email defending Obama from impeachment possibility  —  The Democratic National Committee (DNC) sent out a paranoid email Saturday evening urging supporters to vote for Democrats so that Republicans can't impeach President Obama.  —  The email, subject line “Impeachment,” …
Steve Meltzer / Imaging Resource News Page:
On Ice: 100 year-old negatives discovered in Antarctic  —  Conservators restoring an Antarctic exploration hut recently made a remarkable discovery: a small box of 22 exposed but unprocessed photographic negatives, frozen in a solid block of ice for nearly one hundred years.
RIA Novosti:
Female Suicide Bomber Kills Over a Dozen at Volgograd Train Station … Originally posted at 13:19 and updated throughout the day  —  A female suicide bomber blew herself up in the entrance hall of a train station in Russia's southern city of Volgograd on Sunday, killing over a dozen people …
Discussion: CNN, Scared Monkeys and Jihad Watch
Heather / crooksandliars.com/user/91:
Gohmert: Administration Has To Keep Susan Rice Close So She 'Doesn't Spill The Beans On What All She Knows'  —  Rep. Louie Gohmert with another round of wingnut conspiracy theories.  —  The talking heads over at Fox “news” are terribly upset that the United States is talking to the Iranians instead …
Discussion: Liberaland
The Huffington Post:
It's Not Just Poor People Getting Hosed When Congress Lets Unemployment Insurance Expire  —  NEW YORK — David Torian is an Ivy League-educated lawyer and a onetime chief of staff to then-Rep. Michael McNulty (D-N.Y.).  He has 23 years of experience in congressional and government relations …
Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
Who cares if we wreck that million dollar painting?  JP Morgan's $19m-a-year boss under fire for ‘opulent’ Christmas card of him hitting tennis balls around palatial home  —  JP Morgan boss Jamie Dimon, 57, has been branded ‘tone deaf’ after releasing a decadent Christmas card in which he hits tennis balls around his palatial home.
WTOP.com:
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” …
Daily Mail:
Anelka's ‘Nazi’ salute storm: Striker could face lengthy FA ban for offensive goal celebration along with sanctions in France  —  Controversial striker Nicolas Anelka is to be the subject of a Football Association investigation after allegations that he used an anti-Semitic gesture to celebrate …
 
 
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James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
3 key ideas from what will be one of the most important books of 2014
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Noah Smith / Noahpinion:
Redistribute wealth? No, redistribute respect.
Discussion: EconLog
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CNN's Brian Stelter: Media “Overreacted” To Boston Marathon Bombings
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs
Mark Gevisser / New York Times:
Life Under Russia's ‘Gay Propaganda’ Ban
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Jonathon Sharp / CBS Minnesota:
Police: Mark Andrew Beaten After Getting iPhone Stolen At MOA Starbucks
Bryan Koenig / CNN:
Bill Clinton to swear in de Blasio as NYC mayor
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State lawmakers battle Israel boycott by university organization American Studies Association
Tony Leys / Des Moines Register:
Latest healthcare.gov problem could leave 16,000 Iowans uninsured Jan. 1
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Paul Ryan lectures the pope
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Blumenthal sets Dec. 31 deadline for UPS, Fed-Ex to say they'll refund
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