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6:15 AM ET, December 29, 2013

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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 …
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,” …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
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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.
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” …
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
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 …
Noah Smith / Noahpinion:
Redistribute wealth?  No, redistribute respect.  —  “It is said that heaven does not create one man above or below another man.”  — Yukichi Fukuzawa  —  I've always been a communist revolutionary at heart.  Inequalities between human beings have always annoyed me, and I have the strong desire to see them eliminated.
Discussion: EconLog
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
3 key ideas from what will be one of the most important books of 2014  —  I am fortunate enough to have already previewed The Second Machine Age by MIT's Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, out next month.  It is an excellent expansion of the thesis outlined in their monograph and Kindle Single, Race Against the Machine.
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
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.
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
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
 
 
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Bill Clinton to swear in de Blasio as NYC mayor
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Tony Leys / Des Moines Register:
Latest healthcare.gov problem could leave 16,000 Iowans uninsured Jan. 1
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Blumenthal sets Dec. 31 deadline for UPS, Fed-Ex to say they'll refund
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