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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 …
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 …
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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” …
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
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,” …
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
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 …
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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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.
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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CNN's Brian Stelter: Media “Overreacted” To Boston Marathon Bombings
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Bryan Koenig / CNN:
Bill Clinton to swear in de Blasio as NYC mayor
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Damon Lavrinc / Wired:
Feds Say Just One Car Out of 100 Will Be Electric in 2040
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Tony Leys / Des Moines Register:
Latest healthcare.gov problem could leave 16,000 Iowans uninsured Jan. 1
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Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Blumenthal sets Dec. 31 deadline for UPS, Fed-Ex to say they'll refund
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Rachael Bade / Politico:
IRS to pay Obamacare political price
Michael F. Cannon / Forbes:
As Predicted, ObamaCare Plunges Into ‘Utter Chaos’
Sean McElwee / The Atlantic Online:
Can Vermont's Single-Payer System Fix What Ails American Healthcare?
Timothy Pratt / The Atlantic Online:
‘We Are Creating Walmarts of Higher Education’
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