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11:05 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.
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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) …
Associated Press:
Federal health market surpasses 1 million signups  —  HONOLULU — A December surge propelled health care sign-ups through the government's rehabilitated website past the 1 million mark, the Obama administration said Sunday, reflecting new signs of life for the problem-plagued federal insurance exchange.
Discussion: Liberaland and Right Wing News
Fox News:
House Intelligence chair: Benghazi attack ‘Al Qaeda-led event’  —  The 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya was an “Al Qaeda-led event” according to multiple on-the-record interviews with the head of the House Intelligence Committee who receives regular classified briefings and has access …
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:   A Deadly Mix in Benghazi
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.
Matthew O'Brien / The Atlantic Online:
The Greatest Investment Opportunity Since Dogecoin  —  Dogecoin, a joke cryptocurrency based on an internet dog meme, exploded last week.  Now it's Ponzicoin's turn.  —  DEAR MOST SAVVY AND RESPECTED INVESTOR:  —  I AM WRITING TO YOU TO INFORM YOU ABOUT AN EXCITING AND ENRICHING INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY …
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Benjamin Bell / ABC News:
Sen. Ted Cruz Expresses No Regret Over Role in Government Shutdown; Talks Coloring Book  —  In an exclusive interview with ABC's Jonathan Karl for “This Week,” firebrand conservative Sen. Ted Cruz, R - Tx., expressed no regrets over his role in this fall's government shutdown …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Joanne Ostrow / Ostrow Off The Record:
“Duck Dynasty” debacle winners and losers  —  “Duck Dynasty” start Phil Robertson.  (A&E via AP)  —  The feathers are no longer flying.  For now, the “Duck Dynasty” debacle is settled.  The network, A&E, has welcomed patriarch and hate-speech spewer Phil Robertson back into the fold.
Discussion: Twitchy and NewsBusters
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 …
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,” …
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
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Is the NSA's Spying Constitutional?  It Depends Which Judge You Ask  —  Two recent rulings draw diametrically opposed conclusions about the same set of facts.  —  This is why we have a justice system in which lower-court conflicts rise up for resolution by a single, supreme court.
Discussion: New York Times and Truthdig
 
 
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Red, blue states move in opposite directions in a new era of single-party control
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
As the Obamas Celebrate Christmas, Rituals of Faith Become Less Visible
Paul Krugman:
The Year of the Weasel
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Fox News:
Popularity of 'Don't Tread on Me' plates in Virginia suggests Tea Party still strong
Discussion: The Other McCain
Mark Whittington / USA Today:
U.S. can still beat China back to moon: Column
Adi Schwartz / Wall Street Journal:
Israel's Christian Awakening
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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.
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Life Under Russia's ‘Gay Propaganda’ Ban
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Bill Clinton to swear in de Blasio as NYC mayor
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