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12:10 PM 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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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
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) …
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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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Issa Disputes NYT Benghazi Report  —  Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) on Sunday disagreed with some of the conclusions in the New York Times investigation on Benghazi, specifically that the attack was fueled in part by an anti-Islamic American video.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Mediaite
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.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Red, blue states move in opposite directions in a new era of single-party control  —  Political polarization has ushered in a new era in state government, where single-party control of the levers of power has produced competing Americas.  One is grounded in principles of lean and limited government …
Discussion: The Reaction
Laura Italiano / New York Post:
Call girl tell-all: Eliot Spitzer liked to choke me, was into ‘struggle’  —  Rebecca Woodard is seen leaving Family Court in Manhattan in 2005 during the custody case involving her daughter.  Inset: The cover of Woodard's tell-all.  —  He socked it to her.
Discussion: Gothamist
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 …
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
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
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Afghanistan gains will be lost quickly after drawdown, U.S. intelligence estimate warns  —  A new American intelligence assessment on the Afghan war predicts that the gains the United States and its allies have made during the past three years are likely to have been significantly eroded by 2017 …
Discussion: CBS DC
Paul Krugman:
The Year of the Weasel  —  Just a brief thought about what didn't happen in 2013, and what did.  —  What didn't happen was the same as what didn't happen in 2012, or 2011, or 2010.  Inflation didn't take off; bond vigilantes didn't turn America (or any nation that borrows in its own currency) into Greece, Greece I tell you.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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,” …
 
 
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Spiegel Online:
Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit
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Benjamin Bell / ABC News:
Sen. Ted Cruz Expresses No Regret Over Role in Government Shutdown; Talks Coloring Book
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
As the Obamas Celebrate Christmas, Rituals of Faith Become Less Visible
Fox News:
Popularity of 'Don't Tread on Me' plates in Virginia suggests Tea Party still strong
Discussion: The Other McCain
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Is the NSA's Spying Constitutional? It Depends Which Judge You Ask
Discussion: New York Times and Truthdig
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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James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
3 key ideas from what will be one of the most important books of 2014
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
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'
Discussion: Liberaland
Noah Smith / Noahpinion:
Redistribute wealth? No, redistribute respect.
Discussion: EconLog
Steve Meltzer / Imaging Resource News Page:
On Ice: 100 year-old negatives discovered in Antarctic
Mark Gevisser / New York Times:
Life Under Russia's ‘Gay Propaganda’ Ban
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