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7:20 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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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Massachusetts, the model for Obamacare, has highest health costs in the United States  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL OBAMACARE MASSACHUSETTS MITT ROMNEY  —  On Oct. 30, as President Obama was under fire for the botched rollout of his signature health care law, he visited Boston's Faneuil Hall.
Associated Press:
Federal health market surpasses 1 million signups
Discussion: Right Wing News and Liberaland
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:   ObamaCare enrollment tops 1 million
David / crooksandliars.com/user/7:
Rep. Castro Rips Issa After Benghazi Report: He ‘crusaded For Over A Year On A Fairy Tale’  —  Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) lashed out at House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) on Sunday for spending over a year on what he said was a crusade on a “fairy tale” …
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Issa Disputes NYT Benghazi Report (VIDEO)  —  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.
Fox News:
House Intelligence chair: Benghazi attack ‘Al Qaeda-led event’
Spiegel Online:
Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit  —  The NSA's TAO hacking unit is considered to be the intelligence agency's top secret weapon.  It maintains its own covert network, infiltrates computers around the world and even intercepts shipping deliveries to plant back doors in electronics ordered by those it is targeting.
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Spiegel Online:
Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit  —  The insert method and other variants of QUANTUM are closely linked to a shadow network operated by the NSA alongside the Internet, with its own, well-hidden infrastructure comprised of “covert” routers and servers.  It appears the NSA also incorporates routers …
Discussion: The Verge and The Raw Story
Spiegel Online:
Catalog Advertises NSA Toolbox
Discussion: Liberaland, emptywheel and Boing Boing
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
David / crooksandliars.com/user/7:
Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson: Girls Should Carry A Bible And Marry ‘when They Are 15’  —  Recently uncovered video indicates that Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson may have fringe views — other than those on homosexuality and civil rights — that most Americans would find far outside the mainstream.
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Joanne Ostrow / Ostrow Off The Record:
“Duck Dynasty” debacle winners and losers
Discussion: Twitchy and NewsBusters
Sergei Karpov / Reuters:
Suicide bomber kills at least 16 at Russian train station  —  (Reuters) - A female suicide bomber detonated explosives in the entrance hall of a Russian train station on Sunday, investigators said, killing at least 16 people in the second deadly attack within three days as the country prepares to host the Winter Olympics.
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Todd J. Gillman / Dallas Morning News:
Ted Cruz says he's hired lawyers to renounce Canadian citizenship  —  WASHINGTON — The junior senator from Texas is still a Canadian.  But he's working on it, eh?  —  Born in Alberta 43 years ago last Sunday, Sen. Ted Cruz was unaware of his dual nationality until The Dallas Morning News explored the issue in August.
CBS Pittsburgh:
Rabbi Sued After Baby Injured During Circumcision  —  PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - A local rabbi is being sued after allegedly botching a bris, the traditional Jewish circumcision ritual, and severing a newborn boy's penis.  —  The incident detailed in the lawsuit happened at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill within the last year.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Gothamist
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: Booman Tribune and Grim's Hall
Austin Wright / Politico:
Franklin Graham: The pope is ‘not the judge’  —  Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham, says he's at odds on the issue of homosexuality with Pope Francis, who famously told reporters this summer, “If a person is gay and seeks God and has goodwill, who am I to judge them?”
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Mediaite
Robert Wilonsky / The Scoop Blog:
Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons died Saturday night at 82  —  Harold Simmons and his wife Annette, at right, at the 2008 press conference announcing they were donating an additional $50 million to UT Southwestern Medical Center's “Innovations in Medicine” campaign, raising …
Jordan Weissmann / The Atlantic Online:
The Devious Ad Campaign That Convinced America Coffee Was Bad for Kids  —  For most of my life, I've assumed that the grotesque amounts of coffee I began drinking around age 12 to keep up with my nightly homework load had something to do with the fact that I grew up to be a good 2-to-3 inches shorter than my pediatrician predicted.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
 
 
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Robert Mann / Something Like the Truth:
'I can't be gay in northeast Louisiana.' A ULM student's powerful message to Phil Robertson
John Markoff / New York Times:
Brainlike Computers, Learning From Experience
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
West Virginia Democrats Face an Uneasy Time
NY Daily News:
Bernard Kerik, the disgraced former NYPD commissioner, accuses attorney Joe Tacopina of fraud …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Afghanistan gains will be lost quickly after drawdown, U.S. intelligence estimate warns
Discussion: CBS DC
Fox News:
Top Dem presses Obama on Iran sanctions after centrifuge surprise
Benjamin Bell / ABC News:
Sen. Ted Cruz Expresses No Regret Over Role in Government Shutdown; Talks Coloring Book
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
As the Obamas Celebrate Christmas, Rituals of Faith Become Less Visible
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Krugman:
The Year of the Weasel
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Fox News:
Popularity of 'Don't Tread on Me' plates in Virginia suggests Tea Party still strong
Discussion: The Other McCain
Matthew O'Brien / The Atlantic Online:
The Greatest Investment Opportunity Since Dogecoin
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Is the NSA's Spying Constitutional? It Depends Which Judge You Ask
Discussion: New York Times
Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
Who cares if we wreck that million dollar painting? …
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
3 key ideas from what will be one of the most important books of 2014
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