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11:25 PM ET, December 29, 2013


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David /
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” …
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.
Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
The New York Times Whitewashes Benghazi
Discussion: Power Line and The Mahablog
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
The New York Times' revisionist account of Benghazi
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.
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: emptywheel and Boing Boing
David /
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.
John Prager / Americans Against the Tea Party:   Watch Phil Robertson's Tips On Finding The Perfect Underage Girl To Marry! (Video)
Joanne Ostrow / Ostrow Off The Record:
“Duck Dynasty” debacle winners and losers
Discussion: Twitchy and NewsBusters
Marilyn Tavenner /
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.
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Massachusetts, the model for Obamacare, has highest health costs in the United States
Associated Press:   Federal health market surpasses 1 million signups
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
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 …
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.
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.
Rick Rojas / Los Angeles Times:
Claremont church Nativity scene replaces Jesus with Trayvon Martin  —  Instead of an infant Jesus, the Nativity at Claremont United Methodist Church features a bloody depiction of Trayvon Martin.  Reactions have been strong.  —  Rev. Dan Lewis stands by a Nativity scene …
Discussion: Associated Press and ABC News
Robert Mann / Something Like the Truth:
'I can't be gay in northeast Louisiana.' A ULM student's powerful message to Phil Robertson  —  [I had hoped to find a young person, like this University of Louisiana-Monroe student, to interview before I wrote my Times-Picayune column for Sunday's paper.  I didn't find him in time, but on Saturday morning, I did find him.
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
How political correctness humiliated Navy SEALs who caught Qaeda killer  —  Matthew McCabe (pictured) and Jonathan Keefe caught the man who butchered American contractors.  Their reward?  Court-martial  —  The night of Sept. 1, 2009, Echo Platoon of Navy SEAL Team 10 headed out into the Fallujah night.
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: Gothamist and The Moderate Voice
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Franklin Graham: The pope is ‘not the judge’
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NY Daily News:
Bernard Kerik, the disgraced former NYPD commissioner, accuses attorney Joe Tacopina of fraud …
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Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
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Red, blue states move in opposite directions in a new era of single-party control
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Sen. Ted Cruz Expresses No Regret Over Role in Government Shutdown; Talks Coloring Book
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As the Obamas Celebrate Christmas, Rituals of Faith Become Less Visible
Paul Krugman:
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