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2:45 AM ET, December 30, 2013

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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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Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
The New York Times Whitewashes Benghazi  —  David D. Kirkpatrick of the New York Times has published a lengthy account of the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.  While much in Kirkpatrick's report is not new, the piece is receiving a considerable amount of attention …
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
The New York Times' revisionist account of Benghazi
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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John Prager / Americans Against the Tea Party:
Watch Phil Robertson's Tips On Finding The Perfect Underage Girl To Marry!  (Video)  —  As we've already established, Chris Hansen might enjoy it very much if Phil Robertson “took a seat over there,” based on some comments made at the Sportsmen's Ministry in Georgia in 2009.
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Joanne Ostrow / Ostrow Off The Record:
“Duck Dynasty” debacle winners and losers
Discussion: Twitchy and NewsBusters
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
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Spiegel Online:
Catalog Advertises NSA Toolbox
Discussion: emptywheel and Boing Boing
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 …
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.
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Marilyn Tavenner / HHS.gov:
Enrollment Surged Prior to the Deadline for Coverage on January 1
Associated Press:   Federal health market surpasses 1 million signups
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
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Obama's TV Picks: Anything Edgy, With Hints of Reality  —  WASHINGTON — War, terrorism, economic struggle, mass shootings — such is life in the Oval Office for President Obama.  —  Yet in his few quiet moments, this president seeks not to escape to the delicious back-stabbing of the …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Robert Wilde / BREITBART.COM:
NO CHURCH FOR OBAMA FAMILY ON CHRISTMAS DAY  —  The President and his family, enjoying a 17-day vacation in Hawaii, did not attend Church on Christmas Day.  Ironically, President Obama recently asked all Christians to remember the religious aspects of Christmas and not to exaggerate the commercial.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
West Virginia Democrats Face an Uneasy Time
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Austin Wright / Politico:
Franklin Graham: The pope is ‘not the judge’
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CBS Pittsburgh:
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Bernard Kerik, the disgraced former NYPD commissioner, accuses attorney Joe Tacopina of fraud …
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Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Afghanistan gains will be lost quickly after drawdown, U.S. intelligence estimate warns
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Red, blue states move in opposite directions in a new era of single-party control
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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
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