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Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Yes, There IS Evidence Linking al Qaeda to Benghazi  —  Libyan militants tell the New York Times that al Qaeda is not behind the 2012 Benghazi attack.  Some members of Congress have intelligence that says otherwise.  —  On Sunday, The New York Times published an investigation …
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Fox News:
‘Completely false’: Sources on ground in Benghazi challenge NYT report  —  Fifteen months after the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, the narrative of the attack continues to be shaped, and reshaped, by politicians and the press.
Jethro Mullen / CNN:
2nd deadly blast hits Russian city of Volgograd ahead of 2014 Sochi Olympics  —  (CNN) — Another deadly blast has struck the southern Russian city of Volgograd, killing at least 14 people and further highlighting Russia's security challenges as it readies to host the Winter Olympics in less than six weeks.
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New York Times:
Cost of Being Mayor?  $650 Million, if He's Rich  —  Michael R. Bloomberg loves tropical fish.  So when he was elected mayor, he installed two giant aquariums in City Hall.  —  The cost to him for having the tanks cleaned out every week for the past 12 years: around $62,400.  —  The mayor likes to nosh, too.
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 …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama, Clinton Continue Reign as Most Admired  —  Sixth year in a row for Obama, 12th straight year for Clinton  —  PRINCETON, NJ — For the sixth consecutive year, Barack Obama ranks as the Most Admired Man among Americans, and Hillary Clinton is again the Most Admired Woman.  Both won by comfortable margins.
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Republicans to blame for the public's disgust with Congress  —  As the year ends, Gallup reports that public approval of Congress averaged 14 percent during 2013.  This, the polling firm points out, is “the lowest annual average in Gallup's history.”  —  The pollsters added …
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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
2013 wasn't as bad as you might think
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and Pirate's Cove
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
Cuomo pushing to block de Blasio speaker pick Mark-Viverito  —  Gov. Cuomo, in his first major battle with Bill de Blasio, is engaged in a last-ditch effort to block leftist Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito from becoming council speaker, Democratic insiders have told The Post.
Discussion: Politicker
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Javier C. Hernández / New York Times:
Veteran of City School System Is Said to Be Next Chancellor
CNN:
CNN Poll: Afghanistan war arguably most unpopular in U.S. history  —  Washington (CNN) - Support for the war in Afghanistan has dipped below 20%, according to a new national poll, making the country's longest military conflict arguably its most unpopular one as well.
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Here's Why I Don't Sweat The Haters  —  I've gotten a number of messages in the last few days — from both supporters and opponents of gay rights — expressing sympathy over the rude and hateful messages I've been getting (and publishing) ever since I started writing about Phil Robertson.
Discussion: Eschaton and Joe. My. God.
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. and The Dish
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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
Scott Coltrane / The Atlantic Online:
The Risky Business of Paternity Leave  —  When men take time off to care for family members, their long-term earnings suffer—just as women's do.  Here's why it's worth it.  —  As a family sociologist, I've spent several decades studying how and why men might assume responsibility for childcare and housework.
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Utah Judge Unexpected as a Hero to Gay People  —  DENVER — For a judge who would go on to make same-sex marriage legal in Utah, a deep-red state where streets in the capital are numbered by their distance from the Mormon temple, Robert J. Shelby arrived on the bench with enthusiastic praise from Republican leaders.
Discussion: Dorf on Law and The Agonist
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Michael Kirkland / UPI:
Same-sex marriage rolls
Discussion: Online NewsHour, SCOTUSblog and CNN
Heather / crooksandliars.com/user/91:
Joe Lieberman Predicts Military Action Against Iran Before The End Of 2014  —  The neocons continue to beat the war drums on Iran.  —  As we've already discussed here, the legislation being pushed by a bipartisan group of Senators could very well draw the United States into a war with Iran …
Discussion: Liberaland and Fox News
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Hey, it's an election year!  Here's what 2014 might bring.  —  Our long wait for a packed election year — okay, it was just a 365-day wait — will be over in less than 48 hours when we ring in 2014 and, with it, 36 gubernatorial races, 35 Senate races and dozens of potentially competitive House contests.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Fix
New York Times:
Democrats Turn to Minimum Wage as 2014 Strategy  —  WASHINGTON — Democratic Party leaders, bruised by months of attacks on the new health care program, have found an issue they believe can lift their fortunes both locally and nationally in 2014: an increase in the minimum wage.
Associated Press:
Pot, guns and paparazzi: New laws run gamut in U.S.  —  The new year is bringing a host of new laws taking effect in January or thereabouts.  A look at some state and local laws that are making news:  —  ____  —  COLORADO, MAINE AND WASHINGTON: Colorado pot stores open Jan. 1 as retailers open …
Discussion: Liberaland
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
A Large New Tax on Small Business
Discussion: Hot Air
NewsMax.com:
White House Urged to Name ‘CEO’ to Run Obamacare
Discussion: Right Wing News
Ariadne Massa / timesofmalta.com:
Pope shocked by same-sex adoptions legislation
Heather Linebaugh / Guardian:
I worked on the US drone program. The public should know what really goes on
Discussion: TIME, susiemadrak.com and Truthdig
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
The good news about 2014 (maybe)  —  For four and a half years …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Fiscal Fever Breaks
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The Hill:
Regulatory fights loom large in 2014
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Jay Michaelson / Forward:
Obamacare ‘Pajama Boy’ Controversy Wrapped in Anti-Semitism
Jerrypournelle / Chaos Manor:
Credentials and a few words for junior officers.
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Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
Sotomayor to Lead Countdown to New Year in Times Square
Discussion: BizPac Review and Althouse
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
How political correctness humiliated Navy SEALs who caught Qaeda killer
 

 
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