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12:25 PM ET, December 31, 2013

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Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Sarah Palin: MSNBC ‘despicable’  —  Sarah Palin says MSNBC should ashamed of a “despicable” segment in which they mocked Mitt Romney's adopted black grandson.  —  “Leftist media hounds are not expressing an opinion with this attack; they are expressing a prejudice that would never be accepted …
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
MSNBC host apologizes after panel makes fun of Romney photo with black grandchild  —  (CNN) - An MSNBC host apologized Tuesday morning after she and panelists on her weekend program faced criticism for poking fun at a photo of Mitt Romney, his wife and their nearly two dozen grandchildren …
Daily Mail:
Outrage as MSNBC panelists make Mitt Romney's adopted black grandchild the punchline of a joke  — Host Melissa Harris-Perry led guests in a segment that ridiculed a photo of the extensive Romney family and its single black member, a baby  — Panelist Dean Obeidallah compared …
Discussion: Althouse
Patrick Goodenough / CNSNews:
And The Country Posing The Greatest Threat to Peace as 2013 Ends is ...  (CNSNews.com) - The past year witnessed bloodshed in Syria and Iraq, turmoil in Egypt, anarchy in Central Africa, threats by a nuclear-armed North Korea and Chinese military posturing, but as 2013 ends a global poll finds …
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
On Christmas, Republicans Quietly Declare War on Themselves  —  The holidays are a great time in politics.  Every year it's the same: the minute the last bits of wrapping paper have been cleared away, and Grandpa has passed his last puff of holiday gas, you can always retreat to the inside pages …
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New York Times:
The Facts About Benghazi  —  An exhaustive investigation by The Times goes a long way toward resolving any nagging doubts about what precipitated the attack on the United States mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
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Andrew Rosenthal / Taking Note:
Republicans React to Benghazi News
Tom Coburn / Wall Street Journal:
The Year Washington Fled Reality  —  ‘Message discipline’ can win elections but is not a healthy way to run a country.  —  The past year may go down not only as the least productive ever in Washington but as one of the worst for the republic.  —  In both the executive branch and Congress …
Townhall.com:
Why Obamacare Will Only Get Less Popular  —  Lisa Myers has an excellent investigative reporting piece up at NBC News documenting how one small business is dealing with Obamacare.  The quotes from the article are just brutal: … Myers does report that, “A handful of the Extreme Dodge workers came …
Bloomberg:
Change Is Obamacare's Only Certainty  —  I said in my last post that our newly implemented health-care law “is undoubtedly going to change in the near future, in ways that will make it more or less stable than it is now.”  To see what I mean, take the individual mandate.
Erin Durkin / NY Daily News:
Bill de Blasio On Horse-Drawn Carriage Industry: “It's Over”  —  Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio vowed to act quickly to abolish horse-drawn carriages in the city.  —  “We are going to get rid of the horse carriages.  Period,” de Blasio said in response to a question at his press conference announcing his schools chancellor pick Monday.
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Candidate For AZ Governor Misquotes Lincoln On ‘Class Hatred’  —  A Republican gubernatorial candidate in Arizona was forced to backtrack this week after he was caught misattributing several quotes about class warfare on Twitter to Abraham Lincoln.  —  State Sen. Al Melvin (R) …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
U.S. Frees Last of Uighur Detainees From Guantánamo  —  WASHINGTON — In what the Pentagon called a “significant milestone” in the effort to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, the military announced on Tuesday that the United States had transferred three Chinese detainees to Slovakia.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
7M ObamaCare enrollment target a tall order despite recent surge  —  Experts say the Obama administration faces a tall order in hitting the 7 million enrollees the Congressional Budget Office projected would sign up for ObamaCare in 2014.  —  After a surge of enrollees in December …
Kurt DelBene / USA Today:
Resolutions we'd like to see: Our view  —  In 2014, I resolve to ...  ... hit Ctrl+Alt+Del.  —  ... be more careful about promises that involve the words “like” and “keep.”  —  ... pay more attention to what's going on with the government IT contractors.  —  ... learn to write code.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Josh Kraushaar / NationalJournal.com:
The Biggest Political Winners and Losers of 2013  —  Chris Christie, Bill de Blasio, and an Arkansas House member head the list of political winners in 2013.  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, now seen as a formidable presidential contender, is one of the biggest political winners of 2013.
Discussion: americanthinker.com
S.A. Miller / New York Post:
State Dept. whistleblower has email hacked, deleted  —  WASHINGTON — The personal e-mail account of a State Department whis­tle­­blower was hacked, and four years worth of messages — some detailing alleged wrongdoing at the agency — were deleted, The Post has learned.
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
For 2014, Tweet Less, Read More  —  My mother was always lavish with advice, little of it original — she was hardly the first to caution against horizontal stripes for anyone broader than Barbie — but much of it unimpeachable.  As 2013 draws to a close and I think about the fever pitch …
Michelle Caruso-Cabrera / CNBC:
Pope's sharp words make a wealthy donor hesitate  —  Cardinal Timothy Dolan on the wealthy and capitalism  —  CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera talks to Cardinal Timothy Dolan about concerns following the pope's recent comments.  —  Pope Francis' critical comments about the wealthy and capitalism …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Overdue reforms boost Mexico — and the United States  —  Most Americans have an image of Mexico as a nation convulsed by violent drug wars and enervated by the exodus of hundreds of thousands of desperate immigrants across our southern border.  —  That image is out of date.
 
 
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Dyson Dismisses Phil Robertson's Biracial Grandson: Abner Louima's Sodomizer Had Mixed Race Kin Too
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Mario Anzuoni / Reuters:
Walgreen offers month of prescriptions to backlogged Obamacare enrollees
Discussion: Mediaite
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Kenneth C. Edelin, Doctor at Center of Landmark Abortion Case, Dies at 74
Discussion: Jezebel and Lawyers, Guns & Money
John Fund / National Review:
The ‘Racism’ Wrecking Ball
Nate Raymond / Reuters:
ACLU sues for details of U.S. surveillance under executive order
Eugene Kontorovich / Commentary Magazine:
Murders or Houses: Kerry's V.A.T. on Peace
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The NY Times Looks In the Wrong Place for Corrupt Academics
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Alasdair Glennie / Daily Mail:
You can't parody Islam, says Palin: Monty Python star believes religious sensitivities …
Jose DelReal / Politico:
Nikki Haley, Scott Walker bet beers, BBQ on Capital One Bowl
Adam Withnall / The Independent:
Dolphins ‘deliberately get high’ on puffer fish nerve toxins by carefully chewing and passing them around
David Frum / CNN:
Out of jobs, out of benefits, out of luck
Discussion: Washington Center …