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7:20 PM ET, January 1, 2014


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Michael Moore / New York Times:
The Obamacare We Deserve  —  TODAY marks the beginning of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act's new insurance exchanges, for which two million Americans have signed up.  Now that the individual mandate is officially here, let me begin with an admission: Obamacare is awful.
New York Times:
Millions Gaining Health Coverage Under Law
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
With new year, Medicaid takes on a broader health-care role
Discussion: Sic Semper Tyrannis
John Ingold / Denver Post:
WORLD'S FIRST LEGAL RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA SALES BEGIN IN COLORADO  —  Colorado's ambitious experiment in cannabis policy hit a historic milestone Wednesday, when licensed stores began making the first legal sales of recreational marijuana anywhere in the world.
USA Today:
Last Slide  —  The new year got a little happier for pot smokers in Colorado on Wednesday as the nation's first retail outlets for recreational marijuana opened their doors.  —  “Marijuana does not have to be a burden to our communities,” said Betty Aldworth, deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association.
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Mayor Bill De Blasio Chooses His Path With Uncompromising Inauguration  —  A mayor unafraid to make enemies, and eager to keep his friends.  —  Former President Bill Clinton, left, administers the oath of office to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, right, on the steps of City Hall.
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
De Blasio & the Clintons: The ties that bind?  —  (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday formally swore in Bill de Blasio as Mayor of New York.  —  The very public move by the former President appeared to wrap a bow around long-standing ties between the new mayor and both Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: Politico
Chief Justice Warns Sequestration Cuts Already Threatening Public Safety  —  Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts, in his annual Year-End Report on the State of the Federal Judiciary, blasted the 2011 Budget Control Act's automatic “sequestration” federal spending cuts and warned …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Liberaland
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Roberts calls for more money for courts
Discussion: Mediaite and Liberal Values
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Reid says jobless aid vote coming Monday  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told The Associated Press in an interview that the Senate will vote Monday on a three-month extension of federal unemployment benefits.  —  Calling the House a “black hole of legislation,” …
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Alabama Republican is Senate's top talker of 2013
Discussion: Mediaite and Politico
Sandra Chereb / Las Vegas Sun News:
Harry Reid: Senate will vote next week on jobless benefits
Discussion: Politico and The Huffington Post
Paul Krugman:
The State of the Euro, In One Graph  —  Happy New Year!  I'm trying to organize my thoughts and data on matters European, and I think I've come up with a useful way to summarize what has been happening in the euro area.  In the figure below I compare the ratio of government debt to GDP …
Los Angeles Times:
Justice Sotomayor grants temporary Obamacare exemption to nuns  —  The Catholic nuns would have faced ‘draconian fines’ if they failed to provide contraceptive coverage, as the healthcare law requires.  —  Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor starts the countdown for the New Year's Eve ball drop in New York's Times Square.
Fox News:
ObamaCare birth control mandate halted for Catholic group
Discussion: Pirate's Cove, Pat Dollard and CNN
Steve Contorno / PolitiFact:
The top 10 most viewed fact-checks of 2013  —  As 2013 comes to close, it's time again to share our most popular fact-checks from the past 12 months.  Topics ranged from government surveillance to the national debt to the Obamas' family vacation.  —  The following are the 10 fact-checks …
Norman Lebrecht / ArtsJournal:
Outrage at JFK as Customs men smash a musician's instruments  —  Boujemaa Razgui, a flute virtuoso who lives in New York and works with many US ensembles, was returning to base over the holiday when Customs officials at Kennedy Airport asked to see his instruments.
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
No, 2.1 million haven't enrolled in Obamacare plans  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL OBAMACARE HEALTH CARE KATHLEEN SEBELIUS CMS HHS  —  With President Obama's health care law scheduled to begin in earnest when the new year kicks off, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius claimed …
Graham Allison / The National Interest:
2014: Good Year for a Great War?  —  Precisely a hundred years ago today, the richest man in the world sent New Year's greetings to a thousand of the most influential leaders in the U.S. and Europe announcing: mission accomplished.  “International Peace,” he proclaimed …
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
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Chris Cox / The Daily Caller:
Bloomberg leaves office today, protected by firearms
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
William Wan / Washington Post:
In China, one in five children live in rural villages without their parents
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Report: ‘Fast and Furious’ gun turns up at Mexico shootout scene
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
ABC News:
Palestinian Ambassador in Prague Killed in Blast
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Edward Snowden, the insufferable whistleblower
Discussion: Guardian and Mediaite
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13 hospitalized after building explosion in Mpls.
Discussion: NBCNews and The Raw Story
New York Times:
Kerry to Press for ‘Framework’ Accord to Keep Mideast Peace Effort Moving
Discussion: BBC and Israpundit
Arutz Sheva:
Al Qaeda Opens Syrian Jihad School
Discussion: Firedoglake and Jihad Watch
Chelsea J. Carter / CNN:
Former first lady Barbara Bush hospitalized
Discussion: BizPac Review
Andrew C. Revkin / Dot Earth:
Rescue Efforts for Trapped Antarctic Voyage Disrupt Serious Science
Discussion: Guardian, Pirate's Cove, Althouse and CNN

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