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11:00 AM ET, January 1, 2014


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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,” …
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
GOP retaliation over filibuster rule change could jam Senate in 2014  —  CONGRESS SENATE HARRY REID PENNAVE NUCLEAR OPTION  —  Senate Republicans still smarting from a Democratic rules change that diminished their power to block President Obama's appointees are vowing retribution …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Pot Shops in Denver Open Door to $578 Million in Sales  —  Toni Fox plans to open the doors of her Denver marijuana shop at 8 a.m. tomorrow to a line of customers including some who camped overnight to be the first in the U.S. to legally buy pot for recreational use.
Fox News:
ObamaCare birth control mandate halted for Catholic group  —  Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor late Tuesday halted a birth control mandate in ObamaCare for a Catholic group, one day before parts of the health care law are set to go into effect.  —  In her order, Sotomayor said the government …
Bill Mears / CNN:   Catholic groups ask Supreme Court to delay Obamacare mandate
Andrew C. Revkin / Dot Earth:
Rescue Efforts for Trapped Antarctic Voyage Disrupt Serious Science  —  Early this morning, I received an e-mail message from one of many polar scientists whose important and costly field research in Antarctica has been seriously disrupted by the diversion of icebreakers to try to evacuate the journalists …
Discussion: Althouse and CNN
Chelsea J. Carter / CNN:
Former first lady Barbara Bush hospitalized  —  (CNN) — Former first lady Barbara Bush has been hospitalized in Houston, Texas, for treatment of a “respiratory-related issue,” a family spokesman said Tuesday.  —  Bush, 88, was admitted Monday at Methodist Hospital, spokesman Jim McGrath said in a written statement.
Discussion: Liberaland and BizPac Review
ABC News:
Former First Lady Barbara Bush Hospitalized
Reid Wilson / GovBeat:
What your favorite drink says about your politics, in one chart  —  Former Mississippi governor and uber-Republican Haley Barbour loves bourbon.  Franklin Roosevelt mixed martinis.  And, as it turns out, those two partisans have something in common with their base voters …
Melissa Harris-Perry /
An apology from Melissa Harris-Perry  —  On Sunday's program, we showed a photo of Governor Romney holding his adopted grandson, who is African-American.  —  The intent of featuring the photo was to celebrate it— I often speak to the issue of the increasingly diverse American family.
Caleb Howe / The Right Scoop:
Marc Lamont Hill: Romney Grandson Photo Was Exploitative To Begin With
New York Times:
Kerry to Press for ‘Framework’ Accord to Keep Mideast Peace Effort Moving  —  WASHINGTON — In an intensifying diplomatic effort, Secretary of State John Kerry is making a major push to secure what Obama administration officials are calling a “framework” accord that would be a critical …
Discussion: BBC and Israpundit
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
10,988,269: 2013 Closes With Record Number on Disability Getting Highest-Ever Monthly Benefits  —  ( - The total number of people in the United States now receiving federal disability benefits hit a record 10,988,269 in December, up from the previous record of 10,982,920 set in November …
Associated Press:
Utah asks Supreme Court to block same-sex unions  —  SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah took its fight against gay marriage to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, asking the high court to suspend same-sex unions that became legal when a judge struck down the state's voter-approved ban.
Arutz Sheva:
Al Qaeda Opens Syrian Jihad School  —  Jabhat Al Nusra, an Islamist group affiliated with Al Qaeda, maintains an infrastructure of governance as one of the central opposition forces.  Aside from managing religious courts based on Islamic sharia law, the group has opened new schooling programs emphasizing Islam and jihad.
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Christina Ng / ABC News:
Kim Jong-un's Lonely Ski Lift Ride at Dream Resort  —  After pushing for his dream ski resort, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un finally rode the lift at Masik Pass Ski Resort, which only took one year to build from scratch.  Sanctions didn't stop him from that ride.
Discussion: and Mediaite
Barbie Latza Nadeau / The Daily Beast:
Animal-Rights Activists Bully Dying Italian Girl  —  How one terminally ill student's Facebook post triggered a wave of hate mail and death threats from European animal-rights activists.  —  When 25-year-old veterinary student Caterina Simonsen posted an update on a Facebook page supporting …
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Rmchatelain / CBS New York:
Judge Orders ‘Compassionate Release’ Of Jailed Former Civil Rights Lawyer
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and TalkLeft
Howard Fischer Capitol / Arizona Daily Star:
Melvin misattributes quotes about class warfare to Lincoln
Crowds and fireworks welcome 2014
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Kyle Chayka / The Verge:
Wow this is doge  —  This Dog Was About To Die.  You Won't Believe What Happened Next.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Jezebel
Dan Merica / CNN:
Arkansas governor asks for lieutenant governor's resignation
Discussion: Associated Press
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
The dead can vote in NYC
Discussion: National Review

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