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3:25 PM ET, January 1, 2014


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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: Liberaland and The Raw Story
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Roberts calls for more money for courts
Discussion: Mediaite
New York Times:
Millions Gaining Health Coverage Under Law  —  WASHINGTON — Millions of Americans will begin receiving health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday after years of contention and a rollout hobbled by delays and technical problems.  The decisively new moment in the effort …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Booman Tribune
Michael Moore / New York Times:
The Obamacare We Deserve  —  TODAY marks the beginning …
Washington Post:
With new year, Medicaid takes on a broader health-care role
Discussion: Sic Semper Tyrannis
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.
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.
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: Politico and Mediaite
Sandra Chereb / Las Vegas Sun News:
Harry Reid: Senate will vote next week on jobless benefits
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Phil Robertson slams the Chinese, says Muslims are ‘famous for murder’ in newly surfaced video  —  The controversy surrounding Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson has now taken a step beyond his comments about homosexuality and bestiality, along with his assertion that black people in the Jim Crow South …
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
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: Guardian, Pirate's Cove, Althouse and CNN
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.
13 hospitalized after building explosion in Mpls.  —  A check on Google Maps indicates that the main floor of the structure houses a business called the Otanga Grocery, with the upper two floors consisting of apartments.  —  CONNECT  —  MINNEAPOLIS - Authorities say at least 13 people …
Discussion: NBCNews and The Raw Story
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Jail survey: 7 in 10 felons register as Democrats  —  CRIME WASHINGTON SECRETS DEMOCRATIC PARTY GOVERNOR JUSTICE DEPARTMENT  —  A new study of how criminals vote found that most convicts register Democratic, a key reason in why liberal lawmakers and governors are eager for them to get back into the voting booth after their release.
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Steve Contorno / PolitiFact:
The top 10 most viewed fact-checks of 2013
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
Paul Krugman:
The State of the Euro, In One Graph
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
Discussion: Power Line and
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Edward Snowden, the insufferable whistleblower
 Earlier Items: 
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
Reid Wilson / GovBeat:
What your favorite drink says about your politics, in one chart
Rmchatelain / CBS New York:
Judge Orders ‘Compassionate Release’ Of Jailed Former Civil Rights Lawyer
Discussion: TalkLeft and Weasel Zippers