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10:55 AM ET, January 2, 2014

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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The resurgent progressives  —  The reemergence of a Democratic left will be one of the major stories of 2014.  Moderates, don't be alarmed.  The return of a viable, vocal left will actually be good news for the political center.  —  For a long time, the American conversation …
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New York Post:
Historic Bible goes missing after de Blasio swearing in  —  The FDR bible used by Mayor Bill de Blasio for his swearing in vanished after the New Year's Day ceremony, sparking a panicked, hours-long search for the historic tome.  —  “They had the whole detail looking through blankets,” …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Is New York's de Blasio prompting a repositioning by the Clintons?  —  It isn't often that the swearing-in of a new mayor of New York draws national television attention, but then, it isn't every day that you see a mayor sworn in by a former president of the United States with a prospective presidential candidate also on the stage.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Taking Office, de Blasio Vows to Fix Inequity  —  Bill de Blasio, whose fiery populism propelled his rise from obscure neighborhood official to the 109th mayor of New York, was sworn into office on Wednesday, pledging that his ambition for a more humane and equal metropolis would remain undimmed.
New York Times:
Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower  —  Seven months ago, the world began to learn the vast scope of the National Security Agency's reach into the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe, as it collects information about their phone calls, their email messages …
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Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Clemency for Edward Snowden Would Not Set a Dangerous Precedent  —  Some months ago, Edward Snowden wrote an appeal for clemency to the U.S. government, arguing that its “systematic violations of law” created “a moral duty to act.”  —  On New Year's Day, America's most influential newspaper officially agreed.
Guardian:
Snowden affair: the case for a pardon | Editorial
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
W.H. stands by birth-control rule  —  The Obama administration Wednesday said the Affordable Care Act contraceptive coverage regulations are fair - and they don't really hurt the Denver-based religious organization that got a temporary New Year's Eve reprieve from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
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Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Supreme Court temporarily allows religious groups not to cover birth control
Michael Moore / New York Times:
The Obamacare We Deserve  —  TODAY marks the beginning …
David Nather / Politico:
For Obamacare, it's finally showtime
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The price of political ignorance: More government  —  It was naughty of Winston Churchill to say, if he really did, that “the best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”  Nevertheless, many voters' paucity of information about politics and government …
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Jonathan Pearlman / Telegraph:
World's climate warming faster than feared, scientists say  —  Scientists say the world's climate is warming faster than feared because previous predictions were too “optimistic” and overestimated the cooling impact of clouds  —  As the planet marked its fourth hottest year on record …
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Dan Vergano / National Geographic:
Climate: Cloud Mixing Means Extra Global Warming
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Real Science
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.
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Niraj Chokshi / Washington Post:
Marijuana sales commence in Colorado for recreational use
New York Times:
Boehner Is Said to Back Change on Immigration  —  WASHINGTON — Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio has signaled he may embrace a series of limited changes to the nation's immigration laws in the coming months, giving advocates for change new hope that 2014 might be the year that a bitterly divided …
CBC News:
Rob Ford files papers for mayoral re-election  —  Toronto mayor registers as candidate in Oct. 27 municipal election  —  Toronto Mayor Rob Ford wasted no time relaunching his bid for re-election, officially filing his nomination papers Thursday shortly after the clerk's office opened on the first day for acceptance of nominations.
Associated Press:
Former Rep. Renzi seeks later date to report to prison  —  FONT:  —  TUCSON — Former U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi has asked a judge to let him wait until Jan. 13 to report to prison to begin serving a sentence for his convictions on public corruption, money laundering and other charges.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Don Buckindail / WXIA-TV:
Missing banker accused of embezzlement caught in traffic stop  —  47-year-old Aubrey Lee Price became director of Montgomery Bank and Trust in southern Georgia after a company he controlled bought a controlling interest in the bank's stock.  In December 2011 Price took control of investing the bank's capital.
Discussion: NBCNews, Scared Monkeys and Mediaite
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Slow Learners  —  What is it about Obama that makes otherwise intelligent people so dumb?  —  Politico has a headline for the ages up right now: “Management Experts Knock Obama.”  Management “experts” are just noticing now, after five years, that Obama's lack of experience is significant.
 
 
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Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
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NY Daily News:
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Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
Obama faces resurgent al Qaeda in 2014
Reuters:
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