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2:00 PM ET, January 2, 2014

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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.
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
NYT calls for Snowden clemency
Guardian:
Snowden affair: the case for a pardon | Editorial
Aaron Smith / CNNMoney.com:
“Duck Dynasty” launches its own line of guns  —  The family-owned business at the center of the hit TV show “Duck Dynasty” has launched its own line of guns.  —  The gunmaker Mossberg has teamed with Duck Commander, the company owned by “Duck Dynasty's” Robertson clan, to release nine different shotguns …
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,” …
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John Fund / National Review:
Bill in the China Shop: 'We Won't Wait, We'll Do It Now'
Henry Goldman / Bloomberg:
De Blasio Sworn In by Clinton Pledges to Focus on NYC Wealth Gap
Discussion: The Agonist
New York Times:
Text of Bill de Blasio's Inauguration Speech
Discussion: The Fix and National Review
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 …
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 …
Hanna Rosin / TIME:
Men Are Obsolete  —  Five reasons we are definitely witnessing the end of men  —  How do I know men are finished?  I'll read you a quote that says it all: “Yes.  There have been times when I've been in a drunken stupor.”  Toronto's mayor, a shining example of modern manhood is what I would call …
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 …
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 …
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Ruben Navarrette Jr / Houston Chronicle:
Navarrette: Rubio was a failure on immigration reform
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Health Law Challenge Opens Up New Front
Discussion: Daily Kos
Hayden Higgins / The Atlantic Online:
Manly Faces and Aggressive Men  —  The men featured are young.  Most are white.  Many have tousled hair, a couple sport grizzly beards, and a few are tattooed.  As a rule, the men are good-looking.  Their cheekbones would make Derek Zoolander proud, but the models are not sitting for their “Blue Steel” close-ups.
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Two Americas Will Be the Defining Trend of 2014  —  This morning, one of my editors suggested that I might comment on what I thought the big issues of the coming year are going to be.  When it comes to the things that will dominate political discussion, most of it we can't predict.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Melissa Cutler / Dallas News:
Mayor of Flower Mound declares 2014 Year of the Bible, raising questions for some  —  Adapted for Web by: Sarah Crandall - email  —  FLOWER MOUND, Texas -  —  New years are known for new resolutions, but in one North Texas town, the mayor has proclaimed 2014 the Year of the Bible.
New York Times:
Chinese Helicopter Rescues 52 From Ship Trapped in Antarctic Ice  —  LONDON — In a dramatic operation displaying unusual international harmony in one of the world's most remote and inhospitable places, a red-and-white Chinese helicopter on Thursday rescued 52 passengers trapped …
Discussion: BBC and ABC News
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Nicky Phillips / Sydney Morning Herald:
Helicopter rescue delayed as second ship trapped in ice
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Claim: Obama Christmas gift goes astray  —  A woman from the Chicago suburbs says she got an unexpected surprise for Christmas: A present that appears to be from the Obama family to Sasha and Malia's godmother.  —  Alane Church told NBC's “Today” show on Thursday that her family received …
Discussion: CNN
Patty Ryan / Tampa Bay Times:
Man deemed criminally insane arrested with van full of guns  —  TAMPA — A man who shot a trucker to death in 1992 but was judged to be criminally insane seemed nervous Saturday when stopped for speeding east of Gainesville, a deputy reported.  —  David Harris Dunaway, 58, was wanted by federal authorities, the deputy learned.
Discussion: The Raw Story and susiemadrak.com
Eric Owens / The Daily Caller:
Professor blames ‘southern white radicals’ for Obamacare debacle  —  A professor who teaches constitutional law courses at the City University of New York's John Jay College of Criminal Justice penned a Christmas Day essay blaming “southern White radicals” for the disastrous …
Valerie Strauss / Washington Post:
U.S. education officials lobbied against Starr for New York City schools post  —  U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and at least one other Education Department official urged New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and his team not to choose Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr …
Discussion: Diane Ravitch's blog and Eduwonk
 
 
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Brittney Cooper / Salon:
Ani DiFranco's faux-pology: White privilege and the year in race
Discussion: Mediaite, Weasel Zippers and Jezebel
Associated Press:
Chinese doctor admits to selling patient's babies to traffickers
Discussion: National Review
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Bloomberg's Susan Goldberg Leaving For National Geographic
Bloomberg:
What If the 21st Century Begins in 2014?
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
America's Most Admired? More Like America's Most Powerful
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Hawaii Senate primary is dividing Democrats along ethnic and generational lines
CBC News:
Rob Ford files papers for mayoral re-election
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Former Rep. Renzi seeks later date to report to prison
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
Obamacare Contractor Blamed for Slow Medicare Payments to Hospitals
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Hot Air
NY Daily News:
EDITOR'S PICKS  —  A raging New Year's Day house fire killed …
Reuters:
North Korean leader warns of nuclear disaster, threatens US
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Slow Learners  —  What is it about Obama that makes otherwise intelligent people so dumb?
 

 
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