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6:05 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 …
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Weeks in the Making, an Editorial on Snowden May Go ‘Beyond What Is Realistic’  —  Most newspaper editorials don't generate a great deal of heat.  Even fewer can be considered newsworthy.  —  The exception was one in The Times on Thursday, calling for Edward J. Snowden to be offered clemency or a plea bargain.
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.
Matt Higgins / CBS Seattle:
Oregon Mother: I Can't Afford Obamacare For Myself, 1-Year-Old Son  —  PORTLAND, Ore. (CBS Seattle/AP) — One Oregon mother says that she is unable to afford health insurance for her and her 18-month-old son because it's too expensive.  —  Kate Holly, 33, tells KOIN-TV that she originally …
Jessica Morkert / KOIN-TV:
Mom caught in health insurance loophole  —  Cover Oregon still contacting people  —  By  —  Related Content  —  PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) - This is the day when coverage was supposed to begin for Oregonians who signed up for health care through Cover Oregon.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Brian Beutler / Salon:   GOP's 2014 horror strategy: Exploit Americans' misfortune, drum up fake outrage
Chris Kluwe / Deadspin:
I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards And A Bigot  —  Hello.  My name is Chris Kluwe, and for eight years I was the punter for the Minnesota Vikings.  In May 2013, the Vikings released me from the team.  At the time, quite a few people asked me if I thought …
Aaron Smith /
“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 …
Medicaid Increases Emergency-Department Use: Evidence from Oregon's Health Insurance Experiment  —  1National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA.  —  2Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, NY 10027, USA.  —  3Center for Outcomes Research and Education …
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Access to Health Care May Increase ER Visits, Study Suggests
Discussion: Power Line
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Study: Expanding Medicaid doesn't reduce ER trips. It increases them.
Discussion: National Review and
Robby Soave / The Daily Caller:
It begins: New NYC schools chancellor will push ‘progressive agenda’  —  Farina, a former teacher and long-time adviser to de Blasio, shares the mayor's desire to foist a “progressive agenda” upon NYC schools, she said at a news conference earlier this week.
Valerie Strauss / Washington Post:
U.S. education officials lobbied against Starr for New York City schools post
Discussion: Diane Ravitch's blog and Eduwonk
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 …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
U.S. Uninsured Still Rate Exchange Experience Negatively  —  Twenty-six percent of uninsured Americans have visited an exchange website  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Uninsured Americans who have visited a health insurance exchange website mostly say their experience was negative rather than positive, by 59% to 39%.
Discussion: Hit & Run and CNN
New York Times:
Consumers Start Using Coverage Under Health Law
Discussion: The Dish and Daily Kos
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,” …
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Rescue of trapped climate-change researchers from ice and blizzard finally succeeds
Discussion: NewsBusters, CNN and CBS News
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 …
Derek Hunter /
The Bottom Of The Barrel  —  Conservatives are the party of hate.  This must be true, right?  I heard it on the News.  NBC News makes this point on its 24-hour cable news network at least 15 times per hour, and NBC is a “respected news source ...” right?  —  I mean ... right?
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 …
Natalie Kitroeff / New York Times:
Loan Monitor Is Accused of Ruthless Tactics on Student Debt  —  Stacy Jorgensen fought her way through pancreatic cancer.  But her struggle was just beginning.  —  Before she became ill, Ms. Jorgensen took out $43,000 in student loans.  As her payments piled up along with medical bills …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The Three Stages of Obamacare Acceptance  —  Now that Obamacare is clearly moving forward, Republicans are adjusting to a new reality: it may no longer be a realistic option to simply wait until the law collapses under its own weight and vanishes entirely.  GOP lawmakers are increasingly discussing …
Brittney Cooper / Salon:
Ani DiFranco's faux-pology: White privilege and the year in race  —  With most white people not having to confront the true history of plantations, honesty about race remains elusive  —  We ended 2013, the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation …
Discussion: Mediaite, Weasel Zippers and Jezebel
Calif. high court grants undocumented immigrant admission to state bar  —  Sergio Garcia is seen in Chico, Calif., April 2, 2013.  Despite a law school degree and passing the state bar exam, as an undocumented immigrant, Garcia was not allowed to practice law by the state until the ruling today.
Jonathan V. Last / Weekly Standard:
2014: The Year of Obama's Reckoning  —  Two days after Christmas I found myself in a doctor's office in New Jersey at eight o'clock in the morning.  As I sat in the waiting room, a middle-aged woman came in and began a discussion with the receptionist.  It seemed that her daughter …
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Paige Winfield Cunningham / Politico:
Eric Cantor plans vote on Obamacare security bill
Discussion: CNN
New York Post:
Here are the big losers in ObamaCare
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Former Florida Governor Apologizes For Anti-Gay Record
Discussion: Liberaland, Advocate and Joe. My. God.
Fox News:
Bob Grant, conservative radio icon, dead at 84, reports say
Discussion: Riehl World News
Patty Ryan / Tampa Bay Times:
Man deemed criminally insane arrested with van full of guns
Discussion: The Raw Story and
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Two Americas Will Be the Defining Trend of 2014
Discussion: The Raw Story
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Obama Christmas gift goes astray
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