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7:30 AM ET, January 2, 2014

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Michael Moore / New York Times:
The Obamacare We Deserve  —  TODAY marks the beginning of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act's new insurance exchanges, for which two million Americans have signed up.  Now that the individual mandate is officially here, let me begin with an admission: Obamacare is awful.
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David Nather / Politico:
For Obamacare, it's finally showtime  —  Obamacare just got real.  —  Sure, there were some new rules and benefits over the last few years, but that was just a warmup.  Starting today, all of the big pieces of the Affordable Care Act — the biggest domestic achievement of Barack Obama's presidency …
Discussion: ABC News and ABC News
Jonathan Allen / Politico:   W.H. stands by birth-control rule
New York Times:
Millions Gaining Health Coverage Under Law
Discussion: Daily Kos and Booman Tribune
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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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 …
Discussion: Liberaland
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.
Discussion: Capital New York
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
De Blasio & the Clintons: The ties that bind?
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Discussion: Liberaland and NoTricksZone
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Dan Vergano / National Geographic:
Climate: Cloud Mixing Means Extra Global Warming
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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Nicky Phillips / Sydney Morning Herald:
Helicopter rescue delayed as second ship trapped in ice  —  On board the Aurora Australis  —  Plans to rescue 52 passengers trapped on the stricken Russian research ship Akademik Shokalskiy have been thrown into disarray after the Chinese ice-breaker Xue Long itself became stuck in pack ice, west of the Mertz Glacier.
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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Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Edward Snowden, the insufferable whistleblower
Discussion: 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.
Reuters:
North Korean leader warns of nuclear disaster, threatens US  —  North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said the Korean peninsula will be engulfed by “massive nuclear disaster” if war breaks out there again, warning the US it will not be safe in the event of a conflict.
Discussion: Liberaland
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 …
Discussion: Liberaland and Prairie Weather
Lisa Respers France / CNN:
James Avery, star of ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,’ dies at 68  —  (CNN) — Actor James Avery, who played the beloved Uncle Phil on the hit 1990s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” has died, his publicist said Wednesday.  He was 68.  —  The cause of death was complications from open-heart surgery, said his manager, Toni Benson.
Discussion: New York Times, WJLA-TV and Inside TV
 
 
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Sarah Lyall / New York Times:
A's for Athletes, but Charges of Fraud at North Carolina
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Frances Robles / New York Times:
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Graham Allison / The National Interest:
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ThinkProgress:
Chief Justice Warns Sequestration Cuts Already Threatening Public Safety
Discussion: The Raw Story and Liberaland
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
No, 2.1 million haven't enrolled in Obamacare plans
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