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3:30 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
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'
New York Times:
Text of Bill de Blasio's Inauguration Speech
Henry Goldman / Bloomberg:
De Blasio Sworn In by Clinton Pledges to Focus on NYC Wealth Gap
Discussion: The Agonist
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 …
Derek Hunter / Townhall.com:
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?
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 …
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: CNN, BBC, Ed Driscoll, Mediaite and ABC News
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Rescue of trapped climate-change researchers from ice and blizzard finally succeeds
Discussion: NewsBusters, CNN and Power Line
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 …
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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Robby Soave / The Daily Caller:
It begins: New NYC schools chancellor will push ‘progressive agenda’
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Liberty Unyielding
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
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 …
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.
ThinkProgress:
Americans Can Now Start Using Their New Obamacare Coverage  —  On Wednesday, nearly four years after President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, the major provisions of the health law that serve to expand coverage to millions of Americans officially took effect.
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New York Times:
Consumers Start Using Coverage Under Health Law
Discussion: The Dish and Daily Kos
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: Jezebel, Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
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
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:
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 …
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
 
 
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Natalie Kitroeff / New York Times:
Loan Monitor Is Accused of Ruthless Tactics on Student Debt
Jessica Morkert / KOIN-TV:
Mom caught in health insurance loophole
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The Daily Caller
Dara Kam / MiamiHerald.com:
Judge nixes Florida's welfare drug testing
Jonathan V. Last / Weekly Standard:
2014: The Year of Obama's Reckoning
Associated Press:
Chinese doctor admits to selling patient's babies to traffickers
Discussion: National Review
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Claim: Obama Christmas gift goes astray
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
Bloomberg:
What If the 21st Century Begins in 2014?
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
America's Most Admired? More Like America's Most Powerful
Discussion: The Fix
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
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
Obamacare Contractor Blamed for Slow Medicare Payments to Hospitals
Reuters:
North Korean leader warns of nuclear disaster, threatens US