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4:45 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 …
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 /
“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 …
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 …
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,” …
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 …
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
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?
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
Fox News:
Bob Grant, conservative radio icon, dead at 84, reports say  —  Bob Grant, whose familiar voice boomed over the radio airwaves for more than 50 years, died on Tuesday, according to multiple reports and an obituary posted on the Branchburg Funeral Home's website.  He was 84.
Discussion: Riehl World News
New York Times:
Consumers Start Using Coverage Under Health Law  —  WASHINGTON — Kathy Hornbach of Tucson is not wasting any time before using her new health insurance coverage, which took effect on New Year's Day.  Ms. Hornbach, 57, has an appointment with a cardiologist on Thursday for a stress test.
Discussion: The Dish and Daily Kos
Victory Park Capital:
Former Sen. Joseph Lieberman Joins Victory Park Capital as Chairman of its Executive Board  —  Victory Park Capital (VPC), an asset-management firm that provides private debt and equity financing to middle-market companies, today announced that former U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman has joined as chairman of the firm's Executive Board.
Discussion: Politico and DealBook
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.
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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Dara Kam /
Judge nixes Florida's welfare drug testing
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
Associated Press:
Chinese doctor admits to selling patient's babies to traffickers
Discussion: National Review
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Obama Christmas gift goes astray
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
What If the 21st Century Begins in 2014?
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
America's Most Admired? More Like America's Most Powerful
Discussion: The Fix
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Rob Ford files papers for mayoral re-election
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