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11:25 PM ET, January 2, 2014


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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 …
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 …
Brian Beutler / Salon:
GOP's 2014 horror strategy: Exploit Americans' misfortune, drum up fake outrage  —  Prepare for them to search high and low for people disappointed with Obamacare — then pretend to share their pain  —  A quick look at the House and Senate vote calendars indicates that Congress did not in fact come …
Jessica Morkert / KOIN-TV:
Mom caught in health insurance loophole
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Daily Mail:
Duck Dynasty launch their own line of guns as Phil hatches plot to move his family to rival TV network after A&E bosses ‘humiliated’ him over anti-gay storm  — Phil Robertson feels betrayed by bosses at A&E and is plotting to get his family out of the $200,000 per episode contact they signed last August
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:
Emergency Visits Seen Increasing With Health Law
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Power Line
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Study: Expanding Medicaid doesn't reduce ER trips. It increases them.
Discussion: National Review and
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.
New York Times:
Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower
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 …
Mike Ciandella / NewsBusters:
Frozen Out: 98% of Stories Ignore That Ice-bound Ship Was On Global Warming Mission  —  A group of climate change scientists were rescued by helicopter Jan. 2, after being stranded in the ice since Christmas morning.  But the majority of the broadcast networks' reports about the ice-locked …
New York Times:
Qaeda-Aligned Militants Threaten Key Iraqi Cities  —  BAGHDAD — Radical Sunni militants aligned with Al Qaeda threatened Thursday to seize control of Falluja and Ramadi, two of the most important cities in Iraq, setting fire to police stations, freeing prisoners from jail and occupying mosques …
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: Eduwonk and Diane Ravitch's blog
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
How Netflix Reverse Engineered Hollywood  —  And then, how we reverse engineered Netflix.  The story of the streaming service's micro-genres. … If you use Netflix, you've probably wondered about the specific genres that it suggests to you.  Some of them just seem so specific that it's absurd.
Find Friends Abuse  —  When we first built Snapchat, we had a difficult time finding other friends that were using the service.  We wanted a way to find friends in our address book that were also using Snapchat - so we created Find Friends.  Find Friends is an optional service that asks Snapchatters …
Ravi Somaiya / Washington Post:
Ezra Klein Is Said to Plan to Leave Washington Post  —  Ezra Klein, an analyst, columnist and television commentator who runs The Washington Post's Wonkblog, is making plans to leave the newspaper after failing to win support for a new website he wanted to create within the company …
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates hurt in fall  —  (CNN) - Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates was back home on Thursday after injuring his neck in a fall on New Year's Day.  —  Gates accidentally fell and fractured his first vertebrae at his home in Washington state …
Discussion: Politico
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Exclusive: MSNBC to name Thomas Roberts host of ‘Way Too Early’  —  MSNBC has decided to replace the anchor of “Way Too Early” with the openly-gay Thomas Roberts because the left-leaning channel wants the show to be seen as more “diverse,” a source inside the cable network tells The Daily Caller.
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite and TVNewser
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
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Mass Shootings Are Becoming More Frequent  —  After a man opened fire at Los Angeles's airport a few months ago, friends and coworkers undoubtedly turned to each other shaking their heads: Could this really be happening again, so soon?  Are these things getting more frequent, or am I imagining it?
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Liberaland
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 …
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.
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 …
Former Florida Governor Apologizes For Anti-Gay Record  —  Charlie Crist, who served as Governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011 as a Republican, is currently running for his old job as a Democrat.  In addition to renouncing his old party, Crist apologized in a newly published interview …
Discussion: Advocate, Joe. My. God. and Liberaland
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Tampa Bay Times:
Super PAC forms to boost Paige Kreegel as possible opponent to Trey Radel
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Social conservatives make big money plans
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
Victory Park Capital:
Former Sen. Joseph Lieberman Joins Victory Park Capital as Chairman of its Executive Board
Discussion: DealBook and Politico
Derek Hunter /
The Bottom Of The Barrel  —  Conservatives are the party of hate.
Jonathan V. Last / Weekly Standard:
2014: The Year of Obama's Reckoning
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Two Americas Will Be the Defining Trend of 2014
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Obama Christmas gift goes astray
What If the 21st Century Begins in 2014?