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3:15 PM ET, December 14, 2013

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Denver Post:
ARAPAHOE HIGH GUNMAN HELD STRONG POLITICAL BELIEFS, CLASSMATES SAID  —  The teenage gunman who entered Arapahoe High School on Friday afternoon and shot two fellow students with a shotgun was outspoken about politics, was a gifted debater and might have been bullied for his beliefs, according to students who knew him.
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EndPlay / TheDenverChannel.com:
Karl Pierson identified as Arapahoe High School gunman who shot student while targeting librarian  —  Karl Halverson Pierson as pictured in the 2012-2013 Arapahoe High School yearbook.  —  None  —  Regular Photo Size  —  Last Updated: 12 minutes ago  —  HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. …
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Exclusive: Thousands of HealthCare.gov sign-ups didn't make it to insurers  —  Enrollment records for close to 15,000 HealthCare.gov shoppers were not initially transmitted to the insurance plans they selected, according to a preliminary federal estimate to be released Saturday.
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HHS.govStrategy:
Missing 834s as Percentage of Enrollment Now Near Zero  —  Site Tags:  —  Julie Bataille, Director of Communications, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  —  Saturday, December 14, 2013  —  As the technical improvements to HealthCare.gov continue making a difference to consumers using the website …
Discussion: CNN
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Ryan: Boehner ‘got his Irish up’  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) “just kind of got his Irish up” when he lashed out at conservative activist groups this week, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said.  —  “He was frustrated that these groups came out in opposition to our budget agreement before we reached …
Discussion: New York Times and The PJ Tatler
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Washington is Selfie City
Discussion: Corrente, News Desk, Politico and The Fix
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Cross-state presidential rivalries building for 2016
Discussion: The Reaction
Associated Press:
Ryan's Budget Plan: A Bridge Over the Divide?
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Nelson Mandela memorial security scandal: ‘There were no checks’  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL WHITE HOUSE BARACK OBAMA NELSON MANDELA  —  It's becoming increasingly clear that when President Obama arrived at the Nelson Mandela memorial service in Johannesburg, South Africa Tuesday …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and neo-neocon
JONATHAN TURLEY:
Federal Court Strikes Down Criminalization of Polygamy In Utah  —  It is with a great pleasure this evening to announce that decision of United States District Court judge Clarke Waddoups striking down key portions of the Utah polygamy law as unconstitutional.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The site once vouched for its “lie of the year.”  —  PolitiFact.com, the Tampa Bay Times's “fact checking” operation, is out with its “Lie of the Year,” and it's a doozy of dishonesty: “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.' ”  —  Just to show how fast the news can move …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Google Adds to Its Menagerie of Robots  —  SAN FRANCISCO — BigDog, Cheetah, WildCat and Atlas have joined Google's growing robot menagerie.  —  Google confirmed on Friday that it had completed the acquisition of Boston Dynamics, an engineering company that has designed mobile research robots for the Pentagon.
Wall Street Journal:
Backdating ObamaCare  —  A last-minute HHS rule orders insurers to pay for the law's blunders.  —  The White House says that ObamaCare is all fixed, but its conduct suggests otherwise.  As it has realized that the government-created chaos is exposing patients to nasty and even deadly surprises …
Discussion: Power Line
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
The Reasoning of the Utah Opinion Partially Striking Down and Rewriting the State's Bigamy Law  —  In his post below, Eugene notes the new decision in Brown v. Buhman, involving Utah's bigamy law.  In the case, a group that considers polygamy a core part of its religious practice challenged …
Discussion: New York Times and National Review
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
The New Politics of Pot: The 2014 Candidates Who Want to Legalize It  —  Forget decriminalization or medical marijuana.  Bolstered by state ballot victories, top-tier contenders in 2014 are seeking full legalization, the drug's highest-profile advocacy ever.
Jill Colvin / Politicker:
Bill de Blasio Walks Away From White House Meeting With Sweeping National Hopes  —  Bill de Blasio and the other newly-elected mayors.  —  WASHINGTON — Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio went down to Washington, D.C. today to meet with President Barack Obama, emerging emboldened that a “progressive movement” was sweeping the nation.
 
 
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Paul Rincon / BBC:
China lands Jade Rabbit robot rover on Moon
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep. Wants Congress To Take Civil Action Against Obama For ‘Imperial Presidency’
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dems hatch new strategy to pressure GOP on unemployment insurance
Discussion: Business Insider
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Shuffling Staff, Obama Strives For a Recharge
Washington Post:
By cracking cellphone code, NSA has capacity for decoding private conversations
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ThinkProgress:
Senator Claims Giving People More Time To Enroll In Obamacare Will Lead To Government Takeover
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
U.S. may be open to Islamists joining Syrian rebel coalition
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Who Funds the Far Left? You'll Be Surprised
Josh Eidelson / Salon:
My critics have “income envy”: Ed Schultz unloads after backlash to his union quote
 

 
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Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
Sources: former Disney TV chief Ben Sherwood and former Hearst Magazines exec Joanna Coles will buy a 49% stake in The Daily Beast; Barry Diller will retain 51%

 
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