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9:35 AM ET, December 19, 2013


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Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
'Duck Dynasty's' Phil Robertson on Indefinite Hiatus Following Anti-Gay Remarks  —  UPDATED: The news comes after the reality star compared being gay to bestiality, drawing ire from LGBT groups including GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign.  —  Phil Robertson
Tal Kopan / Reuters:
Sarah Palin defends Duck Dynasty star  —  Sarah Palin says the suspension of one of the stars of the show “Duck Dynasty” over recent anti-gay comments he made is an attack on free speech.  —  Palin re-posted a picture of her meeting with the stars of the A&E show on her Facebook page Wednesday night …
Discussion: Liberaland
Rossmurray / GLAAD:
Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson uses vile stereotypes to tell GQ his thoughts on LGBT people  —  The Robertsons, the family whose duck hunting products have made them a fortune, are breakout stars featured in A&E's Duck Dynasty.  GQ Magazine's profile of Phil Robertson included some of the vilest …
Drew Magary / GQ Magazine Online:
What the Duck?  —  How in the world did a family of squirrel-eating …
Lauren Effron / ABC News:
Hillary Clinton on 2016 Presidential Run: 'I'll Make That Decision Sometime Next Year' … Hillary Clinton is Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating Person of 2013.  —  Although speculation and rumors have been swirling for months over whether Clinton will make another run for the White House in 2016, she said she hasn't decided yet.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Biden ‘dead meat’ in Iowa, governor says  —  Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden, widely assumed to be plotting a third presidential bid in 2016, shouldn't bother booking any flights to Des Moines, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said.  —  “Biden is dead meat out here,” …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
In Iowa, Schweitzer takes aim at Clinton's Iraq vote
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
W.H. to nominate Sen. Max Baucus as next ambassador to China  —  Sen. Max Baucus, the veteran Montana Democrat who has served in the Senate since 1978, is expected to be nominated by the White House to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to China, according to several sources familiar with the matter.
The Hill:
Baucus chosen for ambassador to China
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Report: White House To Tap Max Baucus As Ambassador To China
Discussion: Business Insider
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Barack Obama's NSA fine-print problem  —  An independent panel's call for major changes to the nation's surveillance programs ups the pressure on President Barack Obama to back serious reforms.  —  But the big changes the committee is calling for may be less vexing for Obama than one painful …
Discussion: TIME, Mediaite, Hot Air, Close Read and Guardian
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Rand Paul: Intelligence director should resign
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Josh Gerstein / Politico:   NSA spying report released
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Chris Christie dresses down ‘Pajama boy’  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie co-opted the lampooned “Pajama Boy” image promoting Obamacare in order to send his own message about volunteering.  —  Christie tweeted a parody of the image Wednesday featuring him volunteering in an apron with a dig at the group.
Discussion: Althouse and CNN
Rich Lowry / Politico:
Pajama Boy, An Insufferable Man-Child  —  He is the face of a web ad that is the latest effort by the Obama team to leverage the holidays for conversation about Obamacare.  “Wear pajamas,” the ad reads.  “Drink hot chocolate.  Talk about getting health insurance.  #GetTalking.”
Jenn Taylor / Twitchy:
Twitter gold! The Obama #PajamaBoy selfie and other must-see mash-ups and memes [Photoshops]
Discussion: Post Politics
New York Times:
Uninsured Skeptical of Health Care Law in Poll  —  WASHINGTON — Americans who lack medical coverage disapprove of President Obama's health care law at roughly the same rate as the insured, even though most say they struggle to pay for basic care, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
David /
Rep. Kingston: We Will ‘gain As A Society’ By Forcing Hungry Kids To Sweep Floors To Eat
Discussion: Liberaland
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Record High in U.S. Say Big Government Greatest Threat  —  Now 72% say it is greater threat than big business or big labor  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Seventy-two percent of Americans say big government is a greater threat to the U.S. in the future than is big business or big labor …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Sources: Target Investigating Data Breach  —  Nationwide retail giant Target is investigating a data breach potentially involving millions of customer credit and debit card records, multiple reliable sources tell KrebsOnSecurity.  The sources said the breach appears to have begun …
Andy Newman / New York Times:
Al Goldstein, Pioneering Pornographer, Dies at 77  —  Al Goldstein, the scabrous publisher whose Screw magazine pushed hard-core pornography into the cultural mainstream, died early Thursday in Brooklyn.  He was 77.  —  The cause was believed to be renal failure, said his lawyer, Charles C. DeStefano.
Discussion: Liberaland and Althouse
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Obama's extreme use of executive discretion  —  “To contend that the obligation imposed on the president to see the laws faithfully executed implies a power to forbid their execution is a novel construction of the Constitution, and is entirely inadmissible.”  — U.S. Supreme Court, 1838
Discussion: Power Line
Austin Wright / Politico:
Patty Murray backs off military pension cut  —  Sen. Patty Murray is distancing herself from a cut in military pensions in the budget deal she brokered with Rep. Paul Ryan.  —  Her unease about a key element of her own deal, which passed the Senate on Wednesday and is now headed to President Barack Obama …
Discussion: Power Line
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Harry Reid: Redskins should change name  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday that the Washington Redskins should change their name.  —  In an interview with The Hill, Reid said, “I think [Washington Redskins owner Dan] Snyder is so short-sighted on this.”
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Weasel Zippers
James Hohmann / Politico:
Wyoming Senate race 2014: Liz Cheney husband Phil Perry on vote rolls in 2 states  —  Liz Cheney's husband has been registered to vote in both Virginia and Wyoming for the past nine months, even though he signed a document in Wyoming saying he was not registered elsewhere.
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
In probe of Va. Gov. McDonnell, prosecutors agreed to delay decision on charges  —  View Photo Gallery — McDonnell's time in office comes to a close: Gov. Robert F. McDonnell was supposed to be in the thick of the race to succeed him.  Instead, the Republican found himself relegated …
Discussion: First Read and Politico
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
If Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is Replaced By A Republican, Here Is What Happens To The Law  —  At a forum in Reston, Virginia on Tuesday, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg threw her most recent bucket of cold water on Courtwatchers urging her to retire while President Obama is still in the White House.
Discussion: Liberaland
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
‘Ethically Murky’: Josh Barro, MSNBC Hosts Outline How to Lie to Amazon to Get Parental Discount
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Journalist consensus: Media leans left
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
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Fox News:
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
NYT Mag Offers Inexplicable 2006 John McCain Cover Profile in 2013
Discussion: Hot Air, The Fix and Weasel Zippers
Evan Soltas / Bloomberg:
North Carolina Shows How to Crush the Unemployed
Discussion: Hullabaloo, AEIdeas and National Review
Emma Brown / Washington Post:
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