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8:30 AM ET, December 22, 2013

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New York Times:
New Health Law Frustrates Many in Middle Class  —  Ginger Chapman and her husband, Doug, are sitting on the health care cliff.  —  The cheapest insurance plan they can find through the new federal marketplace in New Hampshire will cost their family of four about $1,000 a month …
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Kathleen Geier / Washington Monthly:
The New York Times and the ACA: the yuppie whine-athon continues  —  I see the New York Times has published yet another article about very privileged people whining about the ACA.  —  In this case, said article features a couple making $100,000 a year who, under the ACA …
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Tom Precious / Buffalo News:
Assemblyman Gabryszak accused of sexually harassing three former staffers  —  ALBANY - Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak is being accused of sexually harassing three now-former legislative staffers, according to court papers filed Thursday.  —  Gabryszak, D-Cheektowaga, is the subject …
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Laura Italiano / New York Post:
Pol sent staff video of ‘oral sex’  —  Move over, Vito “Gropez” — yet another Albany politician has been accused of outlandish sexual harassment by young female staffers.  —  Married-with-children Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak, 62, tormented three workers with lewd antics such as sending …
Discussion: Gothamist
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
A Frigid 2013 Draws to a Close  —  2013 will go down in the record books as one of the 10 coldest years in the U.S. since 1895.  This chart, from Real Science, shows the average temperatures recorded at all NOAA USHCN stations from 1895 to the present:  —  As Real Science points out …
ABC News:
John Eisenhower, Historian and Ike's Son, Dies  —  The family of President Dwight D. Eisenhower says his son, 91-year-old John S.D. Eisenhower, has died.  —  The retired brigadier general and military historian had resided on Maryland's Eastern Shore in the community of Trappe, Md. No cause was given for his death Saturday.
Keith Alexander / IC ON THE RECORD:
DNI Announces the Declassification of the Existence of Collection Activities Authorized by President George W. Bush Shortly After the Attacks of September 11, 2001  —  December 21, 2013  —  Yesterday, the Director of National Intelligence ("DNI") announced the declassification of the existence …
Brent Hunsberger / Oregonian:
Cover Oregon: If you don't hear from us by Monday, seek coverage elsewhere  —  The Cover Oregon board of directors met December 12, 2013.  The exchange on Friday began warning applicants that they will need to find coverage for Jan. 1 elsewhere if they don't get a phone call or mailing confirming enrollment by Monday.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Gateway Pundit
Natalie DiBlasio / USA Today:
PR director no longer with company after racist tweet  —  InterActiveCorp said Saturday that it has “parted ways” with PR director Justine Sacco, a day after a racist tweet from her account went viral.  —  The tweet, “Going to Africa.  Hope I don't get AIDS.  Just kidding.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Mark Steyn / National Review:
The Age of Intolerance  —  Last week, following the public apology of an English comedian and the arrest of a fellow British subject both for making somewhat feeble Mandela gags, I noted that supposedly free societies were increasingly perilous places for those who make an infelicitous remark.
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Exclusive: Secret contract tied NSA and security industry pioneer  —  (Reuters) - As a key part of a campaign to embed encryption software that it could crack into widely used computer products, the U.S. National Security Agency arranged a secret $10 million contract with RSA …
 
 
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Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Meet The Press Reportedly in Jeopardy as NBC Looks to Cut Back DC Bureau
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid: Boehner will cave in on immigration reform next year
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Matthew Hendley / Valley Fever:
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors this afternoon voted unanimously …
Timothy Egan / New York Times:
Good Poor, Bad Poor  —  On Sundays, this time of year …
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DCCC raises $5M in November
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Steve Stockman's Campaign Headquarters Condemned
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Associated Press:
A judge dismisses Alec Baldwin's manslaughter case in the fatal shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, after ruling prosecutors withheld evidence

David Shepardson / Reuters:
The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals puts the FCC's reinstatement of net neutrality rules on hold until August 5 as it considers industry legal challenges

Tony Mecia / The Charlotte Ledger:
McClatchy's Charlotte Observer is scaling back print editions to three days a week starting September 16, down from six days, and will rely on USPS for delivery

 
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