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7:15 AM ET, December 24, 2013


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Salt Lake Tribune:
Judge denies Utah AG's request to halt same-sex marriages  —  Court » Utah AG's Office files third request for a stay.  —  | The Salt Lake Tribune  —  A federal judge in Utah — who last week issued a controversial ruling allowing same-sex marriages — on Monday denied the state's request for a stay.
Utah County Adopts Jim Crow Tactic, Preventing Same-Sex Couples From Marrying  —  Segregationist Sen. Harry F. Byrd Sr. (D-VA)  —  In the wake of the Supreme Court's school desegregation decision in Brown v. Board of Education, Virginia Sen. Harry F. Byrd called for a campaign of …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Judge Says Ohio Must Recognize Same-Sex Couples' Out-Of-State Marriages  —  “[U]nder the Constitution of the United States, Ohio must recognize on Ohio death certificates valid same-sex marriages from other states.”  Update: State officials will appeal the ruling.  —  Photo courtesy of Jim Obergefell
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Into Year 6, Obama admits he's clueless  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  What a depressing presidency Barack Obama has wrought.  —  Waltzing into office five years ago with the media's shameless aid on a high-school-style campaign pledge of “Hope and Change,” the former community organizer …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:   Obamacare Will Survive Despite Its Hellish Opening Act
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Valerie Jarrett: Obama to buy health insurance by end of the day
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
Barton Gellman / Washington Post:
Edward Snowden, after months of NSA revelations, says his mission's accomplished  —  MOSCOW — The familiar voice on the hotel room phone did not waste words.  —  “What time does your clock say, exactly?” he asked.  —  He checked the reply against his watch and described a place to meet.
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The Battle Within the Democratic Party  —  Things are not going well for Democrats.  Riding high just weeks ago after Republicans shut down the government, the party now finds itself in a swoon: President Obama's ratings have hit an all-time low.  The implementation of healthcare reform remains a mess.
Inequality: Government Is a Perp, Not a Bystander  —  In his speech on inequality earlier this month President Obama proclaimed that the government could not be a bystander in the effort to reduce inequality, which he described as the defining moral issue of our time.
Washington Post:
Obama administration quietly extends health-care enrollment deadline by a day  —  At midnight Monday, the official deadline arrives for Americans to sign up through the new federal health insurance exchange for health plans that begin Jan. 1.  But, without any public announcement …
Abigail Pesta / NBCNews:
Kicked out of high school for ‘public lewdness’ after reporting rape  —  TOMBALL, Texas—When Rachel Bradshaw-Bean claimed she had been raped in the band room of her high school in Texas, school officials sprang into action—and kicked her out of school.  —  “I felt like a criminal,” …
David /
Texas Student Reports Rape And Gets Kicked Out Of School For ‘public Lewdness’
Discussion: Firedoglake
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
Pelosi: Obamacare fallout will be reversed, won't hurt Democrats  —  (CNN) - The top Democrat in the House predicted that any political fallout from the new healthcare law will be reversed within months.  —  “By the time we get into the spring, I think the Affordable Care Act will either …
Discussion: CBS DC
Adam Serwer /
How Sotomayor undermined Obama's NSA  —  If Edward Snowden gave federal courts the means to declare the National Security Agency's data-gathering unconstitutional, Sonia Sotomayor showed them how.  —  It was Sotomayor's lonely concurrence in U.S. v Jones, a case involving warrantless use …
Discussion: emptywheel and Washington Monthly
Red Mass Group:
Former GOP Senate Candidate Gomez Equates Conservative GOP Activists with Klan Members … Yesterday morning this blogger was taking a nap, as it seems I'm coming down with a cold.  Awaking from that nap at 12:30 I looked at my tablet I had an email from Chris Pinto, a Worcester based …
Creator of Kalashnikov rifle dies  —  Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov was born on 10 November 1919 in western Siberia, one of 18 children.  —  In 1938, he was called up by the Red Army and his design skills were used to improve the effectiveness of weapons and equipment used by Soviet tank regiments.
C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
Mikhail Kalashnikov, Creator of AK-47, Dies at 94
Secret Handshakes Greet Frat Brothers on Wall Street  —  Conor Hails, head of the University of Pennsylvania's Sigma Chi chapter, was in a Philadelphia hotel ballroom last month for a Barclays Plc (BARC) recruiting reception.  A friend pointed out a banker from their fraternity.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Https / Speaking of Security:
RSA RESPONSE TO MEDIA CLAIMS REGARDING NSA RELATIONSHIP  —  Home » News Media » RSA Response to Media Claims Regarding NSA Relationship  —  Happy New Masint!  —  Get Your Money for Nothing and Your Clicks For Free: Software Referral Programs Spur Crimeware-as-a-Service
Discussion: Politico, Guardian, Mashable and Techdirt
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Fort Bragg chapel holds first same-sex ceremony
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Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
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Associated Press:
Utah gay marriage: Judge allows marriages to continue
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
How to Monetize Your Closet  —  I INTERVIEWED Brian Chesky …
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Roseanne Barr / Little Green Footballs:
“Susan rice is a man with big swinging ape balls.”
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List of Universities rejecting academic boycott of Israel
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U.S. belief in God down, belief in theory of evolution up
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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