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9:45 AM ET, December 24, 2013


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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.
Snowden will help Germany investigate NSA spying if granted asylum - report
Discussion: Liberaland and BuzzFeed
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Will An Appeals Court Stop Same-Sex Couples In Utah From Marrying On Christmas Eve?  —  With no decision from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals at the end of the day Monday, more same-sex couples will be heading to clerks' offices Tuesday to get married.  —  Andrea Dahl (left) marries Coral Mangus …
Utah County Adopts Jim Crow Tactic, Preventing Same-Sex Couples From Marrying
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Judge Says Ohio Must Recognize Same-Sex Couples' Out-Of-State Marriages
Los Angeles Times:
Last-minute surge of health law sign-ups  —  Federal healthcare officials push back a key enrollment deadline to Tuesday as a crush of consumers test the functioning of and Covered California.  —  At a Miami Enrollment Assistance Center on Monday, enrollment specialist Julienne Fontes …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
ObamaCare site sees traffic surge on eve of enrollment deadline  —  The Obama administration on Monday reported a “record day” for visits to as it extended the deadline for enrolling in coverage by 24 hours.  —  Julie Bataille, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) …
Washington Post:
Obama administration quietly extends health-care enrollment deadline by a day
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Civil rights leaders call for Obama to withdraw Georgia judicial nominees  —  Civil rights leaders and members of the Georgia congressional delegation on Monday called on President Obama to withdraw his nominees for federal courts in the state over concerns about their views and lack of diversity.
Larry Copeland / USA Today:
Obama's Ga. supporters protesting his court nominees  —  Obama's African American supporters in Georgia are protesting his nominees to federal courts in the state.  They say the list of nominees lacks diversity, ask that the process be re-started.  —  ATLANTA - Some of President Obama's …
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.
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
Where's the Anti-War Left on Iran?
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
GOP should try again to delay Obamacare's individual mandate  —  OBAMACARE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HOUSE REPUBLICANS  —  Last July, after President Obama unilaterally delayed the Obamacare employer mandate for a year, House Republicans asked why the break should apply only to businesses.
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
Pelosi: Obamacare fallout will be reversed, won't hurt Democrats
Discussion: CBS DC
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Legitimacy Problem  —  It's pretty clear that the implementation of Obamacare will set the tone for how Americans think about government for years to come.  There are two large questions to be settled, which you might call the questions of competence and coercion.
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Oliver Wright / The Independent:
Alan Turing gets royal pardon for ‘gross indecency’ - 61 years after he poisoned himself  —  He was the father of modern computing whose work on the Enigma code at Bletchley Park is said to have shortened the Second World War.  —  But he was also gay and in those less enlightened times …
Discussion: Guardian, NBCNews and Business Insider
Michael B. Mukasey / Wall Street Journal:
The Air of Unreality in NSA Reform  —  The president's panel found no official malfeasance but recommends overhauling surveillance programs anyway.  —  Grope through the Styrofoam pellets of rhetoric that surround the 46 recommendations in the report issued last week by the president's Review Group …
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Upstart Groups Challenge Rove for G.O.P. Cash  —  A quiet but intense struggle over money and influence is roiling the Republican Party just as the 2014 election season is getting underway.  —  At least a dozen “super PACs” are setting up to back individual Republican candidates …
‘Mass ethnic killings’ in South Sudan  —  New details are emerging of alleged ethnic killings committed during more than a week of violence in South Sudan.  —  A reporter in the capital Juba quoted witnesses as saying more than 200 people, mostly from the Nuer ethnic group, were shot by security forces.
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
W.H.: Obama enrolled in ACA  —  President Barack Obama has signed up for health insurance through an Affordable Care Act exchange, the White House said Monday.  —  In what an official acknowledged is a “symbolic” move since the president gets his medical care from the military …
Discussion: CNN, TIME, Mediaite, Hot Air, Twitchy and AURN
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:   Obamacare Will Survive Despite Its Hellish Opening Act
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Bill George / The Huffington Post:
Is Obama Backing Away From Obamacare?
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Drew Brooks /
Fort Bragg chapel holds first same-sex ceremony
Discussion:, Advocate and Gawker
Adam Serwer /
How Sotomayor undermined Obama's NSA
Discussion: emptywheel and Washington Monthly
Inequality: Government Is a Perp, Not a Bystander
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Into Year 6, Obama admits he's clueless
Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
Krauthammer: 'I don't believe in God, but I fear him greatly' [VIDEO]
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters:
Sarah Palin Chats With NewsBusters About Her New Book, Martin Bashir, Santa Claus and Charlie Brown
Secret Handshakes Greet Frat Brothers on Wall Street
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Roseanne Barr / Little Green Footballs:
“Susan rice is a man with big swinging ape balls.”
U.S. belief in God down, belief in theory of evolution up
Discussion: Liberal Values and Hit & Run
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Bits and Barbarism  —  This is a tale of three money pits.
Discussion: DealBook