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5:25 AM ET, December 25, 2013

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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Sign-Up Period Extended Again for Health Plan  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Tuesday that it would provide more time for people to complete their applications for health insurance if they could show that they missed the deadline because of problems with the federal health care website.
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Joanne Kenen / Politico:
HHS offers help for people who miss Obamacare deadline  —  People who can't finish the online signup for Obamacare health insurance by midnight today because of website problems can seek extra time to finalize their application and still get covered by Jan. 1, according to a message posted on HealthCare.gov early this afternoon.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Health Insurance Blog:
Couldn't enroll by December 23? We can still help you get covered
Discussion: Post Politics
Chad Terhune / Los Angeles Times:
California health exchange tops 400,000 enrolled prior to deadline
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Iran's top leaders praise spirit of Christmas  —  Iran President Hassan Rouhani is endorsing the spirit of Christmas.  —  Rouhani on Tuesday retweeted two tweets, one by Iran's supreme leader and one by its foreign minister, that focused on the spirit of Christmas.
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Jose DelReal / Politico:
Bill de Blasio daughter reveals drug, alcohol abuse  —  In an unusual and moving Christmas Eve video, the college-age daughter of New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is revealing for the first time her struggle with alcohol, drugs and depression — and is urging others in need to get help.
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Andrea Peyser / New York Post:
Give her the heave-ho, de Blasio  —  Enough!  —  If Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has a lick of sense in his 6-foot-5 frame, he'll cast out of his incoming administration Lis Smith — the randy Democratic operative who's got a freaky fetish for the black knee socks and balding pate of married ex-Love Gov Eliot Spitzer.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Appeals Court Refuses To Halt Utah Marriages For Same-Sex Couples  —  A Christmas Eve order from the 10th Circuit.  Update: State officials say they will ask the Supreme Court to step in.  —  Nicole Barnes, left, and her partner Tarah Camarillo exchange rings as they get married …
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McKenzie Romero / Deseret News:
About 700 marriage licenses issued in Utah since judge's ruling
BBC:
Royal pardon for codebreaker Alan Turing  —  Computer pioneer and codebreaker Alan Turing has been given a posthumous royal pardon.  —  It addresses his 1952 conviction for homosexuality for which he was punished by being chemically castrated.  —  The conviction meant he lost …
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Jethro Mullen / CNN:
Alan Turing, British code-breaker castrated for homosexuality, receives pardon
Discussion: Mediaite and Advocate
Caroline Davies / Guardian:
Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing receives royal pardon
Oliver Wright / The Independent:
Alan Turing gets royal pardon for ‘gross indecency’ - 61 years after he poisoned himself
Adam Withnall / The Independent:
Kim Jong-un: North Korean leader ‘was very drunk’ when ordering executions  —  Source tells Japanese newspaper purge of Kim's powerful uncle Jang Song-thaek was inevitable after ‘surprising’ first deaths  —  The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was “very drunk” when he ordered the recent execution …
Kris Van Cleave / WJLA-TV:
VIDEO: Santa Claus shot with pellet gun at toy giveaway in Southeast  —  WASHINGTON (WJLA) - A man in a Santa Claus suit was shot in the back with a pellet gun Tuesday morning during a toy giveaway in Southeast Washington.  —  The video is disturbing.  The man dressed as Santa has led …
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
House Republican vows to defend Christmas from ‘offended’ minority  —  Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) on Tuesday vowed to protect Christmas against what he called a “vocal minority” offended by its symbols and traditions.  —  “There is a vocal minority that is offended at the rest of us …
Discussion: Booman Tribune, Guardian and CNN
Rick Kambic / Chicago Sun Times:
Morton Grove Library Board rejects $3K donation from atheist  —  Comments on a Facebook page, including one that said “[expletive] God,” led Morton Grove Library trustees to reject a $3,000 donation that was made to support Park Board member Dan Ashta's Pledge of Allegiance boycott.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Mediaite
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
The gist of Christmas lost  —  'Twas the season of Christmas, and all through the land  —  Were signs and symbols some folks couldn't stand.  —  The evergreen conifer many decorate with glee,  —  But don't you dare call it a Christmas tree.  —  Heaven forbid a Nativity in the town square
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 
 
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Philip Rucker / Post Politics:
In fundraising pitch, Hillary Clinton says Bill will match donations
Travis Gettys / The Raw Story:
Christian activists show their love by covering Chicago atheist display and berating onlookers
Discussion: Mediaite and Liberaland
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Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Is Mark Warner seeing dangerous numbers?
Discussion: Power Line
Todd Starnes / Fox News:
Army: Don't say Christmas
KKTV-TV:
Teen Dies After Being Shot
Discussion: CBS News and Talking Points Memo
Julian Sanchez / The Atlantic Online:
The War on Terror's Jedi Mind Trick
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Outside the Beltway