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9:40 AM ET, December 27, 2013

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The Hill:
Obama signs budget pact  —  President Obama broke from his vacation in Hawaii on Thursday to sign a stack of legislation that included the bipartisan budget deal and funding legislation for the Pentagon.  —  His signature on the budget agreement closes the books on a year of bitter fiscal fighting …
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Marco Garcia / Associated Press:
President Obama's Hawaii Vacation: Day 6  —  How President Barack Obama spent the sixth day of his holiday vacation in Hawaii on Thursday:  — GYM: The president woke up early for a morning workout at a gym at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.  After about an hour, Obama returned to his vacation home.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Obama signs budget, defense bills in Hawaii
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Be prepared: Wall Street advisor recommends guns, ammo for protection in collapse  —  WASHINGTON SECRETS GUN CONTROL OBAMACARE NSA SURVEILLANCE WALL STREET SOCIALISM  —  A top financial advisor, worried that Obamacare, the NSA spying scandal and spiraling national debt is increasing the chances …
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Jordan Weissmann / The Atlantic Online:
Why Gold Would Be Useless in an Economic Apocalypse  —  Since November, financial advisor David Marotta has been publishing a series of blog posts on how to manage your money in the event of a financial apocalypse—as in a world of hyperinflation, governmental collapse, and anarachic mobs.
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
ObamaCare sales surge  —  Remember Budowsky's first law of insider punditry: When the media and political herds are tripping over each other's hoofs while stampeding in a certain direction, the herds are almost always wrong.  —  Take note of the fact that in recent days …
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
With Health Law Cemented, G.O.P. Debates Next Move
Washington Monthly:   After Obamacare  —  A frenzy of hospital mergers could leave …
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
2016 CNN Poll: Clinton deadlocked with Christie but leads other GOP presidential possibilities  —  Washington (CNN) - In a potential preview of the next presidential election, a new national poll suggests Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie would be neck and neck if the 2016 contest were held today.
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Sam Kleiner / The Daily Beast:
The GOP's History of Sexist Hillary-Bashing
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Associated Press
Patricia Murphy / The Daily Beast:
Five Tea Party Challengers: The Ted Cruz Wannabes  —  By Patricia MurphyDecember 27th 20135:45 AM  —  Come 2014, these five ambitious senate hopefuls might storm their way onto Capitol Hill and change the Republican Party, with Ted Cruz as their hero.  —  If Ted Cruz seems like a one-of-a-kind, give it time.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Fear Economy  —  More than a million unemployed Americans are about to get the cruelest of Christmas “gifts.”  They're about to have their unemployment benefits cut off.  You see, Republicans in Congress insist that if you haven't found a job after months of searching, it must be because you aren't trying hard enough.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Washington Post
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Utah Ruling Means No Respite for the Supreme Court on Same-Sex Marriage  —  WASHINGTON — In June, when the Supreme Court stopped short of deciding whether the Constitution guaranteed a right to same-sex marriage, many thought the court had bought itself several years before it had to confront the question again.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Federal authorities charge white ‘knockout’ suspect with hate crime  —  Federal authorities said Thursday they have arrested and charged a Texas man in connection with the “knockout game,” accusing him of a hate crime for targeting a black man for a vicious street attack.
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Katy / KTRK-TV:
Katy man charged with hate crime for attack
Discussion: CNN and The Hinterland Gazette
Tracy Jan / The Boston Globe:
Mass., Vt. halt payments to firm behind health sites  —  WASHINGTON — Even as President Obama's health insurance website limps to recovery, at least two states that used the same contractor and are still plagued with malfunctions — Massachusetts and Vermont — are taking preliminary steps to recoup taxpayer dollars.
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Caption time: John Kerry meets Snoop Dogg  —  Faux shizzle:  —  That's just begging for a caption.  If Kerry's wife Teresa was in that picture I'd suggest “Gin (soaked raisins) & juice.”  —  The quick meeting was good enough for Kerry to add his initials signifying that he personally wrote this State Department tweet:
Discussion: CNN, Post Local and Twitchy
Andy Soltis / New York Post:
Professor admits faking AIDS vaccine to get $19M in grants  —  An Iowa State University professor resigned after admitting he falsely claimed rabbit blood could be turned into a vaccine for the AIDS virus.  —  Dr. Dong-Pyou Han spiked a clinical test sample with healthy human blood …
InSerbia News:
Orthodox Church In Kosovo Turned Into Public Toilet And Garbage Dump  —  Kurir, Telegraf  —  Find story with similar tags:  —  Orthodox church dedicated to the Beheading of St. John the Baptist in the village of Samodreza near Vucitrn, was desecrated and turned into a garbage dump.
Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
Michelle Obama at 50  —  Trailblazing first lady is ‘American superwoman,’ championing causes, raising a family  —  First lady Michelle Obama will be the guest of honor at a White House dance party next month when she turns “50 and fabulous,” as she put it recently.
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Ron Christie / The Daily Beast:   After a Lousy Year, How Obama Can Turn His Presidency Around
 
 
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