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11:00 AM ET, December 28, 2013

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Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
A&E Welcomes Phil Robertson Back to ‘Duck Dynasty’  —  Less than two weeks after his anti-gay remarks prompted an “indefinite hiatus” for the reality patriarch — and a strong fan backlash — the network says he will remain on the series.  —  Phil Robertson, “Duck Dynasty”
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Charles Hoskinson / Washington Examiner:
Who are the losers in the ‘Duck Dynasty’ flap?  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL DUCK DYNASTY TELEVISION POLITICAL CORRECTNESS  —  Now that A&E executives have surrendered to the will of hundreds of thousands of “Duck Dynasty” fans and welcomed Phil Robertson back to the show nearly 10 days …
Fox News:
‘Duck Dynasty’ to resume filming with Phil Robertson, A&E announces  —  FILE: Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the popular series “Duck Dynasty,” was reinstated by the network on Friday, Dec. 27.AP  —  The A&E Network announced Friday it would resume filming “Duck Dynasty” …
New York Times:
Bowing to Pressure, A&E Revokes Suspension of ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star  —  The indefinite suspension of Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the family at the center of the A&E Network's huge ratings hit “Duck Dynasty,” became definite Friday — at zero episodes.  The network announced he would not be suspended after all.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Truthdig
Stuart Oldham / Variety:
‘Duck Dynasty’: A&E Ends Phil Robertson Suspension; Aims to Turn Controversy into Teachable Moment
Discussion: NO QUARTER USA NET
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
A&E Reverses Decision to ‘Suspend’ Phil Robertson
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Hot Air
New York Times:
Libya Holds Four American Military Personnel for Hours  —  WASHINGTON — Four American military personnel assigned to the United States Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, were detained Friday and released hours later after being held by the country's Interior Ministry, American officials said.
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New York Times:
Libyan Government Holds 4 U.S. Military Personnel  —  WASHINGTON — Four American military personnel have been detained in Libya and were in the Libyan government's custody, an American official said on Friday.  —  The circumstances of their detention were not clear.
Discussion: Fox News and The Gateway Pundit
Bari Weiss / Wall Street Journal:
Camille Paglia: A Feminist Defense of Masculine Virtues  —  The cultural critic on why ignoring the biological differences between men and women risks undermining Western civilization itself.  —  Philadelphia  —  'What you're seeing is how a civilization commits suicide," says Camille Paglia.
Sean McElwee / The Atlantic Online:
Can Vermont's Single-Payer System Fix What Ails American Healthcare?  —  As Obamacare struggles, progressives hope a bold experiment could offer a better model.  But first, it has to work.  —  The Affordable Care Act's turbulent implementation has ruled the news cycle …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Michael F. Cannon / Forbes:
As Predicted, ObamaCare Plunges Into ‘Utter Chaos’  —  “HHS maintains they'll have these [Exchanges] up and running by October 2013.  I don't know anyone who is confident about that and I'm ready to predict that they will not.”  — Michael F. Cannon, December 2012  —  “In my opinion, what's going to happen is utter chaos.”
New York Times:
Judge Upholds N.S.A.'s Bulk Collection of Data on Calls  —  WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Friday ruled that a National Security Agency program that collects enormous troves of phone records is legal, making the latest contribution to an extraordinary debate among courts and a presidential review group …
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
U.S. judge says NSA phone surveillance is lawful
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Timothy Pratt / The Atlantic Online:
‘We Are Creating Walmarts of Higher Education’  —  Universities in South Dakota, Nebraska, and other states have cut the number of credits students need to graduate.  A proposal in Florida would let online courses forgo the usual higher-education accreditation process.
Discussion: Instapundit
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Benefits Ending for One Million Unemployed  —  WASHINGTON — An emergency federal program that acts as a lifeline for 1.3 million jobless workers will end on Saturday, drastically curtailing government support for the long-term unemployed and setting the stage for a major political fight in the new year.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
New York Post:
Hundreds of teens trash mall in wild flash mob  —  Hundreds of teenagers stormed and trashed a Brooklyn mall in a wild flash mob that forced the shopping center to close its doors during day-after Christmas sales, sources said on Friday.  —  More than 400 crazed teens grabbed and smashed jars of candy …
Marc Siegel / Wall Street Journal:
The Death of the Bedside Manner  —  ObamaCare is speeding the decline in the quality of medical practice.  —  'It is as painful perhaps to be awakened from a vision as to be born," James Joyce wrote famously in his masterpiece “Ulysses.  ” I recently had such an experience when my office manager …
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Bloomberg:
Somebody Has to Be Wrong About Obamacare
Discussion: Daily Kos
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Democrats will pay political price for Obamacare in 2014
Discussion: Twitchy
 
 
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