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12:55 AM ET, January 3, 2014


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Chris Kluwe / Deadspin:
I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards And A Bigot  —  Hello.  My name is Chris Kluwe, and for eight years I was the punter for the Minnesota Vikings.  In May 2013, the Vikings released me from the team.  At the time, quite a few people asked me if I thought …
Matt Higgins / CBS Seattle:
Oregon Mother: I Can't Afford Obamacare For Myself, 1-Year-Old Son  —  PORTLAND, Ore. (CBS Seattle/AP) — One Oregon mother says that she is unable to afford health insurance for her and her 18-month-old son because it's too expensive.  —  Kate Holly, 33, tells KOIN-TV that she originally …
Brian Beutler / Salon:
GOP's 2014 horror strategy: Exploit Americans' misfortune, drum up fake outrage  —  Prepare for them to search high and low for people disappointed with Obamacare — then pretend to share their pain  —  A quick look at the House and Senate vote calendars indicates that Congress did not in fact come …
Jessica Morkert / KOIN-TV:
Mom caught in health insurance loophole
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Daily Mail:
Duck Dynasty launch their own line of guns as Phil hatches plot to move his family to rival TV network after A&E bosses ‘humiliated’ him over anti-gay storm  — Phil Robertson feels betrayed by bosses at A&E and is plotting to get his family out of the $200,000 per episode contact they signed last August
Aaron Smith /
“Duck Dynasty” launches its own line of guns  —  The family-owned business at the center of the hit TV show “Duck Dynasty” has launched its own line of guns.  —  The gunmaker Mossberg has teamed with Duck Commander, the company owned by “Duck Dynasty's” Robertson clan, to release nine different shotguns …
Medicaid Increases Emergency-Department Use: Evidence from Oregon's Health Insurance Experiment  —  1National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA.  —  2Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, NY 10027, USA.  —  3Center for Outcomes Research and Education …
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Emergency Visits Seen Increasing With Health Law
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Power Line
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Study: Expanding Medicaid doesn't reduce ER trips. It increases them.
Discussion: National Review and
David Brooks / New York Times:
Weed: Been There.  Done That.  —  For a little while in my teenage years, my friends and I smoked marijuana.  It was fun.  I have some fond memories of us all being silly together.  I think those moments of uninhibited frolic deepened our friendships.  —  But then we all sort of moved away from it.
New York Times:
Qaeda-Aligned Militants Threaten Key Iraqi Cities  —  BAGHDAD — Radical Sunni militants aligned with Al Qaeda threatened Thursday to seize control of Falluja and Ramadi, two of the most important cities in Iraq, setting fire to police stations, freeing prisoners from jail and occupying mosques …
Find Friends Abuse  —  When we first built Snapchat, we had a difficult time finding other friends that were using the service.  We wanted a way to find friends in our address book that were also using Snapchat - so we created Find Friends.  Find Friends is an optional service that asks Snapchatters …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The Three Stages of Obamacare Acceptance  —  Now that Obamacare is clearly moving forward, Republicans are adjusting to a new reality: it may no longer be a realistic option to simply wait until the law collapses under its own weight and vanishes entirely.  GOP lawmakers are increasingly discussing …
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Exclusive: MSNBC to name Thomas Roberts host of ‘Way Too Early’  —  MSNBC has decided to replace the anchor of “Way Too Early” with the openly-gay Thomas Roberts because the left-leaning channel wants the show to be seen as more “diverse,” a source inside the cable network tells The Daily Caller.
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
How Netflix Reverse Engineered Hollywood  —  And then, how we reverse engineered Netflix.  The story of the streaming service's micro-genres. … If you use Netflix, you've probably wondered about the specific genres that it suggests to you.  Some of them just seem so specific that it's absurd.
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates hurt in fall  —  (CNN) - Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates was back home on Thursday after injuring his neck in a fall on New Year's Day.  —  Gates accidentally fell and fractured his first vertebrae at his home in Washington state …
Discussion: Politico
David Martosko / Daily Mail:
‘They had no idea if my insurance was active or not!’:  Obamacare confusion reigns as frustrated patients walk out of hospitals without treatment  — MailOnline spoke with patients who were told they would have to pay their bills in full if they couldn't prove they had insurance
Robby Soave / The Daily Caller:
It begins: New NYC schools chancellor will push ‘progressive agenda’  —  Farina, a former teacher and long-time adviser to de Blasio, shares the mayor's desire to foist a “progressive agenda” upon NYC schools, she said at a news conference earlier this week.
Valerie Strauss / Washington Post:
U.S. education officials lobbied against Starr for New York City schools post
Discussion: Eduwonk and Diane Ravitch's blog
Ravi Somaiya / Washington Post:
Ezra Klein Is Said to Plan to Leave Washington Post  —  Ezra Klein, an analyst, columnist and television commentator who runs The Washington Post's Wonkblog, is making plans to leave the newspaper after failing to win support for a new website he wanted to create within the company …
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Climate to be 2014 battlefield  —  Climate change and energy will be a major policy battleground in the 2014 midterms, advocates on both sides of the issue promise.  —  Republicans like Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) plan to go on the attack against President Obama's climate action plan …
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Mass Shootings Are Becoming More Frequent  —  After a man opened fire at Los Angeles's airport a few months ago, friends and coworkers undoubtedly turned to each other shaking their heads: Could this really be happening again, so soon?  Are these things getting more frequent, or am I imagining it?
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Mike Ciandella / NewsBusters:
Frozen Out: 98% of Stories Ignore That Ice-bound Ship Was On Global Warming Mission  —  A group of climate change scientists were rescued by helicopter Jan. 2, after being stranded in the ice since Christmas morning.  But the majority of the broadcast networks' reports about the ice-locked …
Calif. high court grants undocumented immigrant admission to state bar  —  Sergio Garcia is seen in Chico, Calif., April 2, 2013.  Despite a law school degree and passing the state bar exam, as an undocumented immigrant, Garcia was not allowed to practice law by the state until the ruling today.
Natalie Kitroeff / New York Times:
Loan Monitor Is Accused of Ruthless Tactics on Student Debt  —  Stacy Jorgensen fought her way through pancreatic cancer.  But her struggle was just beginning.  —  Before she became ill, Ms. Jorgensen took out $43,000 in student loans.  As her payments piled up along with medical bills …
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
In the Buckeye State, the Tea Party Bucks the Establishment Republican Governor  —  Governor John Kasich once declared he was “in the Tea Party before there was a Tea Party.”  Now a conservative activist wants to revoke his membership and kick him out of office for going soft on Obamacare and more.
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Weeks in the Making, an Editorial on Snowden May Go ‘Beyond What Is Realistic’  —  Most newspaper editorials don't generate a great deal of heat.  Even fewer can be considered newsworthy.  —  The exception was one in The Times on Thursday, calling for Edward J. Snowden to be offered clemency or a plea bargain.
Nicholas Kristof:
What's Missing in My Byline?  —  If you look closely at my Times byline, beginning with Thursday's column, you'll notice something odd.  Well, actually, you probably won't notice it.  —  I've knocked out my middle initial for the new year.  I acquired it in my byline because as a college journalist …
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Kerry Quietly Makes Priority of Climate Pact  —  WASHINGTON — As a young naval officer in Vietnam, John Kerry commanded a Swift boat up the dangerous rivers of the Mekong Delta.  But when he returned there last month as secretary of state for the first time since 1969, he spoke not of past firefights but of climate change.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Lobbyists cash in on do-nothing Congress  —  Congress didn't get much of anything done last year, but you wouldn't know it looking down K Street.  —  Washington Inc. experienced only a minor squeeze, continuing to hum along even as Congress failed to pass the kind of bills that lobbyists …
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The Boston Globe:
Virtuoso's flutes destroyed by US Customs
Discussion: LewRockwell and The Raw Story
Tampa Bay Times:
Super PAC forms to boost Paige Kreegel as possible opponent to Trey Radel
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Social conservatives make big money plans
Paige Winfield Cunningham / Politico:
Eric Cantor plans vote on Obamacare security bill
Discussion: CNN
New York Post:
Here are the big losers in ObamaCare
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Former Florida Governor Apologizes For Anti-Gay Record
Discussion: Advocate, Joe. My. God. and Liberaland
Fox News:
Bob Grant, conservative radio icon, dead at 84, reports say
Discussion: Riehl World News
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Jonathan V. Last / Weekly Standard:
2014: The Year of Obama's Reckoning
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Obama Christmas gift goes astray