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5:30 PM ET, January 4, 2014


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Itay Hod / Facebook:
people always say, no one has the right to out anyone.  that coming out is a private matter.  i disagree.  as you can imagine, not a very popular opinion.  but bear with me.  —  here's a hypothetical: what if you know a certain GOP congressman, let's just say from Illinois, is gay …
Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry Makes Tearful Televised Apology To The Romney Family  —  “My intention was not malicious, but I broke the ground rule that families are off-limits.  For that I am sorry.”  —  MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry opened her Saturday morning show with an apology …
Jon Pareles / New York Times:
Phil Everly, Half of a Pioneer Rock Duo That Inspired Generations, Dies at 74  —  Phil Everly, whose hits with his older brother, Don, as the Everly Brothers carried the close fraternal harmonies of country tradition into pioneering rock ‘n’ roll, died on Friday in Burbank, Calif. He was 74.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Liberaland
Fox News:   Phil Everly, of Everly Brothers fame, dies at 74, wife says
The Hill:
Strategists to GOP: Restrain yourselves on debt ceiling  —  GOP strategists are urging restraint in the upcoming debt-ceiling fight.  —  They are excited by the prospect of reclaiming the Senate in November's midterms elections but anxious about the party's capacity to snatch defeat …
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Wall Street Journal:
Degrees of Value: Making College Pay Off  —  For Too Many Americans, College Today Isn't Worth It … In the field of higher education, reality is outrunning parody.  A recent feature on the satire website the Onion proclaimed, “30-Year-Old Has Earned $11 More Than He Would Have Without College Education.”
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Peter Travers / Rolling Stone:
Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For  —  Guaranteed jobs, universal basic incomes, public finance and more  —  It's a new year, but one thing hasn't changed: The economy still blows.  Five years after Wall Street crashed, America's banker-gamblers have only gotten richer …
David Harper / Tulsa World:
Tulsa man arrested on religion-based hate-crime complaint  —  A Tulsa man was arrested Thursday on a complaint alleging that he committed a hate crime against a woman he assumed to be a Muslim.  —  Stuart D. Manning, 43, is accused of hitting the woman in the forehead and sticking a knife …
Alexis Kleinman / The Huffington Post:
Isaac Asimov's Predictions For 2014 From 50 Years Ago Are Eerily Accurate  —  Fifty years ago, American scientist and author Isaac Asimov published a story in The New York Times that listed his predictions for what the world would be like in 2014.  —  Asimov wrote more than 500 books in his lifetime …
Discussion: Motherboard and InvestorPlace
William Bender /
Teens in Muslim garb try, fail to rob gun shop  —  MOST TEENAGERS do dumb things.  But not trying-to-rob-Joe-Galiano dumb.  —  Galiano is the owner of Suburban Armory, the gun shop on MacDade Boulevard in Collingdale, Delaware County.  There is a giant gun-shaped sign on the roof.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Jihad Watch
Jason Koebler / Politico:
The Congressman Who Went Off the Grid  —  Roscoe Bartlett spent 20 years on Capitol Hill.  Now he lives in a remote cabin in the woods, prepping for doomsday.  —  Bartlett bought the 153-acre property in the early 1980s for $80,000 and built the five cabins himself, wiring the solar panels …
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Jon Favreau / The Daily Beast:
The Social-Minded Pope Francis Is a Very Different Kind of Pontiff  —  Pope Francis, the first Pope from a developing nation, sees the world through the eyes of the poor and dispossessed.  —  Add my name to the long list of souls who have leapt aboard the Pope Francis bandwagon.
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Reuters
Nina Bernstein / New York Times:
School Experiment That Burned Boy Was Focus of Federal Warning  —  Only weeks before a chemistry experiment sent a plume of fire across a Manhattan high school science lab, engulfing two students and leaving one with life-threatening burns, a federal safety agency issued a video warning …
Discussion: Gothamist
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Alan Duke / CNN:
Coroner: Car carrying Paul Walker going 100-plus mph
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Tim Shipman / Daily Mail:
Michael Gove blasts ‘Blackadder myths’ about the First World War spread by television sit-coms and left-wing academics
Discussion: Guardian and
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
New Iranian Foreign Policy Head ‘Approved’ 1994 Terror Bombing
Discussion: Jihad Watch
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Political palliatives won't cure ObamaCare's ills.
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Beutler / Salon:
GOP's “Duck Dynasty” problem: Why Phil Robertson was a hugely important political story
Jesse Lichtenstein / New York Times:
Ronan Farrow, Reluctant TV Star
Discussion: Althouse, NewsBusters and TVNewser
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
IMF Says: By the Way, There's a Debt Crisis
Discussion: Telegraph