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Morning Round-Up 12-19

By on 12.19.13 | 9:31AM

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Morning Headlines


Associated Press

  1. Target: 40M Card Accounts May Be Breached
  2. Advisory Panel Recommends More Oversight for NSA


  1. Patty Murray backs off military pension cut
  2. WH to nominate Sen. Max Baucus as next ambassador to China
  3. Barack Obama’s NSA fine-print problem


  1. Jobless claims rise to near nine-month high
  2. U.S. citizen gets 25 years in Taliban weapons sting
  3. In healthcare experiment, patients pay more for ‘bad’ medicine

Wall Street Journal

  1. Fed Dials Back Bond Buying, Keeps a Wary Eye on Growth
  2. Urban Schools’ Test Scores Improve, But Remain Below U.S. Average
  3. Nine GOP Senators Back Budget Bill in Final Passage

Washington Post

  1. In probe of Va. Gov. McDonnell, prosecutors agreed to delay decision on charges
  2. IRS delays start of tax filing season due to October shutdown
  3. Think your state has Obamacare problems? They’re nothing compared to Guam.

Washington Times

  1. Armed response, not restrictive gun laws, brought swift end to school shooting
  2. ‘Duck Dynasty’ Phil Robertson suspended ‘indefinitely’ for gay quip
  3. President gets budget win—but only by staying out of negotiations

Top Conservative Stories of the Day:

The American Conservative

  1. Adam Smith, Communitarian
  2. White House Panel Rebukes NSA Spying

The Blaze

  1. Longtime GOP Senator Reportedly Told Harry Reid He Was Going to ‘Kick the Crap Out’ of Him Over ‘Nuclear Option’


  1. NJ Stalls Same-Sex Marriage Bill to Kill Religious Protections
  2. Gallup: 72% View Big Government As Greatest Threat to America

 The Daily Caller     

  1. NSA changes recommended by Obama’s review group could politicize spy agency
  2. Lawsuit: Lesbian boss fired gym teacher because of his ‘traditional family’

  1. Harry Reid Takes Taxpayer Subsidy: ‘My Employer Helps Me Pay for My Health Care’
  2. Senate Panel Passes Religious Freedom Envoy Bill Opposed by Administration

National Review

  1. The Obamacare Generation
  2. Governor Moonbeam Dreams Big

Washington Free Beacon

  1. NLRB Expected to Clarify ‘Micro Union’ Decision
  2. China Defense Ministry Confirms Naval Confrontation

Top Liberal Stories of the Day:

The Daily Beast

  1. Bernanke Drops the Mic as He Exits the Fed
  2. Kate Middleton & Prince Harry’s Phones Hacked, Court Hears

Talking Points Memo

  1. The GOP’s New Plan For Repealing Obamacare: The Oversight Circuit
  2. Schweitzer Raises Specter of Clinton’s Iraq War Vote in Iowa


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