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Morning Round-Up 12-31

By on 12.31.13 | 10:11AM

Feature of the Day: Ireland Is Tearing Down Thousands of Empty, Brand New “Ghost Homes”

Morning Headlines


Associated Press

  1. Lung Cancer Scans Urged For Some Smokers, Not All
  2. Home Electricity Use in US Falling to 2001 Levels
  3. ACLU Sues Government Over International Calls


  1. The Clinton-de Blasio political marriage
  2. The Vodka Effect: Happy New Year: A short history of booze diplomacy
  3. Health plans scramble to finalize Obamacare enrollments


  1. Walgreen offers month of prescriptions to backlogged Obamacare enrollees
  2. NYC sues FedEx for illegally shipping cigarettes to homes

Wall Street Journal

  1. Jurist Prudence? Candid Judges Speak Out
  2. Mayor Bloomberg Leaves Mark on New York City
  3. Kerry to Present Mideast Peace Framework

Washington Post

  1. Younger military veterans are angered by budget cuts to their pension benefits
  2. 9 questions about South Sudan you were too embarrassed to ask
  3. Wonkbook: Will Obamacare make it to 7 million?

Washington Times

  1. Thanks for nothing, Washington: 2013 ‘one of the worst’ years in U.S. history
  2. Tricky Dick: Only Nixon less popular than President Obama in Year 5
  3. Michelle Obama tweets congrats to Robin Roberts for coming out as gay

Top Conservative Stories of the Day:

The American Conservative

  1. Where Is Robert Levinson?
  2. Is Inequality a Problem—or a Power Play?

The Blaze

  1. Watch the 2009 Video That Has Phil Robertson Under Fire Yet Again


  1. US Offers More Security To Russia For Sochi Games
  2. D.C. Boomtown Population Grows in Proportion to Gov’t Spending

 The Daily Caller     

  1. Spokesman: Hillary had no knowledge of New York Times story on Benghazi
  2. Obama deported only 0.2 percent of 11.7 million illegals in 2013

  1. Americans Still Driving Less Than They Did in 2007
  2. Record 87 Surgical Abortion Clinics Close in 2013—Total Drops 73% from 1991 High

National Review

  1. Good Ol’ Boy, Inc.
  2. Credulous and Tendentious on Benghazi

Washington Free Beacon

  1. 10 Tax Breaks We’ll Miss in 2014

Top Liberal Stories of the Day:

The Daily Beast

  1. Obama’s Defining Fight: How He Will Take On the NSA’s Surveillance State in 2014
  2. Ted Cruz’s Canadian Panic

Talking Points Memo

  1. Poll: Republican Belief in Evolution Has Plummeted In Recent Years
  2. John McCain: Don’t Count Obama Out


  1. Minnesota Officials Complain That Drug Testing Welfare Recipients Is A Waste of Time and Money

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