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First Watch: Holiday factchecks and the most annoying word of the year

  • McClatchy Washington Bureau
  • Published Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at 7:27 a.m.
  • Updated Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at 2:43 p.m.


  • "Even when we try to be functional, we’re dysfunctional": Congress passes about 57 bills into law as least productive session ends year.
  • Fewer than 500,000 people with cancelled health insurance will actually lose coverage, the White House estimated Thursday, much lower than the 4 to 14 million originally estimated.
  • The botched healthcare roll-out tops this list of the biggest political stories of 2013. The biggest story of 2014?: Hillary Clinton says she will decide next year whether to run for president.

  • Fact-checking Santa: Yes, Virginia, there is a PolitiFact.
  • Copy editing a Christmas classic: 'Twas? And a new media version: The night before Techmas
  • "A Charlie Brown Christmas" flash mob

  • The most annoying word of the year: Whatever.
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