National Headlines 12-22-13

Mixed Messages Add Anxiety as Deadline Nears in Health Act (New York Times)

Democrats seek to puncture Christie (The Hill)

Baucus exit jolts race for Senate (The Hill)

Is US losing global influence? (The Hill)

Manchin: Obamacare could face a ‘meltdown’ (MSNBC)

He might be back: Huckabee eyeing White House run (Associated Press)

Hill lawmakers battle over future of NSA spying, in wake of White House report (Fox News)

Obama Seen Rescued From ‘Near-Death’ Year by Growing Economy (Bloomberg)

Economic growth picks up the pace (McClatchy Newspapers)

New Rule May Exempt Many From Health Plan Penalty (HealthDay)

Dow, S&P 500 hit new records on strong GDP growth (AFP)