National Headlines 12-30-13

Howard Dean: Mandate to hurt Democrats (The Hill)

High-level ObamaCare official steps down (The Hill)

ACLU sues for details of U.S. surveillance under executive order (Reuters)

The NSA Reportedly Has Total Access To The Apple iPhone (Forbes)

Census Bureau Projects New Year’s Day Population (NBC News)

33 cops killed by gunfire in 2013, the lowest number since 1887 (Los Angeles Times)

Ted Cruz unapologetic for confrontational first year in the Senate (Dallas Morning News)

Debate rages over disputed al Qaeda link to Benghazi attack (CBS News)

High tourist numbers expected as US states Colorado and Washington legalise recreational marijuana (Sydney Morning Herald)

Legal Pot Sales Begin Amid Uncertainty in Colo. (Associated Press)

Mediators recommend approval of Detroit bankruptcy debt deal (Detroit News)

F.A.A. Picks Diverse Sites To Carry Out Drone Tests (New York Times)