That’s it for today, folks. I’ll be back for most of next week, but Kathleen Geier will be taking over for the weekend. I hope everyone is having a good holiday, and you’ve all got someone to at least keep you company; if you’ve got a few spare bucks and are still on the fence, we humbly request a little Christmas donation. In the meantime, here are a few links for the evening:

1. Ta-Nehisi Coates takes on the history of Phil Robertson’s race comments. As Pareene says, he is the best.

2. The administration says that the individual mandate will be delayed for people whose insurance plans were canceled. Ezra Klein explains what that means.

3. A federal judge just struck down Utah’s gay marriage ban. Utah is so awesome, it’s gets awesome in the few hours I stop pointing out that it’s awesome. Also:

@chrislhayes: Non traditional marriages in the state of Utah? Who’d a thunk it

4. The defenses of the NSA dragnet programs are getting less and less convincing.

5. Interesting thought from Greg Sargent, as Democrats keep fighting over Iran sanctions: “this bill comes to a vote and goes down in the Senate?” Fingers crossed.

6. Aaand a Canadian court just struck down its anti-prostitution laws. Well.

7. Beautiful ’95 piece from Buzz Bissinger about murders of gay people.

Finally, great recut of It’s a Wonderful Life:

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Follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanlcooper. Ryan Cooper is a national correspondent at The Week. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New Republic, and The Nation.