An extra 24 hours: Is it a delay or an extension? The White House is giving Americans an extra day to enroll under the Affordable Health Act if they want coverage for 2014. So, along with your Christmas Eve eggnog, you can park yourself in front of the computer tonight, pull up and sign up. The Obama administration said the change was made for those who tried to sign up yesterday, but ran into website delays because of record-high traffic. If only we’d know about these sorts of problems earlier. BTW: The President signed up for Obamacare over the weekend the White House says. It’s symbolic, of course. His employer already provides his insurance.


Evacuation ready: How ugly are things getting in South Sudan? Ugly enough that the U.S. military is staging about 150 Marines at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti. From there, it’s a quick hop into South Sudan if more Americans need to be evacuated or if the U.S. Embassy needs additional protection. Some 380 U.S. citizens have already been pulled out of the country. An estimated 100 Americans remain. Steady violence is stoking fears of an all-out civil war in Africa’s newest nation.


Fixing the space station: It’s hard to get a repairman during the holidays. Fortunately, the astronauts on board the International Space Station are already on call. They’ll step outside this morning to continue repairs on the statio’s cooling system. A faulty valve is the problem. The old one has already been removed and, if everything goes according to plan, the new one will be replaced today.

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