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1:00 AM ET, January 1, 2014


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Alan / Liberaland:
MSNBC Panel Was Mocking Republicans, Not Mitt Romney's Black Grandchild  —  Melissa Harris-Perry is apologizing for something that she didn't do wrong.  A photo of the Romney family with a black baby on Mitt's knee was the subject of a panel discussion on Perry's MSNBC show.  But no one was slighting the baby.
Melissa Harris-Perry /
An apology from Melissa Harris-Perry  —  On Sunday's program, we showed a photo of Governor Romney holding his adopted grandson, who is African-American.  —  The intent of featuring the photo was to celebrate it— I often speak to the issue of the increasingly diverse American family.
Caleb Howe / The Right Scoop:
Marc Lamont Hill: Romney Grandson Photo Was Exploitative To Begin With  —  On CNN today a segment aired regarding the remarks made by the panelists on MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry.  Host Don Lemon played the clip and went to his two panelists, Ana Navarro and Marc Lamont Hill for their remarks.
Reid Wilson / GovBeat:
What your favorite drink says about your politics, in one chart  —  Former Mississippi governor and uber-Republican Haley Barbour loves bourbon.  Franklin Roosevelt mixed martinis.  And, as it turns out, those two partisans have something in common with their base voters …
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
After a year of seeing President Obama's approval ratings plummet, the president's pollster is offering a strikingly candid and pessimistic New Year's resolution.  —  Reporters should go the next “year without reporting any public polling data,” Joel Benenson, president and CEO of Benenson Strategy Group, said.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Apple Denies Working with NSA on iPhone Backdoor  —  Apple just responded to newly released documents claiming that the U.S. National Security Agency has a method for gaining backdoor access to its iPhone.  It says it has never worked with the agency, and is unaware of the alleged program targeting the iPhone known as DROPOUTJEEP.
Christina Ng / ABC News:
Kim Jong-un's Lonely Ski Lift Ride at Dream Resort  —  After pushing for his dream ski resort, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un finally rode the lift at Masik Pass Ski Resort, which only took one year to build from scratch.  Sanctions didn't stop him from that ride.
Discussion: Mediaite and
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
GOP retaliation over filibuster rule change could jam Senate in 2014  —  CONGRESS SENATE HARRY REID PENNAVE NUCLEAR OPTION  —  Senate Republicans still smarting from a Democratic rules change that diminished their power to block President Obama's appointees are vowing retribution …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Michelle Caruso-Cabrera / CNBC:
Pope's sharp words make a wealthy donor hesitate  —  Cardinal Timothy Dolan on the wealthy and capitalism  —  CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera talks to Cardinal Timothy Dolan about concerns following the pope's recent comments.  —  Pope Francis' critical comments about the wealthy and capitalism …
Scott Kaufman / The Raw Story:
Home Depot founder worries Pope Francis neither loves nor understands rich Americans
Discussion: Elizabeth Stoker and Hullabaloo
ABC News:
Utah Asks Supreme Court to Block Same-Sex Unions  —  Utah is asking the Supreme Court to stop same-sex marriages in the state, at least temporarily.  —  In papers filed Tuesday with Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the state asked her to overturn court decisions to let the marriages go forward.
Discussion: CNN and National Review
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
On Christmas, Republicans Quietly Declare War on Themselves  —  The holidays are a great time in politics.  Every year it's the same: the minute the last bits of wrapping paper have been cleared away, and Grandpa has passed his last puff of holiday gas, you can always retreat to the inside pages …
Rmchatelain / CBS New York:
Judge Orders ‘Compassionate Release’ Of Jailed Former Civil Rights Lawyer  —  NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -A federal judge in Manhattan ordered a “compassionate release” Tuesday from prison for a dying former civil rights lawyer.  —  The U.S. government requested the release earlier …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and TalkLeft
Barbie Latza Nadeau / The Daily Beast:
Animal-Rights Activists Bully Dying Italian Girl  —  How one terminally ill student's Facebook post triggered a wave of hate mail and death threats from European animal-rights activists.  —  When 25-year-old veterinary student Caterina Simonsen posted an update on a Facebook page supporting …
Kyle Chayka / The Verge:
Wow this is doge  —  This Dog Was About To Die.  You Won't Believe What Happened Next.  —  Go  —  Google Play Music All Access subscribers now getting Glass Explorer invitations  —  When 51-year-old Japanese kindergarten teacher Atsuko Sato started seeing strange pictures …
Discussion: Jezebel and TechCrunch
Howard Fischer Capitol / Arizona Daily Star:
Melvin misattributes quotes about class warfare to Lincoln  —  PHOENIX — Republican gubernatorial hopeful Al Melvin is using quotes from Abe Lincoln in his running fight with President Obama and his policies.  —  The problem: The 16th president never said the things about class warfare Melvin is quoting.
Discussion: Mediaite
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Candidate For AZ Governor Misquotes Lincoln On ‘Class Hatred’
Discussion: The Raw Story
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
10,988,269: 2013 Closes With Record Number on Disability Getting Highest-Ever Monthly Benefits  —  ( - The total number of people in the United States now receiving federal disability benefits hit a record 10,988,269 in December, up from the previous record of 10,982,920 set in November …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Dyson Dismisses Phil Robertson's Biracial Grandson: Abner Louima's Sodomizer Had Mixed Race Kin Too  —  Fresh on the heels of one MSNBC host's program coming under fire after a panel mocked Mitt Romney's adopted biracial grandson for being “not like the other” members of his family …
Joan Walsh / Salon:
2013: The year in whiteness  —  From Phil Robertson to Megyn Kelly …
Discussion: neo-neocon and The Daily Caller
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
The dead can vote in NYC  —  Death doesn't necessarily disqualify you from voting in New York City.  —  Investigators posing as dead voters were allowed to cast ballots for this year's primary and general elections, thanks to antiquated Board of Election registration records and lax oversight by poll workers, authorities said.
John Fund / National Review:   Report: New York Investigators Obtain Fraudulent Ballots 97 Percent of Time
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ABC News:
Former First Lady Barbara Bush Hospitalized
Discussion: Business Insider
Bill Mears / CNN:
Catholic groups ask Supreme Court to delay Obamacare mandate
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Crowds and fireworks welcome 2014
New York Times:
Kelly, Flinching a Bit, Looks Back With Head High
Dan Merica / CNN:
Arkansas governor asks for lieutenant governor's resignation
Discussion: Associated Press
Jim Haddadin /
Nashua's Campbell issues apology over duck deaths
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and ABC News
Mark Lawrence Schrad / Politico:
The Vodka Effect  —  Happy New Year: A short history of booze diplomacy.
Discussion: American Spectator
 Earlier Items: 
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Senate Discord Drains Power of Finance Chief
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Chris Greenwood / Daily Mail:
Revealed, the U.S. hate preacher who inspired murderer of Lee Rigby: Killer tells how he became …
Rand Ghayad / The Atlantic Online:
No, Rand Paul, There's No Reason to Cut Unemployment Benefits
Discussion: Paul Krugman