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6:40 PM ET, December 31, 2013


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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.
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.
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.
Ashley Killough / CNN:
MSNBC host apologizes after panel makes fun of Romney photo with black grandchild
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.
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 …
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.
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Candidate For AZ Governor Misquotes Lincoln On ‘Class Hatred’  —  A Republican gubernatorial candidate in Arizona was forced to backtrack this week after he was caught misattributing several quotes about class warfare on Twitter to Abraham Lincoln.  —  State Sen. Al Melvin (R) …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Howard Fischer Capitol / Arizona Daily Star:
Melvin misattributes quotes about class warfare to Lincoln
Discussion: Mediaite
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: Hullabaloo and Elizabeth Stoker
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
Associated Press:
Utah asks Supreme Court to block same-sex unions  —  SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah took its fight against gay marriage to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, asking the high court to suspend same-sex unions that became legal when a judge struck down the state's voter-approved ban.
Discussion: National Review
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
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: and Mediaite
Patrick Goodenough / CNSNews:
And The Country Posing The Greatest Threat to Peace as 2013 Ends is ...  ( - The past year witnessed bloodshed in Syria and Iraq, turmoil in Egypt, anarchy in Central Africa, threats by a nuclear-armed North Korea and Chinese military posturing, but as 2013 ends a global poll finds …
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: The Daily Caller
Dan Merica / CNN:
Arkansas governor asks for lieutenant governor's resignation  —  Washington (CNN) - Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, has asked Republican Lieutenant Gov. Mark Darr, the state's second in command, to resign over campaign finance impropriety.  —  Beebe called Darr on Tuesday to ask for his resignation …
Discussion: Associated Press
Rand Ghayad / The Atlantic Online:
No, Rand Paul, There's No Reason to Cut Unemployment Benefits  —  People aren't long-term unemployed because they prefer getting benefits.  People are long-term unemployed because there still aren't enough jobs.  —  Rand Paul says he cares about the unemployed.
Discussion: Paul Krugman
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