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9:45 PM ET, December 31, 2013

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Melissa Harris-Perry / msnbc.com:
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.
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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.
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Melissa Harris-Perry Tweets Apology to Romney Family
Discussion: PJ Lifestyle, Hot Air and Twitchy
Ashley Killough / CNN:
MSNBC host apologizes after panel makes fun of Romney photo with black grandchild
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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.
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
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.
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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 TheBlaze.com
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 …
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Scott Kaufman / The Raw Story:
Home Depot founder worries Pope Francis neither loves nor understands rich Americans
Discussion: Elizabeth Stoker and Hullabaloo
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
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
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Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Candidate For AZ Governor Misquotes Lincoln On ‘Class Hatred’
Discussion: The Raw Story
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
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
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 …
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.
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John Fund / National Review:   Report: New York Investigators Obtain Fraudulent Ballots 97 Percent of Time
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: TalkLeft and Weasel Zippers
ABC News:
Former First Lady Barbara Bush Hospitalized  —  Former first lady Barbara Bush was hospitalized today for early signs of pneumonia, a Houston hospital said.  —  Houston Methodist Hospital spokesman George Kovacik said she was admitted today, and said a statement from the family was expectedsoon.
Discussion: WJLA-TV
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 …
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Joan Walsh / Salon:
2013: The year in whiteness  —  From Phil Robertson to Megyn Kelly …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 
 
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Bill Mears / CNN:
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Dan Merica / CNN:
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Jim Haddadin / Nashuatelegraph.com:
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
Chris Greenwood / Daily Mail:
Revealed, the U.S. hate preacher who inspired murderer of Lee Rigby: Killer tells how he became …
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