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2:35 PM ET, December 26, 2014

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New York Post:
Eric Garner's daughter posts address of cop at his death  —  One of Eric Garner's daughters marked Christmas Day by spreading personal information about an NYPD cop who was present during the chokehold death of her father — outraging officers still reeling from last weekend's execution-style slayings of two policemen in Brooklyn.
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Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
‘DE BLASIO, OUR BACKS HAVE TURNED TO YOU’ Cold war between NYPD cops, de Blasio takes to skies over the Hudson  —  Ashley Chalmers, head of Jersey Shore Aerial Advertising, told the Daily News the people who paid for the airborne message ‘want to remain anonymous.’
Nikita Stewart / New York Times:
After Killing of Police Officers, Protest Movement Is at a Crossroads
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Gateway Pundit
Rachael Bade / Politico:
GOP learns lessons from Sam Brownback's tax scare  —  Republicans once idolized the tax-cutting superstar; now they look askance at him.  —  Ohio Gov. John Kasich will roll out “responsible” tax plans that protect against revenue gaps.  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Arizona's …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Tidings of Comfort  —  Maybe I'm just projecting, but Christmas seemed unusually subdued this year.  The malls seemed less crowded than usual, the people glummer.  There was even less Muzak in the air.  And, in a way, that's not surprising: All year Americans have been bombarded …
Discussion: AlterNet and Daily Kos
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Critics hate ‘The Interview’  —  Movie critics say the controversy surrounding “The Interview” is much more interesting than the movie itself  —  The movie is scoring just a 50 percent positive review from critics on the Rotten Tomatoes website.  —  It's fairing even more poorly with top critics …
Discussion: Slate and Liberaland
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Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
New Study May Add to Skepticism Among Security Experts That North Korea Was Behind Sony Hack  —  A number of private security researchers are increasingly voicing doubts that the hack of Sony's computer systems was the work of North Korea.  —  President Obama and the F.B.I. last week accused North Korea …
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
The Islamic State is failing at being a state  —  GAZIANTEP, Turkey — The Islamic State's vaunted exercise in state-building appears to be crumbling as living conditions deteriorate across the territories under its control, exposing the shortcomings of a group that devotes most of its energies …
Discussion: The Jawa Report, Hot Air and Althouse
David Lerman / Bloomberg:
U.S. Spy Agency Reports Improper Surveillance of Americans  —  The National Security Agency today released reports on intelligence collection that may have violated the law or U.S. policy over more than a decade, including unauthorized surveillance of Americans' overseas communications.
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Wall Street Journal:
NSA Forced to Spell Out Violations After Suit
KIRO-TV:
Woman kicked off plane, arrested in Seattle  —  SEATTLE —  A New York woman was arrested in Seattle after she tried to make herself more comfortable on her flight to Alaska.  —  She's now suing United Airlines after she spent days in jail because she says the flight attendants blew the situation out of proportion.
Discussion: Raw Story, Addicting Info and Gawker
Politico:
Race and the race  —  The GOP's 2016 slate may be its most diverse ever, but don't expect the candidates to talk much about it.  —  Bobby Jindal is Indian-American, but you'll never hear him describe himself that way.  Marco Rubio insists he's an “American of Hispanic descent.”
T. M. Luhrmann / New York Times:
Religion Without God  —  THIS Christmas our family will go to church.  The service is held in a beautiful old church in the charming town of Walpole, N.H., just over the border from Vermont.  The Lord's Prayer hangs on the wall behind the sanctuary.  A lectern rises above the nave to let the pastor look down on his flock.
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and Althouse
Dave Gram / Associated Press:
SANDERS: I'LL DECIDE ON PRESIDENTIAL RUN BY MARCH  —  BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders says he'll decide by March whether to launch a 2016 presidential campaign and, if so, whether he'll seek the Democratic nomination.  Either way, Sanders says he wouldn't run just to nudge the debate to the left.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Team Rubio: Jeb won't push us out of 2016 presidential race  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is planning to take a more active role on the national political stage next month, undeterred by his former mentor Jeb Bush's moves toward running for president.  —  Republican strategists predicted months ago …
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Joseph Tanfani / Los Angeles Times:   Jeb Bush eases out of some businesses, such as firm helped by Obamacare
Njones / CBS San Francisco:
San Lorenzo Board Member Of 42 Years Censured After Racist, Sexist Comments To Employees  —  SAN LORENZO (CBS SF) — An East Bay sanitary district's board of directors has censured a longtime board member for racial slurs and sexist remarks they say he made to district employees.
Discussion: Addicting Info and Raw Story
 
 
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Associated Press:
Republicans Plot To Shatter ‘Obama Coalition’ In 2016
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Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Some Top Officials Knew of V.A. Woes, Before the Scandal
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Jed Horowitz / Reuters:
Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox hit by delays
Discussion: NPR
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Asian Tsunami Anniversary: LIVE REPORT
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Teams Turn to a Face Reader, Looking for That Winning Smile
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 Earlier Items: 
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
At Christmastime, George W. Bush was Santa, Obama is Scrooge
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and BizPac Review
Associated Press:
Spain premier announces modest minimum wage raise
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Ready for Pope Francis
Alex Byers / Politico:
Rock stars amp up in digital music copyright war
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton looks to shore up support on the left
Discussion: Liberaland and NewsMax.com
Reno Gazette-Journal:
Goats will help you recycle your Christmas tree
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
Look at the Obamas' Throwback Christmas Snap
Discussion: 7online.com