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12:05 PM ET, December 22, 2014


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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama's ‘propaganda’ pushed people to ‘hate the police,’ Giuliani says  —  President Obama has engaged in “propaganda” encouraging people to “hate the police,” former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) charged a day after two New York City police officers were shot and killed in their patrol car …
Howard Safir / TIME:
Anti-Police Rhetoric Unlike Anything I've Seen in 45 Years  —  Howard Safir is the former commissioner of the New York City Police Department (1996-2000) and Chairman and CEO of Vigilant Resources International (VRI).  —  We have seen nothing but police bashing from some of the highest offices in the land.
New York Times:
New York Officers' Killer, Adrift and Ill, Had a Plan  —  Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who had drifted between friends and family members for most of his short life, alienating most of them and failing at almost anything that he tried, decided to come home on Saturday.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Importance of Treating NYPD Officers as Individuals  —  On the outrageous murder of two cops and the faction trying to exploit their deaths for political leverage  —  At 28-years-old, Ismaaiyl Brinsley had been arrested 19 times and served 2 years in prison.
Jonathan S. Tobin / Commentary Magazine:
As Police Die, Racism Narrative Unravels  —  Any conversation about the murders of two New York City Police officers this weekend must start by acknowledging the ordinary heroism of law enforcement personnel that puts them in harm's way every day.  We should then acknowledge …
Discussion: RedState
Bill Madden / NY Daily News:
Yankees will pay for education of children of NYPD cop Rafael Ramos who was killed while on duty Saturday  —  George Steinbrenner's Yankee Silver Shield Foundation has, for 32 years, provided for the education of the children of New York City cops, firefighters and Port Authority employees who were killed in the line.
Scott Stump / Today:
NYPD Chief Bill Bratton on police tension: 'We're in a change moment'  —  New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton believes that Mayor Bill de Blasio has lost the trust of “some officers,” telling TODAY's Matt Lauer the city finds itself in a “change moment.”
Justin Sink / The Hill:
NAACP chief: Don't blame Democrats for NYPD shootings
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Fox News Seizes On NYC Cop Killing To Bash Obama
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Hullabaloo
Tom Hays / Associated Press:   Police departments on alert after cop killings
New York Times:
Prosecute Torturers and Their Bosses  —  Since the day President Obama took office, he has failed to bring to justice anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects — an official government program conceived and carried out in the years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
How Obama Took Sony's Crisis From Bad to Worse  —  If there are such a thing as textbooks in the field of crisis management, the Sony Pictures hack might end up in the chapter labeled “Worst Case Scenario.”  —  But as much as Sony seemed to mishandle its sorry situation in recent days …
Discussion: Hot Air
Todd S. Purdum / Politico:
Hollywood's fickle friend
Discussion: The Hill
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
The United States of Anxiety
Discussion: VodkaPundit and Ed Driscoll
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Putin, Neocons and the Great Illusion  —  More than a century has passed since Norman Angell, a British journalist and politician, published “The Great Illusion,” a treatise arguing that the age of conquest was or at least should be over.  He didn't predict an end to warfare …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
US Corps Claim Billions In Assets In Cuba And Now They'll Want It Back  —  When the Castro regime assumed power in Cuba in 1959, it quickly nationalized the assets of almost every foreign corporation within its borders as the country transitioned to communism.
Discussion: New York Times
Stephen Losey / Home I Military Times I Military News …:
AMERICA'S MILITARY: A conservative institution's uneasy cultural evolution  —  THE FORCE IS CHANGING — OFTEN RELUCTANTLY — ALONGSIDE THE CIVILIAN SOCIETY IT SERVES  —  In this series on:  —  AMERICA'S MILITARY  —  Obama's mark on the military  —  A DEEPLY UNPOPULAR COMMANDER IN CHIEF …
Kimberly Redmond / New Jersey Online:
Man dressed as elf charged with DWI  —  RIVERDALE - A man dressed as one of Santa's little helpers found himself in trouble Friday morning when Riverdale police allegedly discovered him drunkenly passed out in a car.  —  Around 3:30 a.m., Sgt. Pat Harden was dispatched to the parking lot …
Manu Raju / Politico:
Tea partier braces for primary challenge from the establishment  —  Mike Lee's position back home is turning the GOP civil war on its head.  —  Tea party favorite Mike Lee roiled the GOP establishment four years ago when he knocked off a sitting senator on his way to the Republican Senate nomination in Utah.
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Martyn Williams / North Korea Tech:
North Korea's Internet link is flaky today
Discussion: Vox, Bloomberg, The Verge and Balloon Juice
Luke Mullins / Washingtonian:
How David Gregory Lost His Job
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Julie Bykowicz / Bloomberg Politics:
Native Americans Perplexed by Obama's Latest Marijuana Gift
James Hohmann / Politico:
RGA's McKay and Gitcho form consulting firm
Rebecca Riffkin / Gallup:
U.S. Quality Job Outlook Back at Pre-Recession Levels
Discussion: Bloomberg Politics and Politico
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Pursuing Justice for All
Discussion: Rule of Law
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
G.O.P. Hopes for Unity May Be Upset by Ben Carson
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Scott Greer / The Daily Caller:
Time: Right-Wing Militias Are The Real Threat To Cops
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Ed Driscoll
Janet Daley / Telegraph:
If we don't stand up to our enemies, they've already won
Yahoo! News:
President Obama's Hawaii vacation: Day 2
Discussion: Reuters and Agence France-Presse
Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Fresh Doubt Over the Bailout of A.I.G.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Alec Luhn / Politico:
Scenes from Putin's Economic Meltdown
Agence France-Presse:
Driver ploughs into crowd in France's second ‘Allahu Akbar’ attack
Discussion: and Slantpoint
Fox News:
Christie tells Obama to demand return of cop killer Chesimard to start Cuba talks