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3:40 PM ET, December 23, 2014


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De Blasio's nightmare  —  New York's mayor has lost the police — and maybe much more than that.  —  Bill de Blasio, like his progressive political idol Barack Obama, is finding out that you can't do the New Politics if you don't pay attention to the old politics.
Heather Mac Donald / City Journal:
The Big Lie of the Anti-Cop Left Turns Lethal  —  The real story behind the murder of two NYPD officers  —  Since last summer, a lie has overtaken significant parts of the country, resulting in growing mass hysteria.  That lie holds that the police pose a mortal threat to black Americans …
Michelle Ye Hee Lee / Washington Post:
Giuliani's claim that Obama launched anti-police ‘propaganda’  —  “We've had four months of propaganda, starting with the president, that everybody should hate the police.”  —  Giuliani made headlines after his statement on Fox News, which he repeated the next day on CNN.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Mediaite
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
O'Reilly Tears Into ‘Villain’ de Blasio: He Needs to Resign Immediately
New York Times:
Sony's ‘The Interview’ Will Come to Some Theaters After All  —  LOS ANGELES — Sony Pictures said on Tuesday that it had secured a limited theatrical release for “The Interview” on Christmas Day.  —  “We have never given up,” Michael Lynton, chief executive of Sony Entertainment, said in a statement.
Robert Wilonsky / Pop Culture Blog:
Sony Pictures CEO ‘excited’ to release ‘The Interview’ on Christmas Day  —  Randall Park, center, as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in The Interview, which you could get to see as soon as this week  —  Update at 1:12 p.m.: It's become next to impossible to access the Alamo DFW's website — and, no, it's not being hacked.
Dana Ford / CNN:
North Korea's Internet is being disrupted
Michelle Jamrisko / Bloomberg:
Economy Grows Most Since '03 on U.S. Consumer-Spending Gains  —  The U.S. economy roared into overdrive in the third quarter as consumer and business spending fueled the biggest expansion in more than a decade.  —  Gross domestic product grew at a 5 percent annual rate from July through September …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Third-Quarter GDP Revised Up to 5.0% Growth  —  WASHINGTON—The U.S. economy posted its strongest growth in more than a decade during the third quarter, supported by robust consumer spending and business investment.  —  Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of goods …
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
GDP grows by 5 percent as US economy picks up strong pace
Discussion: Politico and Prairie Weather
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Pelosi: Boehner must force Grimm to resign  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is turning the heat up on Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), urging him to call for Rep. Michael Grimm's (R-N.Y.) resignation.  —  Grimm is expected to plead guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of tax evasion.
ABC News:
Calls for Michael Grimm Resignation Mount Ahead of Expected Guilty Plea
Discussion: Politico and Balloon Juice
John Marzulli / NY Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: 911 operators made ‘anti-police’ remarks, causing quarrel with FDNY dispatchers as 2 NYPD cops were dying, sources say  —  The war of words occurred when news broke that NYPD cops Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were shot Saturday.  One dispatcher allegedly said the cops ‘deserved it,’ said a law enforcement source.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Mitch McConnell: Senate 'didn't do squat for years'  —  Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says his biggest challenge will be righting the course of Congress, adding — in a swipe at outgoing Majority Leader Harry Reid — that his own chamber “basically didn't do squat for years.”
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Mitch McConnell's New Senate Goal: Turn Republican Dial to Yes
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
The IRS Scandal, Day 593  —  Daily Caller: BOMBSHELL REPORT: IRS Targeted ‘Icky’ Conservative Groups:  —  Top IRS officials specifically targeted tea party groups and misled the public about its secret political targeting program led by ex-official Lois Lerner, according to a bombshell new congressional report.
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
BOMBSHELL REPORT: IRS Targeted ‘Icky’ Conservative Groups
Emily Gosden / Telegraph:
BBC's Quentin Sommerville laughs uncontrollably as he attempts to report on burning drugs  —  Reporter repeatedly collapses into giggles in front of pile of burning narcotics  —  He has braved gunfire to report from some of the world's most treacherous regions.
Alyssa Zauderer / New York's PIX11:
Southwest jet gets wing clipped in collision at LaGuardia Airport  —  The wing of a Southwest Airline was clipped.  (Photo by Christiana Peppard)  —  LAGUARDIA AIRPORT, Queens (PIX11) - Two passenger jets collided at LaGuardia Airport Tuesday morning.  —  The wing of the Southwest Airlines …
Discussion: WTVR-TV, FOX31 Denver and Gawker
Jessica Chasmar / Washington Times:
PSA encourages kids to steal parents' guns, hand over to teachers … A startling new anti-gun ad released by a San Francisco-based production company encourages children to commit a series of crimes by stealing their parents' guns and turning them over to school officials, The Daily Caller reported Monday.
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
How many crimes can you see being committed in this anti-gun ‘public service’ ad?  —  I've gotten several e-mails about this ad, and one reader asked: If a child does what the protagonist did — would the filmmakers be criminally punishable or subject to civil liability?
Michael Brown /
'AND HE'S DEAD, DEAD MICHAEL BROWN' [VIDEO]  —  The Glendale, CA Elks Lodge is investigating a shocking incident that went down in the club a week ago Monday, when a performer sang a song celebrating the death of Michael Brown ... for an audience that included a number of retired and current cops ... and TMZ has the video.
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Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
We don't need more laws: Column
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Michelle Conlin / Reuters:
Off duty, black cops in New York feel threat from fellow police
Discussion: Mediaite
Associated Press:
Court rejects 2 ozone regulations
Hadas Gold / Politico:
NYT, Vice, Mother Jones top FOIA suits
Discussion: The FOIA Project
HHS reports 6 million signups so far for Obamacare next year
Jacob Heilbrunn / New York Times:
The Real Threat to Hillary Clinton: Jim Webb
Duane D. Stanford / Bloomberg:
Coca-Cola Disconnects Voice Mail at Headquarters
Discussion: Mashable, Tech Times and Corrente
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Three Pages Of Rand Paul's Book Were Plagiarized From Think Tanks
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Scott Clement / Washington Post:
Poll: Support increases for lifting Cuba embargo, travel restrictions
France 24 - Live news:
Algeria kills militant chief behind Frenchman's beheading
Discussion: WGBH News
Rod Nordland / New York Times:
Taliban Push Into Afghan Districts That U.S. Had Secured
Nealjriley / CBS Boston:
Chicopee Man Faces Charges For ‘Put Wings On Pigs’ Facebook Post
Discussion: Washington Post and TPNN
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Apple pushes first ever automated security update to Mac users
Agence France-Presse:
Outraging Russia, Ukraine takes big step toward NATO