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3:40 PM ET, December 23, 2014

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Politico:
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.
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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.
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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 …
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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.
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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
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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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 / TMZ.com:
'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
Politico:
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
Discussion: kyivpost.com