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1:30 AM ET, December 24, 2014


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New York Times:
In About-Face, Sony Will Screen ‘The Interview’ in a Small Run  —  LOS ANGELES — “The Interview,” the raucous comedy that became the center of a dispute over cybersecurity between the United States and North Korea, will be released in a small number of theaters on Christmas Day after all, Sony Pictures said on Tuesday.
No rules of cyber war  —  U.S. in uncharted waters with ‘proportionate response’ on hack attacks.  —  A day after a nine-hour Internet outage in North Korea, experts are still debating whether the U.S. government pulled the plug, or perhaps a rogue group of hackers.
Discussion: Washington Post
Robert Wilonsky / Pop Culture Blog:
Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff says it will join Alamo in opening ‘The Interview’
Cory Bennett / The Hill:
Sony to release ‘The Interview’ after all
Food and Drug Administration:
FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg's statement on FDA's blood donor deferral policy for men who have sex with men  —  For Immediate Release  —  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is a science-based regulatory agency that works to protect and promote the public health.
Trevor Eischen / Politico:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren blasts FDA proposal on gay sex  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took to Twitter on Tuesday to criticize the FDA's proposed new policy on blood donations from gay men, saying that while the recommendation is a “step forward” it is still “discriminatory.”
David S. Joachim / New York Times:
Inquiry Into I.R.S. Lapses Shows No Links to White House  —  WASHINGTON — An 18-month congressional investigation into the Internal Revenue Service's mistreatment of conservative political groups seeking tax exemptions failed to show coordination between agency officials and political operatives …
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Probe fails to link IRS scandal to White House
Discussion: Salon and Mediaite
CNN/ORC Poll: Obama ends year on an upswing  —  ‘Pals’: The Obama-Biden partnership  —  Honolulu (CNN) — Improving views of the economy have helped hike President Barack Obama's approval rating to a 20-month high, a new CNN/ORC poll showed Tuesday, as markets climbed to record levels at news of an economy in overdrive.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and theGrio
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama's next sales job: The economy  —  Wage stagnation, long-term unemployment undermine rosy numbers.  —  President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union address to roll out an agenda aimed at tackling stagnating wages and helping Americans who feel left out of the economy's surge …
Discussion: The Hill
GOP leaders refuse to weigh in on Grimm  —  House Republican leadership is refusing to weigh in so far on whether New York GOP Rep. Michael Grimm should remain in Congress after pleading guilty to felony federal tax fraud on Tuesday.  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has declined to comment on the case …
Roll Call:
Rep. Michael Grimm Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion (Updated)
Discussion: Daily Kos
ABC News:
Calls for Michael Grimm Resignation Mount Ahead of Expected Guilty Plea
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and Balloon Juice
David Cohen / Politico:
George H.W. Bush hospitalized  —  Former President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized Tuesday in Houston.  —  The 90-year-old Bush was “experiencing a shortness of breath,” according to a statement from his personal spokesman.  —  Story Continued Below  —  Jim McGrath stated …
Mike Glenn / Houston Chronicle:
George H.W. Bush rushed to the hospital
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Irene / Judicial Watch:
Oops!  U.S. Offers $5 Mil Reward for Al Qaeda Terrorist it Released From Gitmo  —  Years after liberating an Al Qaeda operative from the military prison at Guantanamo, the United States government has put him on a global terrorist list and offered a $5 million reward for information on his whereabouts.
Fox News:
US government offering $5M reward for Al Qaeda leader freed from Gitmo
Discussion: The Daily Caller and TPNN
US Census / Releases by Year:
Florida Passes New York to Become the Nation's Third Most Populous State, Census Bureau Reports  —  By adding an average of 803 new residents each day between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014, Florida passed New York to become the nation's third most populous state, according to U.S. Census Bureau state population estimates released today.
Matt Egan /
US economy grows incredible 5%  —  Evidence is mounting that the U.S. economy is kicking into high gear.  —  Gross domestic product soared 5% on an annual basis in the third quarter, the government said on Tuesday.  —  To put that in perspective, it's the strongest quarter of growth since 2003.
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Economic Vital Signs Strongest in a Decade
Jacob Siegel / The Daily Beast:
The Monsters Who Screamed for Dead Cops  —  Evidence from photos, video, social-media posts and interviews suggests it was a single group, desperate to ‘turn up the anger’ at otherwise-peaceful protests.  —  A little over a week ago, a group of people marched down the streets of Manhattan and called for police to be killed.
Michelle Conlin / Reuters:
Off duty, black cops in New York feel threat from fellow police  —  (Reuters) - From the dingy donut shops of Manhattan to the cloistered police watering holes in Brooklyn, a number of black NYPD officers say they have experienced the same racial profiling that cost Eric Garner his life.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Immigration lawsuit thrown out  —  President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration survived their first major court test Tuesday, when a federal judge tossed out a lawsuit claiming the president exceeded his constitutional power.  —  U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell dismissed …
Discussion: ABC News
Shane Harris / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Bin Laden ‘Shooter’ Under Investigation for Leaking Secrets  —  The man who claims he killed the world's most wanted terrorist is now being probed for saying too much about the mission.  —  The former Navy SEAL who ignited a controversy when he publicly claimed credit …
Sean Rossman / Tallahassee Democrat:
Satanic Temple display damaged, woman in custody  —  A woman is in custody in connection with damaging the Satanic Temple holiday display at the Florida Capitol earlier today.  —  The diorama of an angel falling into a pit of fire is in the building's lobby along with five other holiday displays.
Discussion: UPROXX and WGBH News
Larry O'Dell / Associated Press:
Pat Robertson's Charity Tries To Make A Deal For Bob McDonnell's Freedom  —  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell should perform community service rather than serve prison time for his federal corruption convictions, an international relief organization said Tuesday.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Communists Are Behind the Anti-Police Protests In New York
Discussion: Instapundit
Martin Parry / Agence France-Presse:
Australian police arrest two in anti-terror raids
Discussion: Slantpoint
Douglass K. Daniel / Associated Press:
Govt to pay subcontractor freed from Cuban jail
Glenn Beck / Facebook:
On Police officers and the Hobbit.  —  I have been haunted …
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite and
FBI: 18 loaded guns smuggled on flight
Carly Fiorina / Salon:
Carly Fiorina's '16 pipe dream: Why her campaign will be a right-wing sideshow
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hullabaloo
Greg Munno / The FOIA Project:
FOIA Suits Jump In 2014
Discussion: Politico and The Huffington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Kelly P. Kissel / Associated Press:
Arkansas to appeal federal gay marriage ruling
Jessica Chasmar / Washington Times:
PSA encourages kids to steal parents' guns, hand over to teachers
Alyssa Zauderer / New York's PIX11:
Southwest jet gets wing clipped in collision at LaGuardia Airport
Discussion: Tech Times, FOX31 Denver, WTVR-TV and Gawker
John Marzulli / NY Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: 911 operators made ‘anti-police’ …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jacob Heilbrunn / New York Times:
The Real Threat to Hillary Clinton: Jim Webb
Michelle Ye Hee Lee / Washington Post:
Giuliani's claim that Obama launched anti-police ‘propaganda’
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Mediaite

From Mediagazer:

Sam Tobin / Reuters:
UK court documents: actor Hugh Grant settled a lawsuit against The Sun publisher News Group Newspapers over claims of using private investigators to phone tap

Hadas Gold / CNN:
The News/Media Alliance asks the DOJ, the FTC, and California's AG for a probe into whether Google broke any laws when removing some links to CA news sites

Megan Specia / New York Times:
The US assures the UK that Julian Assange could seek US First Amendment protections and wouldn't face the death penalty or be persecuted for his nationality

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