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7:35 AM ET, December 24, 2014

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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 …
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Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Probe fails to link IRS scandal to White House
Discussion: Salon and Mediaite
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
IRS Considered Tax on Donations to Political Groups
Discussion: Power Line
Politico:
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
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New York Times:
In About-Face, Sony Will Screen ‘The Interview’ in a Small Run
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.
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Trevor Eischen / Politico:   Sen. Elizabeth Warren blasts FDA proposal on gay sex
CNN:
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
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama's next sales job: The economy
Discussion: The Hill
Mike Glenn / Houston Chronicle:
George H.W. Bush rushed to the hospital … Former President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized on Tuesday after experiencing what a spokesman called a “shortness of breath.”  —  Bush, 90, was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital Tuesday evening as a precaution.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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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 …
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Berkeley officer fatally shoots teenager at gas station  —  Updated at 3:15 a.m. with new details.  —  BERKELEY  • A Berkeley police officer fatally shot a suspect who pointed a gun at him late Tuesday, St. Louis County police said early today.  —  Police did not identify the person killed …
Politico:
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 …
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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.
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.
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Fox News:
US government offering $5M reward for Al Qaeda leader freed from Gitmo
Discussion: TPNN and The Daily Caller
Matt Egan / CNNMoney.com:
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.
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Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Economic Vital Signs Strongest in a Decade
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
Agence France-Presse:
Jordan confirms IS captured pilot after plane went down in Syria  —  Amman (AFP) - Jordan's military on Wednesday confirmed that one of its pilots was captured by the Islamic State jihadist group after his plane went down in Syria, official news agency Petra said.
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.
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.
Douglass K. Daniel / Associated Press:
Govt to pay subcontractor freed from Cuban jail  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A former subcontractor freed last week after five years in a Cuban jail will receive $3.2 million from the federal government as part of a settlement with the Maryland-based company that employed him at the time of his arrest.
Martin Parry / Agence France-Presse:
Australian charged over terrorist plot targeting govt  —  3 hrs ago  —  Sydney (AFP) - An Australian man was charged Wednesday with possessing documents connected to a planned terrorist attack on government targets in Sydney as police insisted people should not be afraid.
Discussion: Slantpoint
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 …
 
 
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Amy Schatz / Re/code:
Google, Wireless Industry Not Down With Marriott's Wi-Fi Blocking Plan
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Communists Are Behind the Anti-Police Protests In New York
Discussion: Instapundit
Glenn Beck / Facebook:
On Police officers and the Hobbit.  —  I have been haunted …
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite and TheBlaze.com
Larry O'Dell / Associated Press:
Pat Robertson's Charity Tries To Make A Deal For Bob McDonnell's Freedom
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Sean Rossman / Tallahassee Democrat:
Satanic Temple display damaged, woman in custody
Discussion: NPR
CNN:
FBI: 18 loaded guns smuggled on flight
Discussion: BizPac Review and Gothamist
 Earlier Items: 
Carly Fiorina / Salon:
Carly Fiorina's '16 pipe dream: Why her campaign will be a right-wing sideshow
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hullabaloo
Kelly P. Kissel / Associated Press:
Arkansas to appeal federal gay marriage ruling
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
We don't need more laws: Column
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Alyssa Zauderer / New York's PIX11:
Southwest jet gets wing clipped in collision at LaGuardia Airport
Discussion: FOX31 Denver, WTVR-TV and Gawker
 

 
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Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
The EU Commission fines Apple €1.8B for stifling competition from rival music streaming services, the EU's third-largest antitrust fine; Apple plans to appeal

Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
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