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3:15 AM ET, December 26, 2014

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Joseph Tanfani / Los Angeles Times:
Jeb Bush, eyeing presidency, quits firm that's profited from Obamacare  —  When Jeb Bush completed two terms as governor of Florida in 2007, he reported his net worth was $1.3 million, about $700,000 less than when he took office.  —  Today, nearly eight years later, he is a wealthy man.
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Michael Grunwald / Politico:
Jeb Bush leaving health-care company  —  Jeb Bush is stepping down from the board of a health care company that has reportedly profited from Obamacare, a move that comes as the Republican explores a run for the presidency.  —  The former Florida governor's resignation from the board …
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Can GOP shatter ‘Obama coalition’ in 2016?  —  ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans crowed in 2004 that freshly re-elected President George W. Bush had established a “permanent governing majority” for the GOP.  Eight years later, Democrats were touting the enduring power of the “Obama coalition” to keep their party in the White House.
Associated Press:
Man shot with stun gun dies at border crossing  —  SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego police say a 40-year-old man died after a border inspector shot him with a stun gun at the nation's busiest crossing.  —  Police said Thursday that the man jumped over a counter and attacked an inspector …
Discussion: Slantpoint
Associated Press:
Spokesman: George H.W. Bush remains in hospital  —  HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush remains in a Houston hospital on Christmas Day after experiencing shortness of breath two days ago.  —  Family spokesman Jim McGrath said Thursday that the 90-year-old Bush remained at Houston Methodist Hospital.
Associated Press:   Lawmakers promise to help strapped oil-patch towns
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New York Post:
Passenger tossed after flipping out over staff's ‘Merry Christmas’  —  Bah, humbug!  —  A passenger was tossed off a plane at La Guardia Airport on Tuesday after flipping out — because airline workers wished him a merry Christmas.  —  The man was waiting to board American Airlines Flight 1140 …
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
On Christmas, Obama marks end of Afghan combat  —  KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — President Barack Obama marked the end of more than a decade of combat in Afghanistan by paying tribute to America's military, telling troops on Christmas Day that their sacrifices have allowed for a more peaceful …
Discussion: Agence France-Presse
New York Post:
JetBlue offering police free flights to slain NYPD cops' funerals  —  Police officers watch over a makeshift memorial in remembrance of the two NYPD cops who were slain over the weekend.  —  JetBlue airlines said Wednesday it will be offering free flights to police officers from around …
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New York Post:
FDNY abandons firehouse next to police station targeted in gang threat
David Lerman / Bloomberg:
U.S. Spy Agency Reports Improper Surveillance of Americans  —  The National Security Agency today released reports on intelligence collection that may have violated the law or U.S. policy over more than a decade, including unauthorized surveillance of Americans' overseas communications.
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton looks to shore up support on the left  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democratic front-runner for president, is working hard to shore up support among liberals in hopes of tamping down a serious challenge from the left in the battle for the 2016 nomination.
Discussion: NewsMax.com
Reno Gazette-Journal:
Goats will help you recycle your Christmas tree  —  It's that time when decked-out Christmas trees covered in lights, glass ornaments and tinsel are at many homes.  But what happens when it's all over?  —  Most trees are tossed away outside or in landfills, creating potential fire hazards …
Discussion: Mashable
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
Look at the Obamas' Throwback Christmas Snap … The first family woke up to a partly cloudy Christmas morning in Hawaii and celebrated by opening presents and singing carols, a White House spokesman said today.  —  First Lady Michelle Obama was apparently in the sharing spirit …
Discussion: 7online.com
Gabrielle Bluestone / Gawker:
Alleged Hacker Threatens Albuquerque Residents: “i love you isis”  —  Employees at the Albuquerque Journal are still trying to figure out how ISIS propaganda threatening local residents got posted on the paper's website Thursday.  —  The paper's top online story, a piece on a 1971 police shooting …
 
 
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Reuters:
Father asks Islamic State to treat captured pilot son as ‘guest’
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Israeli serviceman shoots 5yo Palestinian in the face (GRAPHIC IMAGES)
Agence France-Presse:
Pope likely to address year of conflicts in Christmas message
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Oh come all ye faithful?
The Hill:
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