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6:30 AM ET, December 26, 2014

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Joseph Tanfani / Los Angeles Times:
Jeb Bush eases out of some businesses, such as firm helped by Obamacare  —  When Jeb Bush completed two terms as governor of Florida in 2007, he reported his net worth at $1.3 million, about $700,000 less than when he took office.  —  Today, nearly eight years later, he is a wealthier man.
Discussion: Political Wire
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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.
Discussion: Associated Press
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
Associated Press:   Lawmakers promise to help strapped oil-patch towns
Associated Press:   California officials issue caramel apple warning
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 …
Politico:
Race and the race  —  The GOP's 2016 slate may be its most diverse ever, but don't expect the candidates to talk much about it.  —  Bobby Jindal is Indian-American, but you'll never hear him describe himself that way.  Marco Rubio insists he's an “American of Hispanic descent.”
Rachael Bade / Politico:
GOP learns lessons from Sam Brownback's tax scare  —  Republicans once idolized the tax-cutting superstar; now they look askance at him.  —  Ohio Gov. John Kasich will roll out “responsible” tax plans that protect against revenue gaps.  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Arizona's …
Alex Byers / Politico:
Rock stars amp up in digital music copyright war  —  Platforms like Spotify, Pandora have raised the stakes in debate as Congress moves toward a comprehensive look at reform.  —  There are a lot of policy meetings on Capitol Hill — and they pretty much never end in song.
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
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
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.
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
 
 
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Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton looks to shore up support on the left
Discussion: NewsMax.com
Gabrielle Bluestone / Gawker:
Alleged Hacker Threatens Albuquerque Residents: “i love you isis”
Reuters:
Father asks Islamic State to treat captured pilot son as ‘guest’
Discussion: New York Times and Mediaite
RT:
Israeli serviceman shoots 5yo Palestinian in the face (GRAPHIC IMAGES)
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Agence France-Presse:
Pope likely to address year of conflicts in Christmas message
Discussion: Slantpoint
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Oh come all ye faithful?
The Hill:
GOP unveils proposal to require ‘dynamic’ scoring on major bills
Discussion: Roll Call and Moe Lane