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6:55 PM ET, December 26, 2014


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Dustin Diamond, actor who played “Screech” on “Saved by the Bell,” arrested in Ozaukee Co.  —  (CNN) — Police arrested Dustin Diamond, better known as “Screech” in the early 1990s sitcom, “Saved by the Bell,” early Friday, December 26th in a stabbing incident in Port Washington.
Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
‘DE BLASIO, OUR BACKS HAVE TURNED TO YOU’ Cold war between NYPD cops, de Blasio takes to skies over the Hudson  —  Ashley Chalmers, head of Jersey Shore Aerial Advertising, told the Daily News the people who paid for the airborne message ‘want to remain anonymous.’
Taylor Berman / Gawker:
Plane Flying Over NYC: “De Blasio, Our Backs Have Turned to You”  —  Friday morning, a small plane flew over New York City with a banner attached that read: “De Blasio, Our Backs Have Turned to You.”  The sign, a reference to some NYPD officers protesting against Mayor de Blasio following …
USA Today:
Wussy nation: Our view  —  From Ebola, to university controversies, to North Korea, why are so many so scared?  —  America has much to be cocky about.  It invented large-scale democracy and nurtured its growth around the world.  It vanquished fascism and communism, became the world's only superpower.
Discussion: The Other McCain
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Critics hate ‘The Interview’
Discussion: Slate and Liberaland
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
New Study May Add to Skepticism Among Security Experts That North Korea Was Behind Sony Hack
New York Post:
Eric Garner's daughter posts address of cop at his death  —  One of Eric Garner's daughters marked Christmas Day by spreading personal information about an NYPD cop who was present during the chokehold death of her father — outraging officers still reeling from last weekend's execution-style slayings of two policemen in Brooklyn.
Nikita Stewart / New York Times:
After Killing of Police Officers, Protest Movement Is at a Crossroads
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Gateway Pundit
Woman kicked off plane, arrested in Seattle  —  SEATTLE —  A New York woman was arrested in Seattle after she tried to make herself more comfortable on her flight to Alaska.  —  She's now suing United Airlines after she spent days in jail because she says the flight attendants blew the situation out of proportion.
Discussion: Raw Story, Addicting Info and Gawker
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 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Tidings of Comfort  —  Maybe I'm just projecting, but Christmas seemed unusually subdued this year.  The malls seemed less crowded than usual, the people glummer.  There was even less Muzak in the air.  And, in a way, that's not surprising: All year Americans have been bombarded …
Discussion: AlterNet and Daily Kos
Martin Feldstein / Wall Street Journal:
The Fed's Needless Flirtation With Danger  —  Well-designed tax rules are a safe and effective alternative to quantitative easing.  —  This week's good economic news—consumer spending up sharply in November over October, and a surge in third-quarter GDP growth to a 5% annual rate …
Discussion: New York Times
New York Post:
Judge frees 2nd cop-hater in 2 days  —  Judge Laura Johnson was at it again, freeing a cop-punching man, Travis Maye, a day after letting a man who made death threats against NYPD officers off without bail.  —  She keeps turning 'em loose.  —  A day after freeing a gang member who posted …
Sam Baker / National Journal:
Why Liberals Should Fear the Supreme Court in 2015  —  Obamacare, religious freedom, and same-sex marriage equality are all on the judicial agenda.  —  The Supreme Court is poised for a blockbuster year in 2015—and the list of high-profile cases could keep growing.
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.”
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
The Islamic State is failing at being a state  —  GAZIANTEP, Turkey — The Islamic State's vaunted exercise in state-building appears to be crumbling as living conditions deteriorate across the territories under its control, exposing the shortcomings of a group that devotes most of its energies …
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Njones / CBS San Francisco:
San Lorenzo Board Member Of 42 Years Censured After Racist, Sexist Comments To Employees
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Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Some Top Officials Knew of V.A. Woes, Before the Scandal
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Jed Horowitz / Reuters:
Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox hit by delays
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Kevin Randall / New York Times:
Teams Turn to a Face Reader, Looking for That Winning Smile
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Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
At Christmastime, George W. Bush was Santa, Obama is Scrooge
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Associated Press:
Spain premier announces modest minimum wage raise
T. M. Luhrmann / New York Times:
Religion Without God
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Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Ready for Pope Francis
Alex Byers / Politico:
Rock stars amp up in digital music copyright war