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3:10 PM ET, December 27, 2014


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Associated Press:
Police outside cop funeral turn backs on NY mayor  —  Associated Press 16 mins ago  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of officers outside the church where a funeral was held for a policeman killed along with his partner in an ambush shooting turned their backs on the mayor as he spoke during Saturday's service.
New York Post:
Cops turn backs on de Blasio at executed officer's funeral  —  Law enforcement officers turn their backs on a video monitor as Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during the funeral of slain NYPD officer Rafael Ramos.  —  As Mayor Bill de Blasio took the podium Saturday at the funeral of P.O. Rafael Ramos …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Post
ABC News:
Jesse Jackson Admits Affair, Illegitimate Child  —  Moving to pre-empt a tabloid newspaper report, the Rev. Jesse Jackson this morning released a statement admitting he had an extramarital affair that resulted in a daughter who is now 20 months old.  —  “This is no time for evasions …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jamie Schram / New York Post:
Pakistani officials furious over ‘Homeland’  —  Mandy Patinkin plays former CIA honcho Saul Berenson during a tight spot of season four of “Homeland.”  —  Claire Danes is lucky no Emmy voters live in Islamabad.  —  Pakistani officials are furious with Showtime after watching the fourth season …
Discussion: RT and
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
The immigration strike team  —  Democrats are already plotting ways to boost Hispanic voter turnout in 2016.  —  After a midterm election in which declining Hispanic turnout cost Democrats dearly in close races, causing some leaders to question whether President Barack Obama made a mistake …
Discussion: US News
Jonah Goldberg /
Dear GOP: Show, Don't Tell  —  Hey, Jeb, Ted, Rand, Marco, Bobby, Chris and the dozen or more others I'm forgetting, here's something to write on your bathroom mirror in 2015 and beyond: The “P” in POTUS stands for “President,” not “Pundit.”  —  I understand that the Seinfeldian faux-holiday Festivus …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Clinton economic approach under scrutiny  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — If Hillary Rodham Clinton seeks the White House again, her message on the economy could be an important barometer as she courts fellow Democrats.  —  Members of her party are watching closely how the former secretary …
Noah Smith / Bloomberg View:
Ten Investing Facts of Life  —  Motley Fool writer Morgan Housel recently came up with an impressive list of 122 investing aphorisms that distill the wisdom he has gleaned from years of writing about markets and the financial industry.  Most are either insights into human psychology or historical facts and figures.
New York Times:
Some States See Budgets at Risk as Oil Price Falls  —  HOUSTON — States dependent on oil and gas revenue are bracing for layoffs, slashing agency budgets and growing increasingly anxious about the ripple effect that falling oil prices may have on their local economies.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Wall Street Journal:
The Steep Cost of America's High Incarceration Rate  —  About one of every 100 U.S. adults is in prison.  That's five to 10 times higher than in Western Europe.  —  One of us is a former Treasury secretary, the other directs a criminal-justice institute.  But we've reached the same conclusions.
Alirjaafar / Deadline:
‘Exodus’ Banned In Egypt & Morocco, May Face Struggle In Other Middle Eastern Countries  —  Ridley Scott's Exodus has been banned in Egypt after the country's head of censorship objected to the a number of “historical inaccuracies” in the epic Biblical tale.
Discussion: Mashable and Mediaite
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Polls: Obama ending the year with improving approval ratings  —  President Barack Obama is ending the year, and his sixth year in office, on a high note — even performing better than his predecessor.  —  A recent Gallup poll shows Obama with a 43 percent December approval rating at the end of his sixth year in office.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Slantpoint
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Jose A. Delreal / Washington Post:
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Sam Baker / National Journal:
Why Liberals Should Fear the Supreme Court in 2015
Discussion: Washington Post
USA Today:
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Martin Feldstein / Wall Street Journal:
The Fed's Needless Flirtation With Danger
Discussion: New York Times