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1:15 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.
Discussion: ABC News, Slantpoint and Globe and Mail
John Cardillo:
BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: NYPD COPS CALL OUT MAYOR BILL DeBLASIO ON HIS “INCENDIARY RHETORIC.”  —  Late last night I was contacted by a coalition of NYPD cops, Detectives, and supervisors hundreds strong and asked to disseminate the following statement on their behalf.
Taylor Berman / Gawker:
Plane Flying Over NYC: “De Blasio, Our Backs Have Turned to You”
Discussion: Slantpoint and Booman Tribune
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: and RT
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
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
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.
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
Trisha Bee /
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.
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.
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.
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Critics hate ‘The Interview’
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Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Polls: Obama ending the year with improving approval ratings
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Slantpoint
Jose A. Delreal / Washington Post:
Michael Brown memorial destroyed overnight
Discussion: Sky Dancing, Power Line and Raw Story
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Sam Baker / National Journal:
Why Liberals Should Fear the Supreme Court in 2015
Discussion: Washington Post
Martin Feldstein / Wall Street Journal:
The Fed's Needless Flirtation With Danger
Discussion: New York Times