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4:40 PM ET, December 28, 2014


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Stephen Sherrill / GQ:
America's 20 Craziest Politicians  —  How do you feel about facts?  Do you hate them?  Are they super annoying, like science?  Are you frightened of communists, Muslims, and vaginas?  Good news!  This month, America is inaugurating a new class of elected representatives …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Power Line
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Hey GQ, can't find any crazy Democrats?  Here's 16  —  Photo: Getty Images; AP; WireImage; Getty Images; Getty Images; Reuters  —  In a survey of the “Craziest Politicians of 2014,” GQ had difficulty locating any Democrats.  Seventeen out of 20 on the list were Republicans …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hot Air
David Cohen / Politico:
Obama marks Afghanistan milestone  —  President Barack Obama on Sunday praised the official end of the 13-year U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan, offering his remarks to coincide with a handover ceremony there.  —  “On this day,” Obama said in a statement, “we give thanks to our troops …
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Obama: Longest war in US history is ending  —  HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion.  —  Obama is welcoming the end of U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan.  The war came to a formal end Sunday with a ceremony in Kabul.
Bob Christie / Associated Press:   Arizona Gov. Brewer leaving legacy of battling Washington
Associated Press:
U.S. and NATO Formally End War in Afghanistan
Discussion: The PJ Tatler, Gawker and Slantpoint
Joan Lowy / Associated Press:   Key decisions on drones likely from Congress
David McCabe / The Hill:
CNN bumps politics to cover missing plane  —  CNN bumped its normal political coverage on Sunday morning to cover the missing AirAsia flight.  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) were both scheduled to appear on the channel's flagship Sunday political talk show …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Mediaite
Associated Press:
AirAsia plane missing with 161 people on board
Discussion: NBC News and Scared Monkeys
[Updated statement] QZ8501
Discussion: The Huffington Post
AirAsia flight carrying 155 people from Indonesia to Singapore missing: officials
AirAsia flight from Indonesia to Singapore confirmed missing
Discussion: Slantpoint
John Vidal / Observer:
Pope Francis's edict on climate change will anger deniers and US churches  —  Pontiff hopes to inspire action at next year's UN meeting in Paris in December after visits to Philippines and New York  —  He has been called the “superman pope”, and it would be hard to deny that Pope Francis has had a good December.
John Amato / Latest from Crooks and Liars:   Pope Francis Is Set To Get Tough On Climate Change
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Giuliani urges de Blasio to apologize for police remarks  —  Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Sunday rebuked police officers who have turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio but urged his Democratic successor to apologize for remarks that infuriated the police amid searing tension among the department and communities of color.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
De Blasio Delivers Quiet Eulogy to Crowd of Unfriendly Faces, and Many Backs
Discussion: Gothamist, ABC News and New York Post
David Rogers / Politico:
Nothing funny about ‘The Interview’  —  Just when did assassination become a subject for American humor?  —  This is a nation which still mourns Abraham Lincoln, John Kennedy, and Martin Luther King — all assassinated.  It is living through a period of renewed racial violence …
CBS St. Louis:
Ferguson Officer Admits Calling Memorial “A Piece of Trash”  —  FERGUSON (KMOX) - Police public information officer Tim Zoll is on unpaid leave after the city says he did make degrading comments about a memorial to Michael Brown, despite his early denials.  —  The makeshift memorial …
Can Carter make a defense difference?  —  He will face the likely return of sequestration.  —  Ash Carter faces a double-barreled challenge if he's the next Defense secretary: leading a Pentagon handicapped by a Congress unwilling to go along with military-proposed spending reforms …
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
GOP puts up a bigger tent for minority challenge  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The faces of the Republican Party's most ambitious members are changing.  —  Long criticized as the party of old white men, the GOP's next class of presidential contenders may include two Hispanic senators …
Charles Fishman / The Atlantic Online:
5,200 Days in Space  —  An exploration of life aboard the International Space Station, and the surprising reasons the mission is still worthwhile  —  When humans move to space, we are the aliens, the extraterrestrials.  And so, living in space, the oddness never quite goes away.
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