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[News Update] AIRASIA INDONESIA FLIGHT QZ8501  —  AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24hrs this morning.  —  At the present time we unfortunately have no further information regarding the status …
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Associated Press:
AirAsia plane missing with 161 people on board  —  JAKARTA, Indonesia — An AirAsia plane with 161 people aboard lost contact with ground control on Sunday after takeoff from Indonesia on the way to Singapore, and search and rescue operations were underway.  —  The plane lost communication …
Discussion: NBC News and Scared Monkeys
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[Updated statement] QZ8501
Reuters:
AirAsia flight carrying 155 people from Indonesia to Singapore missing: officials
RT:
AirAsia flight from Indonesia to Singapore confirmed missing
Discussion: Slantpoint
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 …
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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 …
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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.
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John Amato / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Pope Francis Is Set To Get Tough On Climate Change  —  Pope Francis will be taking on “climate change” in a very rare, but powerful papal encyclical in 2015.  —  In a move that will anger religious conservatives who relish in being climate deniers, Pope Francis will take steps to try …
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 …
Politico:
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 …
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.
Bob Christie / Associated Press:
Arizona Gov. Brewer leaving legacy of battling Washington  —  PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer fought President Barack Obama on immigration and border security for most of her tenure, earning national prominence by enacting tough laws that were mainly struck down by the courts …
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
A bigger tent?  GOP faces minority challenge  —  Associated Press 1 hr ago  —  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 …
Christine Byers / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Protester who advocates peace charged with setting fire at Berkeley QT  —  One of the most frequently quoted and photographed Ferguson protesters was charged Saturday with setting fire to a Berkeley convenience store last week.  —  St. Louis County police arrested Joshua Williams, 19 …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
De Blasio Delivers Quiet Eulogy to Crowd of Unfriendly Faces, and Many Backs  —  He sat stoically in the church's front pew, his wife at his side, watching as the vice president spoke in booming tones and the governor told jokes that earned some chuckles, even on this painful day.
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Bill De Blasio 2 Hours Late to Wake for Slain Officer Rafael Ramos
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