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8:10 AM ET, December 29, 2014

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Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Obama warns GOP he plans to use veto pen in 2015  —  HONOLULU (AP) — Warning from President Barack Obama to congressional Republicans: I have a veto pen and, come January, I won't be afraid to use it.  —  Since taking office in 2009, Obama has only vetoed legislation twice, both in fairly minor circumstances.
Discussion: Hot Air and Balloon Juice
Washington Post:
Indonesian official says missing AirAsia jet is believed to be at the bottom of the sea … BEIJING — Search officials in Indonesia said Monday morning that they believe a vanished AirAsia commercial jet with 162 people on board is at the bottom of the sea.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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David McCabe / The Hill:
CNN bumps politics to cover missing plane
Discussion: Mediaite
Michele Corriston / People.com:
Chris Rock & Wife Malaak Compton-Rock Split  —  Chris Rock and his wife are divorcing after nearly 20 years together.  —  “After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways,” Malaak Compton-Rock, a philanthropist and founder of the nonprofit styleWorks, said in a statement Sunday.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Obama Recovery  —  Suppose that for some reason you decided to start hitting yourself in the head, repeatedly, with a baseball bat.  You'd feel pretty bad.  Correspondingly, you'd probably feel a lot better if and when you finally stopped.  What would that improvement in your condition tell you?
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
10 senators who could lose reelection in 2016  —  Senate Republicans will have to work hard to retain their recently won majority as they face a tough 2016 electoral map.  —  They have 24 seats up compared to Democrats' 10, including seven in states President Obama carried twice.
David McCabe / The Hill:
Perry: Jeb Bush getting into the 2016 race will ‘help field’  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said former Florida governor Jeb Bush's decision to explore a White House bid won't affect his own decision about whether to run for president.  —  “I think Jeb getting into the race will help the field …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Obama: Longest war in US history is ending
Discussion: Washington Post and NPR
Bob Christie / Associated Press:   Arizona Gov. Brewer leaving legacy of battling Washington
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Is the Most Powerful Conservative in America Losing His Edge?  —  Erick Erickson built his career on stoking populist rage.  But now the man who steers the Tea Party says conservative anger has grown toxic and self-defeating.  —  Photos by Audra Melton
Discussion: RedState
Steve Inskeep / NPR:
Despite Election Defeat, Obama Sees Room To Push His Agenda  —  President Obama has begun his administration's final phase the way he began several other chapters of his presidency: seeking to recover from disaster.  —  Obama has moved vigorously since his party lost the Senate in November.
Discussion: New York Times
Dan Seufert / UnionLeader.com:
Indecent proposition from New London chief was ‘chilling’ says victim  —  NEW LONDON - Speaking publicly for the first time, Janelle Westfall said state laws failed her after New London's former police chief made her a proposition: If she posed nude for him, the underage alcohol charges against her would be dropped.
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
Roy Wenzlthe / Wichita Eagle:
Charles Koch's views on criminal justice system just may surprise you  —  ›  —  ‹  —  Of all the contentious history between Koch Industries and the U.S. government, the Corpus Christi, Texas, case from 1995 is the one that Charles Koch remembers most vividly.
Discussion: Slantpoint
The Atlantic Online:
The Tragedy of the American Military  —  The American public and its political leadership will do anything for the military except take it seriously.  The result is a chickenhawk nation in which careless spending and strategic folly combine to lure America into endless wars it can't win.
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.
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
De Blasio Delivers Quiet Eulogy to Crowd of Unfriendly Faces, and Many Backs
Discussion: Gothamist
 
 
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Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell's downfall is wife's fault, daughter says
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