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10:55 PM ET, December 28, 2014


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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
Discussion: Washington Post and NPR
Bob Christie / Associated Press:   Arizona Gov. Brewer leaving legacy of battling Washington
Associated Press:
U.S. and NATO Formally End War in Afghanistan
Joan Lowy / Associated Press:   Key decisions on drones likely from Congress
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 …
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 …
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
Michele Corriston /
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.
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and
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
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.
Discussion: Liberaland
Alexandra Jaffe / CNN:
CNN/ORC Poll: Bush surges to 2016 GOP frontrunner  —  Washington (CNN) — Jeb Bush is the clear Republican presidential frontrunner, surging to the front of the potential GOP pack following his announcement that he's “actively exploring” a bid, a new CNN/ORC poll found.
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.
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 and Associated Press
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 …
Kendi Anderson /
Woman shoots up Hixson neighborhood … Jennifer Clouse was standing in her yard Friday in her quiet Hixson neighborhood when she saw a woman quickly drive past her house holding a gun out of the window as if it were a cigarette.  —  “She was just casually holding a gun, and wearing a baseball hat …
David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Allen West: Obama Wants Blacks ‘Vomiting Dissension’ To Create Myth Of Modern-day Racism  —  Former Republican Rep. Allen West declared on Sunday that President Barack Obama was responsible for creating a myth of modern-day racism by prompting a “vomiting” of dissension from black Americans.
Jyoti Thottam / Al Jazeera America:
The Year in Ebola: How to stop the next outbreak  —  After 2014's epidemic devastated West Africa, the need for investing in health infrastructure is clear  —  On Dec. 28, 2013, a one-year-old boy named Emile Ouamouno died of Ebola in Meliandou, Guinea.  After Emile died — he was the …
Discussion: Big Think
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Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell's downfall is wife's fault, daughter says
Discussion: Political Wire and Fox News
Andre Moreau / WAFB-TV:
The Investigators: Man recording BRPD actions thrown to ground, arrested
Discussion: Addicting Info and Raw Story
Robert Pear / New York Times:
As Medicaid Rolls Swell, Cuts in Payments to Doctors Threaten Access to Care
Pope gunman visits late pontiff's tomb
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Eric Raymond / Armed and Dangerous:
Pave the rainforests!
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Klain warns Ebola still a global threat
Aly Myles / WYFF-TV:
Greenville family files complaint after autistic adult son is shocked with taser, arrested
Discussion: Addicting Info and Raw Story
CBS St. Louis:
Ferguson Officer Admits Calling Memorial “A Piece of Trash”
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GOP puts up a bigger tent for minority challenge
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Charles Fishman / The Atlantic Online:
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Discussion: The Huffington Post and Reuters