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9:35 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.
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NPR:
Transcript: President Obama's Full NPR Interview  —  NPR's wide-ranging interview with President Obama covers recent executive actions on Cuba and immigration, race relations in the U.S., health care, the midterm elections and extending democracy in the Middle East.
Margaret Talev / Bloomberg Politics:
Five Ways Obama Can Mess with Republicans in 2015  —  President Barack Obama knows how to get under Republicans' skin (in so many ways, but in this case we're talking about going around Congress to get things done), and he ended 2014 with a bang: A climate deal with China.  Executive action on immigration.
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
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton Extend Run as Most Admired  —  Story Highlights  —  PRINCETON, N.J. — Americans continue to name Hillary Clinton as the woman living anywhere in the world whom they admire most, and name Barack Obama as the man they admire most.
Discussion: Politico, Political Wire and OnPolitics
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
Emily Ngo / Newsday:
Rudy Giuliani criticizes de Blasio on talk shows; NYPD's Bratton denounces cops' mayoral snub … Complete coverage: 2 NYPD cops fatally shot … New York  —  NYPD's Ramos remembered at wake
Discussion: Political Wire and National Review
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:   Giuliani urges de Blasio to apologize for police remarks
James Bennet / The Atlantic Online:
Editor's Note: Executive Dysfunction  —  It's happened by this point in every modern two-term presidency: If we weren't sick of the guy to start with, we certainly are by now.  What once seemed like roguish charm, or bracing surety, or nuanced intelligence, has curdled into self-indulgence, or arrogance, or passivity.
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.
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: Liberaland and The Gateway Pundit
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David McCabe / The Hill:
CNN bumps politics to cover missing plane
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Mediaite
Paul Carsten / Reuters:
Gmail blocked in China  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc's Gmail was blocked in China after months of disruptions to the world's biggest email service, with an anti-censorship advocate suggesting the Great Firewall was to blame.  —  Large numbers of Gmail web addresses were cut off in China on Friday …
Discussion: BuzzFeed, The Next Web and The Verge
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
 
 
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Steve Inskeep / NPR:
Despite Election Defeat, Obama Sees Room To Push His Agenda
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Perry: Jeb Bush getting into the 2016 race will ‘help field’
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