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12:35 PM ET, December 29, 2014


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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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
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.
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: Althouse and RedState
Michael C Bender / Bloomberg Politics:
Soldiers Relocate Wedding to Accommodate Obama's Golf Game  —  Natalie Heimel and her fiancé, Edward Mallue Jr., a pair of captains in the Army, were walking from their wedding rehearsal on Saturday at the 16th tee box at Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course in Hawaii when they were informed …
Discussion: Mediaite and The PJ Tatler
Tracybloomktla / KTLA:
2 Police Officers Ambushed, Shot at in ‘Unprovoked Attack’ in South Los Angeles: LAPD  —  Los Angeles police called off an intense 8-hour manhunt Monday morning that began after two officers were ambushed in an “unprovoked attack” in the Vermont-Slauson neighborhood of South L.A. the previous night.
Los Angeles Times:
Gunmen fire on LAPD patrol car in South L.A., prompting tactical alert
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
READ: Police Chief Tells Pro-Cop Critic To Respect Protesters In Powerful Letter  —  Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson gave the perfect response Friday to a pro-cop resident who criticized his department for going soft on anti-police brutality protesters.
Discussion: and Gawker
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
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.
Zoe Kleinman / BBC:
Politician's fingerprint ‘cloned from photos’ by hacker  —  Mr Krissler provided details of his technique at a convention in Hamburg  —  A member of the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) hacker network claims to have cloned a thumbprint of a German politician by using commercial software and images taken at a news conference.
Discussion: Big Think
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Charles Koch calls for criminal justice reform  —  Conservative mega-donor Charles Koch, better known for his support of libertarian and Republican causes, is opening his wallet on an unexpected issue.  —  Koch, according to a story published Sunday by The Wichita Eagle, plans to increase his efforts on criminal justice reform.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Thomas Fuller / New York Times:
Hope Dims for Finding Survivors From Missing AirAsia Jet  —  JAKARTA, Indonesia — After a second day of searching without any confirmed sighting of wreckage, the Indonesian authorities on Monday sought to lower expectations about finding survivors from a missing AirAsia jet carrying 162 people.
Washington Post:
Indonesian official says missing AirAsia jet is believed to be at the bottom of the sea
Discussion: Liberaland and The Gateway Pundit
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
Fox News:
Police turn their backs on Mayor de Blasio during funeral for fallen NYPD cop
George E. Condon Jr / National Journal:
The Year of Unconventional Wisdom  —  Unsurprisingly, political experts were wrong a lot in 2014.  —  People who make a living predicting the political future had a rough 2014.  —  Voters had a way of not always following the script—otherwise known as “conventional wisdom” …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Justin Fenton / Baltimore Sun:
Bicyclist, 41, struck, killed in Roland Park  —  A 41-year-old bicyclist was struck by a vehicle and killed Saturday afternoon in North Roland Park, police said.  —  The driver of the vehicle — a 58-year-old woman — initially left but returned while investigators were still on the scene, said Det.
Discussion: Baltimore Brew, Raw Story and Althouse
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.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
WATCH: Fox Host Wonders If Metric System To Blame For Latest Missing Jet  —  After another jetliner mysteriously went missing without a trace on Sunday, cable news hosts are yet again filling time by speculating about what could have happened to Air Asia flight QZ8501 over the Java Sea.
Discussion: Associated Press
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Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
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New York Post:
Holder and Obama are making race relations worse, inflaming hatred
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Hot Air
Spiegel Online:
Inside the NSA's War on Internet Security
Discussion: The Hill, CANNONFIRE and The Verge
Kerry Picket / BREITBART.COM:
Anti-Police Protesters Plan to Disrupt New Year's Eve Celebrations
Paul Carsten / Reuters:
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
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David McCabe / The Hill:
Perry: Jeb Bush getting into the 2016 race will ‘help field’
Washington Post:
Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell's downfall is wife's fault, daughter says
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Fox News
The Atlantic Online:
The Tragedy of the American Military
Discussion: Hullabaloo