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11:50 AM 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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: Tennessean.com and Gawker
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.
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Los Angeles Times:
Gunmen fire on LAPD patrol car in South L.A., prompting tactical alert
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.
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
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
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
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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Fox News:
Police turn their backs on Mayor de Blasio during funeral for fallen NYPD cop
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.
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
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 …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
16 in '16: The new battle for the Senate  —  Republicans begin the new election cycle on defense.  —  Republicans just won the Senate majority last month.  But can they keep it?  —  A cursory glance at the 2016 Senate map shows a slew of endangered Republicans up in two years …
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
A man of healing, a saga of suffering  —  Allegations of child sex abuse are complicated by a legal maze in Indian country  —  He was a world-famous medicine man, a traditional healer and spiritual leader.  Followers would travel long distances to this tiny hamlet on the Great Plains …
Discussion: Daily Mail and The Other McCain
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 and Raw Story
 
 
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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 and The Verge
Kerry Picket / BREITBART.COM:
Anti-Police Protesters Plan to Disrupt New Year's Eve Celebrations
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Sony: ‘The Interview’ Has Made Over $15 Million Online
David McCabe / The Hill:
Perry: Jeb Bush getting into the 2016 race will ‘help field’
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Indonesian official says missing AirAsia jet is believed to be at the bottom of the sea
Discussion: Liberaland and The Gateway Pundit
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
Kendi Anderson / timesfreepress.com:
Woman shoots up Hixson neighborhood
David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Allen West: Obama Wants Blacks ‘Vomiting Dissension’ To Create Myth Of Modern-day Racism
Jyoti Thottam / Al Jazeera America:
The Year in Ebola: How to stop the next outbreak
Discussion: Big Think