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7:05 PM ET, December 29, 2014


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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 …
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Obama vs. wedding, Round 2  —  (CNN) — President Barack Obama apologized to a couple after his golf game in Hawaii forced the bride and groom to relocate their wedding Sunday.  —  According to a report out from Bloomberg, the couple — both captains in the Army — had previously invited Obama …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Lamar White, Jr /
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise Was Reportedly an Honored Guest at 2002 International White Supremacist Convention  —  According to recently uncovered posts on Stormfront, the Internet's oldest and most notorious white nationalist and neo-Nazi forum, the United States House Majority Whip …
Steve Scalise office unsure if he spoke to white supremacist group  —  House Majority Whip Steve Scalise's office cannot definitively say whether he spoke to a white supremacist group in 2002, allegations that surfaced Sunday on a Louisiana blog.  —  But Scalise's office acknowledged …
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
House majority whip Scalise acknowledges speaking at white nationalist event in 2002  —  Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the House majority whip, acknowledged Monday that he spoke at a gathering hosted by white nationalist leaders while serving as a state representative in 2002 …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Report: GOP Whip Spoke At White Nationalist Meeting In 2002  —  House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) spoke at a 2002 meeting hosted by a white nationalist group, the Washington Post reported Monday.  —  The Post reported that Scalise “confirmed through an adviser that he once appeared …
Discussion: and Booman Tribune
The Huffington Post:
New Republican Whip Allegedly Addressed Supremacist Group in 2002
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Why Hillary Clinton doesn't need to win the white working class
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
Obama Went on the War Path in 2014 Not Just for His Legacy, But Hillary's Too
Discussion: US News
New York Post:
‘Traitor’ de Blasio booed at Police Academy graduation  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio was booed and heckled as he spoke to the city's newest cops Monday morning.  —  During a graduation ceremony for the latest class of graduates from the Police Academy, audience members shouted “Traitor!” …
NY Daily News:
De Blasio faces booing, NYPD disdain again as he addresses recruits at police graduation ceremony
Discussion: Politico and Gothamist
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Obama warns GOP he plans to use veto pen in 2015
Kurt Schlichter /
2014: The Year The Liberal Lies Died  —  Every single thing liberals say is a lie.  No exceptions.  —  We conservatives always knew it, but 2014 was the year when the rest of America began to understand.  And 2014 was the year that Americans had to choose sides - would they stand with the liberal liars or with us conservatives?
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
Mexican female bullfighter Karla de los Angeles gored  —  Mexican bullfighter Karla de los Angeles has been injured in a bullfight in Mexico City.  —  Ms de los Angeles was going in for the kill during Sunday's event when the bull tossed her over its head.
Discussion: Daily Mail
Natasha Vargas-Cooper / The Intercept:
Exclusive: Jay, Key Witness from ‘Serial’ Tells His Story for First Time, Part 1  —  On Jan. 13, 1999, Hae Min Lee, an 18-year-old high school student from Baltimore, went missing.  About a month later, police uncovered her body in a nearby park; an autopsy would later find that she was choked to death.
Sharona Schwartz /
Here's What Shariah Law Apparently Has to Say About Women's Facebook Passwords  —  An Islamic preacher says that women who keep their social media and cellphone passwords secret from their husbands are violating shariah law, asserting that husbands are entitled to and must demand to know that information.
New York Times:
Playing the Numbers Game With the Obamas' Christmas Vacation  —  Good morning on the last Monday of the year from Washington, where federal officials are awaiting calls for assistance involving AirAsia Flight 8501, and former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, fresh off his announcement that he is exploring …
Discussion: OnPolitics, Hot Air, and CNN
Pew Research Center:
In late spurt of activity, Congress avoids ‘least productive’ title  —  With the 113th Congress now in the history books, we conducted a final tally of our nation's legislative productivity — in terms of both total laws passed and of substance.  Our calculation finds that the 113th …
Discussion: Fox News and Politico
Fern Shen / Baltimore Brew:
Episcopal bishop identified as driver in fatal bike crash  —  BREW EXCLUSIVE: Heather Cook, No. 2 official in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, was named in church communication  —  In an email to the clergy of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, the Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton …
Discussion: Raw Story and Althouse
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.
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
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Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
In Battle to Defang ISIS, U.S. Targets Its Psychology
Discussion: The Other McCain
Fox News:
Family of murdered Marine suing military over alleged cover-up
Discussion: Daily Mail and The Daily Caller
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Robert Samuelson: Repairing the middle class in 2015
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Slantpoint
John Woodrow Cox / Washington Post:
At FedEx Field, Redskins name protesters exchange sharp words with fans
Discussion: Slantpoint and ThinkProgress
Debbie Purdy: Right-to-die campaigner dies
Discussion: National Review and Guardian
 Earlier Items: 
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
A man of healing, a saga of suffering
Discussion: Daily Mail and The Other McCain
Justin Fenton / Baltimore Sun:
Bicyclist, 41, struck, killed in Roland Park
Discussion: Baltimore Brew
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
READ: Police Chief Tells Pro-Cop Critic To Respect Protesters In Powerful Letter
Discussion: and Gawker
James Bennet / The Atlantic Online:
Editor's Note: Executive Dysfunction
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
16 in '16: The new battle for the Senate
Discussion: The Hill
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Obama Recovery  —  Suppose that for some reason you decided …