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4:10 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:
Why Obama apologized to newlyweds  —  (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 …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
Beth Reinhard / Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton Faces Uphill Fight for White, Rural Vote
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!” …
Emily Ngo / Newsday:
Rudy Giuliani criticizes de Blasio on talk shows; NYPD's Bratton denounces cops' mayoral snub
Discussion: National Review
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.
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.
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
Discussion: John Cardillo
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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:, Joe. My. God. and CNN
Debbie Purdy: Right-to-die campaigner dies  —  Right-to-die campaigner Debbie Purdy, who won a landmark ruling to clarify the law on assisted suicide, has died.  —  The 51-year-old from Bradford had lived with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) for almost 20 years.
Discussion: National Review and Guardian
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
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.
John Woodrow Cox / Washington Post:
At FedEx Field, Redskins name protesters exchange sharp words with fans  —  In a year marked by significant moments for opponents of the Washington Redskins mascot, they achieved yet another one on Sunday, this time outside the 79,000-seat cathedral at which the name is most revered and its change most resisted: FedEx Field.
Discussion: Slantpoint and ThinkProgress
Mark Thompson / TIME:
U.S. Ends Its War in Afghanistan  —  But the flag-lowering won't end the bloodshed  —  The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan ended its combat mission Sunday, marking the formal—if not real—end to the longest war in American history.  —  American warplanes began bombing the country on Oct. 7 …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill
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Lamar White, Jr /
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise Was Reportedly an Honored Guest at 2002 International White Supremacist Convention
Discussion: Washington Post and Addicting Info
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Robert Samuelson: Repairing the middle class in 2015
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Slantpoint
Katie DeLong /
“Nobody deserves this:” 13-month-old boy loses his life after “dozens” of shots fired into home
Discussion: KTLA and Daily Mail
Salena Zito / Real Clear Politics:
Elizabeth Warren Is No ‘Populist’
Discussion: Moe Lane
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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
George E. Condon Jr / National Journal:
The Year of Unconventional Wisdom
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Paul Carsten / Reuters:
Gmail blocked in China
James Bennet / The Atlantic Online:
Editor's Note: Executive Dysfunction