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2:10 PM ET, December 30, 2014


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New York Post:
Arrests plummet following execution of cops  —  It's not a slowdown — it's a virtual work stoppage.  —  NYPD traffic tickets and summonses for minor offenses have dropped off by a staggering 94 percent following the execution of two cops — as officers feel betrayed by the mayor and fear for their safety, The Post has learned.
New York Times:
Police Respect Squandered in Attacks on de Blasio  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio has spent weeks expressing his respect and admiration for the New York Police Department, while calling for unity in these difficult days, but the message doesn't seem to be sinking in.
ABC News:
Bill De Blasio News  —  ... committed suicide.  Some key developments in the aftermath: —  NYPD RECRUIT GRADUATION Mayor Bill de Blasio , whose relationship with the New York Police Department has been particularly tense in recent weeks, was booed ...
New York Post:
De Blasio calls emergency summit with cop unions
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Steve Scalise / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
‘I detest any kind of hate group’  —  Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise said he doesn't support “any of the things I read about” a white supremacist group that organized an event at which Scalise appeared in 2002.  —  In an exclusive interview Monday with |
Steve Scalise / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Steve Scalise's attendance at 2002 white nationalists event ignites political firestorm  —  U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, acknowledged Monday that he spoke at a white nationalist conference in Metairie in 2002, but said he did not realize the type of organization he was speaking to and has never affiliated with the group.
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Duke adviser Kenny Knight: Scalise didn't know about white nationalists at 2002 event  —  Kenny Knight, a longtime political adviser to former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, said in an interview Tuesday that he personally invited House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) to speak to a 2002 gathering of white supremacists.
Bill Clark / Roll Call:
What Scalise and Vitter Told Roll Call About David Duke in 1999  —  Back in 1999, Roll Call interviewed white supremacist leader David Duke about the possibility he would seek the House seat vacated by the resignation of Republican Rep. Bob Livingston.  As part of that report …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Scalise In 1999: I Agree With KKK Leader On ‘Conservative’ Issues But 'He Can't Get Elected'
David Weigel / Bloomberg Politics:
David Duke Returns to Haunt the Republican House Whip
Discussion: RedState, Guardian and Washington Post
Washington Post:
House Majority Whip Scalise confirms he spoke to white nationalists in 2002
Dan Friedman / NY Daily News:
Michael Grimm has decided to resign from Congress days after pleading guilty: sources  —  EXCLUSIVE: The Staten Island Republican, who won reelection in the fall, has decided to vacate his seat after speaking with Rep. John Boehner.  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Michael Grimm has decided to resign …
Washington Post:
Rep. Michael Grimm announces his resignation from Congress, effective Monday
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Michael Grimm, in a Reversal, Will Resign From Congress
Michael Grimm resignation expected soon
Discussion: US News, Daily Kos and ABC News
Fox News:
At least 40 bodies, debris found in search for missing AirAsia plane  —  At least 40 bodies have been found in the area where AirAsia Flight 8501 last made contact with air traffic controllers, along with debris from the plane.  —  The bodies were found in the Java Sea about six miles from the plane's last known point of contact.
ABC News:
AirAsia: Bodies, Debris Found in Search for Missing Jet
Discussion:, Mediaite, The Verge and NPR
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
Obama Adviser Jonathan Gruber In 2009: Obamacare Will NOT Be Affordable  —  President Obama's health care adviser Jonathan Gruber said that the Affordable Care Act would definitely not be affordable while he was writing the bill with the White House.  —  As Gruber continues to withhold documents …
Discussion: TPNN
Hunter Walker / Business Insider:
Potential Hillary Challenger Paid Nearly $100,000 In Campaign Donations To His Family  —  See Also  —  FORGET BRIDGEGATE: Chris Christie May Be Responsible For ‘Traffic Armageddon’ Across The Northeast  —  Hillary Clinton Is Getting Terrible Reviews On The Campaign Trail, And There Might Be A Very Simple Reason Why
Discussion: CNN and Hot Air
2015, the year the GOP strikes back at Obama food policies  —  The Obama administration is becoming increasingly involved in what Americans put on their dinner plates and in their cereal bowls, from requiring school children to be served fruit to eliminating trans fats in doughnuts.
Discussion: Hot Air
Suzanne Daley / New York Times:
Greek Patience With Austerity Nears Its Limit  —  NEA IONIA, Greece — Alexandra Nikolovieni, 55, lost her job escorting young children on a school bus four years ago and has not been able to find another one since.  To help financially, her daughter and her son-in-law, who have two children, moved into her house.
Discussion: Eschaton and Lawyers, Guns & Money
O'Ryan Johnson / Boston Herald:
6 teens charged in attack on cops serving warrant  —  By:  —  Two Boston police officers were hospitalized yesterday after they were cornered in a stairwell by at least six teens who “kicked, punched, and choked” them as the cops tried to arrest a family member on a warrant in Roxbury, police said.
Discussion: ABC News and Associated Press
Ezra Klein / Vox:
What is Paul Krugman afraid of?  —  Paul Krugman is a lot of things.  New York Times op-ed columnist.  Nobel prize-winning economist.  Arcade Fire fanboy.  Obama administration frenemy.  —  But the side of Krugman I've always found most interesting is the sci-fi obsessive.
Discussion: Slate, CANNONFIRE and EconoSpeak
William Deresiewicz / The Atlantic Online:
The Death of the Artist—And the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur  —  Hard-working artisan, solitary genius, credentialed professional—the image of the artist has changed radically over the centuries.  What if the latest model to emerge means the end of art as we have known it?
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Associated Press:
US off war footing at year's end, but wars go on
Mark Krikorian / National Review:
More than 90 Percent of a Group of Illegal Immigrants from Surge This Summer Never Showed …
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Documents Reveal Details of F.B.I. Inquiry Into Nevada Senator
The 10 Worst Civil Liberties Violations of 2014
Autopsy reveals Ezell Ford was shot in arm, back, abdomen
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Jeb Bush exits another corporate board
Allie Grasgreen / Politico:
Colleges: Game plan set for student, faculty travel to Ebola-affected regions
Caitlin Emma / Politico:
Testing under fire
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Dave Barry / Washington Post:
THERE'S JUST NO EXPLAINING 2014  —  It was a year of mysteries.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Ted Cruz is billed as a Passover vacation attraction
Discussion: CNN
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Obama nominees in doubt