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2:25 PM ET, December 24, 2016


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Washington Post:
The Obama administration fires a dangerous parting shot  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA'S decision to abstain on a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements reverses decades of practice by both Democratic and Republican presidents.  The United States vetoed past resolutions …
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama, Trump and the Turf War That Has Come to Define the Transition  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump and President Obama have been unfailingly polite toward each other since the election.  But with Mr. Trump staking out starkly different positions from Mr. Obama on Israel …
Exclusive: Trump team seeks names of officials working to counter violent extremism  —  U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's transition team has asked two Cabinet departments for the names of government officials working on programs to counter violent extremism, according to a document seen by Reuters and U.S. officials.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, RedState and The Hill
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Obama's Betrayal of Israel Is a Black Day for American Diplomacy  —  It is Islamist-leftist dogma that Israel's millennia of attachment to its homeland count for nothing.  —  Adding a final shameful chapter to a foreign-policy record that already runneth over with them …
Elliott Abrams / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Disgraceful and Harmful Legacy on Israel
Discussion: Victory Girls Blog and Power Line
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Why Obama broke with Israel at UN
Discussion: RedState and
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Obama rhymes-with-bucks Israel
Discussion: Tablet Magazine
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Trump warns UN after Israel vote: ‘Things will be different’ soon
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Teen Vogue Writer Battles Tucker Carlson: 'You're Actually Being a Partisan Hack'  —  Teen Vogue writer Lauren Duca faced off with Fox's Tucker Carlson tonight in what became a mesmerizing and fierce back and forth about Ivanka Trump and various things that Duca has written.
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Trump's unpopularity threatens to hobble his presidency  —  President-elect Donald Trump will descend on Washington next month, buoyed by his upset victory and Republican control of Congress to implement his agenda.  —  But he's facing a major obstacle: Trump will enter the White House …
New York Times:
Denying Conflict, Trump Family Tries to Resolve Potential Problems  —  WASHINGTON — Realizing that his presidency could face potentially crippling questions over conflicts of interest, Donald J. Trump and his family are rushing to resolve potential controversies — like shuttering foundations …
Susan Snyder /
Bryn Mawr student hounded after asking to share ride to Trump event  —  Andi Moritz couldn't get the comments out of her head.  A Facebook post the Bryn Mawr College freshman made on the school's ride-share page earlier that September day had drawn harsh backlash from dozens of students, most of whom she didn't know.
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Five Republicans who could buck Trump in 2017  —  's biggest hurdles next year might not come from Democrats but from within his own party.  —  With a narrow 52-seat majority in the Senate, the president-elect will need to keep Republicans unified if he wants to clear nominations …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The very bad reason Jeff Sessions is ‘very unhappy’  —  “The thing that is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world. .   . .  The worst thing in the world varies from individual to individual.”  —  PHILADELPHIA  —  For Christos and Markela Sourovelis …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
John Wagner / Washington Post:
The chaos theory of Donald Trump: Sowing confusion through tweets  —  Donald Trump's sudden embrace this week of a nuclear arms race — and his staff's scramble to minimize the fallout — underscored an emerging modus operandi for the president-elect: governance by chaos.
Will Bunch /
Liberal prof ‘watchlist’ is McCarthyism for the bullying age  —  Anthea Butler thought she'd heard it all before.  —  A religious studies professor at the University of Pennsylvania, a black woman who teaches a class about the religious right in America and has a fiery liberal persona on social media …
Eric Schlosser / New Yorker:
World War Three, by Mistake  —  Harsh political rhetoric, combined with the vulnerability of the nuclear command-and-control system, has made the risk of global catastrophe greater than ever.  —  On June 3, 1980, at about two-thirty in the morning, computers at the National Military Command Center …
Evelyn Rupert / The Hill:
Trump team: NY co-chair's remarks about Obamas ‘reprehensible’
Discussion: RedState and The Huffington Post
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Discussion: The Guardian
Paula McMahon / Sun-Sentinel:
Facebook threats against Trump land Broward man in jail, feds say
Discussion: Infowars and Law News
Paulina Firozi / The Hill:
Putin: Nobody believed Trump would win ‘except us’
Discussion: Yahoo! News and The Gateway Pundit
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / The Atlantic:
A Prayer for Peace in Bethlehem
Discussion: Washington Post
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Why Did Planned Parenthood Supporters Vote Trump?
Richard Winton / Los Angeles Times:
Actress Carrie Fisher is in critical condition after a ‘cardiac episode’ on flight from London to L.A.