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11:35 AM ET, December 24, 2016


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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 …
Discussion: FOX40 and The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Why Obama broke with Israel at UN
Discussion: RedState and
Elliott Abrams / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Disgraceful and Harmful Legacy on Israel
Discussion: Power Line and Victory Girls Blog
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Trump warns UN after Israel vote: ‘Things will be different’ soon
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Obama rhymes-with-bucks Israel
Discussion: Tablet Magazine
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Obama marks start of Hanukkah
New York Times:
Rebuffing Israel, U.S. Allows Censure Over Settlements
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
U.S. declines to veto U.N. Security Council resolution for Israel to stop Jewish settlement activity
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.
Discussion: The Right Scoop, Mashable and TheBlaze
Richard Winton / Los Angeles Times:
Actress Carrie Fisher is in critical condition after a ‘cardiac episode’ on flight from London to L.A.  —  Actress Carrie Fisher, shown in 2007, was taken to a hospital Friday after a “cardiac episode” on a flight from London to Los Angeles.  (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Jennifer Smith / Daily Mail:
Carrie Fisher, 60, suffers heart attack on transatlantic flight where fellow passengers resorted to giving the star CPR  — The 60-year-old was rushed to hospital immediately after landing and is said to be in critical condition  —  Carrie Fisher suffered a massive heart attack on board …
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 …
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.
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: The Hill and RedState
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
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 …
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 …
Paulina Firozi / The Hill:
Putin: Nobody believed Trump would win ‘except us’  —  Russian president Vladimir Putin on Friday lauded President-elect Donald Trump  —  for his win, insisting it was no surprise.  —  “Right up to the end, nobody believed he would win — except us,” Putin said at his annual marathon press conference.
Discussion: Yahoo! News and The Gateway Pundit
Jon Campbell / USA Today:
N.Y. developer Carl Paladino's ‘gorilla’ remark spurs outrage  —  ALBANY, N.Y. — Former New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino is facing backlash on social media for a racist remark about first lady Michelle Obama published Thursday in a Buffalo alt-weekly publication.
Evelyn Rupert / The Hill:
Trump team: NY co-chair's remarks about Obamas ‘reprehensible’
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Steven Shepard / Politico:
Trump's unpopularity threatens to hobble his presidency
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / The Atlantic:
A Prayer for Peace in Bethlehem
Discussion: Washington Post
Camilla Turner / Telegraph:
Some of Britain's top universities are becoming no-go zones for Jews, Baroness Deech claims
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French woman wants to marry a robot as expert predicts sex robots to become preferable to humans
Discussion: Daily Mail, Raw Story, Jezebel and
 Earlier Items: 
Michelle Goldberg / Slate:
Why Did Planned Parenthood Supporters Vote Trump?
Wall Street Journal:
Sam Brownback Calls on Donald Trump to Mimic His Kansas Tax Plan
Discussion: Mother Jones
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Radio's Diane Rehm, A Mainstay Of Civil Discourse, Signs Off
The American Interest:
The Democrats Turn on Obama
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Return of Street Corner Conservatism
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Colbert: Trump win made me throw out all my planned jokes
Discussion: Raw Story