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DrexelNow:
Response to Professor George Ciccariello-Maher's Tweet  —  Drexel became aware today of Associate Professor George Ciccariello-Maher's inflammatory tweet, which was posted on his personal Twitter account on Dec. 24, 2016.  While the University recognizes the right of its faculty to freely express …
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Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
Drexel Condemns Professor's Tweet  —  University issues statement on Christmas Day over post that said “all I want for Christmas is white genocide.”  Update: Professor criticizes response to “satirical” comment.  —  Drexel University issued a statement on Christmas Day to condemn a tweet …
Discussion: Heat Street
Alex Pfeiffer / The Daily Caller:
Drexel Professor Has A History Of Hating White People And Wishing For Their Genocide  —  Drexel associate professor of political science George Ciccariello-Maher has a long history of espousing racist views towards white people on Twitter and has at times supported genocide.
David Axelrod / CNN:
Full transcript: David Axelrod interviews President Barack Obama for The Axe Files  —  PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA IS INTERVIEWED ON “THE AXE FILES” FROM CNN & THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO INSTITUTE OF POLITIC  —  AXELROD (voiceover): I first met Barack Obama when he returned to Chicago from law school …
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Jennifer Calfas / The Hill:
Obama: I'm going to keep to myself when I leave the White House  —  President Obama plans to keep a low-profile when he leaves office in January to better reflect on his time as president.  —  “I have to be quiet for a while.  And I don't mean politically, I mean internally.  I have to still myself,” Obama said.
CNN:
Obama's exit interview: Hope and change can still win elections  —  (CNN)Arguing that Americans still subscribe to his vision of progressive change, President Barack Obama asserted in an interview recently he could have succeeded in this year's election if he was eligible to run.
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Obama: I could have won a third term
Rebecca Kheel / The Hill:
Israel reduces relations with 12 Security Council countries: reports  —  Israel is reducing diplomatic working relationships with 12 countries on the United Nations Security Council, after the body voted to condemn Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory last week, according to reports.
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Alan M. Dershowitz / The Hill:
Obama pulls a bait-and-switch on anti-Israel Security Council vote
Josef Federman / Associated Press:
Israel: humbled Netanyahu places hopes in Trump
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
'We don't support Satanic Jews': Trump's neo-Nazi fans freak after he posts a ‘Happy Hanukkah’ tweet  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  President-elect Donald Trump decided to throw a bone to people who care about religious diversity in the United States by wishing Jewish people a …
TMZ.com:
Versace Sued — Secret ‘Code’ for Black Customers ... Fired Employee Claims  —  Versace secretly alerts staffers when an African-American person enters the store ... according to an ex-employee who claims the company also dissed his fashion sense and then canned him.
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
NY Attorney General Hinders Trump Plan to Shutter Foundation  —  Donald Trump's plan to dissolve his eponymous foundation is already running into a roadblock from the New York Attorney General's office, which says the organization can't close while its probe is ongoing.
Discussion: Raw Story
Media Matters for America:
As Inauguration Approaches, NRATV Says Dissent Against Trump Is An “Assault” On The Constitution  —  Ostensibly a news organization, the National Rifle Association's NRATV is actually a pro-Trump propaganda effort that routinely labels protected-speech reporting on the president-elect as a plot …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Deroy Murdock / New York Post:
Obama's legacy is a devastated Democratic Party  —  As President Obama concludes his reign of error, his party is smaller, weaker and ricketier than it has been since at least the 1940s.  Behold the tremendous power that Democrats have frittered away — from January 2009 through the aftermath …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
U.S. Sold $40 Billion in Weapons in 2015, Topping Global Market  —  WASHINGTON — The United States again ranked first in global weapons sales last year, signing deals for about $40 billion, or half of all agreements in the worldwide arms bazaar, and far ahead of France …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
James Kirchick / The Daily Beast:
The Jews Begging to Join the Alt-Right  —  “I refuse to join any club that will have me as a member” Groucho Marx famously said.  —  “We insist on joining the club that refuses to have us as members” might as well be the mantra of some aspiring Jewish adherents of the racist “alt-right.”
Paul Rosenberg / Salon:
Donald Trump's wrecking crew: A cabinet of zealots who yearn to destroy their own agencies  —  Previous GOP presidents have appointed anti-government hardliners, but Trump's cabinet goes further than ever  —  In one sense, it's nothing new.  At least since Ronald Reagan took office in 1981 …
Aaron Rupar / ThinkProgress:
Don't be fooled: Closing the Trump Foundation doesn't solve Trump's conflict of interest problems  —  Not even close.  —  On Christmas Eve, President-elect Donald Trump announced he's closing his controversial charitable foundation in order to avoid potential conflicts of interest.
Discussion: TaxProf Blog and Slate
Lisa Lerer / Associated Press:
Trump repeating some behaviors he criticized in Clinton  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump spent the past two years attacking rival Hillary Clinton as crooked, corrupt, and weak.  —  But some of those attacks seem to have already slipped into the history books.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Chicago Tribune:
11 dead, 33 wounded in shootings so far Christmas weekend  —  Police investigated multiple sites where people were shot and killed in Chicago on Christmas Day.  (Armando Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)  —  Eleven people were killed and at least 33 others have been wounded in shootings across Chicago …
Discussion: ABC News, The Daily Caller and NPR
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Gene B. Sperling / New York Times:
The Quiet War on Medicaid
Economist:
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New York Times:
Women's Rights Are a National Security Issue
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Trump taps aide Stephen Miller to write inaugural address
Discussion: AOL
Cindy Chang / Los Angeles Times:
Santa Monica synagogue vandalized as Hanukkah begins
J.R. Wu / Reuters:
Chinese carrier enters South China Sea amid renewed tension
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
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CNBC:
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Lenny Bernstein / Washington Post:
Transition adviser's tweets add intrigue to Trump aide Jason Miller's sudden resignation