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12:40 AM ET, December 29, 2016


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Carmel Dagan / Variety:
Debbie Reynolds, ‘Singin’ in the Rain' Star and Carrie Fisher's Mother, Dies at 84  —  Debbie Reynolds, the Oscar-nominated singer-actress who was the mother of late actress Carrie Fisher, has died at Cedars-Sinai hospital.  She was 84.  —  “She wanted to be with Carrie,” her son Todd Fisher told Variety.
Debbie Reynolds — DEAD AT 84  —  Debbie Reynolds — who rose to stardom in “Singin' in the Rain” and quickly became a staple among Hollywood royalty — died Wednesday as a result of a stroke, TMZ has learned ... just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher passed away ... this according to her son Todd.
Debbie Reynolds Rushed to Hospital for Possible Stroke (AUDIO + VIDEO)  —  Debbie Reynolds — Rushed to Hospital for Possible Stroke  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  2:53 PM PT — We've learned Debbie's condition when she was taken to the hospital was listed as “fair to serious.”
Mike Barnes / Hollywood Reporter:
Debbie Reynolds, Mother of Carrie Fisher and Star of ‘Singin’ in the Rain,' Dies at 84
Discussion: AOL and Suburban Guerrilla …
Los Angeles Times:
Debbie Reynolds rushed to the hospital after falling ill; condition unknown
Steve Almasy / CNN:
Report: Debbie Reynolds hospitalized
Discussion: The Last Refuge and TheBlaze
Obama Calls Trump After Twitter Complaint About ‘Roadblocks’  —  Detente strained between the outgoing and incoming presidents  —  Republican angered by UN resolution on Israel, election remark  —  U.S. President Barack Obama phoned his successor, Donald Trump, after the Republican accused Obama …
Obama's Betrayal of Israel at the UN Must Not Stand  —  President Barack Obama's ill-advised decision to order the U.S. to abstain on a United Nations resolution condemning Israeli settlements breaks with past U.S. policy, undermines a vital ally and sets back the cause of Middle East peace.
Discussion: neo-neocon and Instapundit
Elliott Abrams / Weekly Standard:
John Kerry's Final, Harmful Insult to Israel  —  A shameful end to the Obama foreign policy.  —  In the Obama administration's waning days, global challenges to American interests abound.  In Syria, which will be a bloody stain on the reputations of Barack Obama and John Kerry, the killing continues.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Kerry Rebukes Israel, Calling Settlements a Threat to Peace
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Inside the coming war between the United States and the United Nations
John Kerry / US Department of State:
Remarks on Middle East Peace
The White House:
Statement by the President on the Designation of Bears Ears National Monument and Gold Butte National Monument  —  Today, I am designating two new national monuments in the desert landscapes of southeastern Utah and southern Nevada to protect some of our country's most important cultural treasures …
Russell Begaye / The White House:
How President Obama Has Protected Our Sacred Land for Future Generations
Discussion: KTLA and The Daily Caller
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
With new monuments in Nevada, Utah, Obama adds to his environmental legacy
Discussion: Mother Jones and New York Magazine
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Trump says Sprint will bring 5,000 jobs back to the US; OneWeb will create 3,000 jobs  —  President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday that Sprint will bring 5,000 jobs back to the United States from overseas, while another company OneWeb will add 3,000 jobs in the U.S.
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg:
Trump Says Billionaire Masa Son Adds U.S. Jobs at Sprint, OneWeb
Michael Moore / Facebook:
5 Things You Can Do Right Now About Donald J. Trump - from Michael Moore  —  It's been seven weeks since Hillary beat Trump by nearly 3 million votes but lost the presidency to him.  So if your head is still spinning from that mindf***, or you can't quite believe a malignant narcissist …
Richard Johnson / Page Six:
DC private schools giving Kellyanne Conway the brush-off  —  MORE FROM:  —  Kellyanne Conway is worried establishment elites in Washington, DC, are so prejudiced against President-elect Trump that she won't be able to get her kids into private school in the nation's capital.
Discussion: The Resurgent and Raw Story
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Scam Pastor to Pray With Trump At Inauguration  —  In 2007, TV preacher Paula White got investigated by the U.S. Senate for her shady fundraising practices.  —  Ten years later, she will pray at Trump's inauguration.  —  Yes, really.  —  White is a televangelist with a huge audience and a knack for stirring controversy.
Discussion: Raw Story
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump on alleged election interference by Russia: ‘Get on with our lives’  —  President-elect Donald Trump distanced himself Wednesday night from the Obama administration's plans to punish Russia for its alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election, telling reporters that “I think we ought to get on with our lives.”
Sabrina Siddiqui / The Guardian:
Reporting while Muslim: how I covered the US presidential election  —  “We should exterminate them.”  —  The words rolled off the voter's tongue as though he was merely discussing a pest invasion in his home.  He was talking about Muslims.  —  I froze as I became suddenly aware of my own Muslim identity …
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
The Republican plot to devour retirees' nest eggs  —  Perhaps the most monstrous thing about the American medical system — and the bar for that title is high indeed — is predatory billing.  —  A great many medical providers adjust their prices based on how defenseless the patient is …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Hullabaloo
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump makes last-minute push to add Hispanic to Cabinet  —  President-elect Donald Trump, who repeatedly lashed out at Mexican immigrants during the campaign, is scrambling to appoint a Hispanic official to serve in his Cabinet amid criticism that his incoming administration lacks diversity at the highest levels.
Los Angeles Times:   Former California lieutenant governor will meet with Trump to discuss running Agriculture department
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Bests Trump as Most Admired Man in 2016  —  PRINCETON, N.J. — Americans are most likely to name President Barack Obama as the man they admire most in 2016.  Twenty-two percent mentioned Obama in response to the open-ended question.  President-elect Donald Trump was second at 15%.
Lindsey Ellefson / Mediaite:
After Backlash, Steve Martin Deletes His Twitter Tribute to Carrie Fisher  —  Earlier today, iconic actress Carrie Fisher died, prompting reactions from all around the entertainment industry and beyond.  One reaction was from Steve Martin, who reportedly tweeted, “When I was a young man …
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Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
Schumer calls for Trump Cabinet picks to turn over tax returns
Discussion: and CNN
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Trump tells visitors he's drafting his inaugural speech with Reagan and Kennedy in mind
Discussion: AOL
Joseph A. Palermo / The Huffington Post:
Republicans, Climate Change, And The New Reality
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Climate Depot
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Melania Trump wants to champion free speech — while suing bloggers and newspapers for defamation
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Appeals court revives suits over Hillary Clinton emails
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Sarah Dean / Daily Mail:
Woman, 30, beheaded in Afghanistan for entering a city to go shopping without her husband
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Chris Spargo / Daily Mail:
Thousands sign petition demanding that Hunter College fires boastful professor whose husband …
Josh Katz / New York Times:
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Malia Zimmerman / Fox News:
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