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2:30 PM ET, December 28, 2016


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Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Britain Pulled the Strings and Netanyahu Warned New Zealand It Was Declaring War: New Details on Israel's Battle Against the UN Vote  —  The British secretly worked the Palestinians and urged New Zealand to move ahead with the resolution, and a call from Netanyahu to Putin triggered a real drama …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
John Kerry, in a Final, Pointed Plea, Will Outline a Vision of Mideast Peace
The Times of Israel:
Transcript claims to show US worked with Palestinians on UN resolution
Malia Zimmerman / Fox News:
‘You cannot eat here’: Hawaii café riles residents with ban on Trump voters  —  This sign was posted at Honolulu's Café 8 ½.  —  Honolulu's Café 8 ½ gets rave reviews on Yelp for its “Radiatore Verde” and “Italian stir fry,” among other popular dishes …
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%.
Madeline Conway / Politico:
Obama bests Trump in Gallup's ‘most admired’ poll  —  President Barack Obama topped Gallup's annual list of the men Americans most admire, while Hillary Clinton was named the country's most admired woman for the 15th year in a row.  —  In a poll asking Americans to name the man they most admire …
Discussion: The Week and
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 …
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Experts: Ryan's livestream crackdown may be unconstitutional  —  Paul Ryan's new crackdown against protests on the House floor — a direct response to the Democrats' gun-control “sit-in” last summer — is prompting questions from experts in both parties about its constitutionality.
Post and Courier:
State Rep. Chris Corley accused of punching wife in face, pointing gun at her  —  Chris Corley, Republican state representative from Graniteville, was arrested Tuesday in connection with domestic violence charges.  Provided  —  Rep. Chris Corley appears in court for a bond hearing …
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:   SC Rep. Who Defended Confederate Flag Allegedly Beat, Pointed Gun At Wife
Josh Katz / New York Times:
‘Duck Dynasty’ vs. ‘Modern Family’: 50 Maps of the U.S. Cultural Divide  —  Americans have been clustering themselves into cultural bubbles just as they have clustered in political bubbles.  Their TV preferences confirm that.  —  ← FEWER FANS MORE FANS →
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Trump: Obama ‘lost’ in key swing states for Clinton  —  argued Tuesday that President Obama did not help Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton  —  win key swing states in the November election.  —  In a tweet, Trump doubled-down on his belief that he would have defeated Obama …
New York Post:
Teacher groomed her accused murderer to be sex toy, baby daddy  —  Isaac Duran Infante (center) is brought in after being charged with killing his ex-girlfriend and son.  —  William Miller  —  SEE ALSO  —  :0  —  The prey was once the predator.  Former Brooklyn teacher Felicia...
Jaclyn Schultz / WAGA-TV:
Police: Queen Latifah's car stolen by gas station thieves  —  FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - Hollywood's Queen Latifah became another unfortunate victim of a crime trend plaguing drivers throughout south Fulton County: thieves jump into a driver's seat while someone is pumping gas, and quickly take off.
Discussion: AOL and Refinery29
J.J. Gallagher / ABC News:
Trump Takes Credit for Bump in Consumer Confidence  —  President-elect Donald Trump congratulated himself on Tuesday night for an uptick in the Consumer Confidence Index, a closely-watched economic measure.  —  The Conference Board reported on Tuesday that its index of consumer confidence rose …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Thanks Himself For Rising Consumer Confidence Index
Discussion: Infowars and Reuters
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Obama administration is close to announcing measures to punish Russia for election interference  —  The Obama administration is close to announcing a series of measures to punish Russia for its interference in the 2016 presidential election, including economic sanctions and diplomatic censure, according to U.S. officials.
Mitch Mitchell / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Attorney: Viral video not an isolated incident among Fort Worth cops  —  FORT WORTH  —  Riding the backlash of last week's viral video involving a Fort Worth police officer, the attorney for a black man shot in July by another officer released a video Tuesday of the incident, which he said was unjustified.
Wall Street Journal:
As Home Prices Rise, Flippers Make a Comeback  —  Number of investors flipping homes returns to precrisis levels; big banks also get back in the game  —  This is a great time to be in the house-flipping business.  —  The number of investors who flipped a house in the first nine months of 2016 reached the highest level since 2007.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Politico
Fox News Insider:
Food Stamp Fraud at All-Time High: Is It Time to End the Program?  —  Food stamp fraud is at an all-time high, with cases this year including a state lawmaker and even a millionaire.  —  According to the USDA, $70 million of taxpayer money was wasted in 2016 due to food stamp fraud.
Discussion: Washington Post and Mother Jones
Los Angeles Times:
Former California lieutenant governor will meet with Trump to discuss running Agriculture department  —  President-elect Donald Trump is considering former California Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado to lead the Agriculture department, a move that would bring greater diversity to the Republican's Cabinet.
Tom Cotton / New York Times:
Fix Immigration.  It's What Voters Want.  —  Donald J. Trump smashed many orthodoxies on his way to victory, but immigration was the defining issue separating him from his primary opponents and Hillary Clinton.  President-elect Trump now has a clear mandate not only to stop illegal immigration …
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Chris Spargo / Daily Mail:
Thousands sign petition demanding that Hunter College fires boastful professor whose husband …
Robert Shibley / Wall Street Journal:
Time to Reform the Kangaroo Courts on Campus
Tori Richards / Fox News:
San Francisco grapples with growing crime, blight after years of liberal policies
Discussion: Infowars
House to vote to condemn UN, crack down on regs
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Elise Labott / CNN:
John Kerry's mission to save diplomacy
Discussion: Heat Street
James Glanz / New York Times:
Rick Perry, as Energy Secretary, May Be Pressed to Resume Nuclear Tests
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
72 percent of Americans feel hopeful about 2017: poll
 Earlier Items: 
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
H.I.V. Cases Surpass a Million in Russia, but Little Is Done
Discussion: The Week
NFL's Ray McDonald — Terrifying Video In Dom. Violence Case
Discussion: ProFootballTalk and The Root
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
HGTV Will Never Upset You: How the Network Beat CNN in 2016
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
SEIU plans 30 percent budget cut during Trump admin.
As Populists Won 2016 Ballots, World's Richest Made $237 Billion
Discussion: Common Dreams
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Warren stirs talk of 2020 White House run
Discussion: Political Wire
Elizabeth Preza / Raw Story:
Former Trump staffer gets 30 days in jail after being convicted on 10 counts of election fraud
Discussion: Detroit News