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11:10 PM ET, December 30, 2016


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Washington Post:
Russian hackers penetrated U.S. electricity grid through a utility in Vermont, U.S. officials say  —  A code associated with the Russian hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe by the Obama administration has been detected within the system of a Vermont utility, according to U.S. officials.
Burlington Free Press:   Russia penetrated Burlington Electric utility company computer
Andrew Roth / Washington Post:
Putin says he won't deport U.S. diplomats as he looks to cultivate relations with Trump
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
N.C.'s outgoing GOP governor appears to make one last attempt to stick it to the Democrat who beat him  —  With just one day to go before he leaves office, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) threw a legal hail mary to the U.S. Supreme Court in another apparent effort to undermine his Democratic successor's ability to govern.
Paulina Firozi / The Hill:
Judge halts North Carolina law stripping incoming Dem governor's power  —  A North Carolina judge has temporarily blocked a law passed by the state's Republican-controlled legislature that limits the incoming governor's powers over election boards.  —  A superior court judge ruled Friday …
Raleigh News & Observer:
Judge puts NC GOP elections board makeover on hold after Roy Cooper sues
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Trump Said to Weigh Aide's Husband for Top Legal Job  —  Corporate lawyer George Conway in line for solicitor general  —  Conway has handled high-profile clients for law firm  —  President-elect Donald Trump is considering George Conway, a long-time corporate lawyer and the husband …
Discussion: Josh Blackman's Blog and Mediaite
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Kellyanne Conway's husband on short list for top US lawyer job  —  (CNN)The husband of one of President-elect Donald Trump's top advisers could be arguing cases on behalf of the federal government at the Supreme Court next year.  —  George Conway, a corporate attorney who is married to senior …
Nikita Vladimirov / The Hill:
Trump considering Conway's husband for solicitor general: report
Claudia Rosett / The Hill:
Obama settling old grudges — but not against Russian, Israeli leaders  —  Is President Obama using his final weeks in office to settle personal grudges against Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu?  Obama certainly appears to be settling scores …
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Team Trump: We're the true target of Obama's sanctions
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Hill
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Bolton: Obama sanctions on Russia not enough
Jan Chamberlin / Facebook:
Dear Family and Friends,  —  This is the message I have sent to Choir:  —  Dear President Jarrett and Choir,  —  Today is my birthday.  (Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you...........)  —  It is with a sad and heavy heart that I submit my resignation to you and to Choir.
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Something About This Russia Story Stinks  —  Nearly a decade and a half after the Iraq-WMD faceplant, the American press is again asked to co-sign a dubious intelligence assessment  —  In an extraordinary development Thursday, the Obama administration announced a series of sanctions against Russia.
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Obama to huddle with Hill Democrats on saving Obamacare  —  President Barack Obama will head to Capitol Hill Wednesday to meet with congressional Democrats about how to shield Obamacare from Republican efforts to dismantle it, a Capitol Hill source told POLITICO.
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Obama, Dems eyeing strategy to defend ObamaCare
Discussion: Political Wire and Bloomberg
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
What Chuck Todd gets about Trump  —  Chuck Todd has interviewed Donald Trump many times, and he's noticed something somewhat disquieting about the unquiet president-elect.  —  The man doesn't laugh — not in a normal, spontaneous, regular-human kind of way.  —  “[It] drives me crazy.  Do you know what?
Discussion: The Hill, Mediaite and Raw Story
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
DC restaurants to donate part of Trump inauguration profits: report  —  A coalition of Washington, D.C., restaurants is promising to donate part of its inauguration weekend profits to charity, according to a new report.  —  A group of 14 restaurants is planning to make donations to various groups after Donald Trump
Ema O'Connor / BuzzFeed:   Some DC Restaurants Are Donating Their Inauguration Profits To Anti-Trump Organizations
Alina Selyukh / NPR:
U.S. Ethics Chief Was Behind Those Tweets About Trump, Records Show  —  In November, the typically straitlaced Office of Government Ethics surprised observers with a series of tweets mimicking Donald Trump's bombastic style, exclamation points and all: “Brilliant!  Divestiture is good for you, good for America!”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
David Smiley / miamiherald:
Fired Miami cops joked about using black neighborhoods for target practice  —  Three rookie Miami police officers fired two days before Christmas joked in a group chat with other cops about using predominately black neighborhoods for target practice, an internal affairs investigation found this month.
Discussion: Raw Story, TheBlaze, Law News and AOL
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Mar-a-Lago sold tickets to New Year's Eve party with Trump  —  Mar-a-Lago, the pricey private resort in Palm Beach, Florida, sold hundreds of tickets at more than $500 a piece to an annual New Year's Eve extravaganza planned for Saturday night that will feature a very special guest …
Associated Press:
Mexican Man Charged With Rape Had 19 Deportations, Removals  —  A Mexican man accused of raping a 13-year-old girl on a Greyhound bus that traveled through Kansas had been deported 10 times and voluntarily removed from the U.S. another nine times since 2003, records obtained by The Associated Press show.
Discussion: Power Line and TheBlaze
Lucas Tomlinson / Fox News:
No US carrier at sea leaves gap in Middle East  —  For the next week, not only will there be no U.S. Navy aircraft carrier in the Middle East, but there will be no American aircraft carriers deployed at sea anywhere else in the world, despite a host of worldwide threats facing the United States.
Oklahoma cop who saved woman's life in viral video now arrested for internet crimes against child  —  BLANCHARD, Okla. - The Oklahoma cop who was caught on dash cam video saving a woman's life earlier this year has now been arrested for internet crimes against a child.
Discussion: KTLA, New York's PIX11 and PINAC
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Alt-right leader's book hits No. 1 on Amazon  —  A forthcoming book from controversial alt-right figure Milo Yiannopoulos has snagged the top spot on Amazon a day after the $250,000 book deal was announced.  —  Yiannopoulos's “Dangerous,” due out in March, was the No. 1 ranked book Friday on Amazon's list of best sellers.
Liam Quinn / Daily Mail:
Donald Trump supporter ‘films barrage of abuse he receives for wearing a #buildthewall T-shirt’ INSIDE his California apartment building  —  A Donald Trump supporter claims he was verbally attacked by his anti-Trump neighbors because he was wearing one of the president-elect's T-shirts.
Susan Dynarski / New York Times:
Free Market for Education?  Economists Generally Don't Buy It  —  The odds are good that privatizing education will be part of the agenda for President-elect Donald J. Trump's administration.  The Republican platform calls for increasing the role of banks in giving out student loans.
Discussion: Slate Star Codex and EconLog
Self-Driving Cars Will Make Organ Shortages Even Worse  —  We need to prepare for that now.  —  Much has been said about the ways we expect our oncoming fleet of driverless cars to change the way we live—remaking us all into passengers, rewiring our economy, retooling our views of ownership, and reshaping our cities and roads.
Discussion: RedState
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Chris Brito / New York's PIX11:
Highway patrol officer jumps into moving car to save toddler from impaired driver on LIE: Police
Discussion: WTVR-TV and KTLA
John Hayward / Breitbart:
Steve Bannon: ‘Hobbits and Deplorables Had a Great Run in 2016,’ but It's Only ‘Top of the First Inning’
Discussion: Daily Mail and Politico
Mural defaced at GOP headquarters
Ian Kullgren / Politico:
Cupcake defender interviews for Ag secretary job
Discussion: Raw Story, and Mediaite
SUV burned, house spray-painted with N-word in Highlands
Discussion: Raw Story and TheBlaze
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate moves to condemn U.N. over Israel
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
The legacy of Navy Secretary Ray Mabus: Change — and mixed feelings about it
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Julian Robinson / Daily Mail:
Five Afghan teenagers are convicted of gang-raping a boy at knife-point in Sweden …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Vox Popoli
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Vladimir Putin Won't Expel U.S. Diplomats as Russian Foreign Minister Urged
Laura Litvan / Bloomberg:
Trump's Border Wall, Deportation Plans Face Pushback From GOP
James Varney / RealClearInvestigations:
Skeptical Climate Scientists Coming In From the Cold