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11:45 AM ET, December 31, 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.
Mikael Thalen / Infowars:
Washington Post Stirs Fear After False Report of Power Grid Hack by Russia  —  Story quickly falls apart after investigation finds claims to be inaccurate  —  The Washington Post reported Friday that the U.S. power grid had been hacked by the same Russian actors accused of breaching the DNC - the only problem, the grid wasn't hacked.
Alex Pfeiffer / The Daily Caller:
Washington Post Publishes False News Story About Russians Hacking Electrical Grid  —  A story published by The Washington Post Friday claims Russia hacked the electrical grid in Vermont.  This caused hysteria on social media but has been denied by a spokesman for a Vermont utility company.
Discussion: Hot Air and TheBlaze
Burlington Free Press:
Russia penetrated Burlington Electric utility company computer
Discussion: emptywheel
Elliot Smilowitz / The Hill:
Trump tweets: Happy new year to my enemies who ‘lost so badly’  —  on Saturday tweeted out a taunting New Year's greeting to those who opposed him.  —  “Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don't know what to do.  Love!”
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Trump tweets Happy New Year to his ‘many enemies’ who ‘lost so badly’  —  President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday tweeted a New Year's message to his supporters and his “many enemies.”  —  “Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don't know what to do.
Matthew Wisner / Fox Business:
Alan Dershowitz: If Keith Ellison is Appointed DNC Chair, I Will Resign My Membership  —  As the debate continues over the Obama administration's handling of the U.N. resolution condemning Israeli settlements, there are signs it is causing a divide within the Democratic Party.
Nikita Vladimirov / The Hill:
Dershowitz: I'll leave Democratic Party if Ellison becomes DNC chair  —  Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz said Friday he'll leave the Democratic Party if Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) is appointed the next chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
Discussion:, Vox and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Claudia Rosett / The Hill:
Obama settling old grudges — but not against Russian, Israeli leaders
Discussion: Politico, Hot Air and Washington Post
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Conservative radio host caught in lie that Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang at Obama Inauguration  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Conservative radio host Ben Ferguson, asserted that the woman that quit the Mormon Tabernacle Choir because she refused to sing for President-elect Donald Trump …
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: BizPac Review
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Kellyanne Conway's husband on short list for top US lawyer job
Discussion: Josh Blackman's Blog and Mediaite
Nikita Vladimirov / The Hill:   Trump considering Conway's husband for solicitor general: report
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.
Washington Post:
Trump refuses to face reality about Russia  —  ALTHOUGH PRESIDENT Obama's sanctions against Russia for interfering with the U.S. presidential election came late, his action on Thursday reflected a bipartisan consensus that penalties must be imposed for Moscow's audacious hacking and meddling.
Shawn Annarelli / Centre Daily Times:
‘The only good cop is a dead cop,’ he said  —  Suspected cop killer Jason Robison is still at large and considered dangerous, according to police.  —  Authorities said Trooper Landon Weaver was shot and killed by Robison at about 6:30 p.m. Friday when the officer investigated a …
James Risen / New York Times:
If Donald Trump Targets Journalists, Thank Obama  —  WASHINGTON — If Donald J. Trump decides as president to throw a whistle-blower in jail for trying to talk to a reporter, or gets the F.B.I. to spy on a journalist, he will have one man to thank for bequeathing him such expansive power: Barack Obama.
Discussion: Viking Pundit and Althouse
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.
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
How Russians Pay to Play in Other Countries  —  PRAGUE — For a brief moment, it seemed that the powerful adviser's head might roll at the Castle.  After he lost his long legal battle over a hefty state fine, the Czech president warned him to pay up or lose his post.  —  Then a guardian angel materialized from Moscow.
Gordon Fairclough / Wall Street Journal:
Turkish Authorities Detain Wall Street Journal Staff Reporter Dion Nissenbaum for 2½ Days  —  American journalist held without access to lawyers or family, leaves Turkey for U.S. after release  —  Turkish authorities detained a Wall Street Journal staff reporter for 2½ days this past week …
Dr. Susan Berry / Breitbart:
Girl Wants Boy Scout Group to say she is a Transgender Boy  —  An eight-year-old girl in Secaucus, N.J., says Boy Scout officials should treat her as a transgender boy, and let her join a boys' Cub Scout pack.  —  The child, who is a biological girl but has been living as a “transgender boy” …
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.
The White House:
Behind the Lens: 2016 Year in Photographs  —  For the eighth and final time, I am presenting my annual Year in Photographs.  —  All of them were taken either by me or a White House photographer on my staff.  For many of the images, I've included the backstory behind the image …
Discussion: AOL, DCist and Jezebel
John Hayward / Breitbart:
Steve Bannon: ‘Hobbits and Deplorables Had a Great Run in 2016,’ but It's Only ‘Top of the First Inning’  —  Stephen K. Bannon, former Breitbart News executive chairman, founding host of Breitbart News Daily, and now chief political strategist for the incoming Trump White House, made a special appearance on the final live show of 2016.
Discussion: Daily Mail and Politico
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 …
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New York Times:
Trump Gets an Opening from Russia, but the Path Is Risky
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Snatching Health Care Away From Millions
Discussion: Raw Story, Los Angeles Times and STAT
Alina Selyukh / NPR:
U.S. Ethics Chief Was Behind Those Tweets About Trump, Records Show
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Chris Brito / New York's PIX11:
Highway patrol officer jumps into moving car to save toddler from impaired driver on LIE: Police
Discussion: WTKR-TV and KTLA
Susan Dynarski / New York Times:
Free Market for Education? Economists Generally Don't Buy It
Discussion: Slate Star Codex and EconLog
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Liam Quinn / Daily Mail:
Donald Trump supporter ‘films barrage of abuse he receives for wearing a #buildthewall T-shirt’ INSIDE …
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: TheBlaze and Raw Story
Ema O'Connor / BuzzFeed:
Some DC Restaurants Are Donating Their Inauguration Profits To Anti-Trump Organizations
Discussion: The Hill and