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2:35 PM 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.
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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
Discussion: Hot Air and TheBlaze
Burlington Free Press:
Russia penetrated Burlington Electric utility company computer
David Ingram / Yahoo:
New York opens subway line dreamed up in 1920s  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - While more than a million people ring in the new year with their eyes on a glittering ball high above Times Square, a select group of construction workers and city officials will toast 2017 underground on the inaugural ride of a subway line a century in the making.
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!”
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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.
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Nikita Vladimirov / The Hill:
Dershowitz: I'll leave Democratic Party if Ellison becomes DNC chair
Discussion: Vox and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Jeff Sessions Omits Decades Of Records For His AG Confirmation Hearing  —  He once argued that doing this is a felony.  —  WASHINGTON President-elect Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, is withholding decades' worth of records from his career ahead of his Senate …
L.V. Anderson / Slate:
2016 Was the Year White Liberals Realized How Unjust, Racist, and Sexist America Is  —  The sense of disillusionment white American liberals woke up with on Nov. 9 was powerful enough to taint the entire year with a sense of doom.  So many illusions were shattered by the election of Donald Trump …
Discussion: Power Line and Instapundit
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
BBC:
Merkel: Islamist terror is ‘greatest threat’ to Germany  —  Islamist terrorism is the biggest challenge facing Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel has said in her New Year message.  —  Referring to the deadly truck attack in Berlin by a Tunisian asylum seeker, she said it was “sickening” …
Discussion: neo-neocon and The Daily Caller
Marina Lopes / Washington Post:
Venezuelans are fleeing to Brazil for medical care, overwhelming its hospitals and morgues  —  BOA VISTA, Brazil — As throngs of Venezuelans trek to Brazil in search of food and medicine, hospitals along Brazil's sparsely populated northern border are struggling to pick up the pieces of Venezuela's failing health-care system.
Nate Thayer / Variety:
KKK Leaders Allege Producers Paid Them to Fake Scenes in Canceled A&E Documentary (EXCLUSIVE)  —  A&E to conduct investigation to probe what happened during production  —  The subjects of a TV documentary series about the Ku Klux Klan abruptly canceled last week by A&E allege to Variety …
Discussion: Raw Story, The Resurgent and Vox Popoli
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.
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 …
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Obama: I won't leave on Jan 20  —  President Obama used his final weekly address in 2016 to make it plainer than ever that he won't retire quietly once Donald Trump is sworn in as president.  —  Couching his address to the nation as assurance that he will remain committed to defending the …
Discussion: TheBlaze
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.
Nick WagonerESPN / ESPN:
Colin Kaepernick wins 49ers' award for ‘inspirational, courageous play’  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif. — In a season filled with controversy surrounding San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's protest of racial inequality in the United States, Kaepernick apparently inspired many of his teammates.
Discussion: theGrio
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 …
Bloomberg:
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 …
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Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Kellyanne Conway's husband on short list for top US lawyer job
Discussion: Josh Blackman's Blog and Mediaite
 
 
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Liam Quinn / Daily Mail:
Donald Trump supporter ‘films barrage of abuse he receives for wearing a #buildthewall T-shirt’ INSIDE …
John Hayward / Breitbart:
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