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5:15 PM ET, December 31, 2016


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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 …
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Why the Left Secretly Loves Trump  —  Forget all the wailing and gnashing of teeth by the left.  That's just for show.  Remember that the left was never very enthusiastic about Hillary Clinton, and are not sorry to have seen her lose.  Trump's victory, however, provides the left with something …
Discussion: Instapundit
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
Burlington Free Press:
Russia penetrated Burlington Electric utility company computer
Alex Pfeiffer / The Daily Caller:
Washington Post Publishes False News Story About Russians Hacking Electrical Grid
Discussion: Hot Air and TheBlaze
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 …
Chris Enloe / TheBlaze:
Watch: Obama has no plans to leave your life after he vacates the White House on Jan. 20
Obama to meet lawmakers in attempt to protect health law
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and The Week
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Four Cabinet spots still open in the Trump administration  —  With less than a month before the inauguration, President-elect Donald Trump  —  's Cabinet still has four major spots waiting to be filled.  —  Trump has picked most of his top Cabinet nominees already.
Discussion: Political Wire
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Palin calls for Trump to leave UN  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said this week that President-elect Donald Trump  —  should withdraw the U.S. from the United Nations.  —  During an interview with the “Breitbart Daily News” radio show on Thursday, Palin outlined two ways that the country could extricate itself from the U.N.
Discussion: Political Wire and
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.
Discussion: The Talking Dog
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Trump leaves press pool behind to golf  —  ditched his protective press pool on Saturday to play golf, leaving behind the group of journalists responsible for documenting the president-elect's movements at all times, according to The Associated Press.  —  Stephanie Grisham …
Discussion: RedState and Associated Press
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 …
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!”
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
Discussion: Vox and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
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
Leslie Wayne / New York Times:
Shielding Seized Assets From Corruption's Clutches  —  An effort by the United States to seize assets from officials who stole their countries' wealth is now focused on returning the loot without enriching the looters.  —  One would think that an iconic Michael Jackson “Bad Tour” glove …
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 …
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 …
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.
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Jon Hurdle / New York Times:
Cosby Lawyers Ask Judge to Change Trial Location
Discussion: Jezebel and New York Magazine
Nick WagonerESPN / ESPN:
Colin Kaepernick wins 49ers' award for ‘inspirational, courageous play’
Discussion: theGrio
New York Times:
Trump Gets an Opening from Russia, but the Path Is Risky
Gordon Fairclough / Wall Street Journal:
Turkish Authorities Detain Wall Street Journal Staff Reporter Dion Nissenbaum for 2½ Days
 Earlier Items: 
James Risen / New York Times:
If Donald Trump Targets Journalists, Thank Obama
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
How Russians Pay to Play in Other Countries
Washington Post:
Trump refuses to face reality about Russia
Dr. Susan Berry / Breitbart:
Girl Wants Boy Scout Group to say she is a Transgender Boy
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