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11:25 PM ET, December 31, 2016


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Madison Park / CNN:
Attacker opens fire at Istanbul nightclub, news agency reports  —  Istanbul (CNN)[Breaking news update at 7:35 p.m. ET]  —  An Istanbul nightclub was attacked Sunday morning, killing 35 people and wounding 40 others, according to Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin.
Washington Post:
Gunman kills at least 35 in New Year's attack on Istanbul nightclub  —  ISTANBUL — At least 35 people were killed when a gunman opened fire on revelers celebrating the new year in one of Istanbul's most popular nightclubs, in the latest in a string of terrorist attacks over the last few weeks …
Discussion: RedState
Dave Burke / Daily Mail:
Terrorist caught on CCTV dressed as Father Christmas shoots 35 dead and wounds 40 in Istanbul celebrity nightclub as terrified New Year's Eve revellers dive into Bosphorus to survive  — Nightclub owner Mehmet Kocarslan said security had been stepped up after US intelligence warnings
New York Times:
Attackers Open Fire at Nightclub in Istanbul, Killing 35
Discussion: Telegraph and The Daily Caller
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Judge Halts Obamacare Transgender, Abortion-Related Protections Nationwide  —  Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell and President Obama  —  WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Texas on Saturday issued a nationwide injunction halting enforcement of Obama administration protections …
Discussion: Washington Post
Eric W. Dolan / Raw Story:
WATCH: Singer caught screaming hate against ‘perverted’ gays - just days before her appearance on Ellen  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  A video has emerged of gospel singer Kim Burrell attacking LGBT people as “perverts” and sinners, just days before she is scheduled to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Colleen Wilson /
Shooting in Mount Vernon on New Year's Eve  —  A young woman was accidentally shot in a car and killed on New Year's Eve in the area of Pease Street in Mount Vernon, according to City Council President Marcus Griffith.  —  “I literally heard the shots,” Griffith said.
Discussion: New York's PIX11
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
L.V. Anderson / Slate:   2016 Was the Year White Liberals Realized How Unjust, Racist, and Sexist America Is
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Trump kicks biographer off golf course  —  President-elect Donald Trump on Friday ejected from his West Palm Beach golf course one of his most critical biographers, Harry Hurt III, who had been preparing to play in a foursome with billionaire mega-donor David Koch.
Discussion: Harry Hurt III
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
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
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: Associated Press and RedState
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
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 …
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: Mediaite, Lawyers, Guns & Money and Vox
Matthew Wisner / Fox Business:   Alan Dershowitz: If Keith Ellison is Appointed DNC Chair, I Will Resign My Membership
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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Malia Zimmerman / Fox News:
Hawaiian cafe backs down over ban on Trump voters
John R. Schindler / The New York Observer:
The West Must Prevent Cold War 2.0
Discussion: RedState
Leslie Wayne / New York Times:
Shielding Seized Assets From Corruption's Clutches
Jon Hurdle / New York Times:
Cosby Lawyers Ask Judge to Change Trial Location
Discussion: Jezebel and New York Magazine
Marina Lopes / Washington Post:
Venezuelans are fleeing to Brazil for medical care, overwhelming its hospitals and morgues
 Earlier Items: 
Nick WagonerESPN / ESPN:
Colin Kaepernick wins 49ers' award for ‘inspirational, courageous play’
Discussion: ABC News and 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
James Risen / New York Times:
If Donald Trump Targets Journalists, Thank Obama
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Conservative radio host caught in lie that Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang at Obama Inauguration
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
How Russians Pay to Play in Other Countries
Washington Post:
Trump refuses to face reality about Russia