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7:15 AM ET, January 1, 2017

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New York Times:
Terrorist Attack at Nightclub in Istanbul Kills Dozens  —  By an EMPLOYEE of THE NEW YORK TIMES and CHRISTOPHER MELEJanuary 1, 2017  —  BURSA, Turkey — At least 39 people were killed and dozens more were wounded in a terrorist attack on a crowded Istanbul nightclub about an hour after midnight …
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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
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 …
Chris Graham / Telegraph:
Istanbul terror attack: 35 killed as gunman ‘dressed as Santa’ opens fire at nightclub in Turkey  —  A gunman reportedly dressed in a Santa costume killed at least 35 people at a famous nightclub in Istanbul during New Year's Eve celebrations.  —  Armed with a long-barrelled weapon …
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.
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
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
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.
Discussion: theGrio
Colleen Wilson / lohud.com:
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.
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
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 …
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Chris Enloe / TheBlaze:
Watch: Obama has no plans to leave your life after he vacates the White House on Jan. 20
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 …
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
 
 
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