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4:30 PM ET, January 1, 2017


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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Promises a Revelation on Hacking  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President-elect Donald J. Trump, expressing lingering skepticism about intelligence assessments of Russian interference in the election, said on Saturday evening that he knew “things that other people don't know” about the hacking …
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Trump: I 'know things that other people don't know' about hacking  —  declared Saturday that he knows “things that other people don't know” about Russian hacking allegations, suggesting FBI and CIA reports leave room for doubt over Russia's meddling in the U.S. election.
Discussion: RedState and ABC News
John A. Farrell / New York Times:
Nixon's Vietnam Treachery  —  Richard M. Nixon always denied it: to David Frost, to historians and to Lyndon B. Johnson, who had the strongest suspicions and the most cause for outrage at his successor's rumored treachery.  To them all, Nixon insisted that he had not sabotaged Johnson's 1968 peace initiative …
Nicki Rossoll / ABC News:
Gingrich Says Biggest Worry About Trump Administration Is That They Might ‘Lose Their Nerve’  —  Less than three weeks before the presidential inauguration, leading Trump ally Newt Gingrich said his biggest worry about the incoming administration is that they will “lose their nerve.”
Discussion: The Week
Pete Kasperowicz / Washington Examiner:
Brazile credits Trump's ‘make America great again’ slogan  —  Democratic strategist Donna Brazile acknowledged Sunday that President-elect Trump ran an effective, non-traditional campaign against Hillary Clinton, in large part because he had a consistent message.
Aaron Short / New York Post:
Trump advisers want Netanyahu to attend inauguration  —  President-elect Donald Trump's advisers want to invite Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu to the inauguration or arrange a meeting of the two leaders before then, a source close to the transition said.
Washington Post:
Manhunt underway after massacre at Istanbul nightclub, officials say  —  ISTANBUL — Turkish authorities on Sunday were hunting for the lone gunman who opened fire on a New Year's celebration at one of Istanbul's most popular nightclubs, killing dozens of people, including a number of foreigners …
Dave Burke / Daily Mail:   Terrorist caught on CCTV dressed as Father Christmas shoots 35 dead and wounds 40 in Istanbul …
Chris Graham / Telegraph:
Istanbul terror attack: 35 killed as gunman ‘dressed as Santa’ opens fire at nightclub in Turkey
CBS Los Angeles:
Vandal Changes Famed Hollywood Sign Overnight To Read ‘Hollyweed’  —  HOLLYWOOD ( — Authorities say someone managed to modify the famed Hollywood sign to read “Hollyweed” in an overnight act of trespass.  —  Sgt. Trudeau of Security Services says the incident unfolded around midnight Sunday …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Confessions of a Columnist  —  EVERY January I write a column exploring my faulty analysis and failed prophecies from the preceding year.  After last year's installment, in which I explained how I had underestimated a certain celebrity tycoon, I received a note from Trump Tower …
The Hottest Year on Record?  A lot of hot air, more like  —  Booker's on form today: … 12/31/americas-new-president-will-put- end-obamas-flight-reality/
Discussion: Telegraph
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Mar-a-Lago, the Future Winter White House and Home of the Calmer Trump  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — When President-elect Donald J. Trump rang in the new year this weekend, he did it in Gatsby-like opulence, joined by the actor Sylvester Stallone, the gossip page fixture Fabio …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
New York Times, Wall Street Journal editors take on Trump and the media  —  The top editors for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal expressed wariness over the incoming president-elect's respect for the First Amendment.  —  In a special NBC “Meet the Press” episode devoted …
Ross Mcdonagh / Daily Mail:
'Don't get blood on the jacket!'  ‘Drunk Don Lemon’ gets his ear pierced live on air during NYE show  —  For 364 days of the year he is the serious journalist host of CNN Tonight.  —  But On New Year's Eve, Don Lemon likes to let his (proverbial) hair down, and Saturday night was no exception.
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ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 1-1-17: Sean Spicer and Rep. Adam Schiff
Discussion: Politico
Daniella Diaz / CNN:
Van Jones: ‘The Clinton days are over’
Discussion: TheBlaze
Walter Russell Mead / The American Interest:
The Great Unraveling  —  European policy on Russia is beginning …
Rachel Bishop /
Discussion: Infowars
Deutsche Welle / DW.COM:
Merkel: ‘We are stronger than terrorism’
Discussion: Hot Air
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Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Lessons From the Media's Failures in Its Year With Trump
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Trump kicks biographer off golf course
Colleen Wilson /
Shooting in Mount Vernon on New Year's Eve