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1:50 AM ET, January 2, 2017


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David Edwards / Raw Story:
NPR's Michele Norris: ‘Make a America Great Again’ is deeply encoded ‘promise of white prosperity’  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  NPR host Michele Norris pointed out over the weekend that President-elect Donald Trump's campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” is a …
Pete Kasperowicz / Washington Examiner:
Brazile credits Trump's ‘make America great again’ slogan
Nicki Rossoll / ABC News:
Gingrich Says Biggest Worry About Trump Administration Is That They Might ‘Lose Their Nerve’
Discussion: The Week
Jennifer Calfas / The Hill:
Ex-Bush official: Trump ‘like an addict’ for press coverage  —  Three former press secretaries warned Sunday that they believe President-elect Donald Trump  —  will create more difficulties for the media when he takes office.  —  Former presidential press secretaries for the Clinton …
NBC News:
Meet The Press 1/1/17  —  ANNOUNCER:  —  From NBC News …
Discussion: Althouse
Hadas Gold / Politico:
New York Times, Wall Street Journal editors take on Trump and the media
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Spicer: ‘What did Hillary Clinton do to influence the election?’  —  's press secretary pick questioned Sunday whether Hillary Clinton  —  will be “punished” for what he said were her attempts to influence the election.  —  When asked about the U.S. intelligence assessment that Russian hackers tried …
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Here are the eight Trump Cabinet picks Democrats plan to target  —  Democratic senators plan to aggressively target eight of Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees in the coming weeks and are pushing to stretch their confirmation votes into March — an unprecedented break with Senate tradition.
Jason Easley / Politicus USA:
Trump's Press Secretary Begs The American People To Stop Mocking Donald Trump  —  Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer went on national television to complain that the American people are mocking Donald Trump and called on every American to support the president-elect instead of mocking him.
Jelani Cobb / New Yorker:
The Return of Civil Disobedience  —  The sixties produced a conviction that “democracy is in the streets.”  The Trump era may echo that.  —  On December 6th, less than a month after the election, Vice-President Joe Biden, who was in New York to receive the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite, Raw Story and Politico
New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU):
Governor Rejects Bipartisan Reform of Public Defense System  —  The New York Civil Liberties Union today condemned Governor Cuomo's late-night, New Year's Eve veto of bipartisan legislation that would have overhauled New York state's failing public defense system.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Paul Rosenberg / Salon:
Conspiracy theory's big comeback: Deep paranoia runs free in the age of Donald Trump  —  Donald Trump rode a wave of conspiracy theory all the way to the White House.  His opponents must avoid its allure  —  For several decades now, belief in conspiracy theories has been on the rise, as trust in institutions has declined.
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Washington Post corrects story on Vermont utility breach  —  The Washington Post has corrected a story that originally said Russian hackers penetrated the U.S. electric grid by breaching a utility company in Vermont.  —  “An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that Russian hackers had penetrated the U.S. electric grid.
Molly K. McKew / Politico:
Putin's Real Long Game  —  A little over a year ago, on a pleasant late fall evening, I was sitting on my front porch with a friend best described as a Ukrainian freedom fighter.  He was smoking a cigarette while we watched Southeast DC hipsters bustle by and talked about ‘the war’ …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Priebus faces daunting task bringing order to White House that will feed off chaos  —  Reince Priebus says that one of his most important tasks as Donald Trump's chief of staff will be to establish “some level of order within the White House.”  —  That, of course, has been the central mission …
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David Weigel / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Telegraph
 Earlier Items: 
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Confessions of a Columnist  —  EVERY January I write …
Washington Post:
Slain partiers came to Istanbul from near and far to celebrate the New Year
Discussion: The Times of Israel
John A. Farrell / New York Times:
Nixon's Vietnam Treachery
Daniella Diaz / CNN:
Van Jones: ‘The Clinton days are over’
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