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9:35 AM ET, January 5, 2017


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Lisa Chavarria / WFLD:
Chicago Police: 4 in custody after man tied up, tortured on Facebook Live  —  FOX 32 NEWS - Investigators are looking into a Facebook Live video shot on the West Side that shows a group of people holding a young man hostage.  —  Chicago police told FOX 32 that four people are currently in custody.
CBS Chicago:
Chicago Police Investigate Live-Streamed Torture  — Four people are in custody after video was streamed online showing a duct-taped teen being tortured.  —  Police say the 18-year-old victimized in the video is a northwest suburban resident with special needs who had been reported missing.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Vicious Hate Crime In Chicago Whitewashed By Press  —  This is the Associated Press's innocuous report on a crime that occurred in Chicago on Tuesday, in its entirety: … Note that the AP makes no reference to the races of the people involved, and says it is too soon to tell whether the assault was racially motivated.
Nereida Moreno / Chicago Tribune:
4 held in attack broadcast on Facebook that included anti-Trump profanities
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
New York Times:
4 Questioned After Video Shows Racially Charged Beating in Chicago
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Attacks of U.S. Intelligence on Russia Unnerve Lawmakers  —  President-elect increases criticism of agencies on Twitter, cites Wikileaks editor Julian Assange over Russian involvement  —  WASHINGTON—President-elect Donald Trump's increasingly heated attacks against U.S. intelligence agencies …
Katie Bo Williams / The Hill:
Five things to watch for in Russia hearings  —  Russia's involvement in the U.S. election will take center stage in Washington on Thursday with two separate hearings in the Senate — including one behind closed doors.  —  The Senate Armed Services Committee will hear from intelligence officials …
Discussion: Politico
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Trump and Julian Assange, an Unlikely Pair, Unite to Sow Hacking Doubts
New York Times:
Russia Looms Large as Senate Committee Is Set to Discuss Hacking
Discussion: The Week
Fox News:
Wikileaks' Assange: ‘A 14-year-old kid could have hacked Podesta’ emails
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Trump in 2010: WikiLeaks ‘disgraceful,’ there ‘should be like death penalty or something’
Lindsey McPherson / Roll Call:
Ryan Bucks Trump, Says Congress Will Not Raise Tariffs
Ali Watkins / BuzzFeed:
The FBI Never Asked For Access To Hacked Computer Servers  —  The Democratic National Committee tells BuzzFeed News that the bureau “never requested access” to the servers the White House and intelligence community say were hacked by Russia.  —  WASHINGTON — The FBI did not examine the servers …
U.S. obtained evidence after election that Russia leaked emails: officials  —  U.S. intelligence agencies obtained what they considered to be conclusive evidence after the November election that Russia provided hacked material from the Democratic National Committee to WikiLeaks through a third party …
Katie Bo Williams / The Hill:
FBI never examined hacked DNC servers itself: report  —  The FBI never examined the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) computer servers during its investigation into Russian attempts to interfere in the election, BuzzFeed reports.  —  “The DNC had several meetings with representatives …
Charisse Jones / USA Today:
Macy's closing 68 stores; job cuts total 10,100  —  After seeing sales drop during the holidays, Macy's said Wednesday it has either closed or will shutter 68 stores and cut an additional 6,200 positions at a time when shoppers are going online to buy everything from scarves to lipstick.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Ex-Congressman May Run for Governor of Virginia, Disrupting Democrats' Plans  —  WASHINGTON — Tom Perriello, the former congressman from Virginia, is considering a bid for governor, a move that would disrupt Democrats' well-laid plans in perhaps the highest-profile election in the country this year.
Drew Altman / New York Times:
The Health Care Plan Trump Voters Really Want  —  This week Republicans in Congress began their effort to repeal and potentially replace the Affordable Care Act.  But after listening to working-class supporters of Donald J. Trump — people who are enrolled in the very health care marketplaces created …
Jonathan Oosting / Detroit News:
Snyder fights for Medicaid plan in Obamacare repeal
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Melanie Mason / Los Angeles Times:
California Legislature enlists former U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder to defend against Trump  —  Eric H. Holder Jr. in Washington in 2015.  —  Bracing for an adversarial relationship with President-elect Donald Trump, the California Legislature has selected former U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr …
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Don't Forget That Megyn Kelly Is a Racial Demagogue  —  The recent flattering coverage of her move to NBC leaves out the ugliest episodes of her work at Fox.  —  Megyn Kelly had a good 2016.  Between her news-making stint as a Fox News debate moderator, a flattering profile in Vanity Fair …
Discussion: theGrio and The Root
Brian Maloney / Media Equalizer:
Move comes depite anchor's own past ethics issues  —  Raising eyebrows among some critics, former CBS anchor Dan Rather is now teaching an online course focused on ethics in journalism.  —  Called “Journalism & Finding the Truth in the News” and offered through Udemy, the class is aimed …
Discussion: The Lid, Power Line and RedState
Ev Williams / Medium:
Renewing Medium's focus  —  We've decided to make some major changes at Medium.  —  I'll start with the hard part: As of today, we are reducing our team by about one third—eliminating 50 jobs, mostly in sales, support, and other business functions.  We are also changing our business model …
Rasmussen Reports:
Cable News Viewers Still Turn To Fox First  —  Most voters turn to cable news for political coverage, and Fox News remains the top channel for these viewers.  But voters still remain dubious of much of the political news they are getting.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone …
Shibani Mahtani / Wall Street Journal:
When Donald Trump Tweets, It Is News to Sean Spicer  —  Incoming presidential press secretary says his boss would continue to speak directly to the nation  —  CHICAGO—Donald Trump's incoming White House press secretary said Wednesday the president-elect would continue his prolific use …
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
GOP aims to rein in liberal cities  —  After consolidating power in Washington, D.C. and state capitals under President-elect Donald Trump  —  , Republicans are moving to prevent large cities dominated by Democrats from enacting sweeping liberal agendas.  —  Republican state legislatures …
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
GOP senator: Let's cut Obama regulations ‘24/7’  —  (R-Wis.) says the Senate should get to work immediately on repealing President Obama's regulations.  —  “I said, 'let's not waste our precious resource.' What we have is a limitation of time,” Johnson told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Wednesday …
Steven Rosenfeld / AlterNet:
At Least 50 Trump Electors Were Illegitimately Seated as Electoral College Members  —  More evidence surfaces as calls mount to challenge congressional ratification of Electoral College vote.  —  More than 50 Electoral College members who voted for Donald Trump were ineligible to serve …
Discussion: and Raw Story
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Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Snapchat Has Been Faking Growth Numbers, Ex-Employee Alleges
Discussion: The Next Web
Clare Foran / The Atlantic:
The Democratic Party Faces a Daunting Future
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Trump to face sworn deposition in Trump Tower
Discussion: Law News
Herald News:
Sheriff Hodgson offers Bristol County inmates to build wall along U.S.-Mexico border
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story
Tonyheller / The Deplorable Climate Science Blog:
Earth Cooling At The Fastest Rate On Record
Lissandra Villa / BuzzFeed:
Intelligence And Defense Officials Call For Bipartisan Investigation Into Russian Hacking
Discussion: VTDigger
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
‘Audit the Fed’ bill gets new push under Trump
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
Watch A Bunch Of Journalists Freak Out After Being Asked If They Know Anybody Who Drives A Truck
Discussion: alicublog, Mediaite and Instapundit
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David Haskell / Washington Post:
Liberal churches are dying. But conservative churches are thriving.
Discussion: Da Tech Guy Blog and Instapundit
Kelsey Sutton / Politico:
WSJ editor Gerard Baker defends ‘lie’ comments from ‘Meet the Press’ appearance
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Mediaite
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Trump's “if you like your insurance, you can keep it” moment
Darren Sands / BuzzFeed:
Omarosa Angers Black Republicans With Invite-Only Meeting
Discussion: Raw Story
Tom George / KTNV:
Man captures neighbor's racist rant on camera
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Raw Story and The Root