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4:50 PM ET, January 1, 2018


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Thomas Erdbrink / New York Times:
Iranians Protest Across Country, Defying a Crackdown  —  TEHRAN — Iranian security forces clamped down on Tehran on Monday after demonstrators across the country ignored calls for calm by President Hassan Rouhani in the most significant venting of pent-up economic and political frustrations in years.
Discussion: Informed Comment
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Trump earns praise for support of Iranian protesters
Daniel B. Shapiro / Politico:   Where We Can Agree on Iran  —  Imagine a free, democratic …
Bozorgmehr Sharafedin / Reuters:
Rouhani: Iranians have right to protest but must avoid violence
Discussion: The Hill and CNBC
Cara Buckley / New York Times:
Powerful Hollywood Women Unveil Anti-Harassment Action Plan  —  Driven by outrage and a resolve to correct a power imbalance that seemed intractable just months ago, 300 prominent actresses and female agents, writers, directors, producers and entertainment executives have formed an ambitious …
Ben Casselman / New York Times:
Democrats in High-Tax States Plot to Blunt Impact of New Tax Law  —  Democrats in high-cost, high-tax states are plotting ways to do what their states' representatives in Congress could not: blunt the impact of the newly passed Republican tax overhaul.  —  Governors and legislative leaders in New York …
David Wroe / Sydney Morning Herald:
Joe Hockey discussed Alexander Downer's Russia revelations with FBI  —  The ambassador to the United States Joe Hockey personally steered Australia's dealings with the FBI on explosive revelations of Russian hacking during last year's presidential campaign in a sign of how politically sensitive …
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Former Joint Chiefs chairman: Nuclear war with North Korea closer than ever  —  Kim Jong Un delivers New Year's address  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  — Mullen warned Trump's provocative rhetoric on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un likely indicates he would prefer a more aggressive approach
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
South Korea hails North's proposal for talks
Discussion: Yonhap News Agency and RedState
North Korea's Kim says ‘open to dialogue’ with South Korea, will only use nukes if threatened
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
North Korean leader: Nuke button is ‘on my table’
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
Kim Jong-un's Overture to South Korea Signals Possible Thaw in Nuclear Crisis
Discussion: IJR
Fort Smith Mosque Pays the Debts of Man Who Vandalized Their Building  —  FORT SMITH, Ark. — In October of 2016, the Masjid Al Salam in Fort Smith was vandalized.  But over one year later, the man behind the act, Abraham Davis, receives his ticket to freedom from the people he hurt the most.
Discussion: IJR and Raw Story
Evan Osnos / New Yorker:
Making China Great Again  —  As Donald Trump surrenders America's global commitments, Xi Jinping is learning to pick up the pieces.  —  When the Chinese action movie “Wolf Warrior II” arrived in theatres, in July, it looked like a standard shoot-'em-up, with a lonesome hero and frequent explosions.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Sue Surkes / The Times of Israel:
Kuwaiti report: US gives Israel go-ahead to kill powerful Iranian general  —  Newspaper says Washington and Jerusalem have overcome the differences that saw Americans tipping off Tehran about Israeli attempt to kill Qassem Soleimani 3 years ago  —  Iranian Revolutionary Guards al-Quds Force commander …
Discussion: RedState
The Guardian:
Lorde called a bigot in Washington Post ad over cancelled Israel concert  —  Advert placed by 'America's rabbi' Shmuley Boteach also accuses singer's native New Zealand of prejudice against Israel … A full-page advert has been placed in the Washington Post calling Lorde a bigot …
Discussion: Breitbart
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
How Do You Vote?  50 Million Google Images Give a Clue  —  What vehicle is most strongly associated with Republican voting districts?  Extended-cab pickup trucks.  For Democratic districts?  Sedans.  —  Those conclusions may not be particularly surprising.
Discussion: Axios and Marginal REVOLUTION
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Trump has a golf problem  —  On Christmas, Trump tweeted that he would be going “back to work” the next day. … Trump has since gone golfing for seven consecutive days, while the press pool ate pancakes at a local IHOP.  —  December 26  —  “The motorcade pulled into Trump International Golf Club at around 9:05am.
Lomi Kriel / Houston Chronicle:
Her husband murdered, her son taken away, a mother seeking asylum tells a judge, ‘I have lost everything’  —  EL PASO - The boy was crying as federal agents ordered him into the government vehicle.  Tell your mother goodbye, they said.  —  It was late October, and Blanca Vasquez and her 12-year-old son …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:
Sources: Chris Matthews Runs An Abusive Work Environment  —  MSNBC Host Chris Matthews runs an at times openly derisive and brazenly sexist news operation that has led at least some staffers to describe themselves as victims of “battered wives syndrome,” according to three of his show's guests …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and IJR
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David Shepardson / Reuters:
Trump says U.S. has gotten ‘nothing’ from Pakistan aid
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
This new year, tell Trump: Enough
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Live Blog: Deadly Protests Continue In Iran
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Democrats more fearful about 2018 than Republicans: poll
Discussion: Axios and RedState
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
No-name congressmen, mayors and wannabes gun for Trump in 2020
Sean McElwee / Washington Post:
It sure looks as if Kirsten Gillibrand is running for president
Barack Obama:
During my presidency, I started a tradition of sharing my reading lists and playlists.
Discussion: IJR and Axios
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Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
I Helped Popularize The Term “Fake News” And Now I Cringe Every Time I Hear It
Chris Tomlinson / Breitbart:
Muslim Caregiver Refuses to Buy Elderly Woman Christmas Ham Due to ‘Religious Reasons’
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Hamza Hendawi / Associated Press:
Witnesses: Residents prevented much worse attack in Egypt
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Crux
Natalie Andrews / Wall Street Journal:
Former Obama Administration Officials Vie to Unseat House Republicans
Discussion: Daily Kos