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9:15 PM ET, December 22, 2014


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New York Times:
Attack Is Suspected as North Korean Internet Collapses  —  SAN FRANCISCO — North Korea's already tenuous links to the Internet went completely dark on Monday after days of instability, in what Internet monitors described as one of the worst North Korean network failures in years.
Martyn Williams / North Korea Tech:
North Korea's Internet link is flaky today  —  If you've been trying to connect to North Korean Internet sites in the last 24 hours, you might have been unsuccessful.  —  Connectivity between North Korea and the rest of the world has been spotty for much of the time, according to Dyn Research.
North Korean Internet Goes Dark in Wake of Sony Hack
Discussion: National Review
Everett Rosenfeld / Reuters:
North Korea suffering major Internet outages: Report
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
The NY Police Union's Vile War with Mayor De Blasio  —  To criticize the mayor for telling his black son what every other father of a black youth must say is divisive and fails to see what's wrong in America.  —  I covered New York politics for 15 years, and I saw some awfully tense moments between …
Scott Stump / Today:
NYPD Chief Bill Bratton on police tension: 'We're in a change moment'  —  New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton believes that Mayor Bill de Blasio has lost the trust of “some officers,” telling TODAY's Matt Lauer the city finds itself in a “change moment.”
John Boehner won't say if Michael Grimm has to go
Discussion: ABC News and National Review
New York Times:
Rep. Michael Grimm to Plead Guilty to Tax Charge
Singer Joe Cocker dies aged 70  —  Singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of the Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends, has died aged 70.  —  The singer song-writer from Sheffield had a career lasting more than 40 years with hits including You Are So Beautiful and Up Where We Belong.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Joe Cocker, Raspy-Voiced Rock Star With Distinctive Moves, Is Dead at 70
CBS News:
How do Americans feel about reestablishing relations with Cuba?  —  Shares -  —  In the wake of President Obama's surprise announcement of an agreement to normalize diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, 54 percent of Americans approve of reestablishing both diplomatic …
Stephen Losey / Home I Military Times I Military News …:
AMERICA'S MILITARY: A conservative institution's uneasy cultural evolution  —  THE FORCE IS CHANGING — OFTEN RELUCTANTLY — ALONGSIDE THE CIVILIAN SOCIETY IT SERVES  —  In this series on:  —  AMERICA'S MILITARY  —  Obama's mark on the military  —  A DEEPLY UNPOPULAR COMMANDER IN CHIEF …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama's job approval plummets among US service members
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Miserable S**tehawk / Gawker:
Slimy Baltimore FOX Affiliate Caught Faking “Kill a Cop” Protest Chant  —  Last night, Baltimore's WBFF aired a video of protesters chanting “kill a cop"- evidence, it claimed, of murderously violent rhetoric on the part of anti-brutality protesters in Washington, D.C. The only problem?
Luke Mullins / Washingtonian:
How David Gregory Lost His Job  —  Last summer, Gregory was let go from his gig as host of “Meet the Press.”  Here's an inside look at his fall from the top—and what it says about the state of TV news.  —  David Gregory was driving through the mountains of New Hampshire when he got the call …
Discussion: Mediaite, The Verge and Politico
James Hohmann / Politico:
Dixie rising  —  How the Deep South is trying to game the GOP primary.  —  The Deep South has elected Republicans to every top office in the region.  Now it wants to be sure that clout extends to the choice of the GOP's 2016 presidential nominee.  —  Officials in five Southern states …
Gabriel Snyder / The New Republic:
A Letter from the Editor  —  Shortly before the first issue of The New Republic went on sale a little over a century ago, our founding editor Herbert Croly outlined his vision to a reporter from The New York Times: “The magazine, which is to be a weekly review of current political and social events …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Senator Blames His Own Constituents For NYC Cop Killing  —  A Republican senator attributed the assassination-style killing of two NYC police officers to the protests in Ferguson, Missouri following the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown.  —  Appearing on KMBZ in Kansas City on Monday …
New York Times:
New York Officers' Killer, Adrift and Ill, Had a Plan
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Behold the Worst Anti-Gun Commercial in American History  —  This is almost certainly the worst anti-gun commercial in the history of the United States:  —  One can only imagine that the spot's producers consider their set up to be inordinately clever.  “Hey,” you can almost hear them say …
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
How Vermont's single-payer health care dream fell apart  —  It was Friday, December 12, when Robin Lunge began worrying that Vermont's single-payer plan was doomed.  —  Lunge, Gov. Peter Shumlin's director of health reform, had spent weeks trying to make the math work for a a public health insurance plan …
Delta employee charged with helping smuggle guns onto plane  —  ATLANTA —  Channel 2 Action News has confirmed federal charges for a Delta employee.  —  He's accused of helping to put 18 firearms on a plane at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Discussion: ABC News and Raw Story
Jenée Desmond-Harris / Vox:
Study: ‘White’ Southerners have more African ancestry than they know  —  Many Americans who call themselves white might be surprised to find out that they have some African ancestry.  Especially in the South.  —  In a new study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics …
New York Times:
Prosecute Torturers and Their Bosses  —  Since the day President Obama took office, he has failed to bring to justice anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects — an official government program conceived and carried out in the years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
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Valerie Tarico / Salon:
Why rape is so intrinsic to religion
Discussion: RedState and Hot Air
David Weigel /
Republicans Block Reappointment of CBO Chief Doug Elmendorf
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jacopo Prisco / CNN:
‘Foodini’ machine lets you print edible burgers, pizza, chocolate
Discussion: VodkaPundit
ABC News:
NYPD Cadets Advised Not to Wear Uniforms in Public
Discussion: CNN and Slantpoint
Beth Reinhard / Wall Street Journal:
Jeb Bush's Ties to Donors Put Rivals in a Bind
Melissa Repko / Crime Blog:
Updated: Veteran Dallas police officer arrested on charge of sexual assault
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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Michael Tarm / Associated Press:
Blagojevich brother: I was fed ‘pawn’ to get then-governor
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Dish Drops Two Fox Channels
Frederik Pleitgen / CNN:
Author's journey inside ISIS: They're ‘more dangerous than people realize’
Discussion: Business Insider
Agence France-Presse:
Pakistan to execute 500 terror convicts in coming weeks: officials
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
US Corps Claim Billions In Assets In Cuba And Now They'll Want It Back