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Dave Barry’s Year in Review: Is there anything good we can say about 2018?
https://www.miamiherald.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/dave-barry/article223204095.html

The year we lost faith in technology
https://theweek.com/articles/812478/year-lost-faith-technology

Tech stocks have sold off sharply. Is it a blip — or something more?
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2018/12/27/tech-stocks-have-sold-off-sharply-is-it-blip-or-something-more/

Here Are Three Crazy Market Statistics on a Wild Day of Trading
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-26/here-are-three-crazy-market-statistics-on-a-wild-day-of-trading

Bears Take Back Chunk Of Previous Session's Upward Burst
https://www.investors.com/market-trend/stock-market-today/dow-jones-stock-market-2/

China's industrial profits suffer first drop in three years, piles pressure on economy
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-economy-industrial-profits/chinas-industrial-profits-suffer-first-drop-in-three-years-piles-pressure-on-economy-idUSKCN1OQ03J

India Curbs Power of Amazon and Walmart to Sell Products Online
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/26/technology/india-amazon-walmart-online-retail.html

Starbucks' expansion runs out of steam in South Africa
https://mg.co.za/article/2018-12-26-starbucks-expansion-runs-out-of-steam-in-south-africa

The Dollar Store Backlash Has Begun
https://www.citylab.com/equity/2018/12/closest-grocery-store-to-me-dollar-store-food-desert-bargain/577777/

Fast-Food Industry Turns To Seniors As Reliable Workers
https://hotair.com/archives/2018/12/26/senior-citizens-taking-over-the-front-counter/

$800 Million in Taxpayer Money Went to Private Prisons Where Migrants Work for Pennies
https://www.thedailybeast.com/dollar800-million-in-taxpayer-money-went-to-private-prisons-where-migrants-work-for-pennies

AP Exclusive: Migrant teen tent city staying open into 2019
https://www.apnews.com/6a96a7e3afa34ae288156f43f7db9cf2

After Trump’s Syria Decision US-Led Coalition Continues Airstrikes, Says ISIS ‘Presents a Very Real Threat’
https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/patrick-goodenough/after-trumps-syria-decision-us-led-coalition-continues-airstrikes

Russia argues Assad should get US-held territory in Syria
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense-national-security/russia-argues-assad-should-get-us-held-territory-in-syria

After Trump's visit, Iraqi lawmakers demand U.S. withdrawal
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/after-trump-visit-iraqi-lawmakers-demand-u-s-withdrawal/

Trump accidentally identifies secret Navy SEAL team in video post
https://nypost.com/2018/12/27/trump-accidentally-identifies-secret-navy-seal-team-in-video-post/

President Boasts of Fictional Huge Salary Hike for Soldiers During Iraq Speech
https://www.newsweek.com/trump-iraq-troops-pay-rise-president-invents-salary-bump-soldiers-during-1272186

Fmr White House Lawyer Wrongly Says Trump Violated Hatch Act with Troops Visit, and Legal Twitter Notices
https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/fmr-white-house-lawyer-wrongly-says-trump-violated-hatch-act-with-troops-visit-and-legal-twitter-notices/

Acting AG Matt Whitaker has been wrongly claiming he was an Academic All-American at Iowa
https://sports.yahoo.com/acting-ag-matt-whitaker-wrongly-claiming-academic-american-iowa-185732715.html

Liberal billionaire apologizes for funding 'false flag' effort to link Kremlin to Republican in Alabama Senate race
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/liberal-billionaire-apologizes-for-funding-false-flag-effort-to-link-kremlin-to-republican-in-alabama-senate-race

Michael Williams, Creator of the Idiotic 'Deportation Bus,' Is Now in Jail 
https://jezebel.com/michael-williams-creator-of-the-idiotic-deportation-bu-1831330756

In a Year Full of Heinous Men, Jeffrey Epstein Still Managed to Be Shocking
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/12/jeffrey-epstein-shocking-year-of-heinous-men.html

Larry Nassar’s Survivors Were 2018’s Real Life Superheroes
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-nassar-trial-2018-moments_us_5c2136a0e4b05c88b6fb6a4a

POLITICS and FLEAS

How Mark Burnett Resurrected Donald Trump as an Icon of American Success 
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/01/07/how-mark-burnett-resurrected-donald-trump-as-an-icon-of-american-success

Gallup: The Obamas are America's most admired man and woman
https://www.axios.com/barack-michelle-obama-gallup-most-admired-people-a991e551-7e53-4da6-90e1-33da61ef088d.html

Why We Should Worry About the Cult of RBG
https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/12/25/on-the-basis-of-sex-review-rbg-223557

FOREIGN ENTANGLEMENTS

Russian President Vladimir Putin oversees new hypersonic glide missile test
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-27/russia-tests-new-hypersonic-glide-missile/10669680

If you like a shirtless Russian leader, a 2019 Putin calendar could be for you
https://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-putin-calendar-20181227-story.html

Maria Butina’s ‘Red Sparrow’ Makeover Revealed on Russian TV
https://www.thedailybeast.com/maria-butinas-red-sparrow-makeover-revealed-on-russian-tv

List of BBC reporters in Russia leaked online along with their photos
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/dec/27/list-of-bbc-reporters-in-russia-leaked-online-along-with-their-photos

Digitally enhanced: Estonia plots the end of bureaucracy
https://www.apnews.com/da5e0dd3bf364bbda436fc16690f842c

PANDORA'S BOXCUTTER

A German Grocery Chain Is Selling First-Of-Its-Kind “No-Kill” Eggs
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-no-kill-eggs-are-now-available-berlin-supermarkets-180971117/

Green Fashion? When Clothing Industry Decides Ecology Is In
https://www.worldcrunch.com/culture-society/green-fashion-when-clothing-industry-decides-ecology-is-in

Philippines becoming a rich world dumping ground
http://www.atimes.com/article/philippines-becoming-a-rich-world-dumping-ground/

THE MEDIA SCRUM

MSNBC IS THE #1 CABLE NEWS NETWORK FOR WEEK OF DEC. 17, BEATING FOX NEWS FOR 1ST TIME IN 17 YEARS 
https://www.nbcumv.com/news/msnbc-1-cable-news-network-week-dec-17-beating-fox-news-1st-time-17-years

MUST WATCH: Conservative Site Releases Its Annual ‘Worst Of MSNBC’ Video
https://www.redstate.com/alexparker/2018/12/26/washington-free-beacon-worst-of-msnbc-video/

The 25 Worst Headlines of 2018
https://www.currentaffairs.org/2018/12/the-25-worst-headlines-of-2018

ODDS, ENDS

The Relentlessness of Modern Parenting
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/25/upshot/the-relentlessness-of-modern-parenting.html

Jonathan Haidt: How Overparenting Backfired On Americans
https://hotair.com/archives/2018/12/26/jonathan-haidt-overparenting-backfired-americans/

Falling total fertility rate should be welcomed, population expert says
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/26/falling-total-fertility-rate-should-be-welcomed-population-expert-says

Special report: The aging, childless future
https://www.axios.com/the-aging-childless-future-21f9ae39-bf77-4777-8df2-64dc96e8277b.html

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