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  • Today's comic by Matt Bors is How not to stop a shooter:
    Cartoon by Matt Bors - How not to stop a shooter
  • Fun fact: Social media is probably ruining your love life:
    Wake up, and walk away from the social media every once in a while. Drop the smartphone. It's not making you smart; it's actually making you pretty dumb. Save the social media checking for when you're home. When you're out and about, drop it, and be uncomfortable again. Sit in a restaurant, and look around, but don't read Facebook: be present, and smile at the people that are around you. We don't need to be constantly doing things on our phones.
  • "When I visited China in 1998, Mbantu, the cabbie who drove me from the airport, couldn't stop telling me about how he had to take a fourth job because of the high cost of transportation. I caught up with Mbantu in Shanghai last year. Thanks to China's reformed approach toward transportation, Mbantu has enough money in his pocket to finally be able to afford a playground for his kids." — Thomas Friedman column generator
  • Emancipation Proclamation on display for its 150th anniversary: The proclamation took effect Jan. 1, 1863. Historian Eric Foner argues that this was the beginning of Reconstruction. The National Archives put it on display in Washington, D.C., from Dec. 30 through today. The Root interviewed Reginald Washington, the Emancipation Proclamation expert at the National Archives:
    The Root: What were the major differences between the preliminary and final Emancipation Proclamations?

    Reginald Washington: The preliminary was issued Sept. 22, 1862, and it was basically a warning to those states that were in rebellion that if they didn't return back to the union within 100 days, all the slaves in those states ... would be set free.
    The final Emancipation Proclamation actually invited African American men to join the military, to be a part of the Navy. It, of course, took away those things that were found in the preliminary proclamation, like Lincoln's ideas about colonization, gradual emancipation, compensated emancipation and so forth. So it appears that during those 100 days, President Abraham Lincoln evolved to the point where, while he still talked about some of those ideas, he certainly didn't feel that they would be something that would be necessary in the final proclamation.

  • Can you really say you're trying to eliminate the education achievement gap between rich and poor kids if poor kids don't get any art and music education at all? That's what California's Rocketship charters are doing.
  • Time is a feminist issue, and we're in a culture in which women brag about getting to the top by never sleeping.
  • A New York newspaper published an interactive map of local gun permit holders. In retaliation, a local pro-gun blogger published the addresses of the newspaper's employees.
    Fountain said he was offended by the paper's "conflating legal gun owners with some crazed tormented devil up in Newtown," and "wondered how they would like it if their addresses were published."
  • Three of the eight quarterbacks in this weekend's NFL playoff games will be rookies, the first time that's happened since 1970 when the NFL merged with the AFL. And in case you're keeping score at home, yes, Seattle's Russell Wilson, who tied Peyton Manning's record for most touchdowns thrown by a rookie QB, is the best of the three.
  • Kagro in the Morning was on break for New Year's, but returns tomorrow and for the balance of the week. We'll visit with Greg Dworkin, and talk about the horrors of the Fiscal Thingy, Ari Fleischer's accidental revelations about the Republican soul, and whatever other stupid things the wingnuts do between now and then. Find the full record of our podcasts with the new Radio button up at the top of the page (with which we'll do more in the months to come). And if you missed Monday's show, here it is, for your New Year's enjoyment!

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