The governor of Connecticut is asking the White House for the names on its extremely secretive terror watchlist so that he can, via executive order, attempt to block those on the list from purchasing guns.
- President Barack Obama is, as well, looking to use his executive authority to try to expand background checks for gun purchases without having to go through Congress.
- A bunch of cadets at The Citadel in South Carolina were photographed wearing pillowcase hoods and singing Christmas carols in a skit that made them—intentionally or not—look like members of the Ku Klux Klan.
- Sen. Ted Cruz is racking up endorsements from evangelical conservatives.
- The second season of the Serial podcast explores the case of Army Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, who became famous for abandoning his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and ending up as a prisoner of the Taliban.
- The nominations for the Golden Globes, a.k.a. the award show where everybody is drunk and/or high, have been released.
- Emails show that the press office in Chicago's City Hall was aware of the possible existence of dashcam video in the police shooting death of Laquan McDonald all the way back in December 2014.
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