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President Obama gave his final press conference of the year today, before he heads off for a vacation in Hawaii. But on the way, he’s planning to make a stop tonight in San Bernardino to meet with the families of victims of this month’s mass shooting there.

Then, turmoil in Bernie Sanders’ campaign going into this weekend’s Democratic debate. What’s it all about?

Speaking of politics, is the political rapper making a comeback? Madeleine speaks to one writer who argues that it is, embodied by Killer Mike.

And finally, our Friday film roundup checks in on Star Wars madness.

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Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Laura Swisher

Obama to Meet with Victims' Families in San Bernardino 13 MIN, 5 SEC

During his final press conference of the year today, President Obama talked about the challenges in rooting out would-be terrorists on social media. It’s a topic on people’s minds as news continues to unfold about the attackers in this month’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, including their Facebook communications. Now the president is off for a vacation in Hawaii, but first he’s scheduled to stop in San Bernardino to meet with the shooting victims’ families.

Guests:
Shane Harris, The Daily Beast (@ShaneHarris)

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Bad Bernie 8 MIN, 54 SEC

The Democratic National Committee wants Bernie to feel its burn. It says the Sanders campaign took advantage of a software glitch and accessed internal voter data from Hillary Clinton’s campaign. So the DNC has suspended Sanders’ access to its 50-state voter file. Sanders is now threatening to go to federal court this afternoon to have his access reinstated. But Bernie’s week hasn’t been all bad. He nabbed two endorsements and surpassed 2 million donations to his presidential campaign. He should have a chance to talk about these issues on Saturday at the third Democratic debate in Manchester, New Hampshire. We get the details.

Guests:
Reid Wilson, The Hill (@PoliticsReid)

Killer Mike and the Return of Politically Charged Rap 12 MIN, 33 SEC

The rapper Killer Mike, a.k.a. Michael Render, dropped a six-part interview with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on his YouTube channel this week. Killer Mike is leading a mainstream revival of the political rap artist, according to New Republic’s Bijan Stephen. Madeleine speaks with Stephen about the history of political rap and Killer Mike.

Guests:
Bijan Stephen, New Republic (@bijanstephen)

Friday Film: 'Star Wars' Madness and More 13 MIN, 43 SEC

Star Wars is the Death Star of film this week, annihilating news of all other movies. But we’re going to change that in this week’s Friday film segment, where we round up several new releases! What other movies are brave enough to go up against the Star Wars juggernaut at this weekend’s box office?

Guests:
Devin Faraci, Badass Digest (@devincf)
Amy Nicholson, Film Critic (@theamynicholson)

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