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“National Republicans are already attacking our candidates. We need $27,000 by midnight Friday to defend them, build top-notch campaigns and take the fight to the Republicans. President Obama — and America — are counting on us.”

SIGN OF THE TIMES

“Special Agent in Charge John A. Torres, of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Los Angeles Field Division, wishes everyone a happy New Year’s and is encouraging the public to celebrate the arrival of the new year responsibly and safely.”

“ATF wants you to know that celebratory gunfire is not only unsafe, it is against the law. Discharging a firearm into the air is a crime and can lead to felony charges under California state law or federal charges if that person is prohibited from possessing a firearm. ATF will continue to assist state and local law enforcement agencies by tracing bullets and shell casings recovered during New Year’s Eve. ATF will also aggressively pursue any federal charges applicable to help deter this senseless act. ATF wants you to know that you can enjoy the festivities without placing the public in danger.”

— A public advisory from the federal agency.

JUST SO YOU KNOW

A hearty “Hoo-ah” at 11:59 p.m. on Friday: Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, a Medal of Honor winner, will press the New Year’s Eve ceremonial button that launches — well, eases — the 12,000-pound, 12-foot crystal ball into its annual one-minute descent over Times Square.

POLL DU JOUR

• 68 percent of Americans do not plan to go out to dinner with family or friends on New Year’s Eve.

• 14 percent are not sure about their plans yet.

• 66 percent plan to say a prayer when the clock strikes midnight.

• 25 percent will not.

• 64 percent do not plan to attend a New Year’s Eve party this year.

• 21 percent will attend one.

• 48 percent will not drink to celebrate the night.

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