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National Edition Opinion cover for January 2, 2015 - Going out on a New Year’s limb (Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times)

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Marco Fois, of Italy, performs a 18-meter dive (59 feet) into the river Tiber from the Cavour Bridge in Rome, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, to celebrate the New Year. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

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People watch fireworks exploding over Copacabana beach during New Year celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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National Edition Opinion cover for January 1, 2015 - Going out on a New Year’s limb (Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times)

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French President Francois Hollande, poses after addressing his New Year's wishes to the nation during a pre-recorded broadcast speech at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Ian Langsdon, Pool)

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National Edition Opinion cover for December 30, 2014 - The risky business of New Year’s forecasts (Illustration by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times)

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My New Year's executive orders (Illustration by Bob Gorrell for Creators Syndicate)

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One Direction will perform as part of the annual turning of the calendar page on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve." (Associated Press)

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A Jewish man places a note at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, ahead of the Jewish New Year in Jerusalem's old city.

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Outdoor enthusiasts suggest hiking on New Year's Day. (AP Photo)

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In this image taken from video made available on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers an annual New Year's Day message in Pyongyang, North Korea. Kim boasted Wednesday that North Korea enters the new year on a surge of strength because of the elimination of "factionalist filth" - a reference to the young leader's once powerful uncle, whose execution last month raised questions about Kim's grip on power. (AP Photo/KRT via AP Video) TV OUT, NORTH KOREA OUT

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In this image taken from video made available on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers an annual New Year's Day message in Pyongyang, North Korea. Kim boasted Wednesday that North Korea enters the new year on a surge of strength because of the elimination of "factionalist filth" - a reference to the young leader's once powerful uncle, whose execution last month raised questions about Kim's grip on power. (AP Photo/KRT via AP Video) TV OUT, NORTH KOREA OUT

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The New York Police Department assigned thousands of extra patrols to Times Square last year on New Year’s Eve to control the crowd and watch for any signs of trouble. The same treatment is expected Monday, as security in the tourist haven is an NYPD focus point in the post-9/11 world. (Associated Press)

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FILE- In this May 19, 2014 file photo, demonstrators walk into the Legislative Building during a silent protest for the first "Moral Monday" protest of the new year in Raleigh, N.C. The "Moral Monday" movement has become a de-facto campaign tool for Democrats to publicize their platform and recruit volunteers to help them win elections, especially the contested U.S. Senate race. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)