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11:30 AM ET, January 12, 2015

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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Barack Obama's French kiss-off  —  Obama's public reactions to the attacks in Paris have been muted.  —  Barack Obama n'est pas Charlie — or at least, he wasn't this weekend.  —  Don't look for the president or vice president among the photos of 44 heads of state who locked arms and marched down Boulevard Voltaire in Paris.
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By Jake Tapper / CNN:
Story highlights  —  Jake Tapper is anchor of CNN's “The Lead With Jake Tapper” and chief Washington correspondent.  —  Paris (CNN)"Thank you," said the man.  I was standing outside of the offices of Charlie Hebdo covering the aftermath of the terrorist attacks for CNN.
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Hollande asked Netanyahu not to attend Paris memorial march  —  Absence sought as part of attempt to keep Israeli-Palestinian conflict out of European show of unity; After Netanyahu insisted on coming, French made it clear Abbas would be invited as well.  —  French President Francois Hollande conveyed …
Fox News:
Criticism mounts over thin US presence at Paris rally, Kerry schedules France visit  —  Criticism mounted Monday over President Obama's muted response to Sunday's massive rally in Paris against Islamic terror, a historic show of unity that drew more than a million people …
Daily Mail:
America snubs historic Paris rally: Holder was there but skipped out early, Kerry was in India, Obama and Biden just stayed home  — German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and British PM David Cameron were among dozens of world leaders there
Douglas E. Schoen / Fox News:
Obama AWOL in Paris: Message to America, allies is we don't care  —  Sunday, President Obama morally abdicated his place as the leader of the free world.  —  His decision to stay home instead of standing side by side with French President Hollande as millions marched in Paris in solidarity …
Aaron David Miller / Wall Street Journal:
The Conspicuous U.S. Absence From Paris Solidarity March
NY Daily News:
Lupica: America betrays its values by not sending top U.S. officials to Paris unity rally
Discussion: RedState and Roger L. Simon
NY Daily News:
Our flag was not there: Obama and America shamefully skip Paris march against terror
Discussion: Politico and Power Line
Matt Schiavenza / The Atlantic Online:
Nigeria's Horror in Paris's Shadow
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Democrats, in a stark shift in messaging, to make big tax-break pitch for middle class  —  Senior Democrats, dissatisfied with the party's tepid prescriptions for combating income inequality, are drafting an “action plan” that calls for a massive transfer of wealth from the super-rich …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Santorum Criticizes Potential G.O.P. Rivals as ‘Bomb Throwers’  —  WASHINGTON — Rick Santorum sharply criticized a group of potential rivals for the Republican presidential nomination in an interview that indicated he intends to reclaim conservative primary voters ahead of another White House bid in 2016.
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Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Hopefuls' 2016 Theme Has a New Pitch
Discussion: Washington Post
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Religious Liberty, Bigotry and Gays
John Fund / National Review:
Valerie Jarrett, Obama's ‘Berlin Wall’  —  It's high time the news media paid more attention to Valerie Jarrett.  An old Chicago friend of both Barack and Michelle Obama's, she exercises unusual influence in the White House as a “senior adviser.”  Many in Washington believe that she is at the heart …
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Health reform a plus for Dems, at last  —  People with broken arms, patients recently recovered from emergency surgery — President Obama needs to put Americans benefitting from ObamaCare next to the First Lady when he makes his Jan. 20 State of the Union address.
Discussion: Politico and New York Times
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
HISTORY WILL BE VERY KIND  —  And if it's not, it will be for a highly ironic reason.  —  Photograph courtesy of the White House  —  Ten and a half years ago, at the Democratic convention in Boston, Barack Hussein Obama was introduced to America as a youthful, magnetic man who had burst suddenly …
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
Maria Bartiromo / USA Today:
Saudi prince: $100-a-barrel oil ‘never’ again  —  Saudi billionaire businessman Prince Alwaleed bin Talal told me we will not see $100-a-barrel oil again.  The plunge in oil prices has been one of the biggest stories of the year.  And while cheap gasoline is good for consumers …
Discussion: Financial Post and Addicting Info
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Morning Plum: Some welcome GOP candor on Obamacare  —  The possibility that the Supreme Court could gut Obamacare subsidies to millions of people in three dozen states on the federal exchange is — kinda sorta, anyway — forcing a debate among Republicans over whether they should be prepared to respond with policy alternatives.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
New York Times:
Pop Music Critic Leaves The New Yorker to Annotate Lyrics for a Start-Up  —  Sasha Frere-Jones, the longtime pop music critic for The New Yorker, has left the magazine to join Genius, a website mounting an ambitious expansion after starting as a forum for annotated rap lyrics online.
 
 
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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
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Jim Jamitis / Twitchy:
Obama's ‘embarrassing’ absence at unity march gets lampooned [photoshop]
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