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2:15 PM 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 …
Sen. Ted Cruz / TIME:
‘Our President Should Have Been There’  —  Cruz is the junior U.S. Senator for Texas.  —  We must never hesitate to stand with our allies.  We should never hesitate to speak the truth.  In Paris or anywhere else in the world.  —  On Sunday, leaders representing Europe, Israel, Africa …
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 …
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
Dan Friedman / NY Daily News:
Eric Holder, top U.S. officials no-shows at Paris unity rally
presstv.ir:
Hollande asked Netanyahu not to join Paris rally: Reports
Discussion: Liberaland
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
Reuters:
France mobilizes 10,000 troops at home after Paris shootings
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
NY Daily News:
Our flag was not there: Obama and America shamefully skip Paris march against terror
Discussion: Politico and Power Line
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 …
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Christopher Caldwell / New York Magazine:
Why History Will Eviscerate Obama  —  Democrats nominated Barack Obama in 2008 to extract America from George W. Bush's Iraq misadventure and to spread more fairly the proceeds of a quarter-century-old boom for which they credited Bill Clinton.  The Election Eve collapse of Lehman Brothers changed things.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Central Command's Twitter account hacked  —  The Twitter account for U.S. Central Command was hacked Monday while President Barack Obama was delivering an address about cybersecurity at the Federal Trade Commission.  —  The hack, by an individual or group claiming to be aligned with the Islamic State …
Discussion: Power Line
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Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
CENTCOM social media accounts apparently hacked by Islamic State sympathizers
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Pastebin:
Pentagon hacked  —  WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK.  ISIS.  #CyberCaliphate  —  In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, the CyberCaliphate under the auspices of ISIS continues its CyberJihad.  While the US and its satellites kill our brothers in Syria …
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.
Melissa Brown / al.com:
‘White genocide’ billboard posted on I-59, similar to ‘anti-white’ sign near Leeds  —  For the second time in less than a year, a billboard near Birmingham is carrying a racial message connected to a segregationist screed.  —  Posted along I-59 near Springville in St. Clair county …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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
Gavin Newsom / Facebook:
It's always better to be candid than coy.  While I am humbled by the widespread encouragement of so many and hold in the highest esteem those who serve us in federal office, I know that my head and my heart, my young family's future, and our unfinished work all remain firmly in the State …
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
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
I read the French far-right party's platform, and it gets one big thing absolutely right  —  In the wake of the massacre at Charlie Hebdo and a related attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris, it's natural to turn attention to Marine Le Pen and her National Front political party …
Discussion: National Review
 
 
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