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10:40 AM ET, January 14, 2015

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Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Rand Paul announces campaign manager for likely 2016 campaign  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Tuesday announced the hiring of a campaign manager for his likely 2016 presidential bid, part of an aggressive effort to build a national political team as the race for the White House heats up.
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Manu Raju / Politico:
Rand Paul looks to steal 2016 spotlight  —  The potential 2016 presidential hopeful appears eager to return to his role as a conservative firebrand.  —  M.Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO  —  Jeb Bush is “a Big Government Republican.”  Mitt Romney “had his chance.”
Discussion: Bloomberg Politics
Wall Street Journal:
Romney Recycled  —  Mitt would have to explain why he'd be a better candidate now.  —  If Mitt Romney is the answer, what is the question?  We can think of a few worthy possibilities, though one that doesn't come immediately to mind is who would be the best Republican presidential nominee in 2016.
James R. Carroll / Courier-Journal:
Ahead of trip, Paul hits Romney as “yesterday's news”  —  WASHINGTON - About to embark on a three-state trip that includes multiple stops in New Hampshire, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is criticizing Mitt Romney as too liberal for the Republican Party in 2016.  —  Romney, the 2012 GOP standard …
Neil W. McCabe / Gravis:
Iowa poll: Romney leads nascent Iowa field with 21%, Bush at 14%, Walker 10%
Tampa Bay Times:
Mitt Romney making Florida push, setting up clash with Jeb Bush
Discussion: BostonGlobe.com and Political Wire
Frank Bruni / New York Times:   The Overcrowded Race for the 2016 Republican Nomination
WCPO:
EXCLUSIVE: FBI says John Boehner's West Chester bartender planned to poison him  —  Feds: Man said he was Jesus, Boehner was the devil  —  DEER PARK, Ohio - Ebola, evil voices and the devil.  —  Those are just a few of the things a Butler County bartender cited as reasons …
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ABC News:
Ohio Bartender Charged With Threatening to Murder John Boehner
Discussion: Boston Globe and Politico
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Millions of copies of Charlie Hebdo sell out within minutes  —  Millions of copies of the French weekly Charlie Hebdo sold out within minutes Wednesday, just days after attacks in Paris last week left more than a dozen people dead.  —  The satirical magazine announced last week it would continue …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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Lori Hinnant / Associated Press:
France arrests 54 for defending terror; newspaper sells out  —  14 photos  —  PARIS (AP) — Charlie Hebdo's defiant new issue sold out before dawn Wednesday around Paris, with some scuffles at kiosks over dwindling copies of the satirical paper fronting the Prophet Muhammad.
Eric Randolph / Agence France-Presse:
New Charlie Hebdo flies off shelves as Qaeda claims attack
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Senate to vote on whether climate change is happening  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday he will allow the Senate to vote on an amendment asking if they agree that climate change is impacting the planet.  —  At his weekly press briefing, McConnell said …
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Ed Rogers / Washington Post:
The Insiders: Five things to watch as the 2016 campaigns develop
Discussion: Adweek
Rocco Parascandola / NY Daily News:
PBA's Patrick Lynch spurs yelling, shoving among cops over NYPD-City Hall feud  —  The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association was not so much on Tuesday as some cops shouted down Lynch regarding his demand that Mayor de Blasio apologize over comments related to race and police relations.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
John Thune: No ‘opening’ for a White House run  —  But the Senate GOP Conference leader and Commerce Committee chairman is plenty busy.  —  It's often said each senator wakes up, looks in the mirror and sees a future president staring back.  But John Thune admits his “window” for a White House run might have closed in 2012.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Hill
Lindsay Cohen / KOMO News:
Seattle dog's rush hour ride: on the bus, by herself, weekly  —  SEATTLE — Public transit in Seattle has gone to the dogs.  —  Commuters in Belltown report seeing a Black Labrador riding the bus alone in recent weeks.  The 2-year old has been spotted roaming the aisles …
CBS News:
Obama's approval rating ticks up in 2015  —  Shares -  —  President Obama's overall job approval rating has risen seven points since last October, although it still remains below 50 percent.  Forty-six percent of Americans now approve of the job the president is doing, while just as many disapprove.
Discussion: Washington Post
Jon Offredo / delawareonline:
NASCAR's Busch says ex is ‘assassin’; hearing concludes  —  It could be weeks before the court issues a final decision on a protection order filed against NASCAR's Kurt Busch, after a four-day hearing ended Tuesday afternoon.  Testimony has covered everything from the assassinations of drug lords …
Benjamin Hardy / Arkansas Blog, Arkansas Times:
Father and son turned away from “Muslim-free” Hot Springs gun range for being brown  —  When we reported last fall on a Hot Springs firing range that was declared a “Muslim free zone” by its owner, several blog commenters asked, “how will she know who's a Muslim?”
Melissa Hipolit / WTVR-TV:
Virginia Delegate-elect Joe Morrissey juggles jail curfew and election victory  —  HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — Delegate-elect Joe Morrissey celebrated his victory in a special election for Virginia's 74th District, from jail on Tuesday night.  —  Inside the Henrico County Regional Jail East …
Discussion: WGN-TV and Washington Free Beacon
Ronald Brownstein / National Journal:
White-Out: Where Democrats Lost the House  —  In 2009, 76 Democrats represented primarily white working-class congressional districts.  Just 15 of them are still in the House today.  —  Republicans have surged to their largest majority in the House of Representatives since before the Great Depression …
Discussion: RedState
Guardian:
Dieudonné arrested over Facebook post on Paris gunman  —  French comedian accused of justifying terrorism after linking attacker to tribute slogan by writing ‘I feel like Charlie Coulibaly’  —  Notorious French comedian Dieudonné M'bala M'bala has been arrested for being an …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
We Need Another Giant Protest  —  President Obama was criticized for failing to attend, or send a proper surrogate to, the giant antiterrorism march in Paris on Sunday.  That criticism was right.  But it is typical of American politics today that we focus on this and not what would have …
Andrew Horansky / KHOU-TV:
Armed customer stops restaurant robbery suspects in their tracks  —  A customer is being called a hero after pulling a gun on two armed robbers at a Houston restaurant.  —  CONNECT  —  HOUSTON, Texas — A customer is being called a hero after pulling a gun on two armed robbery suspects at a Houston restaurant.
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Apple, Google reach new deal to end U.S. lawsuit over poaching  —  (Reuters) - Four Silicon Valley companies including Apple Inc and Google Inc have agreed to a new settlement that would resolve an antitrust class action lawsuit by tech workers, who accused the firms of conspiring to avoid poaching each other's employees.
Discussion: 9to5Mac and The Verge
Scott Soshnick / Bloomberg:
Prokhorov Exploring Sale of Brooklyn Nets  —  The Brooklyn Nets are for sale.  —  Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov retained Evercore Partners to sell the National Basketball Association team he bought in 2010, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter.
 
 
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Become More Positive About Jobs in January
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Obama Is Planning New Rules on Oil and Gas Industry's Methane Emissions
Discussion: Daily Signal
Keith Laing / The Hill:
DC Metro passenger killed in smoke incident
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Christie's National Aspirations Underlie State Speech
Discussion: Politico and New York Magazine
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
At 78, McCain Savors a New Dream Job in the Senate
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Huckabee slams Obama for letting daughters listen to Beyoncé
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Daniel Newhauser / National Journal:
Conservative Revolt Splits House GOP Group