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Michael Hirsh / Politico:
Can Martin O'Malley take flight?  —  The former Maryland governor wants to seize Elizabeth Warren's mantle and take on Hillary too.  Problem is almost no one knows him.  —  Lead image by Greg Kahn for Politico Magazine.  —  BALTIMORE—Martin O'Malley grins gamely when I ask him why there isn't yet a …
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Charlotte Alter / TIME:
Martin O'Malley Announces Presidential Run  —  “The presidency is not a crown to be passed back and forth by you between two royal families”  —  Two-term Maryland governor Martin O'Malley announced his presidential campaign Saturday with a swing at Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush.
Discussion: Advocate and Political Wire
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg Business:
Martin O'Malley Announces Democratic Presidential Bid
Discussion: Yahoo Politics and Washington Post
Manu Raju / Politico:
Exclusive: Rand Paul: ‘I will force the expiration’ of the PATRIOT Act  —  In a statement to POLITICO, Paul warns that he would not consent to any efforts to pass either an extension of current law or the USA Freedom Act.  —  Rand Paul plans to force the expiration of the PATRIOT Act Sunday …
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Dustin Volz / National Journal:
Rand Paul Vows to Force Expiration of Patriot Act  —  “Tomorrow, I will force the expiration of the NSA illegal spy program.”  —  Sen. Rand Paul announced Saturday he intends to force the expiration of the Patriot Act's surveillance authorities this weekend by refusing to allow votes …
Orin Kerr / Washington Post:
If I understand the history correctly, in the late 1990s, the President was impeached for lying about a sexual affair by a House of Representatives led by a man who was also then hiding a sexual affair, who was supposed to be replaced by another Congressman who stepped down when forced to reveal …
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
House Dem: Left has ‘hijacked’ party message  —  Rep. John Delaney (Md.), a centrist House Democrat, on Friday warned that voices on the left have “hijacked” his party's message.  —  “With Washington already broken, the last thing we need is a left-wing version of the tea party,” …
Discussion: The Reaction and Washington Post
Lauren McGaughy / Houston Chronicle:
Open carry will soon be the law in Texas … AUSTIN - Texas will soon be an open carry state.  —  The state House and Senate on Friday gave final approval to the legislation, which starting on Jan. 1 will allow those with a concealed carry license to openly tote their handguns in a shoulder or hip holster.
John Eligon / New York Times:
To Fill Budget Hole, Kansas G.O.P. Considers the Unthinkable: Raising Taxes  —  TOPEKA, Kan. — With the state facing a $400 million budget hole for the coming fiscal year, the conservatives who dominate the Legislature here say they are agonizing over the likelihood of doing something …
Rebecca Ford / Hollywood Reporter:
Disney Not Moving Forward With ‘Tron 3’ (Exclusive)  —  The third installment was to be directed by Joseph Kosinski and see the return of stars Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund.  —  Tron 3 won't be coming to a theater near you.  —  Disney has chosen not to move forward with a third installment in the sci-fi series, sources say.
Discussion: io9, The Verge and Just Jared
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
Cops: Teacher Showed Pupils Boob Job Pix  —  Virginia educator, 34, is being probed over before/after photos  —  Police are investigating a Virginia high school teacher who allegedly showed several students before and after photos of her breast enlargement surgery, according to a court filing.
Discussion: WTKR-TV, Slantpoint and Daily Mail
Yahoo! News:
Christian beheads jihadist in Syria revenge killing: monitor  —  AFP - The Islamic State jihadist group launched an assault on the largely Kurdish city of Hasakeh in northeast Syria on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said  —  A Syrian Christian fighter has beheaded an Islamic State group …
Jane Burns / madison.com:
20-year cheddar is a ‘cheese milestone’  —  Only in Wisconsin can hearts be broken by cheese.  —  And they will be, bit by bit, in the coming days as people who missed out on an opportunity to order 20-year cheddar ahead of time realize they've pretty much lost the chance.
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
U.S. Removes Cuba From State-Sponsored Terrorism List  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday removed Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, a crucial step in normalizing ties between Washington and Havana and the latest progress in President Obama's push to thaw relations between …
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Felicia Schwartz / Wall Street Journal:   Cuba Officially Removed From U.S. State Sponsor of Terrorism List
Tarini Parti / Politico:
How Dennis Hastert made his millions  —  The former House speaker hauled in money from lobbying, real estate, a board membership and pensions.  —  Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who was indicted Thursday for allegedly covering up the withdrawal of $1.7 million in hush money …
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Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
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Charlie Brennan / Daily Camera:
Longmont valedictorian silenced over speech disclosing he was gay
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Steven Shepard / Politico:
New ‘robocall’ rules could leave Americans in the dark
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Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Ross Ulbricht, Creator of Silk Road Website, Is Sentenced to Life in Prison
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
CNN's Jake Tapper won't moderate panel discussion at Clinton Global Initiative confab
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