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4:20 PM ET, January 8, 2015


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George Packer / New Yorker:
The Blame for the Charlie Hebdo Murders  —  The murders today in Paris are not a result of France's failure to assimilate two generations of Muslim immigrants from its former colonies.  They're not about French military action against the Islamic State in the Middle East, or the American invasion of Iraq before that.
Charlie Hebdo staff vow to publish next week with 1m print run  —  Writer for satirical magazine says ‘stupidity will not win’ as Google pledges to donate €250,000 to support the publication  —  Surviving staff members of Charlie Hebdo have vowed to publish the satirical weekly next Wednesday …
Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
After Charlie Hebdo attack, U.S. Catholic group says cartoonists ‘provoked’ slaughter  —  In the aftermath of the deadly assault on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical newspaper, much of the world has rallied in solidarity with the publication, its irreverent cartoonists and their right to free speech.
Daily Mail:
Attack came less than 24 hours after 12 people were shot dead at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, also in Paris  —  French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve - pictured second left, at the site of the shooting in Montrouge - said the shooter was still at large
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and Vox Popoli
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Europe Is Under Siege
Shanifa Nasser / National Post:
In wake of Charlie Hebdo attacks, secularist groups to seek end of Canada's blasphemy law
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
Muslims segregated from French society in growing Islamist mini-states
Discussion: Israel Matzav
National Review:
The Charlie Hebdo Massacre
Arthur Goldhammer / Fact-Based, In-Depth News:
Let's not sacralize Charlie Hebdo
New York Times:
Two Brothers Suspected in Killings Were Known to French Intelligence Services
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Manchin: Keystone veto threat ‘not the way a democracy works’  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said Thursday he was disappointed that the White House threatened to veto his legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline, arguing the president's move was “not the way a democracy works.”
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite and Political Wire
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Dems' Big Conundrum In GOP Senate: How To Deploy The Filibuster?  —  When Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) took to his chamber's floor on Wednesday he warned that the now minority Senate Democrats “had no intention of just rolling over” but added that the “gratuitous obstruction …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Mitch McConnell is off to a bitter start
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Keystone on the brink  —  Senators are scrambling to keep the project alive.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Washington Post
John Parkinson / ABC News:
Boehner Says It Hurts to Be Called ???  Spineless or a Squish??? … House Speaker John Boehner said today that he found it painful to be described as “spineless or a squish,” but said the worst comments about him was that he was “the establishment.”  —  Boehner's comments came during …
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Boehner defends retribution
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Boehner: I'm most ‘anti-establishment’ Speaker in history
Discussion: Political Wire
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Boehner: I'm The Most 'Anti-Establishment Speaker We've Ever Had'
Discussion: Mediaite
USA Today:
People know the consequences: Opposing view  —  Why did France allow the tabloid to provoke Muslims?  —  Contrary to popular misconception, Islam does not mean peace but rather means submission to the commands of Allah alone.  Therefore, Muslims do not believe in the concept of freedom of expression …
Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer to Retire  —  Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, one of the chamber's most tenacious liberals, announced Thursday she will not seek re-election in 2016 to a fifth term.  —  A staunch supporter of abortion rights, gun control and environmental protections …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Barbara Boxer to Retire
Discussion: RedState
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
It's All Right with Sam  —  Samuel A. Alito Jr. may be the least recognizable of Supreme Court justices.  I doubt if one American in a thousand could pick him out of a lineup.  Those who do know the name, if not the face, of the 64-year-old justice most likely lump him with the other conservatives …
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
Supreme Court to meet again to decide on hearing gay marriage
Discussion: Daily Kos
Grand jury recommends criminal charges against Attorney General Kathleen Kane  —  The special prosecutor and grand jury investigating allegations that Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane leaked secret information to a newspaper have found evidence of wrongdoing and recommended that she be criminally charged …
Discussion: Political Wire and The PJ Tatler
Alana Semuels / The Atlantic Online:
Suburbs and the New American Poverty  —  NORCROSS, Ga.—Every weekday around 3:15 p.m., a big, yellow school bus stops on Pelican Drive outside Norcross Extended Stay, near the intersection with Best Friend Drive.  —  Dozens of children file out, carrying their heavy backpacks away …
Discussion: The Dish
Matthew Larotonda / ABC News:
Why Obama Says Buying Your First Home Just Got More Affordable … PHOENIX - A new White House initiative could put hundreds of dollars back into the pockets of homeowners with mortgages through the Federal Housing Authority, President Obama says.  —  Obama has directed the FHA to reduce …
Discussion: Politico
Burlington Free Press:
Shumlin defeats Milne in Legislature governor vote  —  Peter Shumlin has been re-elected Vermont governor by state Legislature, 110-69, over Republican challenger Scott Milne.  —  That's 61.5 percent for Shumlin, 38.5 for Milne.  —  Libertarian Dan Feliciano, the third-place finisher …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
The Dumbest 57 Seconds Ever On TV?  —  Adam Baldwin linked to this MSNBC clip with a succinct tweet “Spot the morons/cowards.”  —  All due respect to Adam, but his understatement is almost a scandal.  We've posted a lot of incredibly stupid sound bites from MSNBC and other places around here …
Discussion: NewsBusters and RedState
Howard Dean: Paris attackers not ‘Muslim terrorists’  —  File photo of Howard Dean, former head of the Democratic National Committee.  —  Former Democratic Party head Howard Dean objected to calling the shooters in the Paris attack “Muslim terrorists,” though the attackers were witnessed shouting “Allahu akbar” as they fired.
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