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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.
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.
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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$60 meth bust led to shooting of officer
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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Reza Aslan: Muslims Are Condemning Terrorism, Critics Just Aren't Listening
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Jim Jamitis / Twitchy:
Obama's ‘embarrassing’ absence at unity march gets lampooned [photoshop]
Discussion: Truth Revolt