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9:40 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.
Dan Friedman / NY Daily News:
Eric Holder, top U.S. officials no-shows at Paris unity rally  —  The U.S. attorney general, in Paris for a terrorism summit with French President Francois Hollande, did not join world leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron …
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
Leonard Greene / New York Post:
US officials nowhere to be seen at Paris unity rally  —  From left to right, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Benjamin Netanyahu, Nicolas Sarkozy, Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Francois Hollande, Angela Merkel, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
John Lichfield / The Independent:
Paris march: Global leaders join ‘unprecedented’ rally in largest demonstration in history of France
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 …
Washington Post:
Both parties agree: Economic mobility will be a defining theme of 2016 campaign
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Washington Post:
For Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney, a history of ambition fuels a possible 2016 collision
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.
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Religious Liberty, Bigotry and Gays
Heather / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Dianne Feinstein Urges Government Not To Indict Petraeus: ‘This Man Has Suffered Enough’  —  DiFi thinks poor David Petraeus has ‘suffered enough’ already because he lost his job as head of the CIA.  —  Someone please let me know if this woman has ever shown this much deference for ordinary citizens …
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: Betsy's Page
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.
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Jay Leno: Hillary Clinton ‘seems very slow’  —  While on the HBO show “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Jay Leno said Hillary Clinton seems “very slow” and appears to be older than Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren despite their 18-month age difference.  —  “I don't see the fire,” …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Sayed Sarwar Amani / Reuters:
Afghanistan rally hails Charlie Hebdo attackers as ‘heroes’  —  Reuters 13 hrs ago  —  KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Hundreds in southern Afghanistan rallied to praise the killing of 12 people at the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, calling the two gunmen “heroes” who meted out punishment …
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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