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5:45 PM ET, January 12, 2015


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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.
Sen. Ted Cruz / TIME:
‘Our President Should Have Been There’  —  Cruz is the junior U.S. Senator for Texas.  —  We must never hesitate to stand with our allies.  We should never hesitate to speak the truth.  In Paris or anywhere else in the world.  —  On Sunday, leaders representing Europe, Israel, Africa …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Barack Obama's French kiss-off
Douglas E. Schoen / Fox News:
Obama AWOL in Paris: Message to America, allies is we don't care
Alex Moe / NBC News:
Paul Ryan Won't Run for President in 2016  —  In an interview with NBC News, the former VP nominee says he can make a “huge difference” as House Ways and Means Committee chairman instead.
Washington Post:
Romney moves to reassemble campaign apparatus for 2016  —  Mitt Romney is moving quickly to reassemble his national political network, spending the weekend and Monday calling former aides, donors and other supporters — as well as onetime foes such as Newt Gingrich.
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Paul Ryan rules out presidential run  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) won't run for president in 2016, he announced Monday.  —  “After giving it a lot of thought, I've decided not to run for president.  Our work at the House Ways and Means Committee over the next few years will be crucial …
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Christopher Caldwell / New York Magazine:
Why History Will Eviscerate Obama  —  Democrats nominated Barack Obama in 2008 to extract America from George W. Bush's Iraq misadventure and to spread more fairly the proceeds of a quarter-century-old boom for which they credited Bill Clinton.  The Election Eve collapse of Lehman Brothers changed things.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
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
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 …
David Weigel / Bloomberg Politics:
Not a Single Person Has Donated to Dick Morris's Anti-Hillary Super PAC  —  Sixteen months ago, to some fanfare, Dick Morris re-entered the anti-Clinton fray with a new PAC.  He launched Dick Morris's Just Say No to Hillary PAC, registering it from Tampa.  From time to time …
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Santorum, the Blue-Collar Brawler  —  I'm sitting across from Rick Santorum at a Corner Bakery Cafe on North Capitol Street near the Capitol when a news alert flashes across my phone.  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Mitt Romney has told a group of his top donors that he is seriously considering a third White House bid.
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Santorum Criticizes Potential G.O.P. Rivals as ‘Bomb Throwers’
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Ben Carson's Troubling Connection  —  In March of last year, Dr. Ben Carson, the conservative star considered a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, appeared in a video for Mannatech, Inc., a Texas-based medical supplement maker.  Smiling into the camera, he extolled the benefits of the company's “glyconutrient” products:
Henry Samuel / Telegraph:
Charlie Hebdo's Wednesday edition to include Prophet Mohammed cartoons  —  Wednesday's edition of Charlie Hebdo will ‘naturally’ contain cartoons of Prophet Mohammed, the magazine's lawyer has announced  —  The next edition of Charlie Hebdo, out on Wednesday with a million-copy print run …
Pentagon hacked  —  WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK.  ISIS.  #CyberCaliphate  —  In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, the CyberCaliphate under the auspices of ISIS continues its CyberJihad.  While the US and its satellites kill our brothers in Syria …
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
I read the French far-right party's platform, and it gets one big thing absolutely right  —  In the wake of the massacre at Charlie Hebdo and a related attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris, it's natural to turn attention to Marine Le Pen and her National Front political party …
Discussion: National Review
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Central Command's Twitter account hacked  —  The Twitter account for U.S. Central Command was hacked Monday while President Barack Obama was delivering an address about cybersecurity at the Federal Trade Commission.  —  The hack, by an individual or group claiming to be aligned with the Islamic State …
Discussion: Power Line
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
CENTCOM social media accounts apparently hacked by Islamic State sympathizers
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Supreme Court Puts Off Decision On Hearing A Same-Sex Marriage Case For Friday  —  The justices turned down Louisiana same-sex couples' request to skip over the appeals court and take their case directly, but they had no word on the cases out of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court denies one same-sex marriage case (UPDATED)
Gavin Newsom / Facebook:
It's always better to be candid than coy.  While I am humbled by the widespread encouragement of so many and hold in the highest esteem those who serve us in federal office, I know that my head and my heart, my young family's future, and our unfinished work all remain firmly in the State …
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