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12:05 PM 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.
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 …
Douglas E. Schoen / Fox News:   Obama AWOL in Paris: Message to America, allies is we don't care
Aaron David Miller / Wall Street Journal:
The Conspicuous U.S. Absence From Paris Solidarity March
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
New York Times:
After the Charlie Hebdo Attack, the French Join Hands  —  The solidarity march of more than one million people in Paris on Sunday was rich in placards and symbols but appropriately devoid of speeches.  Like many in the vast throng that filled the broad boulevards between Place de la République …
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
Sayed Sarwar Amani / Reuters:
Afghanistan rally hails Charlie Hebdo attackers as ‘heroes’
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 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 …
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.
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
Washington Post:   Both parties agree: Economic mobility will be a defining theme of 2016 campaign
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
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court denies one same-sex marriage case  —  The Supreme Court, returning from its winter recess, decided on Monday not to take on a same-sex marriage case that remains under review in a federal appeals court, but otherwise took no action on that constitutional controversy.
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
French Prime Minister: If Jews Flee, the Republic Will Be a Failure
Maria Bartiromo / USA Today:
Saudi prince: $100-a-barrel oil ‘never’ again
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New York Times:
In Police Rift, Mayor de Blasio's Missteps Included Thinking It Would Pass
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$60 meth bust led to shooting of officer
Discussion: Hit & Run, Addicting Info and Raw Story
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