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2:35 PM ET, January 14, 2015


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Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed  —  Readers responded passionately, and in large numbers, to my post last week about The Times's decision not to publish the now-famous Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.  (In fact, I've never had more comments on a post or column.)
Lori Hinnant / Associated Press:
France arrests 54 for defending terror; newspaper sells out  —  14 photos  —  PARIS (AP) — Charlie Hebdo's defiant new issue sold out before dawn Wednesday around Paris, with some scuffles at kiosks over dwindling copies of the satirical paper fronting the Prophet Muhammad.
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Muslim Groups Urge Peaceful Response to New Charlie Hebdo Cover
Discussion: NBC News and FOX News Radio
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Millions of copies of Charlie Hebdo sell out within minutes
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
James Carville / The Hill:
Obama's 2015  —  As on most NFL Sundays in south Louisiana, I had one too many bowls of gumbo and a few too many bourbons as I sat parked fully reclined in my leather wingback chair watching my fellow New Orleanian Peyton Manning play.  And I dozed off ...  I had a dream.
Wall Street Journal:
Romney Recycled  —  Mitt would have to explain why he'd be a better candidate now.  —  If Mitt Romney is the answer, what is the question?  We can think of a few worthy possibilities, though one that doesn't come immediately to mind is who would be the best Republican presidential nominee in 2016.
Matt ViserGLOBE /
Romney crafting a rationale for 2016 run  —  Focus on poor, foreign policy
Matt ViserGLOBE /
Mitt Romney crafting a rationale for 2016 run
Tampa Bay Times:
Mitt Romney making Florida push, setting up clash with Jeb Bush
Discussion: Daily Kos, Daily Mail and Balkinization
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Third Chance for Romney? G.O.P. Is Torn
Victor Paul Alvarez / Boston Globe:
Bartender's Threat against John Boehner Thwarted  —  The FBI says an Ohio bartender planned to kill House Speaker John Boehner last October by poisoning his drink at a country club.  —  The question is: Would anyone have noticed?  Stories about Boehner's drinking have circulated for years.
Hadas Gold / Politico:'s questionable Boehner joke
Discussion: ABC News
EXCLUSIVE: FBI says John Boehner's West Chester bartender planned to poison him
David Lawder / Reuters:
House passes security funding bill blocking immigration actions  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Republicans drew a hard line against President Barack Obama's executive immigration initiatives, voting to block them as they passed a Department of Homeland Security spending bill on Wednesday.
Discussion: National Review and CNN
Burgess Everett / Politico:
John Thune: No ‘opening’ for a White House run
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Hill
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
We Need Another Giant Protest  —  President Obama was criticized for failing to attend, or send a proper surrogate to, the giant antiterrorism march in Paris on Sunday.  That criticism was right.  But it is typical of American politics today that we focus on this and not what would have …
George Friedman / Stratfor:
A War Between Two Worlds
Discussion: The Glittering Eye and Vox Popoli
Jesse Paul / Denver Post:
DENVER AND THE WEST  —  FAMILY: LAKEWOOD CHURCH STOPS WOMAN'S FUNERAL BECAUSE SHE WAS GAY  —  LAKEWOOD — Hundreds of Vanessa Collier's friends and family gathered Saturday at New Hope Ministries, sitting before an open casket holding the woman they loved, when suddenly the minister overseeing her funeral stopped the service.
Lance Hernandez /
Family, friends protest New Hope Ministries' last-minute refusal to host lesbian's funeral
Rocco Parascandola / NY Daily News:
PBA's Patrick Lynch spurs yelling, shoving among cops over NYPD-City Hall feud  —  The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association was not so much on Tuesday as some cops shouted down Lynch regarding his demand that Mayor de Blasio apologize over comments related to race and police relations.
Benjamin Hardy / Arkansas Blog, Arkansas Times:
Father and son turned away from “Muslim-free” Hot Springs gun range for being brown  —  When we reported last fall on a Hot Springs firing range that was declared a “Muslim free zone” by its owner, several blog commenters asked, “how will she know who's a Muslim?”
Natalie Villacorta / Politico:
Medicaid expansion in doubt — Obama says no need for King contingency plan — Bipartisan senators introduce medical device repeal bill  —  With help from Jennifer Haberkorn, Susan Levine and Rachana Pradhan  —  MEDICAID EXPANSION MAY CONTRACT — The Republican tide has swept Obamacare foes …
Discussion: Hit & Run
CBS News:
Obama's approval rating ticks up in 2015  —  Shares -  —  President Obama's overall job approval rating has risen seven points since last October, although it still remains below 50 percent.  Forty-six percent of Americans now approve of the job the president is doing, while just as many disapprove.
Hugh Son / Bloomberg:
JPMorgan CEO Dimon Says Banks ‘Under Assault’ by U.S. Regulators  —  Jamie Dimon, grappling with multibillion-dollar legal costs and rising capital requirements at JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), lashed out at U.S. regulators for putting his bank “under assault.”
Commentary Magazine:
The Existential Necessity of Zionism After Paris: A COMMENTARY Editorial  —  I.  —  The jihadist siege of a kosher grocery store in eastern Paris on January 9 was not the beginning of a new threat to French Jews and the Jews of Europe.  Rather, it was the culmination of a decade of crisis.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Federalist
Andrew Horansky / KHOU-TV:
Armed customer stops restaurant robbery suspects in their tracks  —  A customer is being called a hero after pulling a gun on two armed robbers at a Houston restaurant.  —  CONNECT  —  HOUSTON, Texas — A customer is being called a hero after pulling a gun on two armed robbery suspects at a Houston restaurant.
Leslie H. Gelb / The Daily Beast:
This Is Obama's Last Foreign Policy Chance  —  The failure of Obama or Biden to show up in Paris made clear that most of the president's team can't be trusted to conduct U.S national security policy and must be replaced—at once.  —  Here's why America's failure to be represented at the Paris unity march was so profoundly disturbing.
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Ezra Klein / Vox:
Paul Ryan isn't running for president. He's after something even bigger.
Discussion: CNN and relinquishment
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Does free media have an obligation to Islam?
New York Times:
In New Congress, Wall St. Pushes to Undermine Dodd-Frank Reform
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
In a Safer Age, U.S. Rethinks Its ‘Tough on Crime’ System
Cahal Milmo / The Independent:
The new anti-Semitism: Majority of British Jews feel they have no future in UK, says new study
Discussion: Spectator and Vox Popoli
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Dan Levine / Reuters:
Apple, Google reach new deal to end U.S. lawsuit over poaching
Melissa Hipolit / WTVR-TV:
Virginia Delegate-elect Joe Morrissey juggles jail curfew and election victory
Discussion: WGN-TV and Washington Free Beacon
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Rand Paul announces campaign manager for likely 2016 campaign