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1:55 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.
New York Times:
Al Qaeda in Yemen Claims Responsibility for Charlie Hebdo Attack
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Muslim Groups Urge Peaceful Response to New Charlie Hebdo Cover
Discussion: Liberaland, NBC News and FOX News Radio
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Millions of copies of Charlie Hebdo sell out within minutes
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Eric Randolph / Agence France-Presse:
New Charlie Hebdo flies off shelves as Qaeda claims attack
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
Tampa Bay Times:
Mitt Romney making Florida push, setting up clash with Jeb Bush
Discussion: Daily Mail
David Lawder / Reuters:
House passes security funding bill blocking immigration actions
Discussion: CNN and National Review
Burgess Everett / Politico:
John Thune: No ‘opening’ for a White House run
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Hill
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Rand Paul announces campaign manager for likely 2016 campaign  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Tuesday announced the hiring of a campaign manager for his likely 2016 presidential bid, part of an aggressive effort to build a national political team as the race for the White House heats up.
James R. Carroll / Courier-Journal:
Ahead of trip, Paul hits Romney as “yesterday's news”
EXCLUSIVE: FBI says John Boehner's West Chester bartender planned to poison him  —  Feds: Man said he was Jesus, Boehner was the devil  —  DEER PARK, Ohio - Ebola, evil voices and the devil.  —  Those are just a few of the things a Butler County bartender cited as reasons …
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: 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.
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
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
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?”
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.”
Cahal Milmo / The Independent:
The new anti-Semitism: Majority of British Jews feel they have no future in UK, says new study  —  More than half of British Jewish people fear Jews have no future in the UK, according to a new study which also reveals that antisemitic sentiments are more prevalent than widely believed.
Discussion: Spectator and Vox Popoli
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.
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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
CBS News:
Obama's approval rating ticks up in 2015
Discussion: Political Wire and Washington Post
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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: Washington Free Beacon and WGN-TV
Ronald Brownstein / National Journal:
White-Out: Where Democrats Lost the House
Discussion: RedState