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12:05 AM ET, January 15, 2015


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Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
France Arrests a Comedian For His Facebook Comments, Showing the Sham of the West's “Free Speech” Celebration  —  Forty-eight hours after hosting a massive march under the banner of free expression, France opened a criminal investigation of a controversial French comedian for a Facebook post …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Ron Paul Institute: Charlie Hebdo Massacre, Like 9/11, Was a False Flag Operation  —  An institue named for the father of possible presidential candidate Rand Paul has published a piece saying the Charlie Hebdo massacre, like 9/11, was a false flag operation.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Associated Press:
New issue of Charlie Hebdo sells out quickly  —  PARIS (AP) — Parisians lined up Wednesday to empty the newsstands of the first issue of Charlie Hebdo, a week after Islamic extremists attacked the satirical newspaper's office, and French justice officials began cracking down by arresting dozens …
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed
Matt ViserGLOBE /
Romney crafting a rationale for 2016 run  —  Focus on poor, foreign policy
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Mitt Romney backlash intensifies
James Carville / The Hill:   Obama's 2015  —  As on most NFL Sundays in south Louisiana …
Muslim call to prayer to sound at Duke University  —  DURHAM, N.C. — A weekly call to prayer for Muslims will be heard at Duke University starting Friday, school officials said.  —  Members of the Duke Muslim Students Association will chant the call, known as adhan or azan …
Duke Today:
Muslim Students at Duke to Begin Weekly Call-to-Prayer  —  Members of the Duke Muslim Students Association will chant a weekly call-to-prayer from the Duke Chapel bell tower  —  DURHAM, NC - Members of the Duke Muslim Students Association will chant a weekly call-to-prayer from the Duke Chapel bell tower beginning Friday, Jan. 16.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Cavan Sieczkowski / The Huffington Post:
Duke Chapel To Allow Muslim Call To Prayer
Discussion: RedState and The PJ Tatler
ABC News:
Ohio Man Arrested for Alleged ISIS-Inspired Plot on US Capitol, FBI Says … The FBI has arrested an Ohio man for allegedly plotting an ISIS-inspired attack on the U.S. Capitol, where he hoped to set off a series of bombs aimed at lawmakers, whom he allegedly considered enemies.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Jimmy Carter Defends Obama Letting Daughters Listen To Beyoncé  —  Former President Jimmy Carter defended Barack Obama's parenting skills Wednesday, after former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee expressed dismay that the President would let his teenage daughters listen to singer Beyoncé.
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
4 top Secret Service executives told to leave their posts in agency shake-up  —  Members of the Secret Service follow President Obama as he arrives at Northwestern University on Oct. 2, 2014, in Evanston, Ill. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)  —  The Secret Service has decided …
Mike Clary / Sun-Sentinel:
Arrested teen hailed as hero after helping cop who collapsed … Get unlimited digital access.  99¢ for 4 weeks.
Discussion: CNN, Talking Points Memo and WGN-TV
Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:
REPORT: DETAINED WASHINGTON POST JOURNALIST INDICTED IN IRAN  —  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A Washington Post journalist detained in Iran for months has been indicted and will stand trial, Iran's state news agency reported Wednesday, without elaborating on what charges he faced.
Kerry and Zarif unexpectedly resume nuclear talks in Geneva
Discussion: Twitchy and American Spectator
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Paul Ryan isn't running for president.  He's after something even bigger.  —  Most politicians who can gin up presidential speculation do (see Gingrich, Newt).  It means more reporters covering their speeches, more money for their PAC, more invitations to the Sunday shows.
Discussion: Slate and relinquishment
Fox News:
House votes to overturn Obama immigration actions, bill heads to Senate  —  House Republicans voted Wednesday to overturn President Obama's immigration actions from last November — and to unravel a directive from 2012 affecting immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children …
Jerusalem Post:
A sausage saga: UK publisher bans pork references in children's books  —  In an attempt to make educational books more friendly to practicing Jews and Muslims, Oxford University Press publishers are banning any mention of pigs, bacon, or sausage in their youth books.
Discussion: RedState and The Gateway Pundit
John Branch / New York Times:
El Capitan's Dawn Wall Climbers Reach Top at Yosemite  —  YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — On the 19th day, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson, both now bearded, reached the summit of El Capitan's Dawn Wall on Wednesday, completing a quest that included years of planning and that many considered …
Discussion: KTLA
Anniepotasznik / CBS Dallas:
Gun Owners Participate In Simulation Of Paris Massacre  —  PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) - A group called The Truth About Guns organized a simulation of last week's terrorist attack in Paris.  They hoped to learn how things may have played out differently at Charlie Hebdo, or any other mass shooting.
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Obama's calls for government-run Internet service stoke GOP ire  —  President Obama's call for more cities and towns to create their own broadband Internet services to compete with private companies like Comcast is meeting stiff opposition from many Republicans.
Discussion: Politico
Ryan Quinn / Charleston Gazette:
W.Va. state school board moves back toward original climate change standards  —  Gazette  —  Jim Probst, state coordinator for the Citizens Climate Lobby, speaks to the West Virginia Board of Education on Wednesday.  —  After widespread criticism from teachers, professors and others …
Jason Silverstein / NY Daily News:
Donald Trump suing Florida county for $100 million for allegedly flying planes over his oceanside mansion  —  A Jan. 6 lawsuit says the Palm Beach County airport is deliberately rerouting planes over Trump's Mar-a-Lago mansion as revenge for past legal squabbling.
Exclusive: Samsung makes takeover approach to BlackBerry - sources  —  (Reuters) - Smartphone company Samsung has recently approached BlackBerry Ltd to buy the company for as much as $7.5 billion, looking to gain access to its patent portfolio, according to a person familiar with the matter and documents seen by Reuters.
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Obama Job Rating Ticks Higher, Views of Nation's Economy Turn More Positive  —  But Most Still Say They Are ‘Falling Behind’ Financially  —  President Obama enters the seventh year of his presidency in a familiar position when compared with his recent predecessors.
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ABC News:
Al Qaeda Gave Charlie Hebdo Killers $20K
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
Mayor de Blasio and Rabbis Near Accord on New Circumcision Rule
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Ted Cruz Was Once Ticketed For Possession Of Alcohol As A Minor
Gohmert Says US Leaders Should Emulate Egypt's Killer Dictator
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Rene Stutzman / Orlando Sentinel:
Gay couple win name dispute, get new driver's licenses
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and Advocate
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Howard Dean's Advice to White House Hopefuls: Look the Part
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Ashley Judd: ‘I might run some day’
Discussion: OnPolitics and The Huffington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Terrence McCoy / Washington Post:
Former highest-ranking U.S. cardinal blames ‘feminization’ for the Catholic Church's problems
Discussion: Jezebel and Shakesville
Leslie H. Gelb / The Daily Beast:
This Is Obama's Last Foreign Policy Chance
Cahal Milmo / The Independent:
The new anti-Semitism: Majority of British Jews feel they have no future in UK, says new study