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11:05 PM ET, January 15, 2015

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Scott Mendelson / Forbes:
Why Ava DuVernay's ‘Selma’ Oscar Snub Matters  —  The Oscar nominations were announced this morning.  There will be plenty of analysis regarding good surprises and bad surprises, and I may dip my toes in later today.  But the most egregious omission is the sadly not-entirely-surprising absence …
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Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
Oscars: Acting Nominees All White  —  For only the second time in nearly two decades, the 20 Academy Awards acting nominations went to a group made up entirely of white actors and actresses.  —  Among the notable snubs was David Oyelowo, who received praise for his turn as the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma.
David Sims / The Atlantic Online:
The Oscars Haven't Been This White in 19 Years  —  Today's nominations are a throwback to the year that Braveheart swept the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.  —  Today's Oscar nominations contained a host of snubs that have critics and commentators up in arms (as they do every year).
Todd VanDerWerff / Vox:
Selma was snubbed because the average Oscar voter is a 63-year-old white man  —  So what happened to Selma?  —  The Martin Luther King, Jr., docudrama did just score a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars.  (Read the full list of nominees here.)  But that nomination was joined by just one other nomination, for Best Original Song.
Manu Raju / Politico:
Obama to Senate Dems: 'I'm going to play offense'  —  The president said he's prepared to veto hostile legislation, including an Iran sanctions package.  —  President Barack Obama made clear Thursday in a closed-door session with Senate Democrats that he's prepared to veto hostile legislation …
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP stuck on immigration
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Joni Ernst to Deliver Republican Response to the State of the Union
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Cruz out at Senate campaign arm
Ron Charles / Washington Post:
‘Boy Who Came Back From Heaven’ going back to publisher  —  Tyndale House, a major Christian publisher, has announced that it will stop selling “The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven,” by Alex Malarkey and his father, Kevin Malarkey.  —  The best-selling book, first published in 2010 …
Discussion: Raw Story, NPR, Jezebel and Friendly Atheist
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Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Obamacare Has Reversed A Negative Trend.  Researchers Call It ‘Remarkable.’  —  For the first time in a decade, the number of people struggling to pay their medical bills has started to decline, according to a new survey released on Thursday by the Commonwealth Fund.
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The Commonwealth Fund:
The Rise in Health Care Coverage and Affordability Since Health Reform Took Effect  —  Findings from the Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey, 2014  —  Overview  —  New results from the Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey, 2014, indicate that the Affordable …
Mariano Castillo / CNN:
Report: Two killed in Belgian anti-terror operation  —  Video shows anti-terror raid in Belgium 01:40  —  Story highlights  —  (CNN)[Breaking news update, 2:32 p.m.]  —  The group that Belgian authorities confronted Thursday was about to carry out major terrorist attacks in Belgium imminently …
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Kate Tummarello / Politico:
GOP makes U-turn on net neutrality  —  Republicans in Congress are doing a 180 on net neutrality as the Federal Communications Commission prepares to issue new rules within weeks.  —  For years, GOP lawmakers have adamantly opposed any rules requiring Internet service providers to treat …
Discussion: Reuters, CANNONFIRE and The PJ Tatler
Bloomberg.com:
Obama Said to Seek 7% Budget Boost, Setting Up Fight With Congress  —  (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama will ask Congress for as much as $68 billion more than current budget limits in fiscal 2016, according to two people familiar with the administration's proposal.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
The Supreme Court Is Likely To Set Up The Same-Sex Marriage Showdown On Friday  —  A guide.  —  Getty Images/Alex Wong  —  This will be the second time the justices have considered whether to take any of the cases out of Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and/or Tennessee.
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Tresa Baldas / Detroit Free Press:
Judge tells state to recognize 300 same-sex marriages
Discussion: Advocate and Joe. My. God.
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Nebraska Board Of Education Member Runs Racist, Anti-LGBT Blog  —  Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts started off his first term as governor this week by having to condemn a Republican member the state board of education, Pat McPherson, for running a conservative political blog that repeatedly referred to President Obama as a “half-breed.”
Discussion: AKSARBENT and FreakOutNation
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New York Post:
Mom of teen driver who killed 4-year-old explodes at judge  —  Lilia Reyes (right) screams at the judge.  —  The mother of the teenage unlicensed driver who fatally struck a little girl on the Upper West Side exploded in court Wednesday, screaming, “There is not justice!” …
Discussion: New York Times and Gothamist
Nicole Winfield / Associated Press:
Pope on Charlie Hebdo: There are limits to free expression  —  Associated Press 2 hrs ago  —  ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis said Thursday there are limits to freedom of expression, especially when it insults or ridicules someone's faith.  —  Francis spoke about the Paris terror attacks …
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David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Why Pope Francis Is Wrong About Free Expression
Discussion: TIME, FaithWorld and Guardian
Donna St. George / Washington Post:
Parents investigated for neglect after letting kids walk home alone  —  It was a one-mile walk home from a Silver Spring park on Georgia Avenue on a Saturday afternoon.  But what the parents saw as a moment of independence for their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter, they say authorities viewed much differently.
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
John Dehlin, Mormon Critic, Facing Excommunication  —  Credit: Richard Perry/The New York Times  —  The Mormon Church has moved to excommunicate the prominent Utah-based founder of an online forum for critical or doubting Mormons, charging him with apostasy for supporting same-sex marriage …
Kevin Grasha / Lansing State Journal:
Accused mom 'can't recall' where infant boy is  —  LANSING - Approximately three months after prosecutors say Melissa Mitin killed her newborn daughter by putting the infant face-down in a wastebasket, Mitin was pregnant again.  —  That pregnancy was unknown to police …
Discussion: New York's PIX11 and myfox8.com
Franklin Graham / WNCN:
Duke bows to pressure, cancels weekly Muslim call to prayer  —  Duke University has canceled its plans to have a Muslim prayer announcement broadcast from Duke Chapel's belltower on Friday afternoons.  —  The university announced its plans to facilitate a weekly call to prayer; but on Thursday …
Discussion: Liberaland and National Review
The Times:
We won't let the voice of freedom be muzzled  —  David Cameron and Barack Obama  —  Safeguarding our way of life depends on economic strength and standing up to terrorism and international aggression  —  Two hundred years ago this month, Britain and the United States fought each other at the Battle of New Orleans.
Bryan Alexander / USA Today:
Dick Pope: ‘I have been called a lot worse’  —  Dick Pope is not going to let an already infamous name miscue detract from his Oscar nomination celebration.  —  The cinematographer for Mr. Turner made international news after Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science President Cheryl Boone …
Ed Rogers / Washington Post:
The Insiders: Is Hillary Clinton stuck in a time warp?  —  Nothing more true has been said about the 2016 election than President Obama's observation that, “the American people will want that new-car smell.”  His line is already a classic; it perfectly captures the political zeitgeist.
Discussion: CNN, Slate, Moe Lane and msnbc.com
BBC:
Google calls end to Glass experiment  —  Google is ending its experimental Google Glass programme, the BBC has learned.  —  The company insists it is still committed to launching the smart glasses as a consumer product, but will stop producing Glass in its present form.
Discussion: Gigaom
Fox News:
Papa John's Pizza stands by employee who shot armed robber in self defense  —  This image shows Donquaz Stevenson, 24, who police say attempted to rob a Papa John's pizza delivery woman at gunpoint.  (DeKalb County Police Department)  —  Papa John's Pizza is standing by a pizza delivery woman …
 
 
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Rich Schapiro / NY Daily News:
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Discussion: Daily Mail and Hullabaloo
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