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9:30 AM ET, January 16, 2015


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Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
GOP tactics on ObamaCare move away from full repeal  —  Republicans are shifting their tactics on ObamaCare, an abrupt change from the party's “repeal-only” rhetoric that dominated the last five years of debate.  —  The GOP is coalescing around the idea that incremental changes …
Discussion: Political Wire, Politico and Daily Kos
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 …
Discussion: The Hill
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Obama and Senator Robert Menendez Spar on How to Handle Iran  —  President Obama and Senator Robert Menendez traded sharp words on Thursday over whether Congress should impose new sanctions on Iran while the administration is negotiating with Tehran about its nuclear program, according to two people who witnessed the exchange.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Booman Tribune
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 …
Paperthinhymn /
“The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven” Recants Story, Rebukes Christian Retailers [UPDATED!!!!!]  —  UPDATE 1 !  According to sources, Lifeway intends to pull this book from it's bookstore!  Warren Throckmorton has the story, but the gist is that in response to Throckmorton's questions …
Linda Holmes / NPR:
At The Oscar Nominations, It's A Good Year To Be An Idiosyncratic Man  —  The Oscar nominations are in (you can see the full list here), and Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel lead with nine nominations each, followed closely by The Imitation Game with eight.
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
Oscars: Acting Nominees All White
David Sims / The Atlantic Online:
The Oscars Haven't Been This White in 19 Years
Discussion: Mediaite and The Huffington Post
Todd VanDerWerff / Vox:
Selma was snubbed because the average Oscar voter is a 63-year-old white man
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.
Discussion: Addicting Info and JustOneMinute
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 …
Martin Matishak / The Hill:
Democrat condemns ‘shocking’ comments about Muslim lawmaker  —  A top House Democrat on Thursday condemned suggestions from conservative websites that Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.), a Muslim, should not have been appointed to the House Intelligence Committee.  —  It has “come to my attention …
Discussion: BizPac Review
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Carly Fiorina ‘seriously’ weighing '16 run  —  Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina says she's “very seriously considering running” for president in 2016, a move that could make her the highest-profile female in the Republican field.  —  “I think we need different experience …
James Kanter / New York Times:
2 Suspects Killed in Gun Battle in Belgian Antiterror Raid  —  BRUSSELS — As the Belgian authorities unleashed a new campaign against suspected terrorists on Thursday that unfolded across the country with raids and arrests, in one of the raids, near the German border, officers came under …
Mariano Castillo / CNN:
Report: Two killed in Belgian anti-terror operation
Yvonne Dean-Bailey / Campus Reform:
All-women's college cancels ‘Vagina Monologues’ because it's not feminist enough  — Mount Holyoke College, an all-women's school, announced in a campus-wide email that the Theatre Board has cancelled its annual production of the “Vagina Monologues.”  — The board has decided to retire …
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Don't Do It, Mr. Romney  —  He'd have been a better president than Obama.  That's not nearly enough.  —  Hershey, Pa.  —  A conversation with a Republican governor who is a possible presidential aspirant:  —  I told him I'd been thinking about something and wanted his response.
Adam Lusher / The Independent:
The mystery of shellshock solved: Scientists identify the unique brain injury caused by war  —  When the war poet Wilfred Owen wrote of “men whose minds the Dead have ravished” he was attempting to describe the mysterious effects of shellshock which started appearing during the First World War and of which he himself was a sufferer.
Discussion: FOX News Radio
James Ball / Guardian:
Secret US cybersecurity report: encryption vital to protect private data  —  Newly uncovered Snowden document contrasts with British PM's vow to crack down on encrypted messaging after Paris attacks  —  A secret US cybersecurity report warned that government and private computers …
Dominic Tierney / The Atlantic Online:
America Will Miss Obama When He's Gone  —  It's 2018, and Barack Obama leans toward the computer in his Chicago townhouse and punches in the title of his memoir.  He enjoys the silence and the solitude.  It's been over a decade since he had time to write.  This is Obama's third memoir and probably not the last.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Regime Change in Switzerland  —  Blogging will be limited for the next few days, unless I can resolve the tech problems here in Delhi.  But I did want to say something about the Swiss de-pegging, beyond what I put in the column.  —  These days it's fairly widely accepted that it's very hard …
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: FreakOutNation and AKSARBENT
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Charles Krauthammer: Obama: Charlie who?  —  On Sunday, at the great Paris rally, the whole world was Charlie.  By Tuesday, the veneer of solidarity was exposed as tissue thin.  It began dissolving as soon as the real, remaining Charlie Hebdo put out its post-massacre issue featuring a Muhammad cover that …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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
Eli Lake / Bloomberg View:
Islamic State's Psychological War on U.S. Troops  —  This week, Pentagon officials began calling up retired generals to let them know that their home addresses, private e-mails and other personal information had appeared in a document that was publicized globally by a group claiming to support Islamic State.
Malian who saved lives in Jewish deli attack gets French nationality  —  Reuters 19 hrs ago  —  PARIS (Reuters) - A Malian Muslim who hid shoppers from an Islamist gunman during an attack on a Jewish supermarket in Paris will be given French nationality, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Reuters
Ali Watkins / The Huffington Post:
White House Knew Of CIA Snooping on Senate, Report Says  —  WASHINGTON — Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan consulted the White House before directing agency personnel to sift through a walled-off computer drive being used by the Senate Intelligence Committee to construct …
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Angelo Codevilla / The Federalist:
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Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Salon
Alan M. Dershowitz / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: neo-neocon and TalkLeft
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Discussion: Raw Story and Bloomberg Politics
Ed Rogers / Washington Post:
The Insiders: Is Hillary Clinton stuck in a time warp?
Discussion: Slate, CNN, Moe Lane and Bloomberg View
Franklin Graham / WNCN:
Duke bows to pressure, cancels weekly Muslim call to prayer
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Condoleezza Rice testifies in CIA leaks trial
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Laura Hancock / Casper Star-Tribune:
Bill would allow Wyoming county clerks, others deny marriage licenses to gays
Discussion: Raw Story and Addicting Info
Fox News:
Papa John's Pizza stands by employee who shot armed robber in self defense
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Hot Air
Google calls end to Glass experiment
Bryan Alexander / USA Today:
Dick Pope: ‘I have been called a lot worse’