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11:00 AM ET, January 15, 2015


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Plain Dealer:
Dates set for Republican National Convention in Cleveland; 4-day event will run July 18-21  —  Balloons drop at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., where presidential hopeful John McCain and running mate Sarah Palin accepted their nominations.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hot Air
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
GOP presidential convention to be held earlier in 2016  —  Republicans will select their presidential candidate in 2016 more than a month earlier than they did in 2012.  —  The Republican National Committee announced late Wednesday that the party's national convention would take place in Cleveland, Ohio between July 18 and July 21.
Discussion: Althouse, Politico and New York Times
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Mitt Romney backlash intensifies  —  Conservatives argue he has too much baggage and the GOP needs a fresh face.  —  “Recycled.”  Not the “new blood” the GOP needs.  A man who “had his shot.”  —  A Republican backlash against Mitt Romney that had been simmering for days boiled …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Rupert Murdoch weighs in on 2016, calls Romney ‘a terrible candidate’  —  Rupert Murdoch weighed in on the 2016 presidential race during a public appearance at the Manhattan Institute on Wednesday, praising Jeb Bush and writing off Mitt Romney as “a terrible candidate.”
Sally Kohn / CNN:
Terrorism doesn't justify insulting Islam  —  Muslim activist: Cartoons no justification for attacks 06:08  —  Story highlights … (CNN)The latest Charlie Hebdo cartoon, produced after last week's horrific attacks on the Paris magazine's offices, literally adds insult to injury.
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 …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Ron Paul Institute: Charlie Hebdo Massacre, Like 9/11, Was a False Flag Operation
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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 …
Cavan Sieczkowski / The Huffington Post:
Duke Chapel To Allow Muslim Call To Prayer
Discussion: RedState and The PJ Tatler
Scott Wong / The Hill:
One of new chairman's first act?:  Removing last chairman's portrait  —  It appears new House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) really doesn't want to sit in the shadow of his predecessor and fellow Republican, Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).  —  At least, that's what his critics are saying.
Discussion: Politico, Roll Call and Political Wire
Ilana E. Strauss / The Atlantic Online:
Not Everyone's Internal Clock Is Set for the 9-to-5  —  No matter how early she went to bed, Maggie couldn't fall asleep until the early hours of the morning.  Though constantly exhausted, Maggie (she asked that I not use her last name) got good grades in high school, but she'd frequently …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Andy Puzder / Wall Street Journal:
Shunning ObamaCare  —  Of my company's 5,453 eligible employees, only 420 actually enrolled.  The other 5,033 opted to pay a penalty.  —  Among the Affordable Care Act's many economic and political disruptions, the law has unintentionally encouraged employers to convert full-time jobs into part-time jobs.
Discussion: National Review and VodkaPundit
John Futty / The Columbus Dispatch:
Substitute teacher on trial over showing explicit film at East High School  —  A Franklin County jury must decide whether a former substitute teacher for the Columbus City Schools committed a crime when she showed a movie filled with graphic sex and violence to five Spanish classes at East High School.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Raw Story
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Border fight shifts to GOP summit  —  Fissures emerged Wednesday in the GOP on how to combat President Obama's immigration orders as 26 Republicans voted against halting delayed deportations for immigrants brought to the country as children.  —  While the overall bill …
Yahoo! News:
Sen. Hatch: Obama's ‘pitiful presidency’ will help GOP win the White House in 2016
Discussion: ABC News
Oops!  “In Dog We Trust” printed within Pinellas County Sheriff's emblem on new rugs  —  Two newly rolled out rugs at the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office administration building sure looked nice while they lasted.  —  They were placed at the front entrance— bright green with the sheriff's bold, yellow emblem.
Maggie Jones / New York Times:
Why a Generation of Adoptees Is Returning to South Korea  —  Credit: Mark Neville for The New York Times  —  Laura Klunder's newest tattoo runs down the inside of her left forearm and reads “K85-160,” a number that dates to her infancy.  Klunder was 9 months old when her South Korean mother left her at a police station in Seoul.
Lisa M. Hamilton / The Atlantic Online:
Ebola's Hidden Costs  —  On September 3, 2014, Agnes Ngekia learned by phone that her son was dead and that there would be no burial.  He had died of Ebola.  Ngekia is a nurse in the Kono district of Sierra Leone, and when her son had fallen ill she had diligently followed disease-prevention protocol …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
U.S. Easing Decades-Old Restrictions on Travel to Cuba  —  WASHINGTON — The United States government on Friday will begin making it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba than it has been for more than half a century, opening the door to a new era of contact between neighbors …
Alan Zarembo / Los Angeles Times:
Detailed study confirms high suicide rate among recent veterans  —  Recent veterans have committed suicide at a much higher rate than people who never served in the military, according to a new analysis that provides the most thorough accounting so far of the problem.
Discussion: Big Think
Lauren McGaughy / Houston Chronicle:
House OKs panic buttons in wake of open carry confrontation  —  AUSTIN - The Texas House approved rules Wednesday to be able to install panic buttons and eject hostile members of the public from their offices, after a confrontation between lawmakers and open carry advocates visiting the Capitol on the opening day of the 2015 session.
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
Woman Reports Deadhead Son Missing Since '95  —  Teen reportedly left S.C. home to follow Grateful Dead on tour  —  A South Carolina woman yesterday contacted police to file a missing person report on her son, who left home to follow the Grateful Dead nearly 20 years ago.
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Mail
Patrick McGeehan / New York Times:
Police Slowdown Cost New York City an Estimated $5 Million in Lost Fines  —  Now that New York's police force has returned to enforcing the laws at a pace closer to normal, city officials are calculating the costs of its protracted slowdown.  Their best guess so far is that the tally will be no more than several million dollars.
Discussion: ABC News and The PJ Tatler
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Feds target fried food, juice at day cares  —  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing strict new dietary guidelines for day cares that would prohibit them from frying food that is served to children.  —  Child care providers would also be formally required to provide children …
Capitol Confidential:
Caught on camera, Tom O'Mara apologizes for outburst  —  State Sen. Tom O'Mara apologized Tuesday for his outburst at a man who had been peppering him with questions about the lawmaker's support for the proposed liquified petroleum gas storage facility near Seneca Lake, a project that has drawn the ire of many environmental groups.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Not waiting: Rand Paul is already in campaign mode  —  Rand Paul is in full-blown campaign mode.  —  While most potential GOP contenders' early efforts are taking place behind closed doors with donors and top strategists, the Kentucky senator is engaged in the kind of retail politicking …
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Montana police officer breaks down after fatally shooting unarmed man  —  A dashcam video showing a Montana police officer breaking into tears after fatally shooting an unarmed man who was high on methamphetamine was released this week after it was reviewed by a jury.
Discussion: Truth Revolt and WTVR-TV
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Tracy Walsh / Talking Points Memo:
Ex-GOP Rep: My Call For Islamists To Behead U.S. Journalists Was ‘Satire’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ben Cohen /
'We Haven't Shown Enough Outrage:' French PM Issues Blistering Denunciation of Antisemitism (VIDEO)
Discussion:, Israel Matzav and The Verge
Jerusalem Post:
A sausage saga: UK publisher bans pork references in children's books
Discussion: RedState and The Gateway Pundit
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Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
Mayor de Blasio and Rabbis Near Accord on New Circumcision Rule
Discussion: New York Magazine
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
4 top Secret Service executives told to leave their posts in agency shake-up
Mike Clary / Sun-Sentinel:
Arrested teen hailed as hero after helping cop who collapsed
Discussion: CNN, Talking Points Memo and ABC News
ABC News:
Ohio Man Arrested for Alleged ISIS-Inspired Plot on US Capitol, FBI Says