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3:30 PM ET, January 15, 2015


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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
GOP frets over immigration 2016 backlash  —  Republicans are worried their party's recent moves to roll back immigration measures could come back to bite them in 2016.  —  “Republicans already have a brand problem with Hispanics.  This will only exacerbate the issue,” said Mark McKinnon …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP stuck on immigration  —  The House's bill is DOA in the Senate, which is about to spend two more weeks on Keystone.  So Republicans need a backup plan to meet their Feb. 27 deadline.  —  HERSHEY, Pa. — The GOP's expanding party divisions over immigration and an impending time crunch …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
Annie Karni / NY Daily News:   EXCLUSIVE: Hillary Clinton advisers feel she has better White House shot against Mitt Romney than Jeb Bush
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Does the Democratic Party Have a Future?
Discussion: Associated Press
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Mitt Romney backlash intensifies
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
GOP presidential convention to be held earlier in 2016
Discussion: Althouse, Politico and New York Times
Bruno Waterfield / Telegraph:
Casualties in Belgium police anti-terror raid in Verviers  —  Three people killed in anti-terror raid in Verviers, after local residents report hearing gunfire and explosions  —  Three people have been killed during a terrorism-related police operation against suspected jihadists in Belgium, a federal prosecutor said.
Discussion: Fox News, Israel Matzav and Mashable
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 …
Sky News:
Two Dead In Anti-Terror Raid In Belgium  —  At least two people have died and one person has been arrested following an anti-terror raid in eastern Belgium.  —  Police carried out the operation as they believed the group was about to launch terrorist attacks “on a grand scale”, according to prosecutors.
Nicole Winfield / Associated Press:
Pope On Charlie Hebdo: There Are Limits To Free Expression  —  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 while en route to the Philippines …
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 …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Colorlines
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 …
Discussion: Jezebel
Mike Allen / Politico:
CHRISTIE'S MATH PROBLEM: Seeking same donors as Jeb, Mitt — COLIN REED to Romney - WHITE HOUSE CATCHES UP WITH COUNTRY, rewires State of the Union — LIESL HICKEY to Teneo  —  By Mike Allen (; @mikeallen), with Daniel Lippman (; @dlippman)  —  Good Thursday morning.
Discussion: Adweek
Chris Christie, odd man out?
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Obama Will Sit Down With Three YouTube Personalities After The State Of The Union  —  The internet personalities will conduct separate interviews with the president aimed at “tweens,” the social-minded crowd, and mothers.  —  Comedienne GloZell doing the cinnamon challenge in a video posted on YouTube.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Is Barack Obama killing the State of the Union?
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.
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Minutes highlight Scalise efforts to kill resolution apologizing for slavery  —  The minutes from a 1996 Louisiana House committee meeting show the efforts that then-state Rep. Steve Scalise took to water down — and try to kill — a resolution apologizing for the role slavery played in the state's history.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Raw Story
Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity:
Charlie Hebdo Shootings: False Flag?  —  The Charlie Hebdo affair has many of the characteristics of a false flag operation.  The attack on the cartoonists' office was a disciplined professional attack of the kind associated with highly trained special forces; yet the suspects who were later corralled …
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: Washington Post, Roll Call and Politico
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.
Josh Richman / Political Blotter:
Tom Steyer looks good in his own Senate 2016 poll  —  Hedge fund billionaire and environmental activist Tom Steyer said Tuesday he's considering whether to run for California's U.S. Senate seat in 2016, but apparently he's been mulling this for a while: A polling memo shows he commissioned a survey on his chances in mid-December.
Rich Schapiro / NY Daily News:
‘If you snitch, your career is done’: Former Baltimore cop says he was harassed, labeled a ‘rat’ after attempt to root out police brutality  —  Det.  Joseph Crystal witnessed a handcuffed drug suspect beaten and his ankle broken by a fellow Baltimore police officer.
Discussion: Daily Mail and Hullabaloo
T. Rees Shapiro / Washington Post:
U-Va. Phi Psi members speak about impact of discredited gang rape allegations  —  CHARLOTTESVILLE — The Phi Kappa Psi brothers sat together in a bedroom, turning the glossy magazine pages as they absorbed the account of a gang rape that allegedly took place within the brick walls around them.
Discussion: Hit & Run, Daily Mail and neo-neocon
Pew Internet:
Social Media and the Cost of Caring  —  For generations, commentators have worried about the impact of technology on people's stress.  Trains and industrial machinery were seen as noisy disruptors of pastoral village life that put people on edge.  Telephones interrupted quiet times in homes.
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 …
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
How Barack Obama is avoiding becoming George W. Bush
Discussion: The Dish
Fort Smith Sergeant Appeals Firing To Circuit Court
Discussion: Raw Story and Hit & Run
Karma Dickerson / WHAS-TV:
Police call on missing teens to end crime spree and come home
Discussion: Daily Mail, ABC News and Scared Monkeys
Father: Terror plot suspect was a 'momma's boy'
Discussion: CNN, Daily Mail and The PJ Tatler
Kelly Riddell / Washington Times:
George Soros funds Ferguson protests, hopes to spur civil action
Alexander Smith / NBC News:
Boko Haram Appears to Be Using Abducted Girls as Suicide Bombers: Experts
Discussion: VodkaPundit
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Cruz out at Senate campaign arm
Alan Pyke / ThinkProgress:
JP Morgan ‘Under Assault’ By Unpatriotic Regulators, CEO Says
Tracy Walsh / Talking Points Memo:
Ex-GOP Rep: My Call For Islamists To Behead U.S. Journalists Was ‘Satire’
Discussion: Daily Kos
John Futty / The Columbus Dispatch:
Substitute teacher on trial over showing explicit film at East High School
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
Andy Puzder / Wall Street Journal:
Shunning ObamaCare  —  Of my company's 5,453 eligible employees …
Discussion: National Review and VodkaPundit
Ilana E. Strauss / The Atlantic Online:
Not Everyone's Internal Clock Is Set for the 9-to-5
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Maggie Jones / New York Times:
Why a Generation of Adoptees Is Returning to South Korea
Muslim call to prayer to sound at Duke University