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7:00 AM ET, January 15, 2015


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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 …
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 …
James Carville / The Hill:   Obama's 2015  —  As on most NFL Sundays in south Louisiana …
John DiStaso / New Hampshire Journal:
Updated: Paul says Romney was right, ‘somebody new’ should lead GOP in 2016
Discussion: Political Wire, Mediaite and Chicago
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  —  The Muslim call to prayer will now be heard weekly across the Duke University campus in North Carolina.  —  The chant, known as “adhan,” will resound from the Duke Chapel bell tower every Friday beginning Jan. 16, echoed by members …
Discussion: RedState and The PJ Tatler
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
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
France Arrests a Comedian For His Facebook Comments, Showing the Sham of the West's “Free Speech” Celebration
ABC News:
Al Qaeda Gave Charlie Hebdo Killers $20K
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Mediaite, Israel Matzav and ABC News
Kerry and Zarif unexpectedly resume nuclear talks in Geneva
Discussion: Twitchy and American Spectator
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.
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 ABC News
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Advisor: 'There Wouldn't Be An ISIS At All' If Mitt Was Prez  —  An anonymous advisor to Mitt Romney told the Boston Globe in an article published on Tuesday that if the former Republican nominee had been elected President, there would be no Islamic State terror group in Syria and Iraq …
Discussion: FreakOutNation and Liberaland
Matt ViserGLOBE /
Romney crafting a rationale for 2016 run
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: ParaPundit
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
Yes, you can pay someone to ship glitter to your enemies  —  Glitter is the worst.  Come within 50 feet of it and you'll never be rid of the stuff.  —  So for those of you with large “I've got a lot of problems with you people” Festivus lists, there is a new method of revenge …
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
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
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Jerusalem Post:
A sausage saga: UK publisher bans pork references in children's books
Discussion: RedState and The Gateway Pundit
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
Mayor de Blasio and Rabbis Near Accord on New Circumcision Rule
Discussion: New York Magazine
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: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
Rene Stutzman / Orlando Sentinel:
Gay couple win name dispute, get new driver's licenses
Discussion: Advocate and Joe. My. God.
 Earlier Items: 
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Howard Dean's Advice to White House Hopefuls: Look the Part
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Obama Job Rating Ticks Higher, Views of Nation's Economy Turn More Positive
Jason Silverstein / NY Daily News:
Donald Trump suing Florida county for $100 million for allegedly flying planes over his oceanside mansion
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Ashley Judd: ‘I might run some day’
Discussion: OnPolitics and The Huffington Post
Terrence McCoy / Washington Post:
Former highest-ranking U.S. cardinal blames ‘feminization’ for the Catholic Church's problems
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Jezebel and Shakesville
Leslie H. Gelb / The Daily Beast:
This Is Obama's Last Foreign Policy Chance