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11:50 AM ET, January 15, 2015


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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 …
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
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
GOP presidential convention to be held earlier in 2016
Discussion: Politico, Althouse and New York Times
New York Times:
Christie Tells Worried Backers There Is No Hurry for 2016
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 …
Francis X. Rocca / CNS Blog:
Pope says respect for religion should limit freedom of expression
Discussion: Guardian and The Federalist
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
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Poll: Majority of Americans back Keystone pipeline  —  White House: Obama will veto Keystone bill 01:07  —  Washington (CNN)A majority of Americans favor the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline — a result that could give Republicans a boost as they move toward a showdown …
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
Fox 59:
Indianapolis Colts linebacker accused in rape case due in court Thursday … INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 14, 2015)- An Indianapolis Colts linebacker charged with rape is due in court Thursday.  —  Josh McNary, 26, was formally charged Wednesday in a rape investigation.
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
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.
Discussion: The Hill and Poynter
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.
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
Eric Stidman / WTHI-TV:
Lincoln Trail digs in for new fracking program  —  ROBINSON, Ill. (WTHI) - Lincoln Trail College this month announced the Robinson based community college would launch a petroleum drilling technology degree program.  The program is set to officially welcome students in the fall of 2015.
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 …
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
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.
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
Alan Pyke / ThinkProgress:
JP Morgan ‘Under Assault’ By Unpatriotic Regulators, CEO Says  —  One of America's largest banks is facing a regulatory attack so insidious and overbearing that it might even be un-American, according to the head of that bank.  —  “Banks are under assault,” JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon told reporters …
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
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 …
Center for American Progress:
Report of the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity  —  Report chapters  —  Preface  —  History tells us that societies succeed when the fruits of growth are broadly shared.  Indeed, no society has ever succeeded without a large, prospering middle class* that embraced the idea of progress.
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
Daily Mail:
Justin Bieber accidentally joins meeting of gay Republicans... and they think he's just a ‘butcher version of Miley Cyrus’  —  He prides himself on being something of a hunk - if his latest Calvin Klein shoot is anything to go by.  —  So Justin Bieber probably won't take too kindly …
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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
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Montana police officer breaks down after fatally shooting unarmed man
Discussion: Truth Revolt and WTVR-TV
Alan Zarembo / Los Angeles Times:
Detailed study confirms high suicide rate among recent veterans
Discussion: Big Think
Ben Cohen /
'We Haven't Shown Enough Outrage:' French PM Issues Blistering Denunciation of Antisemitism (VIDEO)
Discussion:, Israel Matzav and The Verge
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Feds target fried food, juice at day cares
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Not waiting: Rand Paul is already in campaign mode
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Ron Paul Institute: Charlie Hebdo Massacre, Like 9/11, Was a False Flag Operation
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
John Branch / New York Times:
El Capitan's Dawn Wall Climbers Reach Top at Yosemite
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
4 top Secret Service executives told to leave their posts in agency shake-up
ABC News:
Ohio Man Arrested for Alleged ISIS-Inspired Plot on US Capitol, FBI Says