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1:30 PM ET, January 15, 2015

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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 (mallen@politico.com; @mikeallen), with Daniel Lippman (dlippman@politico.com; @dlippman)  —  Good Thursday morning.
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Adweek
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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
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.”
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 …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
GOP presidential convention to be held earlier in 2016
Discussion: Politico, Althouse and New York Times
Annie Karni / NY Daily News:   EXCLUSIVE: Hillary Clinton advisers feel she has better White House shot against Mitt Romney than Jeb Bush
Politico:
Chris Christie, odd man out?
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 …
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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.
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
WFTS:
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.
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
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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 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, Washington Post and Roll Call
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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
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.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Cruz out at Senate campaign arm  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who repeatedly clashed with GOP leaders in the last Congress, has not been asked to return as vice chairman of grassroots outreach for the Senate Republican campaign arm.  —  National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Roger Wicker …
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: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
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
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.
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 and Daily Mail
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 …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Cincinnati.com:
Father: Terror plot suspect was a 'momma's boy'
Discussion: CNN, The PJ Tatler and Daily Mail
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
Nanette Light / Dallas Morning News:
Firearms training site re-enacts Paris attack, with a twist
Center for American Progress:
Report of the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity
Tracy Walsh / Talking Points Memo:
Ex-GOP Rep: My Call For Islamists To Behead U.S. Journalists Was ‘Satire’
Discussion: Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
Woman Reports Deadhead Son Missing Since '95
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Mail
Patrick McGeehan / New York Times:
Police Slowdown Cost New York City an Estimated $5 Million in Lost Fines
Discussion: ABC News and The PJ Tatler
Plain Dealer:
Dates set for Republican National Convention in Cleveland; 4-day event will run July 18-21
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hot Air
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Feds target fried food, juice at day cares
Discussion: Hot Air
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Not waiting: Rand Paul is already in campaign mode