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8:45 AM ET, January 15, 2015


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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.
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: The PJ Tatler and RedState
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.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Ron Paul Institute: 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
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 …
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Romney tops Iowa GOP poll  —  Mitt Romney is leading yet another GOP presidential poll as intrigue over whether he'll run for a third time continues to grow.  —  The new poll from Townhall and Gravis Marketing shows Romney tops among Iowa Republicans with 21 percent of registered voters.
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.
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: Roll Call and Political Wire
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Exclusive: Samsung makes takeover approach to BlackBerry - sources  —  (Reuters) - Smartphone company Samsung has recently approached BlackBerry Ltd to buy the company for as much as $7.5 billion, looking to gain access to its patent portfolio, according to a person familiar with the matter and documents seen by Reuters.
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
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: Bloomberg View
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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
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Obama's calls for government-run Internet service stoke GOP ire
Discussion: Politico
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
Mayor de Blasio and Rabbis Near Accord on New Circumcision Rule
Discussion: New York Magazine
 Earlier Items: 
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
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Howard Dean's Advice to White House Hopefuls: Look the Part
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
Discussion: Power Line