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2:40 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: 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.”
Annie Karni / NY Daily News:   EXCLUSIVE: Hillary Clinton advisers feel she has better White House shot against Mitt Romney than Jeb Bush
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Mitt Romney backlash intensifies
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
GOP presidential convention to be held earlier in 2016
Discussion: Politico, Althouse and New York Times
Politico:
Chris Christie, odd man out?
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 …
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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.
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 …
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP stuck on immigration
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
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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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.
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.
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Is Barack Obama killing the State of the Union?
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, Politico and Roll Call
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 …
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.
Discussion: BuzzFeed and The Huffington Post
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.
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
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
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.
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
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 …
5NEWSOnline.com:
Fort Smith Sergeant Appeals Firing To Circuit Court … FORT SMITH (KFSM) - The fired officer accused of lying after releasing the details of an undercover officer's arrest of a prostitute appealed his case to Circuit Court his week, saying he did not break any department policies and deserves his job back.
Discussion: Raw Story and Hit & Run
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.
 
 
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Karma Dickerson / WHAS-TV:
Police call on missing teens to end crime spree and come home
Discussion: Daily Mail, ABC News and Scared Monkeys
Cincinnati.com:
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
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Pew Internet:
Social Media and the Cost of Caring
Discussion: The Hill and Poynter
Tracy Walsh / Talking Points Memo:
Ex-GOP Rep: My Call For Islamists To Behead U.S. Journalists Was ‘Satire’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Lisa M. Hamilton / The Atlantic Online:
Ebola's Hidden Costs
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
WRAL-TV:
Muslim call to prayer to sound at Duke University