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3:45 PM ET, January 15, 2015

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Mariano Castillo / CNN:
Report: Two killed in Belgian anti-terror operation  —  Video shows anti-terror raid in Belgium 01:40  —  Story highlights  —  (CNN)[Breaking news update, 2:32 p.m.]  —  The group that Belgian authorities confronted Thursday was about to carry out major terrorist attacks in Belgium imminently …
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Bruno Waterfield / Telegraph:
Casualties in Belgium police anti-terror raid in Verviers  —  Three people killed in anti-terror raid in Verviers, after local residents report hearing gunfire and explosions  —  Three people have been killed during a terrorism-related police operation against suspected jihadists in Belgium, a federal prosecutor said.
Discussion: Mashable
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.
Fox News:
3 jihadists reportedly killed in counter-terrorism raid in Belgium
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Scared Monkeys
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
Discussion: Daily Kos
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?
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Mitt Romney backlash intensifies
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Joni Ernst to Deliver Republican Response to the State of the Union  —  Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa will be delivering the Republican response to the State of the Union Address, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced today in a press conference.  —  The State of the Union is scheduled for next week.
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP stuck on immigration
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Cruz out at Senate campaign arm
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 …
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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 …
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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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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?
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.
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.
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: ISIS Gaining Ground in Syria, Despite U.S. Strikes  —  American jets are pounding Syria.  But ISIS is taking key terrain—and putting more and more people under its black banners.  —  ISIS continues to gain substantial ground in Syria, despite nearly 800 airstrikes in the American-led campaign to break its grip there.
Discussion: VodkaPundit
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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 …
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.
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, Roll Call and Politico
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
 
 
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Rich Schapiro / NY Daily News:
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Discussion: National Review and VodkaPundit
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