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5:00 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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Fox News:
3 jihadists reportedly killed in counter-terrorism raid in Belgium  —  At least 3 people were killed in an anti-terror raid in Belgium Thursday that one official confirmed was “jihadist related,” and a man suspected of selling guns used in last week's terror attacks in France was being detained …
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 …
Sky News:
Suspected Jihadists Killed In Belgium Raid
Discussion: BizPac Review
Bruno Waterfield / Telegraph:
Two killed in Belgium police anti-terror raid in Verviers
Sky News:
Two Dead In Anti-Terror Raid In Belgium
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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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
GOP frets over immigration 2016 backlash
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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Todd VanDerWerff / Vox:
Selma was snubbed because the average Oscar voter is a 63-year-old white man  —  So what happened to Selma?  —  The Martin Luther King, Jr., docudrama did just score a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars.  (Read the full list of nominees here.)  But that nomination was joined by just one other nomination, for Best Original Song.
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
Oscars: Acting Nominees All White  —  For only the second time in nearly two decades, the 20 Academy Awards acting nominations went to a group made up entirely of white actors and actresses.  —  Among the notable snubs was David Oyelowo, who received praise for his turn as the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma.
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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Michael Bastasch / The Daily Caller:
SHOCK POLL: 57% Of Americans Say Global Warming Is Not A Threat
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Poll: Majority of Americans back Keystone pipeline
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and America Rising
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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David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Why Pope Francis Is Wrong About Free Expression
Discussion: TIME, FaithWorld and National Review
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
The Supreme Court Is Likely To Set Up The Same-Sex Marriage Showdown On Friday  —  A guide.  —  Getty Images/Alex Wong  —  This will be the second time the justices have considered whether to take any of the cases out of Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and/or Tennessee.
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Tresa Baldas / Detroit Free Press:
Judge tells state to recognize 300 same-sex marriages
Discussion: Advocate and Joe. My. God.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Does the Democratic Party Have a Future?  —  When Republicans lose an election, the response from the press is immediate and overwhelming: Republicans need to move to the left and be more like Democrats.  But somehow, when the Democrats' power slips away over a series of election cycles, the message is quite different.
Discussion: Associated Press
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Annie Karni / NY Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Hillary Clinton advisers feel she has better White House shot against Mitt Romney than Jeb Bush
Discussion: Politico and Chicago
Rich Lowry / Politico:
Of course it is Islam  —  It is settled: The Paris terror attacks had almost nothing to do with Islam.  —  If there is any doubt about this, consider that on the one hand, you have the chilling new tape of the Charlie Hebdo attackers declaring, “We have avenged the Prophet Muhammad,” …
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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.
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
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.
The Commonwealth Fund:
The Rise in Health Care Coverage and Affordability Since Health Reform Took Effect  —  Findings from the Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey, 2014  —  Overview  —  New results from the Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey, 2014, indicate that the Affordable …
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.
Bryan Alexander / USA Today:
Dick Pope: ‘I have been called a lot worse’  —  Dick Pope is not going to let an already infamous name miscue detract from his Oscar nomination celebration.  —  The cinematographer for Mr. Turner made international news after Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science President Cheryl Boone …
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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