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5:55 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 …
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 …
Sky News:
Suspected Jihadists Killed In Belgium Raid
Bruno Waterfield / Telegraph:
Two killed in Belgium police anti-terror raid in Verviers
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 …
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.
David Sims / The Atlantic Online:
The Oscars Haven't Been This White in 19 Years
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.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP stuck on immigration
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
GOP frets over immigration 2016 backlash
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Cruz out at Senate campaign arm
Michael Bastasch / The Daily Caller:
SHOCK POLL: 57% Of Americans Say Global Warming Is Not A Threat  —  Is this the new climate consensus?  More than half of Americans say global warming is not a threat to their way of life, according to a CNN poll.  Furthermore, nearly half of Americans say global warming is caused by natural forces or isn't a proven fact.
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
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 …
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.
Tresa Baldas / Detroit Free Press:
Judge tells state to recognize 300 same-sex marriages
Discussion: Advocate and Joe. My. God.
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,” …
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
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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: Booman Tribune 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 (; @mikeallen), with Daniel Lippman (; @dlippman)  —  Good Thursday morning.
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Public's Policy Priorities Reflect Changing Conditions at Home and Abroad  —  Fewer Cite Economy; More Prioritize a Stronger Military  —  As views of the economy improve and terrorist threats persist, the public's policy priorities have changed: For the first time in five years …
John R. Ellement /
Protesters snarl morning commute on I-93 near Boston  —  MILTON — Protesters who said they were trying to call attention to racial oppression blocked traffic heading to Boston on Interstate 93 north and south of the city Thursday morning.  The actions surprised police, snarled the commute for thousands …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Gateway Pundit
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.
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New York Post:
Mom of teen driver who killed 4-year-old explodes at judge
Discussion: New York Times and Gothamist
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Europe's Leading Rabbi: Jews Must Begin Carrying Guns
Jewish World Review:
Our French lineage traces back to 1727. We're leaving
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: ISIS Gaining Ground in Syria, Despite U.S. Strikes
Rich Schapiro / NY Daily News:
‘If you snitch, your career is done’: Former Baltimore cop says he was harassed, labeled a 'rat …
Discussion: Daily Mail and Hullabaloo
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
How Barack Obama is avoiding becoming George W. Bush
Discussion: The Dish
 Earlier Items: 
Karma Dickerson / WHAS-TV:
Police call on missing teens to end crime spree and come home
Discussion: Daily Mail, ABC News and Scared Monkeys
T. Rees Shapiro / Washington Post:
U-Va. Phi Psi members speak about impact of discredited gang rape allegations
Discussion: Hit & Run, Daily Mail and neo-neocon
Pew Internet:
Social Media and the Cost of Caring
Alan Pyke / ThinkProgress:
JP Morgan ‘Under Assault’ By Unpatriotic Regulators, CEO Says
Scott Wong / The Hill:
One of new chairman's first act?: Removing last chairman's portrait
Discussion: Politico, Roll Call and Washington Post
Ilana E. Strauss / The Atlantic Online:
Not Everyone's Internal Clock Is Set for the 9-to-5
Discussion: Washington Monthly