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7:15 PM ET, January 15, 2015

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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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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.
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  —  Today's nominations are a throwback to the year that Braveheart swept the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.  —  Today's Oscar nominations contained a host of snubs that have critics and commentators up in arms (as they do every year).
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 …
Bruno Waterfield / Telegraph:
Two killed in Belgium police anti-terror raid in Verviers
Sky News:
Suspected Jihadists Killed In Belgium Raid
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.
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
U.S. Easing Decades-Old Restrictions on Travel to Cuba
Discussion: Jezebel
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Poll: Majority of Americans back Keystone pipeline
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and America Rising
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
GOP frets over immigration 2016 backlash
Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP stuck on immigration
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.
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
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.
New York Post:
Mom of teen driver who killed 4-year-old explodes at judge  —  Lilia Reyes (right) screams at the judge.  —  The mother of the teenage unlicensed driver who fatally struck a little girl on the Upper West Side exploded in court Wednesday, screaming, “There is not justice!” …
Discussion: New York Times and Gothamist
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 …
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 …
Fox News:
Papa John's Pizza stands by employee who shot armed robber in self defense  —  This image shows Donquaz Stevenson, 24, who police say attempted to rob a Papa John's pizza delivery woman at gunpoint.  (DeKalb County Police Department)  —  Papa John's Pizza is standing by a pizza delivery woman …
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
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
John Dehlin, Mormon Critic, Facing Excommunication  —  Credit: Richard Perry/The New York Times  —  The Mormon Church has moved to excommunicate the prominent Utah-based founder of an online forum for critical or doubting Mormons, charging him with apostasy for supporting same-sex marriage …
John R. Ellement / BostonGlobe.com:
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
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 …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Neb. Guv Condemns School Board Member's Blog Calling Obama A ‘Half-Breed’  —  Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) on Tuesday condemned the conservative blog of a Republican state Board of Education member over its description of President Obama as a “half-breed,” according to the Omaha World-Herald.
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and Raw Story
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.
Kate Tummarello / Politico:
GOP makes U-turn on net neutrality  —  Republicans in Congress are doing a 180 on net neutrality as the Federal Communications Commission prepares to issue new rules within weeks.  —  For years, GOP lawmakers have adamantly opposed any rules requiring Internet service providers to treat …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Rich Schapiro / NY Daily News:
‘If you snitch, your career is done’: Former Baltimore cop says he was harassed, labeled a ‘rat’ after attempt to root out police brutality  —  Det.  Joseph Crystal witnessed a handcuffed drug suspect beaten and his ankle broken by a fellow Baltimore police officer.
Discussion: Daily Mail and Hullabaloo
 
 
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