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2:10 PM ET, January 20, 2015


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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
CNN Correspondent Confronts Bobby Jindal Over False Comments About Muslims  —  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) struggled to substantiate his claims that European cities have been taken over by Muslim extremists during an interview with CNN correspondent Max Foster on Monday in London.
Paris mayor: We intend to sue Fox News  —  Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo told CNN Tuesday she intends to sue Fox News in the wake of the channel's coverage of supposed “no-go zones” for non-Muslims.  —  Hidalgo said the channel had “insulted” her city.  —  “When we're insulted …
Brian Stelter /
MSNBC guest won't apologize for remark about Jindal  —  An MSNBC guest's assertion that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal “might be trying to scrub some of the brown off his skin” sparked criticism on Monday — but not an apology from the guest.  —  Arsalan Iftikhar, a human rights attorney and commentator …
Ron Fournier / National Journal:
Is Obama More Interested in Progress or Politics?  —  From his State of the Union address, five ways to judge the president's motives.  —  Republicans just seized control of Congress.  President Obama's job-approval ratings just jumped.  Gas prices and the unemployment rate are down.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama tries to steal GOP thunder
Just another Obama speech
New York Post:
ISIS executes 13 teens for watching soccer  —  demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State slogans in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, northwest of Baghdad.  —  ISIS jihadists publicly executed 13 teenage boys for watching a soccer match.
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Like Romney More Than Jeb Bush — WSJ/NBC Poll
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and Politico
Molly Balkenbush /
9-month-old dies after being shot in the head by 5-year-old brother in NW Mo.  —  ELMO, Mo. - An infant has died after being shot in the head in Northwest Missouri.  —  According to the Nodaway County Sheriff's Office, the nine-month-old baby boy was shot shortly before nine o'clock Monday morning …
Brian Burnes / Kansas City Star:
Northwest Missouri boy fatally shoots 9-month-old brother
Discussion: Associated Press and
Ryan Ellis / Forbes:
Obama's New State Of The Union Tax Hike On Middle Class 529 College Savers  —  Hoping to dominate the narrative on a holiday weekend and on the eve of the annual “State of the Union” speech, the Obama White House late Saturday night leaked some of the new tax ideas in their upcoming budget.
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Majority still supports single-payer option, poll finds  —  More than five years after the single-payer system was scrapped from ObamaCare policy debates, just over 50 percent of people say they still support the idea, including one-quarter of Republicans, according to a new poll.
Discussion: Common Dreams and
Mike Lux / Crooks and Liars:
Why Elizabeth Warren Strikes Such A Chord  —  It seems like just about everyone these days is talking about Elizabeth Warren.  I saw Jay Leno- not a very political guy or especially progressive- the other day on Bill Maher's show, talking about how shocked he was that Elizabeth Warren …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Washington Post
William M. Welch / USA Today:
Pope: Catholics need not breed ‘like rabbits’  —  Pope Francis, after a visit to the largest Catholic nation in Asia, says Catholics may have a moral responsibility to limit the number of their children and need not reproduce “like rabbits.”  —  But the pope also reaffirmed the church's ban …
Joshua J. McElwee /
Francis lambasts international aid, suggests Catholics should limit children
Discussion: NPR and Spectator
Scott Wise / WTVR-TV:
How a vacuum salesman invited to a birthday party for a child with autism moved the room to tears  —  CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Ever since he was a two-year-old boy, Dylan Greene has had a passion for vacuum cleaners.  Dylan, who has autism, was never into “normal” toys, his mother Jodie said.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obama trolls, talks trash with a purpose  —  Politically, President Obama has never been weaker, after losing both House and Senate.  At the same time, he has never talked tougher.  There is a connection between the two.  —  Obama recently told Democratic lawmakers that he's going to “play offense” in coming months.
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Soeren Kern / Gatestone Institute:
European ‘No-Go’ Zones: Fact or Fiction?  —  Part 1: France … The jihadist attack on the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French magazine known for lampooning Islam, has cast a spotlight on so-called no-go zones in France and other European countries.  —  No-go zones are Muslim-dominated …
Holly Yan / CNN:
Up to 50,000 gallons of oil spilled in Yellowstone River; residents told not to drink water  —  Story highlights  —  (CNN)A Montana pipeline burst sent as much as 50,400 gallons of oil gushing into the Yellowstone River, prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Obama has worst State of the Union record since Ford, study shows … Judging by his recent history, it doesn't really matter what President Obama says in Tuesday's State of the Union address — Congress is going to ignore him anyway.  —  Mr. Obama has the second-worst record of getting …
VIDEO: Rick Santorum thinks we have an immigration problem ... with LEGAL immigrants (UPDATED)  —  Rick Santorum's grandfather came to America in 1923 as an immigrant but that fact does not deter him from thinking that we have a big problem in this country that's “almost as bad” as illegal immigration.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Brad Heath / USA Today:
New police radars can ‘see’ inside homes  —  At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies quietly deployed radars that let them effectively see inside homes, with little notice to the courts or the public.  —  WASHINGTON — At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies have secretly equipped …
Gavyn Davies:
The Swiss currency bombshell - cause and effect  —  The completely unexpected decision of the Swiss National Bank (SNB) to remove the 1.20 floor on the Swiss franc against the euro on Thursday was one of the biggest currency shocks since the collapse of the Bretton Woods system in 1971.
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Rachel Stockman / WSB-TV:
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Jeffrey D. Sachs / Politico:
Why It's Time to Raise the Federal Tax on Gasoline
Discussion: RedState
Danielle Kurtzleben / Vox:
The Bachelor's Chris Soules is getting less wealthy every day. Here's why.
Discussion: National Review and Taylor Marsh
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Obama's State of the Union guests include illegal immigrant, gun violence victim, Ebola doctor
Discussion: American Spectator
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Supporters say Clinton developing smarter, more relevant campaign for 2016
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette
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Ronald Brownstein / National Journal:
Where Obama Has—and Has Not—Recovered
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Matt Schiavenza / The Atlantic Online:
Obama Will Focus on Wealth Inequality—Not Just Income
Discussion: Washington Post
Nick McCarvel / USA Today:
Christina McHale recovers to win after throwing up
Discussion: Mashable and The Daily Caller
Henry Molski /
1 confirmed dead, 1 injured in I-75 overpass collapse
Discussion: USA Today, NPR and The Week

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