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6:30 PM ET, January 3, 2016


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Les Zaitz / Oregonian:
Militia takes over Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters  —  Update at 9:15 p.m.: Statement from Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward: “After the peaceful rally was completed today, a group of outside militants drove to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, where they seized and occupied the refuge headquarters.
Armed group's leader in federal building: ‘We will be here as long as it takes’  —  (CNN)Armed protesters have taken over a building in a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, accusing officials of unfairly punishing ranchers who refused to sell their land.  —  One them is Ammon Bundy …
Sundance / The Last Refuge:
Full Story on What's Going on In Oregon - Militia Take Over Malheur National Wildlife Refuge In Protest to Hammond Family Persecution...  Grab a coffee, because this is soup-to-nuts.  —  Many people will awaken today to the news of approximately 100 to 150 armed militia taking control …
David Atkins / Washington Monthly:
The Armed Domestic Terrorists in Oregon Should Be Treated Just as ISIS Terrorists Would Be  —  The big story of the day is the armed seizure of an empty federal building in rural Oregon by a group of domestic terrorists, some of whom are the sons of federal tax cheat and freeloader Cliven Bundy.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Armed Militia Seized A Federal Building.  The Media Called Them ‘Peaceful.’  —  After an armed militia seized a federal building in Oregon — and proclaimed they're willing to kill and be killed if necessary — the initial headlines about the incident suggested they're simply peaceful protesters exercising their right to assemble.
Discussion: Occupy Democrats, Guardian and Mashable
Melissa Cronin / Gawker:
Sons of Noted Racist Vigilante Are ‘Willing To Kill’ In Standoff at a Federal Building in Oregon
Discussion: Hit & Run and Balloon Juice
Washington Examiner:
Three of Cliven Bundy's sons, militia seize federal building in Oregon
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump: Clinton has ruined the world  —  Donald Trump pointed to Hillary Clinton as the cause of “so many” of the world's current problems in an interview to air Sunday, attacking, among other decisions, the then-New York senator's vote to authorize the invasion of Iraq in 2002.
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Trump dares Bill Clinton to talk about women's issues  —  Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is daring former president Bill Clinton to talk about women's issues on behalf of his wife's presidential campaign.  —  “I hope Bill Clinton starts talking about women's issues …
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Rand Paul: Hillary will ‘take us back to war’  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has a warning for war-weary Americans who often criticize the Bush administration for intervening in the Middle East.  —  “It turns out that probably the most likely candidate to take us back to war is Hillary Clinton …
Clinton campaign hopes Bill will deliver a New Hampshire ‘comeback kid’ boost
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Eugene Scott / CNN:
CNN to host Obama town hall on guns in America  —  Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama will join CNN's Anderson Cooper Thursday for an exclusive one-hour live town hall on gun control.  —  Obama will sit down with Cooper at 8 p.m. ET for the event, titled “Guns in America.”
Caitlin Yilek / The Hill:
Trump: I will veto Obama actions on guns
Discussion: Mediaite
Associated Press:   Vacation Over, Obama Looking at Ways to Reduce Gun Violence
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Marco Rubio Doesn't Add Up  —  MATH was never my strongest subject, so maybe I'm just not crunching the numbers right.  —  But the more I stare at them, the less sense Marco Rubio makes.  —  Rubio as the front-runner, I mean.  As the probable Republican nominee.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Washington Post
Kevin Cirilli / Bloomberg Business:
Trump Backers Say Their New Hampshire Voter Database Is ‘Huge’
Discussion: Politico
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
Iran warns of ‘divine vengeance’ for Saudi Arabia's execution of cleric … BEIRUT — Iran's Supreme Leader warned on Sunday that there would be divine retribution for Saudi Arabia's rulers after the execution of a renowned Shiite cleric, sustaining the soaring regional tensions that erupted in the wake of the killing.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Middle East Couldn't Possibly Get Worse. Could It?
Elliot Smilowitz / The Hill:
Trump: Iran deal was so bad it's suspicious  —  Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says the nuclear deal with Iran is so bad, he is close to wondering whether it was done poorly on purpose.  —  “It's almost like there has to be something else going on,” he said Saturday night …
Martin Evans / Telegraph:
Islamic State video shows murder of five ‘British spies’  —  Terror group publishes execution video as it threatens UK with new terror attacks and call David Cameron an ‘imbecile’  —  Intelligence agencies were hunting a new ‘Jihadi John’ after an Islamic extremist with a British accent murdered five men accused of spying for the UK.
Discussion: Jihad Watch
CBS News:
Face the Nation transcripts January 3, 2016: Trump, Morell & Donilon  —  This is the transcript for the January 3, 2016 edition of Face the Nation.  Guests included Donald Trump, Michael Morell, Thomas Donilon, Molly Ball, Reihan Salam, Jonathan Martin, and Ruth Marcus.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and PoliticusUSA
Alana Abramson / ABC News:
Trump Responds to Al-Shabaab Video: ‘I Have to Say What I Have to Say’
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Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Fiorina defends ‘tongue-in-cheek’ Rose Bowl tweet
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript: Ben Carson and Sen. Bernie Sanders
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
William Wan / Washington Post:
In Chicago, distrust toward mayor has turned ‘personal’
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