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1:15 PM ET, January 4, 2016


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Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Donald Trump's provocative first TV ad raises the temperature of GOP race  —  NEW YORK — Donald Trump's ad begins with a shot of President Obama and Hillary Clinton.  Then comes a U.S. battleship launching a cruise-missile strike.  From there it moves swiftly through an explosive montage …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:   G.O.P. Presidential Hopefuls Gird for a Month of Mud-Flinging
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Trump: Cruz copying my immigration plan
Discussion: RedState
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
A Look at Questions That Could Shape the 2016 Race
Discussion: The Atlantic and Washington Post
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Marco Rubio On Oregon Standoff: “You Can't Be Lawless”  —  The Republican presidential candidate added that he thinks there is too much federal control over land in the western United States.  —  Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images  —  —  Marco Rubio on Monday addressed …
Amelia Templeton OPB / OPB:
Militia Occupying Federal Land: ‘We Are Not Hurting Anybody’  —  Protesters in Burns, Oregon march toward the home of Dwight Hammond, a local rancher convicted of arson on federal land.  The Jan. 2 protest was peaceful, but ended with a group of militiamen occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Katie Zezima / Washington Post:
Republican candidates stay quiet on Oregon standoff
Discussion: Raw Story
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Heckler disrupts Hillary Clinton town hall over Bill Clinton's sexual history  —  DERRY, N.H. — One day before former president Bill Clinton arrives in New Hampshire to campaign for his wife, Hillary Clinton, she was confronted with questions about allegations involving his sexual history at a town hall meeting in the state on Sunday.
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Trump Takes To the Airwaves
Matt Adams / Fox 59:
Indianapolis bar's response to customer's complaint about ‘ruined’ New Year's Eve goes viral  —  Missing Attachment Missing Attachment  —  INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 4, 2015) - A woman suffered a heart attack during a New Year's Eve celebration at a downtown Indianapolis bar …
Discussion: WTKR-TV and KFOR-TV
Jessica Diehl / Vanity Fair:
Blowhards Beware: Megyn Kelly Will Slay You Now  —  The brightest star at Fox News, Megyn Kelly is a newly minted role model for women who sees her gender as irrelevant, and a conservative champion who transcends politics with her skillful skewering of windbags of both parties, most notably Donald Trump.
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Rubio: Obama has ‘deliberately weakened America’  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is accusing President Obama of intentionally weakening America at home and abroad.  —  “It's now abundantly clear: Barack Obama has deliberately weakened America,” Rubio said early Monday during a speech …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Nick Gass / Politico:
GOP contenders cry foul over Obama's gun measures
Discussion: Radio Iowa
Mother Jones:
When He Was 16, This Man Threw One Punch—and Went to Jail for Life  —  Tony Clayton was 30 years old, and just two years out from passing the Louisiana bar, when he walked into court in February of 1994, prepared to try his first murder case.  He was, in his words, a “braggadocious kind of little young jit …
Discussion: WAFB-TV
Madison Pauly / Mother Jones:
3 Anger-Inducing Charts About Kids and Prison
Discussion: The Marshall Project
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Elections Have Consequences  —  You have to be seriously geeky to get excited when the Internal Revenue Service releases a new batch of statistics.  Well, I'm a big geek; like quite a few other people who work on policy issues, I was eagerly awaiting the I.R.S.'s tax tables for 2013, which were released last week.
Discussion: Vox and
Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:
Paul Ryan Wants House to Steer Republican Policy Agenda  —  Chamber could become a platform for ideas while the party's presidential race is unsettled  —  WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan starting this month will push to turn the chamber into a platform for ambitious Republican policy ideas …
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:   2015 was the year Congress started working again
Antoinette Ramseur / WTKR-TV:
Woman shot to death in apartment while mother and children were inside  —  Newport News, Virginia - A 25 year-old woman was shot to death in her Heritage Trace apartment just after 1:30am, on Heritage Way off Warwick Boulevard.  —  The victim's name has not been released by police …
Discussion: WTVR-TV and New York's PIX11
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
LA Renters Rat Out Airbnb Users, Get Evicted Instead  —  Via Mike Hewlett's Twitter feed comes this tale of overregulation of rental spaces in the Venice Beach area of Los Angeles.  —  The LA Times reports: … This doesn't quite rise to the level of seriousness evinced by, say …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Moe Lane
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
Every year, I take on a personal challenge to learn new things and grow outside my work at Facebook.  My challenges in recent years have been to read two books every month, learn Mandarin and meet a new person every day.  —  My personal challenge for 2016 is to build a simple AI to run my home and help me with my work.
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
U.S. fears Saudi tensions with Iran could affect fight against ISIS  —  Obama administration officials expressed deep concern Sunday that the abrupt escalation of tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran could have repercussions extending to the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq …
Discussion: USA Today, The Daily Caller, Hot Air and CNN
New York Times:
Saudi Arabia Cuts Ties With Iran Amid Fallout From Cleric's Execution
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why GOP moneymen won't attack Trump  —  Share Tweet Reddit Digg Mail Print SMS More  —  Donald Trump is beginning his sixth month atop the polls in the Republican presidential race.  Voting in Iowa is less than 30 days away.  If the much-vaunted GOP establishment, dead set against a Trump nomination …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
New York Post:
Here's the bottom line of the Hillary e-mail dump  —  The content of the Hillary Clinton e-mails released New Year's Eve doesn't matter nearly so much as what the State Department held back: It found 275 of the messages to contain classified info — in two cases, “Secret” information.
Discussion: Power Line
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Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Many See I.R.S. Penalties as More Affordable Than Insurance
Discussion: RedState, Hot Air and FiveThirtyEight
Of slavery and swastikas  —  The University of Missouri's efforts …
Discussion: Mediaite
Peter Baker / New York Times:
As Voting for Successor Nears, Obama Seeks to Keep the Spotlight
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Glenn Whipp / Los Angeles Times:
Will this year's Academy Awards see a repeat of #OscarsSoWhite backlash?
Discussion: BizPac Review
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
One year, two races: Inside the Republican Party's bizarre, tumultuous 2015
Discussion: Politico and Business Insider
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Christopher Booker / Telegraph:
Our spoiled, emasculated, de'spiritualised societies in the West are in terminal decline
Eddie Van Der Walt / Bloomberg Business:
Stocks Slump Across Europe and Asia Following Shanghai's 7% Crash
Discussion: New York Times