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10:25 AM ET, January 4, 2016

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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.
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Les Zaitz / Oregonian:
Militants continue occupation of Oregon refuge, police keep low profile  —  BURNS - Law enforcement agencies are remaining mum about plans to end militiamen's occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters.  —  A splinter group of militia in town to support a local ranching family took …
Katie Zezima / Washington Post:
Republican candidates stay quiet on Oregon standoff
Discussion: Raw Story
Aaron Mesh / Willamette Week:
Anti-government militia member releases video pledging to drive to Oregon: “I want to die a free man.”
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 …
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.
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Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Rand Paul: Hillary will ‘take us back to war’
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Trump dares Bill Clinton to talk about women's issues
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
New York Times:
Saudi Arabia Cuts Ties With Iran Amid Fallout From Cleric's Execution  —  BAGHDAD — Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties with Iran on Sunday and gave all Iranian diplomats 48 hours to leave the kingdom, as escalating tensions over the execution of an outspoken Shiite cleric in Saudi Arabia marked …
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Madison Pauly / Mother Jones:
3 Anger-Inducing Charts About Kids and Prison  —  In 2005, when the Supreme Court struck down the use of capital punishment sentences for juveniles, it was a step toward greater legal recognition that children are different from adults—that young people's changing brains and social vulnerability …
Discussion: The Marshall Project
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Mother Jones:
When He Was 16, This Man Threw One Punch—And Went to Jail for Life
Discussion: WAFB-TV
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.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
G.O.P. Presidential Hopefuls Gird for a Month of Mud-Flinging  —  Some Christmas trees may still remain up, but the already contentious Republican presidential campaign is on the verge of entering a new phase, decidedly lacking in the holiday spirit.  —  The series of skirmishes that flared …
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
Joseph Weber / Fox News:
GOP field rips Obama's move toward executive action to tighten gun control laws  —  Republican presidential candidates are attacking President Obama's plan to use his Oval Office powers to try to tighten gun-control laws, arguing his efforts are “unconstitutional” and another attempt to sidestep Congress.
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Elliot Smilowitz / The Hill:
Trump: Iran deal was so bad it's suspicious
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
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
One year, two races: Inside the Republican Party's bizarre, tumultuous 2015  —  It is an oppressively humid day in South Florida and Jeb Bush has come home to declare his candidacy for president.  The big crowd assembled at Miami Dade College is festive — and diverse, reflecting the culture …
Discussion: TIME and Business Insider
 
 
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Discussion: New York Times
Associated Press:
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Islamic State video shows murder of five ‘British spies’
Discussion: Pamela Geller and Jihad Watch
CBS News:
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Discussion: Hullabaloo and PoliticusUSA
Fox News:
Success in early states essential for Christie campaign?  ; Jeb Bush's plans for his presidential bid in 2016
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
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