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11:50 AM 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 …
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
A Look at Questions That Could Shape the 2016 Race
Discussion: The Atlantic and Washington Post
CBS News:
Face the Nation transcripts January 3, 2016: Trump, Morell & Donilon
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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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:   2015 was the year Congress started working again
Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:
Paul Ryan Wants House to Steer Republican Policy Agenda
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
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
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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Katie Zezima / Washington Post:
Republican candidates stay quiet on Oregon standoff
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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New York Times:
Saudi Arabia Cuts Ties With Iran Amid Fallout From Cleric's Execution
CNN:
Trump: Clinton, Obama ‘created ISIS’
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
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Madison Pauly / Mother Jones:
3 Anger-Inducing Charts About Kids and Prison
Discussion: The Marshall Project
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
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.
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
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: addictinginfo.org
Nick Gass / Politico:
GOP contenders cry foul over Obama's gun measures  —  President Barack Obama's plan to issue executive orders on new gun controls has riled up the GOP field, with the presidential contenders blasting Obama's forthcoming actions as lawless, subversive and petulant.
Discussion: Radio Iowa
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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 …
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
 
 
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Discussion: BizPac Review
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
One year, two races: Inside the Republican Party's bizarre, tumultuous 2015
Discussion: Business Insider
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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
Associated Press:
Illinois Considers Allowing Recall Attempts of Chicago Mayor
Martin Evans / Telegraph:
Islamic State video shows murder of five ‘British spies’
Discussion: Pamela Geller and Jihad Watch