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7:10 PM ET, January 4, 2016


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Will Kraus / Truth-O-Meter rulings …:
Donald Trump: A Trump television ad shows Mexicans swarming over “our southern border.”  —  The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire!  Donald Trump's first TV ad shows migrants ‘at the southern border,’ but they're actually in Morocco  —  In a new television ad — his campaign's first …
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 …
ABC News:
Bill Clinton Brushes Off Trump Attacks  —  We're exactly four weeks away from the Iowa caucuses — and the 2016 presidential race is switching into high gear.  Republican frontrunner Donald Trump is holding a rally in Massachusetts tonight after releasing his first television ad of his 2016 campaign …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Donald Trump's new TV ad: Make America great by keeping the darkies out
NBC News:
Trump Ad Fact Checked for Border Footage, Campaign Says ‘No Sh—’
Discussion: New York Times and Mediaite
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Pro-Rubio super PAC aims attack ads at Christie
Dara Lind / Vox:
Donald Trump's first TV ad is a greatest hits of his campaign's most controversial ideas
Terrence Dopp / news:   Christie in New Hampshire Lays Out His Theory of His Case
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Trump: Cruz copying my immigration plan
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and RedState
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House calls Oregon standoff a ‘local law enforcement matter’  —  The White House on Monday referred to an armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon as a “local law enforcement matter.”  —  Spokesman Josh Earnest's comments come even though the Federal Bureau of Investigation …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Obama rolls out gun control strategy  —  The White House unveiled President Barack Obama's executive actions on gun violence on Monday as part of a multi-day rollout meant to contain the political fallout and to cast Obama as the voice of common sense in a raging culture war.
Washington Post:
Armed men, led by Bundy brothers, take over federal building in rural Oregon  —  BURNS, Ore. — A group of armed anti-government activists remained encamped at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon on Sunday evening, vowing to occupy the outpost for years to protest the federal government's treatment …
NBC News:
Ted Cruz Calls for Oregon Armed Protesters to ‘Stand Down’  —  Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Monday called for armed protesters who occupied a federal building in Oregon to “stand down peaceably.”  —  “Every one of us has a constitutional right to protest, to speak our minds,” Cruz told reporters in Iowa.
Jacob Sullum / Hit & Run:
The Absurdly Harsh Penalties That Sparked the Oregon Rancher Protest  —  As Ed Krayewski noted yesterday, the armed men who are occupying an office building at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon broke off from a demonstration protesting the sentences received by two ranchers …
Nick Gass / Politico:
GOP candidates call for end to armed standoff at Oregon refuge
Statement on Potential Executive Action to Restrict 2nd Amendment Rights  —  Speaker Ryan Press Office  —  WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the following statement in response to reports that the president intends to take executive action to restrict gun ownership in America:
Eric Raymond / Armed and Dangerous:
Why I joined the NRA  —  After 20 years of evading joining the NRA …
Discussion: Hot Air
Arlette Saenz / ABC News:
President Obama Claims Executive Action on Gun Control Within His Authority
Discussion: Associated Press and The Agonist
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.
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Clinton: Aliens may have visited us already  —  Hillary Clinton says that aliens may have already visited humanity.  —  “I think we may have been [visited already].  We don't know for sure,” the Democratic presidential front-runner told The Conway Daily Sun during a campaign stop in New Hampshire last week.
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
Hillary Clinton Promises She'll Investigate Area 51, UFOs
Annie Karni / Politico:
Chelsea Clinton to headline fundraiser at SoulCycle in Tribeca
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, The Daily Caller and KFOR-TV
Saudi Arabia's allies Bahrain, Sudan and UAE act against Iran  —  A number of Saudi Arabia's allies have joined diplomatic action against Iran after the Saudi embassy in Tehran was attacked amid a row over the execution of a Shia Muslim cleric.  —  Bahrain and Sudan have both severed relations with Iran …
David P. Goldman / Asia Times:
Saudi Arabia stews in policy hell: Spengler
Discussion: Power Line
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Jeb Bush Has “Mistaken And Conflated” Story About Receiving NRA Award, Campaign Admits  —  Bush has repeatedly claimed that he received the NRA's “statesman of the year” award.  —  A spokesman for Jeb Bush's campaign told BuzzFeed News on Monday that Bush had “mistaken and conflated” …
Discussion: Washington Post and
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.
Des Moines Register:
Last Slide  —  Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee called the 2016 election cycle perplexing Sunday due to voters shying away from candidates with past political experience.  —  “This has been, of all the election cycles I've been involved in, this has been one of the most bewildering …
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
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The Huffington Post:
Thinking Harder about Political Correctness
Discussion: Power Line
Khamenei says US faces ‘punch in mouth’ in upcoming Iran elections
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and Jihad Watch
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Academics And Politics  —  Via Noah Smith, an interesting …
Discussion: TaxProf Blog
Charlie Hebdo / Guardian:
Charlie Hebdo anniversary edition cover released: ‘the assassin is still out there’
Kevin Rector / Baltimore Sun:
Deadliest year in Baltimore history ends with 344 homicides
Reuven Blau / New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Jonathan Zizmor, who ran subway ads on cosmetic surgery, retires at age 70
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
Harlan Elrich / Wall Street Journal:
Why I'm Fighting My Teachers Union
Discussion: Hit & Run and Joanne Jacobs
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Rubio: Obama has ‘deliberately weakened America’
Discussion: RedState, Washington Post and Daily Kos
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why GOP moneymen won't attack Trump
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
LA Renters Rat Out Airbnb Users, Get Evicted Instead
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Moe Lane
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Elections Have Consequences
Discussion: Vox and
New York Post:
Here's the bottom line of the Hillary e-mail dump
Discussion: Power Line