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3:00 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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Donald Trump's new TV ad: Make America great by keeping the darkies out  —  As the final, frenzied push towards the first presidential voting begins, Donald Trump has unveiled a riveting new television ad that perfectly sums up Trumpism in all its xenophobic glory — and also perfectly captures …
ABC News:
Bill Clinton Brushes Off Trump Attacks
Discussion: Political Wire
Dara Lind / Vox:
Donald Trump's first TV ad is a greatest hits of his campaign's most controversial ideas
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Trump: Cruz copying my immigration plan
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and RedState
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.
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 …
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 …
Amelia Templeton OPB / OPB:
Militia Occupying Federal Land: ‘We Are Not Hurting Anybody’
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.
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.
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
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:   G.O.P. Presidential Hopefuls Gird for a Month of Mud-Flinging
David P. Goldman / Asia Times:
Saudi Arabia stews in policy hell: Spengler  —  Last week's mass executions in Saudi Arabia suggest panic at the highest level of the monarchy.  The action is without precedent, even by the grim standards of Saudi repression.  In 1980 Riyadh killed 63 jihadists who had attacked the Grand Mosque of Mecca …
Discussion: Power Line
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
U.S. fears Saudi tensions with Iran could affect fight against ISIS
Discussion: USA Today, The Daily Caller, Hot Air and CNN
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 Gass / Politico:
Obama rolls out gun control strategy  —  President Barack Obama launches an aggressive rollout strategy this week meant to contain the political fallout from upcoming executive actions on gun control and to cast himself as the voice of common sense in a raging culture war.
Discussion: Washington Post and CNN
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:   2015 was the year Congress started working again
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.
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: RedState, Washington Post and Daily Kos
Harlan Elrich / Wall Street Journal:
Why I'm Fighting My Teachers Union  —  I don't want to be forced to pay for a political agenda I don't support.  Now the Supreme Court will rule.  —  I am one of 10 California teachers suing to end compulsory union dues in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which will be heard by the Supreme Court Jan. 11.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Joanne Jacobs
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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Kevin Rector / Baltimore Sun:
Deadliest year in Baltimore history ends with 344 homicides
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
Hillary Clinton Promises She'll Investigate Area 51, UFOs
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Cuomo to Lift Minimum Wage for Workers at New York Universities
Arlington Heights disbands its PD; Hamilton County Sheriff will patrol instead
Reuven Blau / New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Jonathan Zizmor, who ran subway ads on cosmetic surgery, retires at age 70
Of slavery and swastikas  —  The University of Missouri's efforts …
Discussion: Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Baker / New York Times:
As Voting for Successor Nears, Obama Seeks to Keep the Spotlight
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why GOP moneymen won't attack Trump
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
A new age of discovery  —  The glory-seeking adventurer of old …
Willy do it? Man with bionic penis to finally lose his virginity at 43
Mother Jones:
When He Was 16, This Man Threw One Punch—and Went to Jail for Life
New York Post:
Here's the bottom line of the Hillary e-mail dump
Discussion: Power Line