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10:50 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 …
NBC News:
Trump Ad Fact Checked for Border Footage, Campaign Says ‘No Sh—’  —  LOWELL, Mass. - Donald Trump may have some explaining to do about footage used in his new campaign advertisement.  —  Released Monday, the much-anticipated TV ad shows migrants on what the narrator claims is the southern border, scattering.
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 …
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Donald Trump's provocative first TV ad raises the temperature of GOP race
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
Hillary Clinton Promises She'll Investigate Area 51, UFOs
The White House:
FACT SHEET: New Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence and Make Our Communities  —  Gun violence has taken a heartbreaking toll on too many communities across the country.  Over the past decade in America, more than 100,000 people have been killed as a result of gun violence …
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:
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Obama moves to require background checks for more gun sales  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama moved Monday to require all gun sellers to register as dealers — even those who sell at gun shows and online — and to run background checks on all prospective purchasers …
Discussion: The Hill, ABC News, WRBL-TV, and CNN
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Obama details executive action on gun restrictions  —  The Obama administration on Monday unveiled a series of new executive actions aimed at reducing gun violence and making some political headway on one of the most frustrating policy areas of President Obama's tenure.
Sarah Wheaton / 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 multiday rollout meant to contain the political fallout and to cast Obama as the voice of common sense in a raging culture war.
New York Times:
Obama to Expand Gun Background Checks and Tighten Enforcement
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: The Agonist
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 …
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 …
NBC News:
Ted Cruz Calls for Oregon Armed Protesters to ‘Stand Down’
Les Zaitz / Oregonian:
Watch: Oregon militants post new video from refuge, plead for help to ‘prevent bloodshed’
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
Jacob Sullum / Hit & Run:
The Absurdly Harsh Penalties That Sparked the Oregon Rancher Protest
Armed protesters refuse to leave federal building in Oregon
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.
Elianayjohnson / National Review:
Exclusive: Rubio PAC to Hit Christie in New Hampshire  —  Marco Rubio has his eyes on Chris Christie, who is increasingly viewed as the dark horse who could, with an impressive showing — even a victory — in New Hampshire, become the GOP's surprise establishment favorite.
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Pro-Rubio super PAC aims attack ads at Christie
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Rubio: Obama has ‘deliberately weakened America’
Discussion: Washington Post, RedState and Daily Kos
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: The Daily Caller, WTKR-TV and KFOR-TV
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
Noah Rothman / Commentary Magazine:
The Left May Come to Loathe Obama  —  As we glide with trepidation into another presidential election year, the American mood might be best characterized as apprehensive.  The right, which has for nearly seven years eagerly anticipated the last moments of Barack Obama's presidency …
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Fox pundit: Oregon militia are not ‘thugs’ like black protesters because they fight ‘government gone wild’  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Conservative Fox News contributor Deneen Borelli on Monday said that armed militiamen were forced to take over a federal building in Oregon because the government had “gone wild.”
The Huffington Post:
Thinking Harder about Political Correctness  —  Donald Trump and the rest of the Republican presidential pack have had a field day disparaging political correctness as an affliction of liberals that is resented by regular Americans.  Some liberal commentators have suggested that political correctness …
Discussion: Power Line
Tom Nichols / The Daily Beast:
How the P.C. Police Propelled Donald Trump
Discussion: Mother Jones
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Woman shot to death in apartment while mother and children were inside
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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
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