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7:45 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.
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  —  Republican presidential candidates are staying mum as an armed group has taken over part of a national wildlife refuge in rural Oregon — even those who supported the father of at least one of its leaders, who had his own standoff …
Melissa Cronin / Gawker:
Sons of Noted Racist Vigilante Are ‘Willing To Kill’ In Standoff at a Federal Building in Oregon  —  A group of militiamen who have taken over a national wildlife refuge in Oregon have been joined by the notable Bundy family, a group of anti-government ranchers headed by a racist patriarch.
Armed group's leader in federal building: ‘We will be here as long as it takes’
David Atkins / Washington Monthly:
The Armed Domestic Terrorists in Oregon Should Be Treated Just as ISIS Terrorists Would Be
Discussion: Mother Jones and Raw Story
Sundance / The Last Refuge:
Full Story on What's Going on In Oregon …
CBS News:
Oregon ranchers reject Cliven Bundy family occupation
Aaron Mesh / Willamette Week:
Anti-government militia member releases video pledging to drive to Oregon: “I want to die a free man.”
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
Iran warns of ‘divine vengeance’ for Saudi Arabia's execution of cleric … BEIRUT — Iran's Supreme Leader warned on Sunday that there would be divine retribution for Saudi Arabia's rulers after the execution of a renowned Shiite cleric, sustaining the soaring regional tensions that erupted in the wake of the killing.
Trump: Clinton, Obama ‘created ISIS’  —  Biloxi, Mississippi (CNN)Donald Trump on Saturday said the policies of President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “created ISIS,” the furthest the GOP front-runner has gone in tying the Obama administration's policies to the rise of the terror group.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump: Clinton has ruined the world  —  Donald Trump pointed to Hillary Clinton as the cause of “so many” of the world's current problems in an interview to air Sunday, attacking, among other decisions, the then-New York senator's vote to authorize the invasion of Iraq in 2002.
Tim Devaney / The Hill:   Rand Paul: Hillary will ‘take us back to war’
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Trump dares Bill Clinton to talk about women's issues
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.
Caitlin Yilek / The Hill:
Trump: I will veto Obama actions on guns  —  Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump told supporters Saturday that he will veto President Obama's actions on guns if elected to the White House.  —  “The Second Amendment, it's so great to me,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Biloxi, Miss.
Discussion: ABC News, Scared Monkeys, Mediaite and CNN
Elliot Smilowitz / The Hill:
Trump: Iran deal was so bad it's suspicious
Associated Press:   Vacation Over, Obama Looking at Ways to Reduce Gun Violence
Eddie Van Der Walt / Bloomberg Business:
Stocks Slump Across Europe and Asia Following Shanghai's 7% Crash  —  China circuit-breaker triggered on day it was introduced  —  Crude pares advance fueled by Iran-Saudi Arabia tension  —  Financial markets are starting 2016 on a bleak note and China is to blame.
Discussion: New York Times
Associated Press:
Illinois Considers Allowing Recall Attempts of Chicago Mayor  —  The furor over recent Chicago police shootings has legislators considering whether voters should be allowed to recall Mayor Rahm Emanuel or future officials who hold his post.  —  Illinois state law currently addresses …
William Wan / Washington Post:
In Chicago, distrust toward mayor has turned ‘personal’
Martin Evans / Telegraph:
Islamic State video shows murder of five ‘British spies’  —  Terror group publishes execution video as it threatens UK with new terror attacks and call David Cameron an ‘imbecile’  —  Intelligence agencies were hunting a new ‘Jihadi John’ after an Islamic extremist with a British accent murdered five men accused of spying for the UK.
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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