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8:05 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.
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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 …
CNN:
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 …
Aaron Mesh / Willamette Week:
Anti-government militia member releases video pledging to drive to Oregon: “I want to die a free man.”
CBS News:
Oregon ranchers reject Cliven Bundy family occupation
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.
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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
Madison Pauly / Mother Jones:
3 Anger-Inducing Charts About Kids and Prison  —  In 2005, when the Supreme Court struck down the use of capital punishment sentences for juveniles, it was a step toward greater legal recognition that children are different from adults—that young people's changing brains and social vulnerability …
Discussion: The Marshall Project
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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
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.
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CNN:
Trump: Clinton, Obama ‘created ISIS’
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.
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.
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
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
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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
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 …
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William Wan / Washington Post:
In Chicago, distrust toward mayor has turned ‘personal’
 
 
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Martin Evans / Telegraph:
Islamic State video shows murder of five ‘British spies’
Discussion: Jihad Watch
CBS News:
Face the Nation transcripts January 3, 2016: Trump, Morell & Donilon
Discussion: Hullabaloo and PoliticusUSA
Fox News:
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