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11:00 AM 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 …
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
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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Katie Zezima / Washington Post:
Republican candidates stay quiet on Oregon standoff
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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Madison Pauly / Mother Jones:
3 Anger-Inducing Charts About Kids and Prison
Discussion: The Marshall Project
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.
Discussion: Power Line
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.
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.
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
2015 was the year Congress started working again  —  Hating Congress is an American national pastime, and that's not likely to change anytime soon.  But look back on the just-finished year in legislating, and one thing becomes clear — a lot of legislating happened in 2015.
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Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:
Paul Ryan Wants House to Steer Republican Policy Agenda
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
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
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
G.O.P. Presidential Hopefuls Gird for a Month of Mud-Flinging  —  Some Christmas trees may still remain up, but the already contentious Republican presidential campaign is on the verge of entering a new phase, decidedly lacking in the holiday spirit.  —  The series of skirmishes that flared …
New York Times:
Saudi Arabia Cuts Ties With Iran Amid Fallout From Cleric's Execution  —  BAGHDAD — Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties with Iran on Sunday and gave all Iranian diplomats 48 hours to leave the kingdom, as escalating tensions over the execution of an outspoken Shiite cleric in Saudi Arabia marked …
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CNN:
Trump: Clinton, Obama ‘created ISIS’
Economist:
A new age of discovery  —  The glory-seeking adventurer of old is giving way to explorers who want to understand the planet rather than dominate it  —  TWENTY years ago this newspaper published an essay that hailed a coming “golden age of discovery”.  Great expanses of the Earth were beckoning …
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: addictinginfo.org
NEWS.com.au:
Willy do it?  Man with bionic penis to finally lose his virginity at 43  —  A MAN fitted with a bionic penis after his was ripped off in a childhood accident is poised to lose his virginity at the age of 43.  —  Mohammed Abad will pop his cherry in the next few days with sex worker Charlotte Rose after a dinner date.
Joseph Weber / Fox News:
GOP field rips Obama's move toward executive action to tighten gun control laws  —  Republican presidential candidates are attacking President Obama's plan to use his Oval Office powers to try to tighten gun-control laws, arguing his efforts are “unconstitutional” and another attempt to sidestep Congress.
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CBS News:
Face the Nation transcripts January 3, 2016: Trump, Morell & Donilon  —  This is the transcript for the January 3, 2016 edition of Face the Nation.  Guests included Donald Trump, Michael Morell, Thomas Donilon, Molly Ball, Reihan Salam, Jonathan Martin, and Ruth Marcus.
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Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Rand Paul: Hillary will ‘take us back to war’
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and Raw Story
 
 
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
One year, two races: Inside the Republican Party's bizarre, tumultuous 2015
Discussion: Business Insider
Christopher Booker / Telegraph:
Our spoiled, emasculated, de'spiritualised societies in the West are in terminal decline
Eddie Van Der Walt / Bloomberg Business:
Stocks Slump Across Europe and Asia Following Shanghai's 7% Crash
Discussion: New York Times
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Associated Press:
Illinois Considers Allowing Recall Attempts of Chicago Mayor
Martin Evans / Telegraph:
Islamic State video shows murder of five ‘British spies’
Discussion: Pamela Geller and Jihad Watch