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10:25 PM ET, January 5, 2016


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The Hill:
GOP scrambles for response to Obama's gun control actions  —  Congressional Republicans are scrambling for a way to halt President Obama's new unilateral actions on gun control.  —  One powerful appropriator, Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas), has threatened to block federal funding for the Department …
Emotional Obama calls for ‘sense of urgency’ to fight gun violence  —  Watch “Guns in America,” CNN's townhall meeting with President Obama on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET  —  (CNN)President Barack Obama grew emotional Tuesday as he made a passionate call for a national “sense of urgency” to limit gun violence.
Ali Weinberg / ABC News:
Tearful Obama on Gun Control: Excuses ‘No Longer Suffice’
Alan Pyke / ThinkProgress:
Ghoulish Wall Street Speculators Pour Money Into Gun Companies
Discussion: Reuters and Washington Post
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama, Dems all in on gun control in 2016
Discussion: Politico
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Trump says Cruz's Canadian birth could be ‘very precarious’ for GOP  —  LOWELL, Mass. — Donald Trump said in an interview that rival Ted Cruz's Canadian birthplace was a “very precarious” issue that could make the Texas senator vulnerable if he became the Republican presidential nominee.
David Siders / Sacramento Bee:
Poll: Ted Cruz surges in California, catches Trump  —  Texas senator now in statistical tie with Donald Trump in late-voting California  —  Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina tumble behind Marco Rubio … Ted Cruz has surged to a statistical tie with Donald Trump among Republicans in California …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, RedState and Political Wire
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump and Cruz send shivers down GOP spines  —  With only weeks before GOP primary voters first cast their ballots, the level of alarm among establishment Republicans about the enduring dominance of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz is reaching new heights.  —  In private conversations with several former aides …
Germany shocked by Cologne New Year gang assaults on women  —  The mayor of Cologne has summoned police for crisis talks after about 80 women reported sexual assaults and muggings by men on New Year's Eve.  —  The scale of the attacks on women at the city's central railway station has shocked Germany.
The Local:
Cover-up claim over NYE mass sexual assaults  —  Men of ‘Arab background’ were likely responsible for sexual assaults on dozens of women in central Cologne over the New Year, police said on Monday - as a social media storm accused police and media of a cover-up.
Spiegel Online:
Dozens of Women Sexually Assaulted in Cologne
Justin Huggler / Telegraph:
German women report string of sexual assaults by ‘Arab and North African men’
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
This crowd shot from Donald Trump's Massachusetts rally is absolutely mind-boggling  —  Donald Trump went to Lowell, Mass. — a town about five miles south of the New Hampshire border — for one of his now trademark big-arena rallies on Monday night.  This is what the crowd looked like per WaPo's Jenna Johnson.
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Twitter Considering 10,000-Character Limit for Tweets  —  Longer tweets are coming soon to Twitter.  —  Twitter is building a new feature that will allow users to tweet things longer than the traditional 140-character limit, and the company is targeting a launch date toward the end of Q1 …
Authorities plan to cut off power to militia at occupied Oregon refuge  —  Armed militants will begin their third day at the wildlife refuge and have vowed to remain for months in protest at over the treatment of two local cattle ranchers  —  Federal authorities are planning to cut off …
Lydia O'Connor / The Huffington Post:
Oregon Militants Say They're Getting Worse Treatment Than Black Lives Matter Movement
Hilary Sargent / Boston Globe:
Meet the chef who decides what Tom Brady eats—and what he definitely doesn't  —  Allen Campbell talks about why our quarterback rarely eats tomatoes, where he shops for groceries, and why he doesn't serve mushrooms.  Ever.  —  Allen Campbell has never been anything but a chef.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Trump: It Would Be Interesting To Ask Bill Clinton The Difference Between Him And Cosby  —  Trump added that he respects women and that he would protect them.  —  Hello, it's me.  —  David Duprey / ASSOCIATED PRESS  —  —  Donald Trump says it would be “very interesting” …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Trump: Bill Clinton should be asked if he's like Bill Cosby
Discussion: Political Wire
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump quietly builds a data juggernaut  —  Donald Trump's rivals cling to the hope that the surprise GOP presidential front-runner lacks the know-how to lure supporters to the polls, but POLITICO has learned that his campaign several months ago assembled an experienced data team …
Discussion: The Last Refuge
You Know Less Than You Think About Guns  —  The misleading uses, flagrant abuses, and shoddy statistics of social science about gun violence  —  Brian Doherty from the February 2016 issue - view article in the Digital Edition  —  “There is a gun for roughly every man, woman, and child in America …
Discussion: Hit & Run, Vox and EconLog
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Fox Business Network to candidates: We won't show an empty podium  —  Fox Business Network is promising Republican presidential candidates it won't show an empty podium — with the expectation that all the candidates follow the rules.  —  The declaration, made in a memo obtained by POLITICO …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Fox host: President Obama put a ‘raw onion’ in his podium so he could cry fake tears for kids killed by guns  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Fox News host Andrea Tantaros suggested on Tuesday President Barack Obama had used a “raw onion” to produce fake tears for shooting victims during …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Christie hits back: Rubio can't ‘slime his way to the White House’  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — As Chris Christie's establishment rivals seize on his blue-state governing record, the New Jersey governor punched back here Tuesday with the kind of bluntness that had been his trademark …
Mark Chesnut / FIRST FREEDOM:
From The Editor |  Ban Antics In New York  —  What's an anti-gun state legislator to do when the state in which he or she lives already has some of the most restrictive gun-control laws in the nation?  Realistically, short of banning all guns and ammunition magazines, what's left to do in the state of New York?
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Nick Gutteridge / Daily Express:
PEGIDA brands Islam a ‘fascist ideology’ and vows to fight ‘migrant influx’ at UK launch
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Talia Kaplan / WKRN-TV:
Man faces charges after climbing I-65 sign, causing 2-hour closure
Discussion: WCMH-TV
Chad Livengood / Detroit News:
DPS debt payments mount to unsustainable levels
Richard Winton / Los Angeles Times:
San Bernardino shooters' movements after massacre center of FBI probe
Discussion: KTLA and KQED News
Barry Humphries: ‘Caitlyn Jenner is a publicity-seeking ratbag’
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Kodak Goes Retro With New Super 8 Camera
Discussion: Gizmodo, The Verge and Engadget
Ben Wolfgang / Washington Times:
DNC under pressure to remove Wasserman Schultz amid charges of favoritism toward Clinton
Discussion: American Spectator
 Earlier Items: 
Lex Gray / WAVY-TV:
Norfolk woman finds cat sealed inside ‘cardboard tomb’
Discussion: KFOR-TV
An Open Letter to Mark Steyn, Simon Heffer, Milo Yiannopoulos, Breitbart (London), and His Grace, Archbishop Cranmer
John Ortved / New York Times:
The Dress Code for Power Lunching at the Four Seasons
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Bill gutting ObamaCare would save half-trillion over a decade, CBO finds