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9:05 AM ET, January 6, 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 …
New York Times:
The Hear-Nothing Gun Crowd  —  Sometimes in American politics it seems as if we are all talking past each other, that whatever one side says about an issue like, say, taxes zooms right past the other side.  The current fight over gun control is not one of those moments.
New York Times:
Tearful Obama Outlines Steps to Curb Gun Deaths
Emotional Obama calls for ‘sense of urgency’ to fight gun violence
Euan McKirdy / CNN:
North Korea says it successfully conducts hydrogen bomb test  —  Hong Kong (CNN)North Korea says it has successfully carried out a hydrogen bomb test in a region of the country where it conducted three previous nuclear tests.  —  If the claim is verified, a hydrogen bomb test …
Tremor detected near North Korea nuclear site  —  A 5.1 magnitude earthquake has been detected in North Korea, close to a site previously used for nuclear tests.  —  Chinese and South Korea officials said there were indications the tremor was man-made, meaning the North may have carried out a new nuclear test.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
New York Times:
North Korea Says It Has Detonated Its First Hydrogen Bomb  —  WASHINGTON — North Korea declared on Tuesday that it had detonated its first hydrogen bomb.  —  The assertion, if true, would dramatically escalate the nuclear challenge from one of the world's most isolated and dangerous states.
Claire Phipps / Guardian:
North Korea nuclear test: regime says it has successfully detonated hydrogen bomb - live  —  North Korea says leader Kim Jong-un signed the order for the hydrogen bomb test on 3 January.  —  The test “worked perfectly”, according to the official announcement.
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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.
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Trump: I'll close deal, win Republican nomination  —  NEW YORK — Donald Trump on Tuesday predicted he will win the Republican presidential nomination, unify the party and expand the GOP map in the general election by winning states such as Pennsylvania.  —  In an exclusive interview with The Hill …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Germany shocked by Cologne New Year gang assaults on women
New York Post:
The Clintons are in denial about Bill's sex scandals  —  Even though Donald Trump had already warned that Bill Clinton's past indiscretions would be “fair game” in the presidential race, the ex-president seemed surprised to face the issue as he began to take a prominent role in his wife's campaign.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Trump: It Would Be Interesting To Ask Bill Clinton The Difference Between Him And Cosby
Discussion: Politico and The Gateway Pundit
Les Zaitz / Oregonian:
Sheriff says steps being taken to end militants' occupation of federal compound  —  BURNS - Steps are in motion to resolve militants' occupation of a federal compound outside of town, Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward said Tuesday.  —  “There are things being done,” Ward said.  “It's not visible to the public.”
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.
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: Political Wire and The Last Refuge
New York Times:
Blizzard Buried Some Dairy Cows in the Snow; 35,000 Die  —  LUBBOCK, Tex. — After a mild and dry Christmas Day, a fierce blizzard whipped across the rolling plains of West Texas and eastern New Mexico.  The wind blew mercilessly for 48 hours, leaving snow drifts as high as 14 feet.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Mother Jones
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Secret Chat SDK Lets Developers Build Messenger Bots  —  M won't be the only artificial intelligence on Facebook Messenger.  Facebook has given some developers access to an unannounced Chat SDK that allows them to build interactive experiences and “bots” in Messenger for shopping …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Lots of Rich People Seem to Be in Tough Financial Straits  —  Here's a fairly remarkable poll from Gallup about financial well-being.  The direction of the answers is unsurprising: if you earn more, you're more likely to have enough money to buy the things you need, and less likely to be cutting back on spending.
Los Angeles Times:
Rams' relocation application says it's best for long-term success in L.A.  —  The Rams' proposed stadium in Inglewood is lit up at sunset in this artist rendering.  —  The Inglewood stadium proposal backed by the St. Louis Rams is vastly superior to the rival plan in Carson …
Discussion: ProFootballTalk, and KTLA
Ken White / Popehat:
President Obama And The Rhetoric Of Rights  —  Today the President of the United States gave a speech about gun control measures.  I don't intend to critique those measures.  Nor do I mean to critique his rhetoric about gun violence.  I do intend to critique his language about rights …
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 …
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 …
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, EconLog and Vox
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Richard Winton / Los Angeles Times:
San Bernardino shooters' movements after massacre center of FBI probe
Discussion: KQED News and KTLA
Barry Humphries: ‘Caitlyn Jenner is a publicity-seeking ratbag’
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
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