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10:40 AM ET, January 6, 2016

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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.
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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 …
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
House GOP to start listening sessions on ISIS war measure  —  House Republicans will start listening sessions Thursday to discuss a measure authorizing the use of military force against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, The Hill has learned.  —  The sessions will be held …
Discussion: Yahoo Politics, CNN and Washington Post
Matt Vespa / Townhall.com:
Uh, What: Obama Says Violent Felons Can Just Buy Guns Online  —  It's the classic facepalm moment when it comes to liberals trying to push their gun control agenda, especially the one peddled by this current administration.  Katie wrote about what we could expect from President Obama's …
New York Times:
Tearful Obama Outlines Steps to Curb Gun Deaths
Amelia Templeton OPB / OPB:
Harney County Sheriff: Armed Occupiers Will Face Charges  —  In a wide ranging interview Tuesday, Harney County Sheriff David Ward urged members of the community to distance themselves from the armed men occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.  —  “I think if one person gives …
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Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:   Sheriff: Oregon Militiamen To Face Charges For Taking Over Federal Building
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 …
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BBC:
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: ABC News, Vox and Balloon Juice
Wall Street Journal:
North Korea Says It Successfully Conducted Hydrogen-Bomb Test
Claire Phipps / Guardian:
North Korea nuclear test: regime says it has successfully detonated hydrogen bomb - live
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.
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Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Trump: I'll close deal, win Republican nomination
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
AP fact check: Obama gun-control actions wouldn't have stopped any mass shooting  —  To paraphrase Samuel Johnson: media fact-checks on Barack Obama's claims about guns may not be done entirely well ... but one is surprised to find them done at all.  Following Obama's emotional press conference yesterday …
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.
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The Hill:
Aetna departure a major blow for insurers group  —  Aetna, one of the nation's largest health insurers, announced Tuesday that it is leaving the insurer trade group America's Health Insurance Plans, dealing a blow to a powerful Washington lobbying group.  —  “Aetna has decided not to renew …
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.
Christopher Snyder / Fox News:
Trump Organization says proposed UK ban over Muslim remarks ‘a dangerous precedent’  —  Donald Trump's business conglomerate fired back Tuesday against a scheduled debate in British Parliament to discuss whether the Republican contender should be banned from entering the United Kingdom.
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.
The Atlantic:
The Certainty of More Shootings  —  Below are Atlantic notes, from James Fallows and others, on the inevitability (or otherwise) of mass shootings in the United States.  Email hello@theatlantic.com to join the discussion.  —  Below you see the YouTube version of the official White House feed from earlier today.
Eva Dou / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Scales Back Orders for Its iPhones  —  Component suppliers that rode the iPhone's boom are now bracing for lower sales  —  BEIJING— Apple Inc. is scaling back orders for its iPhones, sending ripples throughout the multibillion-dollar industry that supplies and builds the company's phones.
Discussion: Washington Post, The Verge and Gizmodo
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, FOX2now.com and KTLA
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
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 …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Washington Post
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 …
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
 
 
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Christie Thompson / The Marshall Project:
Penny Beernsten, the Rape Victim in ‘Making A Murderer,’ Speaks Out
Discussion: Mashable, WBAY-TV and Maxim
Tiffany DeMasters / fox13now.com:
1-year-old child dies from apparent heroin overdose in Provo
Discussion: FOX6Now.com
Benny Avni / New York Post:
Iran-Saudi crisis is the bitter fruit of Obama's inept diplomacy
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Surrogate carrying triplets sues to stop forced abortion
Discussion: National Review and LifeNews.com
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
‘13 Hours’ Gives Benghazi Attack Cinematic Treatment
Reason:
You Know Less Than You Think About Guns
Discussion: Hit & Run, EconLog and Vox
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Chad Livengood / Detroit News:
DPS debt payments mount to unsustainable levels
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Fox Business Network to candidates: We won't show an empty podium
Discussion: Mediaite and Talking Points Memo
Richard Winton / Los Angeles Times:
San Bernardino shooters' movements after massacre center of FBI probe
Discussion: KTLA and KQED News
The Local:
Cover-up claim over NYE mass sexual assaults