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11:40 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.
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 …
Matt Vespa /
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 …
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.”
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 …
North Korean carries out fourth nuclear test
Discussion: Tech Insider, CNN and The Verge
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
Discussion: The Jawa Report and all
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.
Kate Connolly / Guardian:
Cologne attacks: mayor lambasted for telling women to keep men at arm's length  —  Henriette Reker urges women to avoid being in close proximity to strangers to prevent sexual harassment  —  Cologne's mayor has been widely criticised for suggesting that women “keep at an arm's length” …
Mayor of Cologne condemned for urging women to 'keep men at arm's length' in new code of conduct to prevent assaults
Meredith Shiner / Yahoo Politics:
After 608 days, the Benghazi panel by the numbers  —  Democrats have long charged that the special committee established by House Republicans to investigate the 2012 attacks on an American consulate in Benghazi, Libya was designed to harm the party's frontrunner, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton …
Discussion: Politico
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
House GOP to start listening sessions on ISIS war measure
Discussion: Washington Post and CNN
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.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Office of the Arizona Governor:
Governor Doug Ducey Announces First Arizona Supreme Court Appointment  —  PHOENIX - Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of Phoenix attorney Clint Bolick, an independent, to the Supreme Court of Arizona.  —  This is Governor Ducey's first appointment to the Supreme Court of Arizona.
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.
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Cruz camp mocks Rubio's ‘high-heeled booties’  —  Ted Cruz may be leading his fellow Cuban-American senator in the polls, but his campaign is nipping at the heels of Marco Rubio — literally.  —  “A Vote for Marco Rubio Is a Vote for Men's High-Heeled Booties,” Rick Tyler …
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.
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Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
PM's office claims Indyk made up story of conversation with Netanyahu at Rabin funeral
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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
Eva Dou / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Scales Back Orders for Its iPhones
Discussion: Washington Post, Gizmodo and The Verge
The Atlantic:
The Certainty of More Shootings  —  Below are Atlantic notes …
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1-year-old child dies from apparent heroin overdose in Provo
Ken White / Popehat:
President Obama And The Rhetoric Of Rights
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Los Angeles Times:
Rams' relocation application says it's best for long-term success in L.A.
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New York Times:
Blizzard Buried Some Dairy Cows in the Snow; 35,000 Die
Discussion: Gizmodo and Mother Jones
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump quietly builds a data juggernaut
Discussion: The Last Refuge
You Know Less Than You Think About Guns
Discussion: Hit & Run, Vox and EconLog
Chad Livengood / Detroit News:
DPS debt payments mount to unsustainable levels