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11:05 AM ET, January 6, 2016


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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 …
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.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and all
North Korean carries out fourth nuclear test
Discussion: Tech Insider, CNN and The Verge
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.
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 /
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 …
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Sheriff: Oregon Militiamen To Face Charges For Taking Over Federal Building  —  The sheriff whose jurisdiction includes the isolated Oregon wildlife refuge taken over by a small group of armed men told Oregon Public Broadcasting in a Tuesday interview that the men would face charges for their actions.
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.
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.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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 …
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.
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.
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 to join the discussion.  —  Below you see the YouTube version of the official White House feed from earlier today.
William D. Cohan / Vanity Fair:
Is Huma Abedin Hillary Clinton's Secret Weapon or Her Next Big Problem?  —  The loyal aide has spent decades at the presidential contender's side with unparalleled access.  But with a powerful Republican senator raising questions about her role in the Clinton-era State Department …
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.
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
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
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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 /
1-year-old child dies from apparent heroin overdose in Provo
Ken White / Popehat:
President Obama And The Rhetoric Of Rights
Discussion: Hit & Run, CNN and Washington Post
Benny Avni / New York Post:
Iran-Saudi crisis is the bitter fruit of Obama's inept diplomacy
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
‘13 Hours’ Gives Benghazi Attack Cinematic Treatment
 Earlier Items: 
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 and Political Wire
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
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Fox Business Network to candidates: We won't show an empty podium
Discussion: Mediaite and Talking Points Memo