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2:40 PM ET, January 6, 2016


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The New / New York Times:
Did North Korea Detonate a Hydrogen Bomb?  Here's What We Know  —  North Korea's claim that it set off a hydrogen bomb on Wednesday — in what would be the fourth time it has tested a nuclear weapon since 2006 — has stirred concerns among governments around the world.
North Korea says it has the ‘H-bomb of justice’ after nuclear test  —  Unlikely N. Korea conducted hydrogen bomb test: Hubbard  —  Sources are telling Reuters the U.S. government is skeptical of the North Korea hydrogen bomb claims.  Former U.S. Ambassador to S. Korea Thomas Hubbard …
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
North Korea Claims It Tested Hydrogen Bomb but Is Doubted  —  SEOUL, South Korea — Officials and analysts in South Korea cast doubt on Wednesday on the North's claim that it had detonated a hydrogen bomb for the first time, saying seismological data from the impact was more in keeping with that of an atomic device.
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
When Will China Finally Abandon the Loons in North Korea?  —  North Korea says that it has tested a hydrogen bomb.  This seems unlikely, but it will be weeks before we know for sure.  Most likely it was just another fission bomb test.  —  More interesting is what this says about relations between North Korea and China.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
Javier C. Hernández / New York Times:
North Korea's Hydrogen Bomb Claim Strains Ties With China
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Euan McKirdy / CNN:
North Korea says it successfully conducts hydrogen bomb test
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
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.
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 …
Rick Scott / USA Today:
Donald Trump has America's pulse: Rick Scott  —  Public is pushing aside time-serving politicians for outsiders seeking dramatic change  —  Political pundits are shocked that Donald Trump is leading in the polls.  The same thing happened in 2010 when I entered the Florida gubernatorial race …
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Trump says Cruz's Canadian birth could be ‘very precarious’ for GOP
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.
Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
Kirsten Powers - A tale of two Bills: Cosby, Clinton and predatory men
Discussion: Vox, New York Magazine and City Journal
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
House poised to pass ObamaCare repeal  —  For the first time, Republicans on Wednesday are expected to send a bill to President Obama's desk that would repeal most of his signature healthcare law.  —  While the bill faces a certain veto, the vote in the House brings Republicans closer …
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, The Hill and Washington Post
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
UK parliament to debate banning Trump  —  The British parliament will formally debate later this month whether to prevent Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump from entering the United Kingdom, the government said Tuesday.  —  The U.K. parliament on Jan. 18 will debate …
Christopher Snyder / Fox News:
Trump Organization says proposed UK ban over Muslim remarks ‘a dangerous precedent’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jessica Roy / New York Magazine:
A Vote for Marco Rubio Is a Vote for Men's High-Heeled Booties  —  Fancy.  —  Pin It  —  Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio and One Direction bandmember Harry Styles have something in common.  Well, two things, actually: an appreciation for the 1D song “What Makes You Beautiful,” and a love of heeled booties.
Lauren Fox / Talking Points Memo:
Law Enforcement Confirms Militiamen Are Free To Come and Go From Refuge  —  Their supplies look to be dwindling and militia men who overtook the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon have pleaded with sympathizers to send food, but law enforcement tell TPM that the men are free to resupply on their own.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Joseph Rose / Oregonian:
Best snacks to send to an Oregon militia with the munchies? (poll)
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Daily Mail:
Teenage victim of Cologne ‘African and Arab’ sex mob reveals how she and her friends were surrounded by 30 men and groped as officials admit the city is a ‘no-go’ area for women  —  An 18-year-old victim of the sex attacks in Cologne has described being surrounded by a group of 30 ‘angry’ men …
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 …
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Sam Wang / Princeton Election Consortium:
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Richard Martin / MIT Technology Review:
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Discussion: ABC News
Ana Marie Cox / New York Times:
Debbie Wasserman Schultz Thinks Young Women Are Complacent
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Raphael Poch / Reuters:
Canadian PM: We won't bomb ISIS even if attacked
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Truth Revolt
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Poll: 70 percent believe in climate change
Discussion: Watts Up With That?
Anne Kim / Washington Monthly:
Lettuce Pray  —  Sick leaves: The Nunes Company, which owns …
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Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
PM's office claims Indyk made up story of conversation with Netanyahu at Rabin funeral
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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 …
The Hill:
Aetna departure a major blow for insurers group
Tiffany DeMasters /
1-year-old child dies from apparent heroin overdose in Provo
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Lots of Rich People Seem to Be in Tough Financial Straits