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12:40 PM ET, January 6, 2016


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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: New York Times and Balloon Juice
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.
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
North Korea Says It Successfully Conducted 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
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.
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 …
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Trump: I'll close deal, win Republican nomination
Discussion: Daily Mail and Talking Points Memo
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 …
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” …
Discussion: Hot Air and Althouse
Catherine Mayer / The Independent:
@Independent Reker's (mayor of cologne) answer is to handout rules for women how to act in public
Mayor of Cologne condemned for urging women to 'keep men at arm's length' in new code of conduct to prevent assaults
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 …
Michael R. Sisak / Associated Press:
Obama measures wouldn't have kept guns from mass shooters
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: Washington Monthly
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 …
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 …
Anne Kim / Washington Monthly:
Lettuce Pray  —  Sick leaves: The Nunes Company, which owns the Foxy brand, voluntarily recalled 8,500 crates of its lettuce after water samples tested positive for E. coli bacteria.  —  In the summer of 2006, consumers across the country began falling sick from a particularly nasty strain …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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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
Christopher Snyder / Fox News:
Trump Organization says proposed UK ban over Muslim remarks ‘a dangerous precedent’
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 …
The Hill:
Aetna departure a major blow for insurers group
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Tiffany DeMasters /
1-year-old child dies from apparent heroin overdose in Provo
Discussion: KFOR-TV and
Ken White / Popehat:
President Obama And The Rhetoric Of Rights
Discussion: Hit & Run, CNN and Washington Post
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Lots of Rich People Seem to Be in Tough Financial Straits
Los Angeles Times:
Rams' relocation application says it's best for long-term success in L.A.
Discussion: and ProFootballTalk
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