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3:45 PM ET, January 6, 2016


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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 …
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.
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
When Will China Finally Abandon the Loons in North Korea?
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Javier C. Hernández / New York Times:
North Korea's Hydrogen Bomb Claim Strains Ties With China
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
New York Times:
North Korea Says It Has Detonated Its First Hydrogen Bomb
Euan McKirdy / CNN:
North Korea says it successfully conducts hydrogen bomb test
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 …
Paul Ryan /
Statement on President Obama's Executive Order to Undermine Second Amendment
Sam Wang / Princeton Election Consortium:
The predictive value of GOP Presidential polls  —  The New Year is not a bad time for a fresh start.  So please let me acknowledge that back in July, I was too pessimistic about Donald Trump's chances.  Like Harry Enten, I was led astray by his high unfavorables.
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
Discussion: and
Margaret Talev / Bloomberg Business:
Republicans Say North Korea Bomb Test Claims are Hillary Clinton's Fault
Discussion: The Hill and ABC News
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 …
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
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 …
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Trump fumes as Cruz steals wall mojo
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:   Purity, Disgust and Donald Trump
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: New York Magazine, Vox and City Journal
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.
Arizona Republic:
Ducey appoints independent to Supreme Court
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
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
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.
Ana Marie Cox / New York Times:
Debbie Wasserman Schultz Thinks Young Women Are Complacent  —  After the Bernie Sanders campaign improperly accessed voter data, the Democratic National Committee was swift with its punishment, suspending his campaign from having access to the database.  How did you come up with that sanction?
Ken Shepherd / NewsBusters:
Matthews Serves Up Roughly 20-Minute Softball Interview with Clinton; Trump Talk Dominates Much of It
Discussion: RedState and Hot Air
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 …
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Ann Coulter Now Suggests Ted Cruz Isn't A ‘Natural Born Citizen’  —  Conservative pundit Ann Coulter, who once dismissed birthers as “cranks,” suggested Wednesday that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) may be ineligible for the presidency because he is not a “natural born citizen.”
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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Richard Martin / MIT Technology Review:
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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?
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Anne Kim / Washington Monthly:
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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
The Hill:
Aetna departure a major blow for insurers group
Discussion: Washington Post