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4:45 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 …
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
Margaret Talev / Bloomberg Business:
Republicans Say North Korea Bomb Test Claims are Hillary Clinton's Fault
Discussion: The Hill and ABC News
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
White House: No evidence to support North Korean ‘hydrogen bomb’ claim
New York Times:
North Korea Says It Has Detonated Its First Hydrogen Bomb
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:
The Note: What The Candidates Are Saying About North Korea
Discussion: and
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Donald Trump's low-energy campaign
Discussion: The Week and Political Wire
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 …
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Gun sales, stocks soar
Discussion: The Week
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 …
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker: Oregon armed protests are ‘civil disobedience’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Hot Air
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.
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Rand Paul pokes Rubio over his ‘cute new boots’
Discussion: The Week and RedState
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
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Trump fumes as Cruz steals wall mojo  —  In recent days, Donald Trump has been airing a new complaint: Ted Cruz is getting in on his wall game.  —  “People are picking up all of my ideas, including Ted, who started talking about building a wall two days ago,” Trump told POLITICO on Tuesday.
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:   Purity, Disgust and Donald Trump
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
ABC7 News car broken into while crew was attending anti-robbery press conference in D.C.  —  An ABC7 News car was broken into while the crew was attending a press conference held by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Police Chief Cathy Lanier to discuss a Task Force created to fight robberies.
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?
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, Washington Post and The Hill
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 …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
Mike Cason /
Roy Moore says probate judges have duty to enforce same-sex marriage ban  —  Chief Justice Roy Moore issued an order today saying that a ruling issued last March by the Alabama Supreme Court remains in effect and that probate judges “have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary” …
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” …
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.”
Ted Cruz / Des Moines Register:
I'm fighting for farmers against Washington  —  Iowa farmers are profoundly frustrated with Washington and deserve a champion who will stand with Iowa against the bipartisan corruption of our nation's Capitol.  —  By this point in the campaign, many readers will have seen the furious coordinated effort …
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