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6:45 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
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
White House: No evidence to support North Korean ‘hydrogen bomb’ claim
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
When Will China Finally Abandon the Loons in North Korea?
Discussion: New York Times and Balloon Juice
Margaret Talev / Bloomberg Business:
Republicans Say North Korea Bomb Test Claims are Hillary Clinton's Fault
Discussion: ABC News and The Hill
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
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Rand Paul pokes Rubio over his ‘cute new boots’  —  GOP presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) may have gotten more than he bargained for after donning a pair of stylish, high-heeled black leather boots on the campaign trail.  —  Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) stopped by co-host Whoopi Goldberg's …
Discussion:, The Week and RedState
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
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
Donald Trump Has Now Flip-Flopped Twice on Ted Cruz's Eligibility
Discussion: and Washington Post
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.
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Donald Trump's low-energy campaign
Discussion: The Week and Political Wire
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:
The Hear-Nothing Gun Crowd
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?
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
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
Jon Nicosia / Mediaite:
Gun Store Owner Who Gave Trump a Rifle Has Armed Standoff with CNN Hosts  —  If you've ever wondered what it would look like if a First Order stormtrooper did a cable news hit while his armor was at the dry cleaners, today is your lucky day.  Mark Limoges, the New Hampshire gun owner who gifted …
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” …
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
St. John Barned-Smith / Houston Chronicle:
Grand jury indicts DPS trooper who arrested Sandra Bland  —  A Waller County grand jury has indicted Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Brian Encinia - the trooper who arrested Sandra Bland - on perjury charges.  —  Darrell Jordan, a special prosecutor, said the charge is a Class A misdemeanor …
M.G. Oprea / The Federalist:
How You Pronounce ‘Muslim’ Says A Lot About Your Politics  —  You may have noticed something different in the way some people, including various presidential candidates, talk about Islam depending on whether they are Republicans or Democrats.  No, I'm not referring to the Democrats' refusal to say …
Discussion: Instapundit and alicublog
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 …
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
Alex Kuczynski / Harper's BAZAAR:
Melania Trump's American Dream  —  Donald Trump's first lady talks candidly about her husband's controversial presidential bid, the secrets to their happy marriage, and why she's stayed out of the spotlight—until now.  —  By Alex Kuczynski and Photographs by Douglas Friedman
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.
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
Everything Is (Even More) Awesome!  —  As we enter 2016, Americans are still feeling grouchy.  Only one-fourth of the public believes the United States is heading in the right direction.  The Republican presidential debates have been malaise-a-thons, competitions to portray American decline …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama plugs State of the Union address in video trailer
Discussion: ABC News
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Libertarian Gary Johnson launches presidential bid, lowers expectations
Discussion: Hit & Run and Bloomberg Business
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
Republicans Start 2016 by Trying to Repeal Obamacare Again
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Tim Carpenter / Topeka Capital-Journal:
KDOT ships engineering jobs to Lawrence to stem departures
Discussion: Associated Press
Andrew Tangel / Wall Street Journal:
Gov. Cuomo to Back a Penn Station Overhaul
Richard Martin / MIT Technology Review:
Battles Over Net Metering Cloud the Future of Rooftop Solar
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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?