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8:35 AM ET, January 7, 2016


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A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
Cruz's path to victory  —  He is the most hated man in Washington, and he isn't riveting record crowds like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are out on the campaign trail.  But Ted Cruz is running one of the best presidential campaigns of 2016.  —  After spending what will likely amount …
Jennifer Hansler / ABC News:
Donald Trump Wants Ted Cruz to ‘Go Before a Judge’ About His Citizenship  —  Donald Trump wants Ted Cruz to go before a judge to “immediately, like tomorrow” to determine whether or not he is a “natural born citizen” and therefore eligible to run for president.
CBS News:
John McCain: Ted Cruz's citizenship is “worth looking into”  —  PHOENIX — Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, who faced questions as the 2008 GOP presidential nominee about his birth abroad, is now posing the same question to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.  —  In an interview Wednesday …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
John McCain: “I Don't Know” If Cruz Is Eligible For Presidency With Canadian Birth
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Sanders: Clinton lacks courage to stand up to Wall Street  —  Hillary Clinton hasn't stood up to Wall Street, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) contended on Wednesday in an interview on MSNBC's “Morning joe.”  —  “Do I think Hillary Clinton or many other senators have shown the courage that is necessary to stand up the Wall Street power?
Discussion: ABC News
Associated Press:
Clinton, Sanders Aim for Victory in Nevada Caucuses  —  Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled for support among Nevada Democrats on Wednesday night, looking beyond the leadoff contests of Iowa and New Hampshire to a state that could play a pivotal role in the nomination fight.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Trump Maintains Lead in NH; Dem Race Close  —  PPP's newest New Hampshire poll finds Donald Trump leading in the state by 14 points.  Trump's position in the state has been steady over the last three months- we found him at 28% in mid-October, 27% in early December, and we find him at 29% …
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Obamacare had little effect on part-time employment: Study  —  The sky didn't fall when Obamacare went into effect — and the number of people working part-time didn't rise, either.  —  A new study further undercuts a major claim by critics of the Affordable Care Act, who contended that the law …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
House passes ObamaCare repeal, sending measure to president
Discussion: Mother Jones and Yahoo
House sends Obamacare repeal bill to White House
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Congress sends health care repeal to Obama, setting up certain veto
Discussion: Power Line and Real Clear Politics
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
Republicans Start 2016 by Trying to Repeal Obamacare Again
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
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 …
David Montgomery / New York Times:
Texas Trooper Who Arrested Sandra Bland Is Indicted on Perjury Charge  —  HEMPSTEAD, Tex. — The state trooper who arrested Sandra Bland, the Chicago-area woman who three days later was found hanged in her cell at the Waller County jail, was indicted on a perjury charge, a special prosecutor said here Wednesday.
Discussion: NPR, all and Daily Kos
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
For Hillary Clinton, old news or new troubles?  —  The ghosts of the 1990s have returned to confront Hillary Clinton, released from the vault by Donald Trump and revved up by a 21st-century version of the scandal machine that almost destroyed her husband's presidency.  —  This is a moment that her campaign has long expected.
Discussion: Althouse and Political Wire
Associated Press:
12 miners rescued, 5 still trapped in salt mine near Ithaca  —  LANSING, N.Y. (AP) — Five miners are still stuck in an elevator 775 feet underground at a central New York salt mine near Ithaca and emergency crews are working on a rescue. 12 have been rescued and are being evaluated by medical personnel.
WDRB 41 Louisville News:
Louisville woman accused of assaulting, robbing disabled man after he jokes that he doesn't believe in God  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — A woman was arrested at the Hall of Justice in downtown Louisville Tuesday afternoon, months after police say she assaulted and robbed a man after he joked that he did not believe in God.
Bethania Palma Markus / Raw Story:
Woman beats disabled man with his own cane for saying he doesn't believe in God: police
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” …
Roy Moore: Alabama Same-Sex Marriage Ban in ‘Full Effect’
Discussion: Towleroad
Associated Press:
GOP Sen. Cruz Says ‘Bad Actors’ Will Get Worse Under Obama  —  Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said Wednesday that ‘bad actors’ like North Korea will only get worse under the Obama administration.  —  Responding to questions about North Korea's claim that it tested a hydrogen bomb …
New York Times:
White House Disputes North Korea's Claim of Hydrogen Bomb Test
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
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Libertarian Gary Johnson launches presidential bid, lowers expectations  —  Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson has joined the crowded 2016 presidential race.  But he's not making any promises about his ability to defeat the likes of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.
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 …
Katie Pavlich /
Citizen Asks ATF: Do I Need a Federal Firearms License to Sell Thousands of Guns to Mexican Cartels?  —  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has posted a link to their Facebook page clarifying requirements for people selling guns to obtain a Federal Firearms License.
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
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: alicublog and Instapundit
Julia Jacobo / ABC News:
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Nat Brown / National Review:
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Stephanie Ballesteros / WAVY-TV:
Tractor-trailer driver survives plunge over CBBT
Discussion: KXAN-TV and WJTV
Lindsey Ellefson / Mediaite:
Trump Supporters Back Up ‘Birther’ Claims, Accuse Obama of Being Part of ‘New World Order’
Los Angeles Times:
Brown declares state of emergency at Porter Ranch amid massive gas leak
Discussion: Gizmodo and KTLA
Paul Griffiths / New York Times:
Pierre Boulez, Composer and Conductor Who Pushed Modernism's Boundaries, Dies at 90
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Trump: I didn't try to ‘woo’ Megyn Kelly
Gina Harkins / Marine Corps Times:
Marine Corps boot camp, job titles to be gender neutral by April
 Earlier Items: 
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama plugs State of the Union address in video trailer
Discussion: ABC News
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