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6:35 PM ET, January 17, 2016

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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Barack Obama and the Hall of Fame of Straw Men  —  Barack Obama is famous for the false choice: time after time, he posits only two alternatives, one of which is his preferred course while the other option is an obvious straw man, sometimes a course that has never been advocated by anyone.
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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Obama Speaks on Iran: We Achieved Deal ‘Without Resorting to Another War’
Discussion: The Daily Banter
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Trump takes credit for Iran prisoner release
John Santucci / ABC News:
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ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Poll: Clinton Holds 25-Point National Lead Over Sanders  —  Hillary Clinton leads rival Bernie Sanders by 25 points nationally ahead of Sunday's final Democratic debate and the all-important Iowa caucuses, according to the latest results from the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Bernie Sanders backs away from 2005 gun vote
Discussion: ABC News, Slantpoint and The Week
Isaac Arnsdorf / Politico:
Rubio: Law-abiding undocumented immigrants could stay  —  Sen. Marco Rubio says people who immigrated to the U.S. illegally but haven't committed any major crimes could be allowed to stay.  —  In an interview airing Sunday on NBC's “Meet the Press,” the Florida contender …
Samantha Page / ThinkProgress:
Rubio Says He Bought A Gun On Christmas Eve To Help Defend America Against ISIS  —  Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said that he bought a gun on Christmas Eve and will use it to protect his family — and America — against ISIS.  —  “I'm a strong supporter of the second amendment.
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Dylan Stableford / Yahoo Politics:
Marco Rubio bought a gun to be ‘last line of defense between ISIS and my family’
Discussion: New York Times
Matthew MacWilliams / Politico:
The One Weird Trait That Predicts Whether You're a Trump Supporter  —  If I asked you what most defines Donald Trump supporters, what would you say?  They're white?  They're poor?  They're uneducated?  —  You'd be wrong.  —  In fact, I've found a single statistically significant variable …
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Fox host scorches Cruz over ‘carpet bombing’ ISIS rhetoric: It proves you have ‘no military experience’  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has defended his plan to “carpet bomb” civilian areas occupied by ISIS in the face of critics …
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Some Inconvenient Gun Facts for Liberals  —  FOR those of us who argue in favor of gun safety laws, there are a few inconvenient facts.  —  We liberals are sometimes glib about equating guns and danger.  In fact, it's complicated: The number of guns in America has increased …
New York Times:
Drug Overdoses Propel Rise in Mortality Rates of Young Whites  —  Drug overdoses are driving up the death rate of young white adults in the United States to levels not seen since the end of the AIDS epidemic more than two decades ago — a turn of fortune that stands in sharp contrast …
Brendan O'Connor / Gawker:
Oregon Militia Spokesman Says Foster Children Were Removed From His Home  —  Oregon militia spokesman Robert “LaVoy” Finicum told OPB that the four foster children who had been living with him and his wife on their Chino Valley, Arizona, ranch have been taken away.
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
DNC chief: Debates scheduled to ‘maximize’ candidates' exposure  —  Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) on Sunday said she scheduled primary debates with the goal of maximizing media attention for the party's presidential candidates.
Discussion: RedState and BostonGlobe.com
Jay Caruso / RedState:
Hillary To Jake Tapper: I'm Too Busy Campaigning To See ‘13 Hours.’ (VIDEO)  —  Could this lady be any more tone deaf?  Contrary to what her lackey, David Brock, over at Media Matters thinks, the issue of Benghazi is not going away.  It's bad enough she has accused the families of the victims …
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Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:   Movie Review: 13 Hours, A Great Movie and an Enormous, Enormous Problem for Hillary
Daniel Bethencourt / Detroit Free Press:
Michael Moore, in Flint, says crisis ‘not a mistake’  —  As Flint's water crisis reached a new national spotlight this week, director and Flint native Michael Moore held a rally in the city on Saturday, where he accused government leaders of intentionally poisoning thousands of people.
Discussion: Raw Story and addictinginfo.org
John Kerry / US Department of State:
Hague Claims Tribunal Settlement  —  Press Statement Secretary of State Washington, DC  —  The United States and Iran today have settled a long outstanding claim at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in the Hague.  —  This specific claim was in the amount of a $400 million Trust Fund used …
 
 
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