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12:30 PM ET, January 6, 2015


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Scott Wong / The Hill:
WHIP LIST: Boehner opposition grows  —  A small but growing number of Republicans say they will vote Tuesday to deny John Boehner a third term as Speaker of the House.  —  But ousting a sitting Speaker is a difficult feat, and a group of a dozen defectors failed two years ago to depose Boehner, the powerful Ohio Republican.
Hours before vote, small GOP opposition to John Boehner grows  —  Fifteen House Republicans have now publicly proclaimed that they will try to strip John Boehner of a third term as speaker of the House.  —  That's well short of the number needed to push the public election into full chaos …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republicans take the reins  —  It's game time for Mitch McConnell and John Boehner.  —  For the first time since 2006, Congress is convening this week under full GOP control, with McConnell (Ky.) reaching the pinnacle of Senate majority leader and Boehner (Ohio) poised to win a third term as Speaker.
Justin Amash / Facebook:
Republicans have a historic opportunity in this Congress.  We can pass significant legislation and push President Obama to the bargaining table for the first time in his presidency.  We can uphold the Constitution and the Rule of Law.  We can expand liberty and economic freedom for all Americans.
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Boehner Facing Dissent and Defections in Vote to Remain Speaker of House  —  WASHINGTON — Speaker John A. Boehner is all but assured of re-election to the top House leadership post when his colleagues vote on Tuesday, but the new term also could serve up the embarrassment of a potentially record number …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Boehner could face biggest speaker revolt since 1923
Gerald F. Seib / Wall Street Journal:   Sen. McConnell's Top Prospects Across the Aisle
John Parkinson / ABC News:
Why John Boehner Will Win Reelection as House Speaker Today
Kerry Burke / NY Daily News:
Two NYPD officers shot while investigating suspected robbery in the Bronx — BREAKING  —  Both officers were rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital, where they are expected to recover, after one was shot in the back and the other was shot in the arm about 10:30 p.m. Monday in Fordham Heights.
Jeb Bush fundraising apparatus ready for takeoff  —  Jeb Bush's fundraising operation is about to get serious.  —  Allies of the former Florida governor are planning to roll out both a leadership PAC and a super PAC in the coming days in an effort to lock up major donors and give pause …
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:   GOP needs to pump new blood: Column
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Jeb Bush In '94: “Sodomy” Shouldn't Be Given Same Protections As Race, Religion
Serafin Gómez / Fox News:
Jeb Bush filing paperwork Tuesday for new PAC, in big step toward 2016 bid
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
This post shamelessly uses Frederick County (Md.) Council Member Kirby Delauter's name without authorization  —  Kirby Delauter, a Frederick County (Maryland) Council Member threatens a local journalist (Bethany Rodgers) for ... using his name without permission in a newspaper article.  No, really:
Mr. Media Training:
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Mystery surrounds 53 Cuban political prisoners supposed to be set free  —  An air of secrecy surrounds the fate of 53 political prisoners whom Cuba agreed to free in its historic deal with the United States last month, as Washington and Havana's refusal to publicly identify the dissidents is fueling suspicion over Cuba's intentions.
Discussion: RedState and Daily Signal
Washington Free Beacon:
State Dept. Can't Explain Why Cuba Isn't Fulfilling Promises Made in Obama Deal
Discussion: Power Line, VodkaPundit and Hot Air
Wall Street Journal:
Christie Faces Scrutiny Over Gifts From Cowboys Owner  —  Governor's Aides Said Gifts Acceptable Under State Policy  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie accepted a plane ride to Dallas and a seat at a Cowboys playoff football game in a luxury suite from team owner Jerry Jones …
The Columbus Dispatch:
Justice Insider: Lego model of Downtown featured unfriendly gun-toting guest at the police station  —  REQUEST TO BUY THIS PHOTO  —  ' CLASS="> VIEW SLIDESHOW  —  REQUEST TO BUY THIS PHOTO
Discussion: Associated Press and Daily Mail
ABC News:
‘Mysterious Beasts’ Spotted by Arizona Highway Cameras  —  A suspicious pack of what appeared to be a group of large animals has sparked a viral debate about a possible sasquatch sighting in Arizona.  —  The Arizona Department of Transportation was behind the latest announcement …
Discussion: KFOR-TV
Des Moines Register:
Last Slide  —  Less than a year ago, Joni Ernst wasn't famous much beyond the Iowa town of Red Oak.  These days, she's making world news.  —  Yet Ernst, one of the most high-profile politicians to come out of Iowa, has kept a decidedly low profile in her transition from little-known state senator …
Shira T. Center / Roll Call:
Sources: Chris Gibson Will Announce Retirement  —  Gibson is a New York Republican.  (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)  —  Rep. Chris Gibson, R-N.Y., will announce his retirement Tuesday, according to two GOP sources.  —  The Republican, who was re-elected to a third term in November …
Discussion: OnPolitics, Hot Air and Politico
The Hill:   Source: NY rep won't seek reelection
Jordan Cohen / The New York Times Company:
A Note From Dean: Charting the Future  —  A memo to the staff of The Times from Dean Baquet, the executive editor:  —  Dear Colleagues,  —  By any measure, 2014 was a dramatic year — a sudden leadership change ending with the departure of treasured colleagues.
Nicholas St. Fleur / The Atlantic Online:
The Secrets of the Toxic Disco Clam  —  The mantis shrimp is the undisputed lightweight champion of the sea.  With a punch as fast as a .22 caliber bullet, the crustacean terrorizes small prey along the ocean floor.  But now, an unexpected David has emerged from the depths to subdue this underwater Goliath …
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