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8:25 AM ET, January 5, 2016

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Russ Choma / Mother Jones:
How the Leader of the Oregon Armed Protest Benefited From a Federal Loan Program  —  Ammon Bundy decries federal “tyranny,” but he sought aid from the government to help his company.  —  As one of the leaders of a band of armed, anti-government activists who have taken over a National Park Service building …
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Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Is the Oregon Standoff Evidence of a Racial Double Standard?  —  Not really.  And we are in danger of drawing the wrong lessons from the fact that these armed militiamen are white.  —  In April 2014, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy made headlines when he (and his armed allies) …
Discussion: Oregonian, Fox News and Vox
Washington Post:
Armed men, led by Bundy brothers, take over federal building in rural Oregon  —  BURNS, Ore. — A group of armed anti-government activists remained encamped at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon on Sunday evening, vowing to occupy the outpost for years to protest the federal government's treatment …
Les Zaitz / Oregonian:
Watch: Oregon militants post new video from refuge, plead for help to ‘prevent bloodshed’
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
Jim Dalrymple II / BuzzFeed:
You Need To Understand Mormonism If You Want To Understand The Oregon Standoff
CNN:
Armed protesters refuse to leave federal building in Oregon
Jacob Sullum / Hit & Run:
The Absurdly Harsh Penalties That Sparked the Oregon Rancher Protest
The White House:
FACT SHEET: New Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence and Make Our Communities  —  Gun violence has taken a heartbreaking toll on too many communities across the country.  Over the past decade in America, more than 100,000 people have been killed as a result of gun violence …
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David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Obama details executive action on gun restrictions  —  The Obama administration on Monday unveiled a series of new executive actions aimed at reducing gun violence and making some political headway on one of the most frustrating policy areas of President Obama's tenure.
Speaker.gov:
Statement on Potential Executive Action to Restrict 2nd Amendment Rights
Discussion: The Daily Signal and Slantpoint
Arlette Saenz / ABC News:
President Obama Claims Executive Action on Gun Control Within His Authority
Discussion: The Agonist
Will Kraus / Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings …:
Donald Trump: A Trump television ad shows Mexicans swarming over “our southern border.”  —  The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire!  Donald Trump's first TV ad shows migrants ‘at the southern border,’ but they're actually in Morocco  —  In a new television ad — his campaign's first …
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NBC News:
Trump Ad Fact Checked for Border Footage, Campaign Says ‘No Sh—’  —  LOWELL, Mass. - Donald Trump may have some explaining to do about footage used in his new campaign advertisement.  —  Released Monday, the much-anticipated TV ad shows migrants on what the narrator claims is the southern border, scattering.
Tom Nichols / The Daily Beast:
How the P.C. Police Propelled Donald Trump
Discussion: Mother Jones
Bloomberg Business:
What the 2016 Presidential Candidates Must Do to Win  —  Can a Republican win without succeeding in Iowa or New Hampshire?  Can Clinton avoid a stumble?  —  michaelcbender  —  aritbenie  —  Less than four weeks before Iowans kick off the 2016 presidential contest with their Feb. 1 caucuses …
Discussion: Politico
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Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Clinton: Aliens may have visited us already  —  Hillary Clinton says that aliens may have already visited humanity.  —  “I think we may have been [visited already].  We don't know for sure,” the Democratic presidential front-runner told The Conway Daily Sun during a campaign stop in New Hampshire last week.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Hillary: Elect me and I'll get to the bottom of UFOs and Area 51
WXIA-TV:
Woman, 11 kids held hostage in motel standoff  —  DEKALB, Ga. — A woman and 11 children are being held hostage at a motel on Snapfinger Woods Dr.  —  The stand off is underway after a domestic dispute call that came in around the two o'clock hour.  The SWAT team is on the scene negotiating …
Discussion: NBC News and WISH-TV
Noah Rothman / Commentary Magazine:
The Left May Come to Loathe Obama  —  As we glide with trepidation into another presidential election year, the American mood might be best characterized as apprehensive.  The right, which has for nearly seven years eagerly anticipated the last moments of Barack Obama's presidency …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Washington Times
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Yahoo Shutters Video Service Yahoo Screen (Exclusive)  —  Yahoo has shut down Yahoo Screen, the video hub the beleaguered company launched over two years ago to unite its many original and syndicated programming under one roof.  —  Yahoo Screen was home to everything from the recent streaming …
Tessa Berenson / TIME:
Here Are the Five Most Interesting Anecdotes From Candy Carson's New Book  —  Ben Carson and his wife Candy were college sweethearts.  The two met at Yale, and have stayed together through Ben's time in medical school, his brutal 20-hour shifts as a pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins …
Discussion: alan.com
Jeremy Gillula / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Confirms: T-Mobile's Binge On Optimization is Just Throttling, Applies Indiscriminately to All Video  —  Back in November, T-Mobile announced a new service for its mobile customers called Binge On, in which video streams from certain websites don't count against customers' data caps.1 …
Esquire:
AMERICAN RAGE: THE ESQUIRE/NBC NEWS SURVEY  —  WE THE PEOPLE ARE PISSED.  THE BODY POLITIC IS BURNING UP.  AND THE ANGER THAT COURSES THROUGH OUR HEADLINES AND NEWS FEEDS—ABOUT INJUSTICE AND INEQUALITY, ABOUT MARGINALIZATION AND DISENFRANCHISEMENT, ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO US—SHOWS NO SIGN OF ABATING.
 
 
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Norm Ornstein / The Atlantic:
The Eight Causes of Trumpism
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Fox pundit: Oregon militia are not ‘thugs’ like black protesters because they fight ‘government gone wild’
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Jeb Bush Has “Mistaken And Conflated” Story About Receiving NRA Award, Campaign Admits
Discussion: Hot Air, Washington Post and alan.com
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Academics And Politics  —  Via Noah Smith, an interesting …
Discussion: TaxProf Blog
Eric Raymond / Armed and Dangerous:
Why I joined the NRA  —  After 20 years of evading joining the NRA …
Kevin Rector / Baltimore Sun:
Deadliest year in Baltimore history ends with 344 homicides