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8:35 PM ET, January 8, 2016


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Andrew Kramer / CBS Philly:
Cops: Suspect Says He Shot Officer In Name Of Islam  —  By Justin Finch, Rahel Solomon, Walt Hunter  —  PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Authorities say a Philadelphia police officer is recovering after he was shot several times during an ambush late Thursday night in West Philadelphia.
Police: Gunman who shot cop pledged allegiance to the Islamic State  —  by , Staff Report .  —  While not classifying the shooting as a terrorist attack, police said Friday that the man arrested after shooting and wounding a police officer in an ambush in West Philadelphia Thursday night confessed he acted “in the name of Islam.”
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Whoa: Hillary e-mail instructs aide to transmit classified data without markings  —  Has the State Department released a smoking gun in the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal?  In a thread from June 2011, Hillary exchanges e-mails with Jake Sullivan, then her deputy chief of staff …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Bombshell Email Shows Hillary Instructed Adviser To Strip Markings From Sensitive Talking Points  —  On June 16, 2011, Hillary Clinton's top foreign policy adviser, Jake Sullivan, was having trouble sending his boss a list of talking points that contained sensitive — and possibly classified — information.
Nick Gass / Politico:
The 8 must-read Hillary Clinton emails
Discussion: ABC News
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Hillary ‘surprised’ by staffer using personal email
Dana Hedgpeth / Washington Post:
Powerball jackpot, already at a record level, could reach $1 billion  —  The Powerball lottery jackpot has already jumped to $700 million.  Could it reach $1 billion?  —  By midday Thursday, lottery officials said the new high came as sales of tickets continue to skyrocket.
Discussion: CNNMoney and NPR
Chris Isidore / CNNMoney:
You're even less likely to win Powerball than you think  —  The odds of winning Powerball have always been pretty bad.  But recently they got worse.  A lot worse.  —  The odds are now 1 in 292 million against you winning the $800 million jackpot in Wednesday night's game.
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Nick Gass / Politico:
Fox poll: Sanders soars in New Hampshire  —  Bernie Sanders has soared to a 13-point lead over Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire in a Fox News survey out Friday, nearly a month to the day that primary voters will make their decision at the polls on Feb. 9.  —  Sanders, who in November held …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:   Fox News Poll: Sanders up by 13 points in New Hampshire
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
White House won't commit to supporting Sanders over guns
Richard Orange / Telegraph:
Unprecedented sex harassment in Helsinki at New Year, Finnish police report  —  Finnish police ‘tipped off’ about plans by groups of asylum seekers to sexually harass women  —  Asylum seekers who gathered in central Helsinki on New Years's Eve “had similar plans” to commit sexual assault …
Alison Smale / New York Times:
18 Asylum Seekers Are Tied to Attacks on Women in Germany
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
GOP heads into 2016 fight with no clear ObamaCare plan  —  The GOP has failed to put forward a full ObamaCare replacement plan, a significant political liability in an election year that stands to permanently cement the law.  —  Republicans this week made good on a five-year-old promise …
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Veepstakes begin as Nikki Haley takes the GOP spotlight
Discussion: ABC News
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama vetoes health bill repeal
Discussion:, The Week, Politico and RT
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Jeb Bush's Image Among Republicans Deteriorates  —  Story Highlights  —  PRINCETON, N.J. — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's image among Republicans has steadily worsened over the past 5 ½ months.  His current net favorable rating of -1 (44% favorable, 45% unfavorable) …
John Hall / Times of India:
ISIS militant Ali Saqr al-Qasem publicly executes his own mother in Raqqa after accusing her of ‘apostasy’  —  LONDON: In a shocking low even by the standards of the Islamic State, a militant has publicly executed his own mother after accusing her of apostasy.
Discussion: Mediaite and Pamela Geller
Reuters:   Islamic State member executes his mother in Syria: monitor
Beau Donelly / Sydney Morning Herald:
Melbourne man faces stiff opposition to penis signature  —  Jared Hyams' signature started as a joke.  —  Suspecting that no one at the Australian Electoral Commission would scrutinise the application to change his address, he scribbled a caricature of a penis in the box that asked for a signature.
Brandi Grissom / Trail Blazers Blog:
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott calls for Convention of States to take back states' rights  —  Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks at the Dallas Regional Chamber at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on March 16, 2015.  (Michael Ainsworth/The Dallas Morning News) … Gov. Greg Abbott, aiming to spark …
Kelly House / Oregonian:
At Bundy encampment, outsider says militants ‘attacked’ his group  —  BURNS — Violence broke out at the Bundy compound Wednesday night between its militant occupants and members of an outside group whose leader says he wants to get women and children out of the compound.
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Exclusive: Birth Certificate for Ted Cruz's Mother  —  Eleanor Darragh, mother of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), was born in Delaware on Nov. 23, 1934, establishing her citizenship by birth-and, according to U.S. law, that of her son, even though he was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on Dec. 22, 1970.
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Charles Koch bemoans lack of influence over 2016 race  —  Charles Koch is “disappointed” with the line-up of Republican candidates in the 2016 cycle, and is surprised by the lack of influence he and his brother have wielded so far.  —  In an interview with the Financial Times …
New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: NYC high school teacher claims she was fired for Central Park Five lessons that administrators feared would create ‘riots’  —  A teacher at an Upper West Side high school was fired for creating a curriculum with lessons about the Central Park Five that administrators feared would …
Republican politicians jumped the gun on terrorism suspect's arrest: sources  —  Two Texas politicians made public details of an investigation into a terrorism suspect while it was still in progress, potentially jeopardizing the inquiry, three sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.
Discussion: Mother Jones, KQED News and The Week
The Anthropocene is functionally and stratigraphically distinct from the Holocene  —  1British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham NG12 5GG, UK.  —  2Department of Geology, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK.  —  3Scott Polar Research Institute …
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Disclosure: Another 41 Foreign-Born Individuals Snagged On Terror Charges  —  Following the discovery of a terrorist cell in Texas allegedly operated by an Iraqi who entered the United States as a refugee, the Washington Free Beacon has learned of an additional 41 individuals who have been implicated …
Jim Douglas / WFAA-TV:
Sheriff to Tonya Couch: 'It's jail, not a resort'  —  TARRANT COUNTY — Tonya Couch appeared in a yellow jail jumpsuit in her first court appearance Friday morning and told District Judge Wayne Salvant she understood the charges against her.  —  Couch stood amid eight deputies …
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
Julia Jacobo / ABC News:
Ron Lieber / New York Times:
How Should You Manage Your Money?  And Keep It Short  —  Managing your money should be pretty straightforward, but that doesn't make the task all that easy.  —  That's the biggest takeaway from the handful of simple financial instruction lists making the rounds among the New Year's resolution set.
Discussion: Scott Adams Blog and Mother Jones
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David Weigel / Washington Post:
Sharia, deportation, world government: Ted Cruz's masterful handling of conservative angst
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Era of climate science denial is not over, study finds
Sean Kennedy / CNN:
Donald Trump must be destroyed
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Beaverton plumber fired after racist road rage rant
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Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters:
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Justin Fenton / Baltimore Sun:
Maryland appeals court halts order compelling Officer William Porter to testify
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Jeb Bush calls for end of federal food stamp program as part of welfare overhaul
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Hillary Clinton /
A make-or-break moment for Supreme Court appointments
Discussion: Above the Law
Oliver Darcy /
‘American Sniper’ Widow Taya Kyle Takes on Obama at Town Hall on Guns: ‘We Cannot Outlaw Murder’
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
The Supreme Court and a Life Barely Lived
Discussion: SCOTUSblog, Althouse and ACS Blog
Emily Flitter / Reuters:
Trump likes to sleep in his own bed and it may cost him votes
Discussion: The Week and The Resurgent
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