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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Cheat Sheet - ISIS Pisses Off Pacifist Japan

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January 20, 2015
After Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged $200 million to help countries hit by ISIS, the terrorist group released a video threatening to kill two Japanese hostages. If they die, the country's anti-war constitution may go with it, Jake Adelstein reports from Tokyo.

A male cardiac surgeon was shot twice Tuesday at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital. The suspect was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police. The reason for the shooting, which took place on the second floor of the Shapiro Cardiovascular Center, is not yet known, but police believe the victim was specifically targeted. "We know he came into the hospital on the second floor, asking for this particular doctor,'' said Police Commissioner William B. Evans. "There was a particular reason he targeted this doctor.... Right now we're looking into the possible motive of it." Evans described the victim as in "serious condition." His name has not yet been released.

President Obama will ask for a number of impossible tasks in his second to last State of the Union address tonight, but the speech is about more than policy requests. The real goals are his legacy and setting up Hillary 2016, Tim Mak writes.
Shiite insurgents stormed Yemen's presidential palace on Tuesday. Now, the country's plunging toward sectarian civil war, reports Jamie Dettmer. The big winner: the group that claimed to be responsible for the Charlie Hebdo attack.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is refusing to hand over $800,000 in credit-card bills as part of a probe into his travel expenses. The monitoring organization New Jersey Watchdog alleges that Christie has been costing the public a pretty penny for his travels, including a 1,800 percent increase in the governor's security detail since he took office. "Last year, Christie traveled out-of-state more than 100 days while visiting 36 states, Mexico, and Canada, primarily to help raise $106 million in campaign contributions as chairman of the Republican Governors Association," wrote reporter Mark Lagerkvist. Christie's office denied the request for the American Express bills because "the monthly statements indicate the names of the Executive Protection Unit members, the number of Executive Protection Unit members, and the location of these members on a day-to-day basis."

Yemenis Charged in U.S. for Terror Ties
Caught in Saudi Arabia.
Dead Argentine Prosecutor Didn't Own Gun
That put bullet in his head.
Teen Successfully Posed as OB/GYN
Fooled hospital for a month.
SCOTUS: Muslim Prisoner Can Grow Beard
Thanks in part to Hobby Lobby.
Bieber to Get Comedy Central Roast
Asked for one for years.

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