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Morning Reads: Leaders of the Malheur Standoff Arrested

Law enforcement personnel monitor an intersection of closed Highway 395 in Burns, Oregon on January 26, 2016, during a standoff pitting an anti-government militia against the US authorities. One person died in an armed clash with police as they arrested the leaders of a group laying siege to an American wildlife refuge, the FBI said January 26. (Photo credit: Rob Kerr/AFP/Getty Images)

Developing –> “Oregon standoff spokesman Robert ‘LaVoy’ Finicum was killed and other leaders of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation were arrested Tuesday after the FBI and state police stopped vehicles about 20 miles north of Burns [Oregon]… [Nevada State Assemblywoman Michele] Fiore, a vocal supporter of the Bundy family, said that Ammon Bundy told his wife that Finicum was cooperating with police when he was shot. But sources told The Oregonian/OregonLive that Finicum and Ryan Bundy disobeyed orders to surrender and resisted arrest. No other details were available.” Ammon and Ryan Bundy were among those arrested, but others remain at the wildlife refuge, Les Zaitz reports for The Oregonian.

New Dem debate scheduled –> We’ve noted before that the DNC chose an odd debate schedule this year, scheduling most of the events on weekend evenings, a time when few voters — especially younger, more radical voters — would likely be watching. Some said the DNC was placing a finger on the scale in favor of Hillary Clinton. But MSNBC and the New Hampshire Union Leader have added an additional, unofficial debate on Feb. 4, a Thursday. Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow will moderate. Via Buzzfeed.

GOP debate still scheduled, minus one –> Donald Trump demanded “that the news anchor Megyn Kelly be dumped from moderating Thursday’s debate, the last before Monday’s caucuses. The network did not blink. So Mr. Trump walked,” report Maggie Haberman and Nick Corisaniti at The New York Times. Gabriel Sherman writes at New York magazine that in the wake of the news the network is split internally, but “Even if Trump’s boycott backfires, he’s already achieved a historic victory: Exploding the myth that a Republican candidate can’t openly challenge Fox.”

The evangelical option –> “Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr., the son of the late televangelist, endorsed Donald Trump on Tuesday, giving the Republican front-runner the blessing of one of the evangelical community’s biggest names just days before the Iowa caucuses,” Robert Costa and Jenna Johnson report for The Washington Post.

Dull but important –> In a post calling Bernie Sanders’ ideas “the most realistic plan to boost wages and job creation,” Vox’s Matthew Yglesias explains why he’s excited to see that the Democratic candidate has a monetary policy. He writes, “Even though it’s boring, making appointments to the Federal Reserve Board is one of the most consequential powers a president has — especially in a time of gridlock. Failure to pay adequate attention to this issue is the number one domestic policy error of the Obama administration, and it would be an enormous shame for the next president to repeat it. Sanders is giving strong indication that he wouldn’t, while Clinton’s silence raises the alarming possibility that she would.”

Resisting Uber –> Taxi drivers are striking in Paris, protesting and burning tires to draw attention to “what they see as unfair competition from private hire cabs such as Uber, and the government’s inability to enforce laws designed to protect their industry.” The government says a mediator will be named “and will have three months to come up with proposals on how to ‘restore economic balance in the sector.'” Via France24.

Multitasking –> Zaid Jilani at The Intercept: “Hillary Clinton will take a detour from the campaign trail in Iowa to do a finance industry fundraiser on Wednesday. Clinton will appear in Philadelphia at a ‘gala’ fundraiser hosted by executives at Franklin Square Capital Partners, a $17 billion investment fund. Rocker Bon Jovi will reportedly play an acoustic set for ‘friends’ who pledge $1,000 and hosts who bundle up to $27,000.”

Bizarre logic –> “Charles Koch says he’s not really spending all that much on politics,” Steve Inskeep reports at National Public Radio. “As one of the billionaire Koch brothers, Koch has made massive infusions of money to political causes — some of it in direct contributions to candidates, and much of it through support for think tanks and other political groups. The organization of donors led by Charles and his brother David has vowed to spend $889 million to influence the 2016 election. Yet in an interview with NPR, Charles Koch suggested he is merely playing defense, not offense. The libertarian-leaning industrialist said he is outspent.”

Crossing party lines –> A major Republican donor, former TD Ameritrade executive Joe Ricketts, is spending big in Iowa on attack ads going after Democrat Bernie Sanders. Ricketts was supporting Scott Walker for president until the Wisconsin governor bailed. What’s the story? Maggie Haberman reports for the NYT.

The name is Bird. James Bird. –> You may think when you read the headline “Vulture arrested in Lebanon on suspicion of spying” that you’ve misunderstood. But you haven’t.

Today’s Morning Reads was compiled by John Light and edited by Michael Winship.

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