Wiretap: Crusader and commander

Jelani Cobb’s piece in the New Yorker is titled “A President and a King,” and it seeks to place Barack Obama’s presidency in context on Martin Luther King Day. As Cobb notes, a moral crusader and a commander in chief play vastly different roles, and Obama’s six years in the White House, he writes, have only complicated the relationship.

David Carr says that it may be only Hollywood but Oscar’s “Selma” omissions still matter. Via the New York Times.

You’d think that the news that 2014 was the hottest year on record would convince the global-warming skeptics. Well, maybe you wouldn’t think that. But maybe you should. Via Vox.

The Bush brothers: Peter Baker writes in the New York Times that they as different and as similar as brothers can be.

What does Elizabeth Warren want? It’s simple, writes Karen Tumulty in the Washington Post. She wants to keep the pressure on Hillary Clinton.

Obama takes credit for the gas and oil boom. And he leads the charge to regulate it. Via the National Journal.

Yes, the Supreme Court is taking up same-sex marriage. But, Adam Liptak writes in the New York Times, the Court is taking up the issue very much on its own terms.

The study that gun-rights activists keep citing, but seem to completely misunderstand. Via the Washington Post.

Fox News apologizes four times for making false statements about Muslims in Europe. At least according to rival CNN.

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