Morning Must Reads: January 16

In the news: Obamacare, the Oscars, an Appropriations bill, a "stealth war" on abortion, a White House education summit, and what's prettier in print

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

  • “Congress has moved to block President Obama’s plan to shift control of the U.S. drone campaign from the CIA to the Defense Department, inserting a secret provision in the massive government spending bill introduced this week that would preserve the spy agency’s role in lethal counterterrorism operations…” [WashPost]
  • Obama’s Path From Critic to Defender of Government Spying [NYT]
  • Two Weeks Into Health Law’s Rollout, Few Problems, Few Patients [WSJ]
  • “The White House will host college presidents, nonprofit and business leaders at a summit Thursday that ties President Barack Obama’s economic mobility agenda to his goal of increasing college completion rates in America.” [TIME]
    • Texas Public Schools Are Teaching Creationism [Slate]
  • House passes $1.1 trillion Appropriations bill [TIME]
  • The Stealth War on Abortion [Rolling Stone]
  • American Hustle and Gravity are the leading contenders for the 86th Academy Awards, with ten Oscar nominations each. Following closely behind was 12 Years a Slave, receiving nine nods.” [TIME]
  • Prettier in Print