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1:05 PM ET, January 28, 2015


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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republican leaders look for escape plan on immigration  —  Republican leaders in the House and Senate are boxed in on immigration and searching for a way out.  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) are struggling to find a way to fund the Department …
Alex Roarty / National Journal:
The ‘War on Women’ Isn't Over Yet  —  Critics say Democrats' focus on “women's issues” failed in 2014, but the party has no plans to abandon the line of attack.  —  Democrats are far from finished with their “war on women” campaign strategy, midterm losses be damned.
Discussion: Washington Post and Instapundit
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
House plots new lawsuit against Obama's immigration orders  —  The House is taking action to sue president Obama over his executive actions that gave legal status to millions of illegal immigrants.  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) apprised House Republicans of the plan, which is still being finalized …
Politico:   Homeland Security funding on the brink
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Obama scraps plan to tax college accounts
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Politico
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Michelle Obama's uncovered head draws Saudi Twitter critique  —  First lady Michelle Obama faced backlash from Twitter users in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for not wearing a head covering during her brief visit there with the president.  —  Obama wore loose-fitting clothes including a long blue jacket …
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:10 minutes ago
Hillary Clinton agrees to testify on Benghazi, panel's ranking Dem says  —  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has agreed to testify before the House select committee investigating the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, CNN reports.
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Obama Is Setting Up Hillary Clinton to Fail
Discussion: Politico
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
What to call a president's husband? Bill Clinton has ideas25 minutes ago
Discussion: OnPolitics and New York Magazine
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: January 2015  —  Bianca DiJulio, Jamie Firth, and Mollyann Brodie … The Public's Views Of King V. Burwell And Exchanges  —  The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case, King v. Burwell, in March about whether the health care law says people in all states …
Domenico Montanaro / PBS NewsHour:
Republicans to vote on repealing Obamacare ... again  —  Today in the Morning Line:  — House's first month has focused on base issues without much chance of getting to the president  — Why another Obamacare vote?  Freshmen want to say they voted against it  — Law remains unpopular, but people like the subsidies
Koch donors give Marco Rubio early nod  —  Straw poll at donor summit rates 5 GOP hopefuls.  —  Getty  —  The Koch brothers' conservative network is still debating whether it will spend any of its massive $889-million budget in the Republican presidential primaries, but the prospect …
Maayan Lubell / Reuters:
Anti-tank missile fired at Israeli military vehicle on Lebanon frontier: army  —  (Reuters) - An anti-tank missile was fired at an Israeli military vehicle near the Lebanon border on Wednesday, wounding four soldiers, a military source said.  —  The incident came several hours after Israel launched …
New York Times:
Missile Attack Kills 2 Israeli Soldiers Near Lebanon, and Hezbollah Claims ResponsibilityNEW!
Discussion: Reuters, Gawker and New York Magazine
New York Post:
Sheldon Silver to resign as Assembly speaker  —  Scandal-scarred Sheldon Silver Tuesday night agreed to resign as the powerful Assembly speaker.  —  Silver's decision to quit — amid calls from fellow Democrats to do so — came less than a week after being busted by the feds for allegedly using …
Discussion: Gothamist and Fox News
Sheldon Silver Built Power by Speaking Softly While Punishing Foes
Discussion: JP Updates
Danielle Douglas-Gabriel / Washington Post:
Obama drops proposal to cut tax benefits of 529 college savings plans  —  President Obama on Tuesday abandoned a proposal to end a major tax benefit of popular college savings accounts used by millions of American families after the White House faced mounting criticism from lawmakers and parents.
Discussion: Eschaton and The Week
The importance of being Ernst  —  The just-elected Iowa senator aims to be a player in 2016.  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — Sen. Joni Ernst hasn't been in office a month, but she's already delivered the GOP response to the State of the Union.  And now the Iowa Republican is looking to parlay …
Adam B. Lerner / Politico:
Mike Huckabee complains of ‘trashy’ women at Fox News  —  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said in a recent radio appearance that while in New York for his Fox News show, he experienced significant culture shock from all the “trashy” women swearing in a professional setting.
Andrew Roth / New York Times:15 minutes ago
North Korean Leader to Visit Russia in May  —  MOSCOW — North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, plans to visit Moscow this May in his first trip abroad since assuming power in 2011, a Kremlin spokesman announced on Wednesday.  —  The confirmation from Dmitri S. Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Week minutes ago
Testimony: ‘Ramifications upon my church,’ questions on bathroom use, ‘parading their genitalia’  —  The first four people to testify this morning at the HB 2 hearing all spoke against the bill, including Pastor Jeff Estes of Fellowship Baptist Church in Meridian, who said …
Discussion: KTFT, Addicting Info and Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Indiana Governor to Expand Medicaid Coverage  —  Move Comes After Securing a Key Concession From Obama Administration  —  Indiana on Tuesday announced plans to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act after securing concessions from the Obama administration that could pave …
Borys Kit / Hollywood Reporter:
New All-Female ‘Ghostbusters’ Cast Chosen  —  The Paul Feig-directed reboot is eyeing a summer shoot in New York.  —  Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy  —  The all-new, all-female Ghostsbusters are here.  —  Melissa McCarthy, who was already in talks for one of the leads …
Politico:20 minutes ago
GOP lawmakers confront Jim DeMint over ratings  —  Conservatives accuse his group of being too harsh on them.  —  Long-simmering tensions between the Heritage Foundation, its sister political arm and House Republicans erupted Tuesday during a weekly meeting of conservatives …
Discussion: Washington Post
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Loretta Lynch defends Obama's immigration action  —  Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch told key senators Wednesday that the Constitution will be her “lodestar” if she becomes the nation's chief law enforcement officer, as she pledged a fresh start with a Congress that's had rocky relations …
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
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Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
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Josh Rogin / Bloomberg View:
Saudis Say Michelle Obama Not Blurred on TV   Find
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Andrew Roth / New York Times:
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Brendan Bordelon / National Review:
Internal Emails Show Al Jazeera English Banning Use of Terms ‘Terrorist,’ ‘Militant,’ ‘Islamist’
Discussion: Mediaite, Truth Revolt and TPNN
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
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Discussion: Fox News
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