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4:00 PM ET, January 7, 2014

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Burgess Everett / Politico:
In surprise, unemployment benefits advance  —  In a surprise, several Senate Republicans on Tuesday morning joined with Democrats to break the filibuster of a bill to extend unemployment benefits for three months.  —  By 60-37, Senate Democrats secured the votes needed to advance the bill …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Morning Plum: Republicans reframing fight over unemployment benefits  —  With the three month extension of unemployment benefits set for a Senate vote this morning, multiple Republicans are going all in on the suggestion that they would support extending benefits if only it were paid for.
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Michael Bloomberg gives $2.5M to Senate Majority PAC
Discussion: Washington Wire and Weasel Zippers
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Jobless Benefits Extension Clears One Hurdle, but More Remain
Speaker.gov:
Boehner Statement on Jobs
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Burglars Who Took On F.B.I. Abandon Shadows  —  Stealing J. Edgar Hoover's Secrets: One night in 1971, files were stolen from an F.B.I. office near Philadelphia.  They proved that the bureau was spying on thousands of Americans.  The case was unsolved, until now.
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Michael Isikoff / NBCNews:
After 43 years, activists admit theft at FBI office that exposed domestic spying
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
In His New Memoir, Robert M. Gates, the Former Defense Secretary, Offers a Critique of the President  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama eventually lost faith in the troop increase he ordered in Afghanistan, his doubts fed by top White House civilian advisers opposed to the strategy …
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Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
Robert Gates, former defense secretary, offers harsh critique of Obama's leadership in ‘Duty’  —  In a new memoir, former defense secretary Robert Gates unleashes harsh judgments about President Obama's leadership and his commitment to the Afghanistan war, writing that by early 2010 …
Yahoo! News:
Obama backs repeal of law that green-lighted Iraq War
Discussion: emptywheel
CNN:
Angry Dennis Rodman defends North Korea basketball game  —  (CNN) — Basketball star Dennis Rodman defended his controversial visit to North Korea with a team of former NBA players in a combative exchange Tuesday, saying it was a “great idea for the world.”  —  In an exclusive interview …
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Tara Palmeri / New York Post:
Spitzer caught sucking Lis Smith's toes in topless hot tub romp  —  Sleazy Eliot Spitzer turned a resort hot tub into a steamy love cauldron over the weekend — kissing and sucking the toes of his topless mistress, Lis Smith, in front of families with children, mortified witnesses told The Post.
Larry J. Sabato / Politico:
Republicans Really Could Win It All This Year  —  A definitive guide to the 2014 elections from our new columnist. … Another midterm election beckons, and over the next 10 months we'll see headlines about a thousand supposedly critical developments—the “game changers” and the “tipping points.”
Richard Pollock / Washington Examiner:
Surprise!  Walmart health plan is cheaper, offers more coverage than Obamacare  —  WATCHDOG OBAMACARE HEALTH CARE ACCOUNTABILITY WALMART  —  New Obamacare health insurance enrollees may feel a pang of envy when they eye the coverage plans offered by Walmart to its employees.
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
Joshua Stewart / GPB:
Senate Conversations: Paul Broun ‘Fighting For Liberty’  —  The primary race for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat heats up in the first weeks of 2014 with the election looming May 20.  —  For Rep. Paul Broun (R-Athens), the race is all about liberty.  —  “What I'm fighting for is liberty.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Rachel Maddow Is Crazy, Too  —  MSNBC has had a hard time lately.  The network fired Martin Bashir and Alec Baldwin for craziness, on-air and off-air respectively.  Melissa Harris-Perry was forced to apologize, first on Twitter and then, tearfully, on the air, for making political hay out of Mitt Romney's adopted grandson.
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
In New Year, Half Are Looking Forward to Midterm Elections  —  More Republicans than Democrats Are Anticipating Midterms  —  As 2014 begins and the midterm election campaigns heat up, about half of the public (51%) is especially looking forward to November's congressional elections while 49% are not looking forward to them.
Discussion: Politico, The Fix and CNN
Amanda Hess / Pacific Standard:
Why Women Aren't Welcome on the Internet  —  “Ignore the barrage of violent threats and harassing messages that confront you online every day.”  That's what women are told.  But these relentless messages are an assault on women's careers, their psychological bandwidth, and their freedom to live online.
David Freddoso / Conservative Intelligence Briefing:
Ten freshman governors who have shrunk their states' bureaucracies  —  In 2010, Americans went to the polls and elected a whole crop of new governors — 26 in all, if you count the election of governors who had previously served non-consecutive terms in Iowa and Oregon.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Christie heralds DREAM Act as message to Washington  —  Union City, New Jersey (CNN) - Flanked by Hispanic leaders, students, and immigration reform advocates, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie celebrated the signing of his state's so-called DREAM Act on Tuesday, hailing the new law …
Discussion: Riehl World News
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Why A Majority-Minority Congressional District May Go Unrepresented For An Entire Year  —  A quirk of North Carolina's election law may leave voters in the state's 12th Congressional district without representation until 2015.  Though Rep. Mel Watt (D) resigned his seat on the first day of …
Alan Duke / CNN:
What the heck is a polar vortex?  —  (CNN) — Americans in two dozen states from the Midwest to the Southeast and Northeast are shivering this week courtesy of a distorted polar vortex.  The rush of cold air it's sending southward is the biggest visitor from the North Pole since Santa Claus.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Gingrich: ‘Life Was Fine’ During Warmer ‘Age Of The Dinosaurs’  —  Newt Gingrich, a self-proclaimed “amateur paleontologist,” said Monday that the Earth's rising temperature is not a major issue.  —  “The age of the dinosaurs was dramatically warmer than this is right now and it didn't cook the planet …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
McCain Thinks Obama Is The One Who ‘Blew The Whole Thing’ In Iraq  —  Rising bloodshed in Iraq has Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) convinced that failure of the American military effort there now falls on President Obama's shoulders.  —  McCain went on Fox News on Tuesday morning to once again blast Obama …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Lawfare and Washington Post
Michael Hirsh / NationalJournal.com:
How Janet Yellen's Agenda Could Transform Washington  —  The next Fed chair is an old-school progressive economist.  Just wait until she starts sharing her passions.  —  Every Federal Reserve Board chairman comes into office with a secret agenda, a hidden passion.
Discussion: New York Times
Karl Bergholz / ABC News:
3 Amtrak Trains With Hundreds of Passengers Stranded Since Monday  —  About 500 passengers aboard three Amtrak trains were stranded overnight in a remote part of northern Illinois because of blowing and drifting snow, Amtrak officials said today.  —  The trains were halted late Monday near Mendota, about 80 miles west of Chicago.
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
 
 
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Debbie Wasserman Schultz Blocking Bipartisan Iran Sanctions
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Weekly Standard
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
The Price of GOP Obamacare Sabotage In One Chart
Peter Schmidt / New York Times:
Backlash Against Israel Boycott Throws Academic Association on Defensive
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Dems launch ads attacking GOP on O-Care
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
Brett Taylor / Twitchy:
Ezra Klein floats weakest global warming analogy ever?
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Bruce Schneier / The Atlantic Online:
How the NSA Threatens National Security
Discussion: Washington Post
CNN:
STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY
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The Roanoke Times:
State Sen. Creigh Deeds to push for mental health reform
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Stuart Jeffries / Guardian:
Blackadder - your country needs you
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ThinkProgress:
New York City Murders Are Twice As Likely To Be Solved When The Victim Is White Instead Of Black
Discussion: Liberaland
Bloomberg:
Ghosts of Burke and Paine Still Haunt U.S. Politics
Gromer Jeffers Jr / Dallas Morning News:
Ted Cruz's dad backs tea partier Katrina Pierson for Sessions' seat
Discussion: Daily Kos, Politico and Post Politics
Sally Kohn / The Daily Beast:
What Pope Francis Can Teach the GOP
Discussion: Hot Air, Advocate and Shakesville
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
If You Can't Go to Cedars-Sinai Anymore, Is It Obamacare's Fault?
Dylan Byers / Politico:
NBC's ‘Meet The Press’ hits historic lows in the final quarter of 2013
Discussion: NewsBusters and Althouse
 

 
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NYT editor Dean Baquet's newsroom memo on the hiring of Kinsey Wilson

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