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9:25 AM ET, January 7, 2014

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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.”
Discussion: First Read and CANNONFIRE
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CNN:
Looking for 1 vote on unemployment  —  Washington (CNN) — Backers of the Senate bill to extend long-term unemployment benefits were one vote short of the 60 they need to clear a procedural hurdle, in a vote set to happen Tuesday morning.  —  Four Republicans said Monday they will join …
Discussion: Business Insider
Washington Post:
Income gap takes shape as central issue for both parties ahead of 2014 midterms
Discussion: NBCNews and Associated Press
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Barack Obama courts GOP ahead of uphill Senate vote
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Senate confirms Yellen at Fed  —  The Senate on Monday voted 56-26 to confirm Janet Yellen as the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve.  —  Eleven Republicans joined Democrats present on Monday in voting to confirm Yellen, who will face more scrutiny than perhaps any central bank leader …
Discussion: Hot Air
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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.
Ylan Q. Mui / Washington Post:
Janet Yellen confirmed as Federal Reserve chairman
Discussion: The Week, Wonkblog and Booman Tribune
Andrew Harris / Bloomberg:
Chicago Ban on Gun Sales Within City Struck Down by Judge  —  A Chicago law prohibiting the sale of guns within the third-most populous U.S. city was struck down as unconstitutional by a federal judge.  —  “Chicago's ordinance goes too far in outright banning legal buyers and legal dealers …
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Associated Press:
Chicago's ban on gun sales overturned  —  CHICAGO — A federal judge on Monday overturned Chicago's ban on the sale and transfer of firearms, ruling that the city's ordinances aimed at reducing gun violence are unconstitutional.  —  U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang said in his ruling …
Discussion: Right Wing News and Weasel Zippers
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.
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline.com:
Sasheer Zamata Joins ‘Saturday Night Live’ As New Cast Member  —  EXCLUSIVE: Three years after she graduated from the University of Virginia, Sasheer Zamata is landing a very big break — the young comedy performer has been selected to join Saturday Night Live as a new cast member.
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Republicans set to deliver big statement on abortion  —  Winter meeting to be delayed so members can attend March for Life on the National Mall  —  In an unprecedented show of opposition to abortion, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is delaying the start …
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.
CNN:
CNN Poll: Support for legal marijuana soaring  —  Washington (CNN) - In a major turnaround from past decades, a majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana, according to a new poll.  —  The CNN/ORC International survey released Monday also indicated that the number of people who say smoking pot is morally wrong has plunged.
ThinkProgress:
Everything You Wanted To Know About The ‘Polar Vortex’  —  A person struggles to cross a street in blowing and falling snow Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in St. Louis.  —  CREDIT: AP Photo/Jeff Roberson  —  On Sunday night, a reporter for The Weather Channel stood in a Minnesota snowstorm …
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Erika Janik / The Atlantic Online:
The Smartest Nerd in the Room  —  Why Melissa Harris-Perry is America's foremost public intellectual, and what she means  —  On Saturday, Melissa Harris-Perry apologized on air for segment that made light of the Romney clan's adoption of a young black boy.
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
CNN:
Angry Dennis Rodman defends North Korea basketball game  —  (CNN) - Eccentric basketball star Dennis Rodman Tuesday defended his controversial visit to North Korea with a team of former NBA players, saying it was a “great idea for the world.”  —  In an exclusive interview with Chris Cuomo of CNN's …
Discussion: Politico and Gawker
KTAR:
Suit filed to allow same-sex marriage in Arizona  —  Danny Leclair and Aubrey Loots share a moment by their cake ahead of their New Years Day wedding on the AIDS Healthcare Foundation's third annual float entry, “Living the Dream,” for the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
NBC's ‘Meet The Press’ hits historic lows in the final quarter of 2013  —  It's no secret that NBC's “Meet The Press” has been in bad shape of late.  Indeed, the show has been on the decline since David Gregory took over in 2008.  But the most recent numbers are especially troubling.
Discussion: Althouse and NewsBusters
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
If You Can't Go to Cedars-Sinai Anymore, Is It Obamacare's Fault?  —  Consumer choices, cachet, and health care reform  —  At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, originals by Picasso and Warhol hang in the hallways.  The deluxe maternity rooms—three-bedroom, two-bath suites with views of the city …
Meredith Shiner / Roll Call:
Spending Bill On Track to Avert Shutdown  —  If it weren't clear already that lawmakers — especially Republicans — want to avoid another government shutdown, the overwhelming optimism Monday that Congress will pass an omnibus spending measure for the first time in two years tips their hand.
Discussion: First Read
David Weigel / Slate:
An interview with former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, the Democrat most likely to challenge Hillary Clinton in 2016.  —  The last time he appeared on a ballot, then-Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer filmed a TV ad that consisted entirely of him shooting clay pigeons.
Shira T. Center / Roll Call:
Jim Gerlach Won't Seek Re-Election (Updated)  —  Rep. Jim Gerlach, R-Pa., announced Monday he will not seek re-election in 2014, marking yet another moderate House Republican to leave Congress.  —  “Nearing the end of my sixth term in the House and following 12 years of public service …
Discussion: The Hill, Booman Tribune and Daily Kos
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Brittany Foster / PoliticsPA:
Breaking: Rep. Gerlach Will Not Seek Reelection
 
 
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Lornet Turnbull / The Seattle Times:
Gay educator says he was told he could save job if he divorced
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Ben Jacobs / The Daily Beast:
Steven Seagal and 5 Other Celebs Who Flirted With Running for Office
Michael Schulman / New York Times:
Tom Daley Comes Out as Bisexual, Igniting L.G.B.T. Debate
Discussion: American Power and Althouse
Peter J. Wallison / New York Times:
The Bubble Is Back  —  WASHINGTON — IN November …
John Hudson / Foreign Policy:
FBI Drops Law Enforcement as ‘Primary’ Mission
Discussion: emptywheel and Firedoglake
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
The GOP claim that more Americans have lost insurance than gained it under Obamacare
Jose DelReal / Politico:
Lindsey Graham jet makes emergency landing
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