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11:50 AM ET, January 7, 2014

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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.
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.”
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:
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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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
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Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Senate confirms Yellen at Fed
Discussion: Hot Air
Ylan Q. Mui / Washington Post:
Janet Yellen confirmed as Federal Reserve chairman
Discussion: The Week, Wonkblog and Booman Tribune
CNN:
Unemployment benefit extension clears first hurdle  —  Washington (CNN) — [Breaking news update at 11:12 a.m. Tuesday]  —  A $6.4 billion plan to extend unemployment insurance benefits to eligible workers for another three months cleared a key procedural hurdle in the Senate on Tuesday.
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Washington Post:
Income gap takes shape as central issue for both parties ahead of 2014 midterms
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:   FOR OBAMA, CONGRESS, A LAST GRASP AT IMMIGRATION
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
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 …
Gabe LaMonica / CNN:
Leading Republican jumps into hot House race  —  Washington (CNN) - A former aide to retiring Republican Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia Tuesday is officially jumping into the race for his U.S. House seat, which will be among the most contested and expensive congressional battles in this November's midterm elections.
Discussion: Politico
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.
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
ThinkProgress:
New York City Murders Are Twice As Likely To Be Solved When The Victim Is White Instead Of Black  —  As the number of homicides dropped in New York City in the 1990s, so, too, did the percentage of murders considered solved.  But in boroughs outside Manhattan with a large number …
Discussion: Liberaland
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.
Sally Kohn / The Daily Beast:
What Pope Francis Can Teach the GOP  —  With his softer message on gay and divorced families, the pope has figured out what the Republicans haven't grasped—you've got to tone it down if you want to keep a modern flock.  —  When the Catholic Church eclipses the Republican Party on social policy …
Discussion: Advocate, Shakesville and Liberaland
Bloomberg:
Ghosts of Burke and Paine Still Haunt U.S. Politics  —  Sometimes the deepest differences in politics aren't about the conclusions people draw but the way they reach them.  —  The British statesman Edmund Burke and the Anglo-American revolutionary Thomas Paine both favored free trade, for example, but for different reasons.
Discussion: National Review
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.
 
 
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Gromer Jeffers Jr / Dallas Morning News:
Ted Cruz's dad backs tea partier Katrina Pierson for Sessions' seat
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DNAinfo.com New York:
Chicago Extreme Cold: Weather in ‘Chiberia’ Colder Than South Pole
KTAR:
Suit filed to allow same-sex marriage in Arizona
Lornet Turnbull / The Seattle Times:
Gay educator says he was told he could save job if he divorced
Discussion: Queerty and The Dish
Ben Jacobs / The Daily Beast:
Steven Seagal and 5 Other Celebs Who Flirted With Running for Office
Meredith Shiner / Roll Call:
Spending Bill On Track to Avert Shutdown
Discussion: First Read
Michael Schulman / New York Times:
Tom Daley Comes Out as Bisexual, Igniting L.G.B.T. Debate
Discussion: American Power and Althouse
David Weigel / Slate:
An interview with former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, the Democrat most likely to challenge Hillary Clinton in 2016.
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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
Eric Holthaus / Quartz:
How global warming can make cold snaps even worse
 

 
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