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11:00 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.
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.”
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 …
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Washington Post:
Income gap takes shape as central issue for both parties ahead of 2014 midterms
Discussion: NBCNews and Associated Press
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:   FOR OBAMA, CONGRESS, A LAST GRASP AT IMMIGRATION
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  —  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
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 gun sale ban unconstitutional, judge rules
CNN:
Angry Dennis Rodman defends North Korea basketball game  —  (CNN) — Basketball star Dennis Rodman on 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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
Gromer Jeffers Jr / Dallas Morning News:
Ted Cruz's dad backs tea partier Katrina Pierson for Sessions' seat  —  Rafael Cruz says he's always liked tea party leader Katrina Pierson.  —  On Monday, Cruz, the father of Sen. Ted Cruz, endorsed the Garland Republican in her bid to beat incumbent Pete Sessions in the March primary for the 32nd Congressional District seat.
Discussion: Politico and Post Politics
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
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
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 …
Michael Schulman / New York Times:
Tom Daley Comes Out as Bisexual, Igniting L.G.B.T. Debate  —  “Of course I still fancy girls.”  —  Those six little words, tossed off like a request to please hold the mustard, were among the most deconstructed in Tom Daley's YouTube video last month, in which the 19-year-old British Olympic diver announced that he was dating a man.
Discussion: American Power and Althouse
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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Eric Holthaus / Quartz:
How global warming can make cold snaps even worse
 
 
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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
David Weigel / Slate:
An interview with former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, the Democrat most likely to challenge Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Peter J. Wallison / New York Times:
The Bubble Is Back  —  WASHINGTON — IN November …
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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
Discussion: CNN and Twitchy
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Father Faces Manslaughter Charges After Baby Dies Of Gunshot To Abdomen
Laurence J. Kotlikoff / New York Times:
Abolish the Corporate Income Tax