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7:45 PM ET, January 7, 2014

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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 …
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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 …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
White House Defends Joe Biden Against Book By Former Defense Secretary  —  “Joe Biden has been one of the leading statesmen of his time, and has helped advance America's leadership in the world,” says the National Security Council spokesperson.  —  Tim Shaffer / Reuters / Reuters
Discussion: Mediaite and Post Politics
Robert M. Gates / Wall Street Journal:
The Quiet Fury of Robert Gates  —  Bush and Obama's secretary of defense had to wage war in Iraq, Afghanistan—and today's Washington … All too often during my 4½ years as secretary of defense, when I found myself sitting yet again at that witness table at yet another congressional hearing …
Discussion: CNN, Washington Wire and Politico
Yahoo! News:
Obama backs repeal of law that green-lighted Iraq War
Discussion: emptywheel
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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John Bresnahan / Politico:
Michael Bloomberg gives $2.5M to Senate Majority PAC  —  Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg donated $2.5 million to a super PAC aimed at helping Senate Democrats maintain their majority, a potentially significant development that could have a big impact in 2014.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Morning Plum: Republicans reframing fight over unemployment benefits
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Jobless Benefits Extension Clears One Hurdle, but More Remain
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Obama hits House GOP on unemployment benefits
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and ThinkProgress
CNN:
Angry Dennis Rodman defends North Korea basketball game  —  (CNN) — Dennis Rodman defended his visit to North Korea with a team of fellow former NBA players in a combative exchange Tuesday, saying the trip was a “great idea for the world.”  —  In an exclusive interview with Chris Cuomo of CNN's …
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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.
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.
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Navy mistakenly sends FOIA plans to reporter  —  The Unites States Navy inadvertently sent a memo to a local NBC News reporter this week detailing how it intended to try and deter requests he had filed under the Freedom Of Information Act.  —  Scott MacFarlane, a reporter for NBC 4 in Washington …
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
4 Million Medicaid Enrollees Under Obamacare?  Doubtful.  —  The White House has propagated numbers regarding sign-ups for the Affordable Care Act, claiming that the program is responsible for 4 million people gaining coverage through Medicaid expansion; 3 million enrollees in their early 20s …
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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
The Price of GOP Obamacare Sabotage In One Chart
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
Six-Year Itch Plagues Presidents in Midterms  —  History shows that midterm elections are usually bad for the president's party.  —  Second-term blues: Fatigue erodes a president's relationship with the electorate.  (Kent Nishimura-Pool/Getty Images)  —  It is as certain as the sun coming up in the morning.
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Austin Frakt / The Incidental Economist:
What happened to US life expectancy?  —  Here's another chart from the JAMA study “The Anatomy of Health Care in the United States”:  —  Why did the US fall behind the OECD median in the mid-1980s for men and the early 1990s for women?  Note, the answer need not point to the health system.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
How value judgments cloud social thought.  —  City Journal's Kay Hymowitz weighed in over the holidays with a response to our Dec. 16 column, in which we faulted the premise of her earlier article titled “Boy Trouble.”  She maintains that the main body of the article (which we described as …
Discussion: Shakesville
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.
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.
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
2013 Guns Sales Set New Record  —  The FBI has released new statistics on NICS background checks showing 2013 gun sales hit a new record.  The total number of background checks conducted for gun sales last year add up to 21,093,273, beating the previous 2012 record of 19,592,303 by 1,500,970.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Tova Dvorin / Arutz Sheva:
Dutch Soccer Team Leaves Star Israeli Player Behind  —  Star Israeli-national soccer player Dan Mori banned from Abu Dhabi due to nationality.  Dutch politician slams ‘cowardly’ decision.  —  The premier Dutch soccer team Vitesse left for training in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this year …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
Bruce Schneier / The Atlantic Online:
How the NSA Threatens National Security  —  Our choice isn't between a digital world where the agency can eavesdrop and one where it cannot; our choice is between a digital world that is vulnerable to any attacker and one that is secure for all users.  —  Secret NSA eavesdropping is still in the news.
Discussion: Washington Post
 
 
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Theresa Vargas / Washington Post:
Agency rejects trademark of ‘Redskins Hog Rinds,’ calling term ‘derogatory’
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Deadspin
Tampa Bay Times:
Opening campaign against Radel, Paige Kreegel says voters need ‘sober’ representation
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
In New Year, Half Are Looking Forward to Midterm Elections
Discussion: The Fix, Politico and CNN
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Why A Majority-Minority Congressional District May Go Unrepresented For An Entire Year
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
McCain Thinks Obama Is The One Who ‘Blew The Whole Thing’ In Iraq
Brett Taylor / Twitchy:
Ezra Klein floats weakest global warming analogy ever?
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
David Freddoso / Conservative Intelligence Briefing:
Ten freshman governors who have shrunk their states' bureaucracies
Karl Bergholz / ABC News:
3 Amtrak Trains With Hundreds of Passengers Stranded Since Monday
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