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8:10 AM ET, January 8, 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 …
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: Althouse and Washington Wire
Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
Book review: ‘Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War’ by Robert M. Gates  —  Greg Jaffe covered the Pentagon for The Washington Post and is a co-author of “The Fourth Star: Four Generals and the Epic Struggle for the Future of the United States Army.”  —  Maybe it was the time of year, just before the Christmas holidays.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
White House rejects criticisms in Gates' memoir  —  The White House immediately rebuffed a searing critique of its Afghanistan war policies Tuesday from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.  —  In his forthcoming memoir Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, Gates writes that President Obama doubted …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Obama Quit In Afghanistan
Discussion: The Fix and Weasel Zippers
TIME:
Gates Slams Biden in Memoir, Reveals He Nearly Quit
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Obama hits House GOP on unemployment benefits
Discussion: CNN, ThinkProgress and The Hill
Yahoo! News:
Obama backs repeal of law that green-lighted Iraq War
Discussion: TIME and emptywheel
Catherine Taibi / The Huffington Post:
Rush Limbaugh's Polar Vortex ‘Hoax’ Comments Knocked Down By Weatherman (VIDEO)  —  Rush Limbaugh made headlines Monday when he called the “polar vortex” of dangerously cold conditions sweeping across the Midwest a “hoax,” but now an actual weatherman is saying otherwise.
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Matt Daily / Politico:
Polar freeze: It's weather, not climate  —  Tuesday's polar vortex has set off a new round in one of the world's most predictable disputes: Does Extreme Weather Event X prove or disprove climate change?  —  In short: No.  —  The crazy weather that plunged almost all of the U.S …
Alan Duke / CNN:
What the heck is a polar vortex?
Robert Costa / Post Politics:
House GOP leaders coach rank-and-file on discussing unemployment  —  House Republican leaders sent a memo this week to the entire GOP conference with talking points designed to help rank-and-file Republicans show compassion for the unemployed and explain the Republican position on unemployment benefits.
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Memo Coaches Members To Show Empathy Toward Unemployed
Discussion: Liberaland and Washington Post
Patricia Murphy / The Daily Beast:
The Senate's Last Compassionate Conservative Tries to Help the Jobless
Discussion: NewsBusters
New York Times:
Biography Casts Critical Light on Fox News Chief  —  Roger Ailes was so eager to influence national politics that in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election, he told fellow Fox News executives point-blank: “I want to elect the next president.”  —  In the corporate thicket of News Corporation …
Adam Goldman / Washington Post:
Former Guantanamo detainee implicated in Benghazi attack  —  U.S. officials suspect that a former Guantanamo Bay detainee played a role in the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and are planning to designate the group he leads as a foreign terrorist organization …
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Congress to Iraq's Maliki: Be a Good Boy to Get Guns  —  Capitol Hill was ready to give Apache helicopters to Baghdad to help fight al Qaeda, but now senators worry the prime minister will use the weapons on domestic enemies.  —  Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki still hasn't done enough …
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Reuters
Kasey Babbitt / fox4kc.com:
Daisy Coleman hospitalized in Kansas City after suicide attempt  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Maryville Mo., teenager, who has been at the center of a rape case which made national headlines, was in a Kansas City hospital on Monday night after attempting to take her own life.
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
At Democrats' Request, Even Mike Bloomberg Is Giving up on Gun Control  —  After donating $2.5 million to the Democratic Senate Majority PAC, America's favorite Democrat-turned-Republican-turned- independent, former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg, is signaling that his great crusade against guns is running out of steam.
Discussion: Hot Air, Politico and CNN
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John Bresnahan / Politico:
Michael Bloomberg gives $2.5M to Senate Majority PAC
Discussion: Washington Wire and Weasel Zippers
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 …
Steven Swinford / Telegraph:
Half of sex attackers, violent criminals and burglars avoid jail  —  Half of convicted child sex attackers, violent criminals and burglars are walking free from court amid claims that justice system is failing victims  —  Half of convicted sex attackers, violent criminals and burglars …
Discussion: BBC and Press Association
Dan Merica / CNN:
Pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC posts substantial 2013 fundraising haul  —  Washington (CNN) - Who says you need a candidate to raise a bundle of cash?  —  Ready for Hillary, the grassroots Super PAC urging former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016 …
Discussion: Politico
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Obamacare ads to hit the Olympic slopes  —  The Obama administration is planning an Olympic-size ad blitz to push health coverage during the Winter Games next month.  —  The Department of Health and Human Services confirmed Tuesday that it has bought advertising time in markets with high rates …
Discussion: CNN and Viking Pundit
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Uncertainty in Utah as Appeals Process Plays Out Over Gay Marriage  —  SALT LAKE CITY — Ever since it was a distant Western territory straining for statehood, Utah has been entwined in battles over what makes a marriage.  —  Before Congress would allow Utah to join the union …
 
 
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Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Trey Radel returns to Capitol Hill after cocaine bust, treatment
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Agency rejects trademark of ‘Redskins Hog Rinds,’ calling term ‘derogatory’
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
How value judgments cloud social thought.
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Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
2013 Guns Sales Set New Record
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Style Hatch / Boston Globe PR:
John Allen, legendary Vatican reporter, to join staff of The Boston Globe
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