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10:40 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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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 …
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 …
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
White House rejects criticisms in Gates' memoir
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Obama Quit In Afghanistan
Discussion: The Fix, Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
Book review: ‘Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War’ by Robert M. Gates
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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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
At Democrats' Request, Even Mike Bloomberg Is Giving up on Gun Control
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and Politico
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Memo Coaches Members To Show Empathy Toward Unemployed
Discussion: Liberaland and New York Magazine
Patricia Murphy / The Daily Beast:
The Senate's Last Compassionate Conservative Tries to Help the Jobless
Discussion: NewsBusters
Shawn Boburg / NorthJersey.com:
Emails link top Christie aide to GWB lane-closing controversy  —  Private messages between Governor's Christie's deputy chief of staff and two of his top executives at the Port Authority reveal a vindictive effort to create “traffic problems in Fort Lee” by shutting lanes to the George Washington Bridge …
Gabrielle Giffords / New York Times:
The Lessons of Physical Therapy  —  TODAY, the anniversary of the shooting in Tucson that put a bullet through my head and killed six of my constituents, is when I make my annual resolutions.  —  Many may look at me and see mostly what I have lost.  I struggle to speak, my eyesight's not great …
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Meena Duerson / Today:
TODAY exclusive: Gabby Giffords will sky-dive to mark shooting anniversary  —  Gabby Giffords will achieve an important milestone on her road to recovery this week, sky-diving to mark three years since the Tucson, Ariz. shooting that injured her.  —  “Today, Gabby Giffords is going to do something …
Discussion: Liberaland
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 …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Record-High 42% of Americans Identify as Independents  —  Republican identification lowest in at least 25 years  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Forty-two percent of Americans, on average, identified as political independents in 2013, the highest Gallup has measured since it began conducting interviews by telephone 25 years ago.
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Drama roils race to replace Rep. Bill Young  —  The GOP race to replace the late Rep. Bill Young (R-Fla.) has become a political soap opera that could jeopardize Republicans' hold on the seat.  —  It has all the makings of a daytime drama: a widow disavowing her son due to opposing primary allegiances …
Mey / Autostraddle:
Flawless Trans Women Carmen Carrera and Laverne Cox Respond Flawlessly To Katie Couric's Invasive Questions  —  On Monday, transgender model Carmen Carrera and Orange is the New Black actress Laverne Cox made a daytime TV talk show appearance on the ABC show Katie hosted by Katie Couric.
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 …
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Catherine Taibi / The Huffington Post:
Rush Limbaugh's Polar Vortex ‘Hoax’ Comments Knocked Down By Weatherman (VIDEO)
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 …
Robert Rector / Wall Street Journal:
Robert Rector: How the War on Poverty Was Lost  —  Fifty years and $20 trillion later, LBJ's goal to help the poor become self-supporting has failed.
Keith Edwards / Portland Press-Herald:
LePage says children should have work option  —  Not allowing children to work is ‘causing damage to our economy,’ the governor says.  —  AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage told attendees of the 73rd annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show on Tuesday that 12-year-olds should be allowed to work in Maine.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
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
 
 
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National Review:
The Fifty-Year War  —  This year marks the 50th anniversary …
Jonathan Kaiman / Guardian:
China blocks the Guardian, censorship-tracking website says
Cheryl K. Chumley / Washington Times:
Satanists' statue design for Oklahoma Capitol: ‘Sit on the lap of Satan’
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Maayana Miskin / Arutz Sheva:
Harrowing Testimony: Arab Mob Abducts, Beats Israeli Civilians
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Israel Matzav
NY Daily News:
Pot could put progressives in a tough spot
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Congress to Iraq's Maliki: Be a Good Boy to Get Guns
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Reuters
New York Times:
Charges for 106 in Huge Fraud Over Disability
Discussion: Liberaland, Gothamist and Hit & Run
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Uncertainty in Utah as Appeals Process Plays Out Over Gay Marriage
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CBS San Francisco:
Google Launches Private SF Bay Ferry Service To Shuttle Workers
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Simon Brown / au.org:
Wall of Separation  —  Has The ‘Ark Park’ Run Aground?:
Jelani Cobb / News Desk:
Melissa Harris-Perry and the Contrition Complex
Dan Merica / CNN:
Pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC posts substantial 2013 fundraising haul
Discussion: Politico
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
How value judgments cloud social thought.
Discussion: Shakesville
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What happened to US life expectancy?
 

 
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