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10:35 AM ET, January 15, 2014

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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Ads Attacking Health Law Stagger Outspent Democrats  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats are increasingly anxious about an onslaught of television ads hitting vulnerable Senate and House candidates for their support of the new health law, since many lack the resources to fight back in the early stages of the midterm campaign.
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Politico:
The GOP's Obama obsession  —  It's just two weeks into 2014, but House Republicans are already convinced that the key to winning November's elections is to talk about President Barack Obama as much as possible.  —  In both public and private discussions, Obama remains the single-minded obsession of all top House Republicans.
Politico:
Obama's plan to save the Senate  —  President Barack Obama has a plan to save the Senate's tenuous Democratic majority: Sell a populist message, try to make Obamacare work better and raise lots of cash.  —  And unlike previous years when Senate Democrats were mostly left to fight on their own …
Discussion: Capitol Report, CNN, WJLA-TV and The Hill
The Hill:
Democrats hope Obama meeting means more humility in 2014  —  Frustrated Senate Democrats hope a meeting set to take place on Wednesday with President Obama will help them turn a corner with a White House they see as too distant and insular.  —  Aides say the new faces joining …
The Hill:
Monsieur le Président plus one for White House state dinner  —  The French president's burgeoning sex scandal is emerging as a diplomatic headache for the White House amid uncertainty as to whom exactly François Hollande plans to bring to next month's state dinner.
Kathleen Hennessey / Los Angeles Times:
Obama's visit to North Carolina may be awkward for Democratic senator  —  President Obama comes to a struggling North Carolina with an economic message, but the state's Democratic senator, facing reelection, won't be there.  —  President Obama unveiled his jobs bill in Raleigh, N.C., in 2011.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
GOP to use economy as weapon
Discussion: First Read
Associated Press:
First lady Michelle Obama won't rule out plastic surgery, Botox
Discussion: ThinkProgress, TIME and Politico
Matthew Hoye / CNN:
Obama gives Miami Heat a White House welcome
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
The Raw Story:
White House supports Senator Rand Paul's bill to officially end U.S. Iraq war authority
Discussion: Mediaite and Balloon Juice
Politico:
Jim Moran to announce retirement  —  Virginia Democratic Rep. Jim Moran will retire after 23 years in the House, according to multiple Democratic sources.  —  The retirement is the third for Democrats this week: On Monday, California Rep. George Miller said he would leave Congress after 40 years …
Discussion: Twitchy and WJLA-TV
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Emma Dumain / Roll Call:
Virginia's Moran Announces Retirement From Congress  —  Moran will leave Congress after 2014.  (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)  —  Senior appropriator and progressive stalwart James P. Moran will step down at the end of this year, making him the third House Democrat in just three days to announce his retirement.
Jessica Taylor / The Hill:   Rep. Jim Moran won't seek reelection
Washington Post:
Christie faces speculation about aides' real motives in New Jersey bridge scandal  —  TRENTON, N.J. — Embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) struggled Tuesday to regain his footing, giving an address in which he called upon the state to refocus on his agenda.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and CANNONFIRE
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George Packer / News Desk:
The Trouble with Christie
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:   Christie's Office Blasts ‘Wild-Eyed Conspiracy’ Theories In Bridge Scandal
New York Times:
N.S.A. Devises Radio Pathway Into Computers  —  WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world that allows the United States to conduct surveillance on those machines and can also create a digital highway for launching cyberattacks.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
WH delays another ObamaCare deadline  —  The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it was again extending the ObamaCare enrollment deadline for people with pre-existing conditions.  —  The administration said it will extend the Pre-Existing Conditions Insurance Plan (PCIP), slated to end January 31, until March 15.
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Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Federal Judge Rejects Oklahoma's Gay Marriage Ban
Discussion: The Other McCain and The Raw Story
Benjy Sarlin / msnbc.com:
This Democrat thinks he can win in 2016 as the anti-Obama  —  Brian Schweitzer, the former two-term Democratic governor of Montana, is rarely speechless.  Once he gets going on a topic, he's almost impossible to stop.  As he builds up steam, he'll slap his knee to emphasize his points.
Discussion: Wonkblog and ABC News
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The Hill:
Democrats on Hillary Clinton's ‘hit list’ seek to return to her good graces
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Washington Post, Politico Editors To Meet After Bombshell Mike Allen Reports (UPDATE: Allen Speaks Out)  —  NEW YORK — Politico editor-in-chief John Harris and chief executive Jim VandeHei are expected to visit The Washington Post on Wednesday to discuss the paper's recent scrutiny …
Discussion: Politico and Hullabaloo
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Tampa Bay Times:
Stand Your Ground already an issue in theater shooting  —  TAMPA — Soon after authorities say a retired Tampa police captain shot a fellow moviegoer over a cell phone dispute Monday, a question now common in Florida arose:  —  Could the shooter be defended under Stand Your Ground?
Wall Street Journal:
Court Tosses FCC's ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules  —  Decision Clears Way for New Fees on Web's Heavy Bandwidth Users  —  WASHINGTON—A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday threw out federal rules requiring broadband providers to treat all Internet traffic equally, raising the prospect that bandwidth-hungry websites …
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
Appeals court strikes down FCC's Net neutrality rules
Kate Tummarello / The Hill:
Court strikes down net neutrality
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
NSA can't say if it collected data on lawmakers, officials  —  The National Security Agency said it is lawfully unable to search its database to determine if it has swept up phone records from members of Congress or other elected officials.  —  NSA Director Keith Alexander said, however …
Discussion: americanthinker.com, RT and emptywheel
Eliza Newlin Carney / Roll Call:
Super PAC, Outside Spending Chiefs Make Big Bucks  —  Recently released tax forms shed light on the big salaries that an elite corps of political organizers earned during the 2012 elections — and those who made the most often boasted the fewest wins.  —  The new disclosures reveal fresh specifics …
 
 
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John Kerry / US Department of State:
Remarks After Meeting With Secretary of State of the Holy See Pietro Parolin
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Government Itself Still Cited as Top U.S. Problem
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
The Hill:
House set to pass spending bill
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
BREAKING: Branstad expected to announce bid for historic sixth term Wednesday
Discussion: The Fix
Jamelle Bouie / The Daily Beast:
Paul Ryan's Proposed War on Poverty Is Hobbled by Conservative Ideology
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Judge Reinstates Some Federal Oversight of Voting Practices for an Alabama City
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and The Daily Beast
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
David Jolly wins GOP primary in Florida
Discussion: CNN
David Nir / Daily Kos:
Daily Kos Elections House race ratings: Initial ratings for 2014
Discussion: Moe Lane and National Review
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate blocks jobless aid
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