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2:15 PM 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:
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: CNN, The Hill, Capitol Report and WJLA-TV
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.
Discussion: The Reaction and Moe Lane
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.
Discussion: CNN
Sam Baker / NationalJournal.com:
White House Moves Obamacare Goalposts Again
The Hill:
Democrats hope Obama meeting means more humility in 2014
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, Politico and CNN
Justin Sink / The Hill:
WH: North Carolina trip 'isn't a campaign event'
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.
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Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
NSA can't say if it collected data on lawmakers, officials
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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Betsy McCaughey / New York Post:   Another 25 million ObamaCare victims
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.
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Washington Post:
Senate report: Attack on U.S. compound in Benghazi could have been prevented  —  A long-delayed Senate intelligence committee report released on Wednesday spreads blame among the State Department and intelligence agencies for not preventing attacks on two outposts in Libya that killed four Americans …
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: CNN, National Review and Twitchy
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Emma Dumain / Roll Call:   Virginia's Moran Announces Retirement From Congress (Updated) (Video)
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
Long-time Northern Virginia Democratic congressman Jim Moran to retire
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.
The Atlantic Online:
What Happens When the President Sits Down Next to You at a Cafe  —  Before  —  Thursday into Friday, my head cold got worse, so on Friday morning I walked down to a bar-cafe-restaurant in my neighborhood.  I had been there for a few hours when youthful, vigorous men and women wearing …
Molly Redden / Mother Jones:
GOP Congressional Candidate: Spousal Rape Shouldn't Be a Crime  —  Virginia state Sen. Dick Black fought to block a statue of Lincoln and invited a video crew to film him watching violent rape porn on a library computer.  Now he's looking for a promotion.  —  Republican attorney general …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Government Itself Still Cited as Top U.S. Problem  —  Narrowly leads the economy, unemployment, healthcare  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans start the new year with a variety of national concerns on their minds.  Although none is dominant, the government, at 21%, leads the list …
Discussion: ABC News, Firedoglake, Politico and CBS DC
Adrian Vermeule / The New Republic:
The Filibuster Does Not Protect Minority Interests  —  And other reasons to reject supermajority requirements.  —  In the era of a polarized and stymied Congress, in which legislation is especially prone to be paralyzed by the filibuster and other supermajority devices …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Michael Wolff / Slate:
Gabriel Sherman's biography of Roger Ailes.  —  Gabriel Sherman is part of a group of young media reporters—many starting out at the New York Observer under the tutelage of then-Editor Peter Kaplan, an avowed media nostalgist—who have seen their subject, the power of the media, pulled out from under them.
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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Jacob Fenton / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
FEC lawyers: Reason to believe Crossroads broke law
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
NJ Democrat Swears He Didn't Mean To Fist Bump With Christie  —  New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D) is disavowing a fist bump he gave to Gov. Chris Christie (R) during last year's State of the State address.  —  Sweeney, who has enjoyed an unusually cozy across-the-aisle relationship …
Discussion: WNYC and Liberaland
 
 
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Coral Davenport / New York Times:
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama to Announce Program to Create Jobs
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Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Oklahoma same-sex marriage ban struck down
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Barbara Ehrenreich / The Atlantic Online:
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The White House:
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Tim Alberta / NationalJournal.com:
Conservatives Form Their Own Caucus Because the RSC Isn't ‘Hard-Core’ Enough
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The Hill:
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