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5:05 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
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The GOP's Obama obsession
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The Hill:
Democrats hope Obama meeting means more humility in 2014
Russell Berman / The Hill:
GOP to use economy as weapon
Discussion: Daily Kos and First Read
Associated Press:
First lady Michelle Obama won't rule out plastic surgery, Botox
Discussion: ThinkProgress, TIME, Politico and CNN
Mark Murray / firstread.nbcnews.com:
Poll: Christie cruising through bridge scandal (so far)  —  Nearly 70 percent of Americans say the bridge-closure scandal engulfing Chris Christie has not changed their opinion about the New Jersey governor, according to a new NBC News/Marist poll.  In addition, 44 percent …
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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.
CNN:
Special counsel named in New Jersey bridge probe
Discussion: Politico
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  —  It now looks like ObamaCare will hurt twice as many people as it helps — because the law isn't nearly done with canceling people's insurance.  —  The 5 million-plus Americans who've seen their health plans canceled thanks to ObamaCare will be joined …
The Hill:
Armed Services Chairman McKeon retiring  —  House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) will announced his retirement on Wednesday, according to two sources close to McKeon.  —  “Mr. McKeon will be making his announcement tomorrow morning that he'll be retiring,” a source close to McKeon tells The Hill.
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Buck McKeon won't seek reelection
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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 …
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama Announces Institute to Create Manufacturing Jobs
Discussion: AEIdeas, Weekly Standard and Politico
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.
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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
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Shaheen, Hassan lead opponents
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Harry Reid's unemployment bet
Discussion: Guardian, Daily Kos and The Hill
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Wendy Davis's Campaign Mocks Greg Abbott for Being Paralyzed  —  Wendy Davis's campaign spin on her fundraising numbers is impressive.  She wants you to know that she raised $12 million to Republican Greg Abbot's $11.5 million.  What she is hoping you will ignore, and which much of the press will ignore …
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Catalina Camia / Associated Press:
Wendy Davis outraises Greg Abbott in Texas gov race
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 …
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.
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 …
Fawn Johnson / NationalJournal.com:
Inside Boehner's Election-Year Immigration Strategy  —  The speaker's looking to test the waters ahead of primaries, and he'll score a political win no matter how it turns out.  —  John Boehner is planning to unveil a set of Republican principles for immigration reform before President Obama's State …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Marijuana politics  —  So the POLITICO homepage has gone to pot: Darren Samuelsohn and Byron Tau report on how states are taking the lead on the legalization campaign; Reid Cherlin investigates the legal nightmare this creates between state and federal law — the consequences are far-ranging …
 
 
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Investing in marijuana stocks is a lot more dangerous than smoking marijuana
Adrian Vermeule / The New Republic:
The Filibuster Does Not Protect Minority Interests
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The Hillary-Haters' Book Club Will Never Run of Things to Read
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Barbara Ehrenreich / The Atlantic Online:
It Is Expensive to Be Poor  —  Minimum-wage jobs are physically …
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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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Super PAC, Outside Spending Chiefs Make Big Bucks
Politico:
Jim Moran to announce retirement
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The Hill:
Monsieur le Président plus one for White House state dinner
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