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7:40 PM ET, January 16, 2014

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Dylan Byers / Politico:
‘Journalism has died’ at New York Times: Graham, McCain slam Benghazi report  —  Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain harshly criticized The New York Times on Thursday over a recent report which concluded that Al Qaeda was not involved in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.
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Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Pentagon's hands tied on hunting down Benghazi attackers  —  The U.S. military cannot hunt down and kill people responsible for the deadly 2012 attack on an American compound in Benghazi, Libya, as long as the terrorists are not officially deemed members or affiliates of al Qaeda …
Discussion: Politico and Jammie Wearing Fools
The Fiscal Times:
We Finally Know Where the Buck Stops in Benghazi
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
What Christie Did To Get A Reputation As A Political Bully Even In College  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is no stranger to accusations of political bullying and backroom dealing like those at the heart of the bridge scandal.  —  TPM has found one of the first times …
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Marist Poll:
1/15: NBC News/Marist Poll: Are New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's Political Plans Bottlenecked?
Discussion: Firedoglake
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Chris Christie Is an Amateur
Discussion: alicublog and Power Line
Leigh Ann Caldwell / CNN:
Christie: What you need to know  —  (CNN) - New Jersey …
James Ball / Guardian:
NSA collects millions of text messages daily in ‘untargeted’ global sweep  —  The National Security Agency has collected almost 200 million text messages a day from across the globe, using them to extract data including location, contact networks and credit card details, according to top-secret documents.
Emily Miller / Washington Times:
Movie mogul says new Streep film to make NRA 'wish they weren't alive'  —  Producer reveals secret project to Howard Stern  —  Movie producer Harvey Weinstein announced for the first time on Howard Stern's radio show that he is making a full feature drama to try to destroy the National Rifle Association.
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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Harvey Weinstein: I'm Working on Movie That Will Make NRA 'Wish They Weren't Alive'
Ari Berman / thenation.com/blogs/163253:
Members of Congress Introduce a new Fix for the Voting Rights Act  —  Marchers at the 50th anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington, August 24, 2013.  (REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan)  —  Today Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and John Conyers (D-MI) and Senator Patrick Leahy …
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Emma Dumain / Roll Call:
Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Voting Rights Act Fix (Updated)
Associated Press:
Executed Ohio killer Dennis McGuire took 15 minutes to die with never-before-tried drugs  —  The two-drug combination was used for the first time on the convicted killer and rapist, who stabbed pregnant woman Joy Stewart to death in 1989.  —  Condemned killer Dennis McGuire was executed using a never-tried lethal cocktail.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Dana Ford / CNN:
Ohio killer executed
ThinkProgress:
Tea Party Candidate's Ad Touts His ‘Sexy’ Wife And Large Testicles  —  California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R) wants voters to know that his testicles are very large.  And that he wants to put “a gun in every Californian's gun safe.”  —  That's the image Donnelly's decided to present …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Who's Rubin's Early Fave for '16?  —  One of the more amusing pastimes in Washington on slow news days is to observe how certain pundits who are only happy if they are shilling for a presidential campaign seem to be lining up early in the 2016 cycle.  Nobody was more prone to this malady …
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Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Presidential contenders' travails in the Senate
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Even Worse Than We Thought  —  Fascinating email from TPM Reader DW about the sheer level of attempted sabotage down at the ground level in GOP-run Obamacare rejectionist states.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
James Nye / Daily Mail:
Obama is ‘chronically incapable’ of military strategy and ‘clueless about what he wants to do in the world’ according to top UK defense adviser  — Sir Hew Strachan, an advisor to the UK's Chief of the Defence Staff has heavily criticized President Obama  — The Oxford University professor believes …
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Nico Hines / The Daily Beast:
Senior UK Defense Advisor: Obama Is Clueless About ‘What He Wants To Do In The World’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Yahoo! News
Karoun Demirjian / Las Vegas Sun News:
Legalized medicinal pot has new supporter: Harry Reid  —  Several Nevada municipalities are issuing moratoriums on medical marijuana dispensaries, but Harry Reid really thinks they should be moving in the opposite direction - toward making medicinal pot legal.
David Rogers / Politico:
Cruz backs down ahead of spending vote  —  A landmark $1.1 trillion spending bill cleared Congress Thursday evening after conservative resistance collapsed in the Senate and tea party favorite Ted Cruz dropped his insistence on a vote on funding for President Barack Obama's health care plan.
Discussion: The Huffington Post, CNN and Liberaland
Ashlei King / 6:
Author Of Same-Sex Marriage Ban Speaks Out  —  The author behind Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage is speaking out.  —  It's been a part of Oklahoma's constitution for ten years.  Now, it's been struck down by a federal judge.  —  That doesn't mean same-sex couples can run straight to the altar.
Discussion: Advocate, Mediaite and The Raw Story
David Von Drehle / TIME:
Can Anyone Stop Hillary?  —  Why Clinton's 2016 candidacy-without-a-campaign dominates the political galaxy  —  Hillary Clinton has not decided whether to run for President again.  I have this on good authority, despite a recent barrage of reports detailing the many moves that signal a campaign in the making.
Mike Needham / The Heritage Foundation:
The Christmas Tree: Washington's Weapon Against Conservatives  —  Over the past several decades, big-government lawmakers and lobbyists have developed a wide array of techniques they have used to successfully advance their own interests, usually to the detriment of our nation.
Discussion: Tampa Bay Times
Ben White / Politico:
How Washington beat Wall Street  —  NEW YORK — In 2009, Washington went to war against big Wall Street banks hoping to blow up the kind of high-risk, high-reward strategies that helped spark the financial crisis.  Five years later, that war is largely over.  And Washington won in a blowout.
Discussion: Capitol Report and AEIdeas
 
 
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Justin Gillis / New York Times:
U.N. Says Lag in Confronting Climate Woes Will Be Costly
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Pavel Polityuk / Reuters:
Ukraine parliament pushes through sweeping anti-protest law
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Morning Plum: How Dems are fighting back on Obamacare
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
Groundbreaking California measure would outlaw ‘affluenza’ defense
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