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Reuters:
Exclusive: Obama to announce overhaul to controversial NSA program  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will announce on Friday a major overhaul of a controversial National Security Agency program that collects vast amounts of basic telephone call data on foreigners and Americans, a senior Obama administration official said.
Washington Post:
Obama to call for significant changes in collection of phone records of U.S. citizens
Jim Acosta / CNN:
Obama to announce changes to NSA data collection
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CEPR:
David Brooks' Primitive Defense of the Rich  —  David Brooks is sweating hard trying to defend the one percent against the rest of the country and reality.  His column today desperately warns readers:  —  “Some on the left have always tried to introduce a more class-conscious style of politics.
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New York Times:
The Inequality Problem  —  Suddenly the whole world is talking about income inequality.  But, as this debate goes on, it is beginning to look as though the thing is being misconceived.  The income inequality debate is confusing matters more than clarifying them, and it is leading us off in unhelpful directions.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
GOP trying to chop down Reid's amendment tree  —  Senate Republicans have deployed a new parliamentary tactic designed to end — or at least call attention to — the frequent Democratic ban on considering GOP amendments.  —  Republicans have tried it four times, without success.
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Luke Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Harry Reid Backs Medical Marijuana
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Christopher Baxter / New Jersey Online:   Chris Christie bridge scandal: 20 subpoenas issued, governor hires attorney
Shushannah Walshe / ABC News:
‘Unruffled’ and ‘Confident’ Chris Christie Addresses Bridge Scandal at Fundraiser
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Gabriel Debenedetti / Reuters:
Christie takes scandal damage test with election fundraising
Discussion: USA Today, Politico and First Read
Politico:
Tom Coburn won't serve rest of Senate term  —  Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn confirmed Thursday night that he will not serve out his full Senate term and intends to step down after 2014 because of deepening health problems.  —  In a statement, Coburn acknowledged that he is battling a serious recurrence …
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Chris Casteel / Daily Oklahoman:
Sen. Tom Coburn to resign at the end of current Congress  —  WASHINGTON - Sen. Tom Coburn, who has spent a combined 15 years here rooting out government waste and warning about mounting U.S. debt, will resign after the current session of Congress, foregoing the final two years of his term.
Joaquin Castro / Texas Monthly:
Mr. Castro Goes to Washington  —  A BEHIND-THE-SCENES ACCOUNT OF THE BIG VOTES, DASHED HOPES, TOUGH CHOICES, AND REAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF A FRESHMAN LAWMAKER'S FIRST YEAR IN CONGRESS.  —  One year ago I was sworn in as a United States congressman.  Representing Texas's Twentieth District …
Economist:
Coming to an office near you  —  The effect of today's technology on tomorrow's jobs will be immense—and no country is ready for it  —  INNOVATION, the elixir of progress, has always cost people their jobs.  In the Industrial Revolution artisan weavers were swept aside by the mechanical loom.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Raw Story
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The left defends corporations' rights.  —  People who answer Puffington Host polls tend to be ignorant, reports Emily Swanson, PuffHo poll director.  The poll is a quiz on constitutional law: … “But they're wrong,” Swanson declares of the 45% plurality in the former question and the 35% minority in the latter one.
Discussion: Althouse
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Drew Magary / GQ Magazine Online:
What the Duck?  —  How in the world did a family of squirrel-eating …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Guardian
Yasiin Mugerwa / Daily Monitor:
Museveni blocks Anti-Homosexuality Bill  —  Parliament- President Museveni has confronted Speaker Rebecca Kadaga for passing the controversial Anti-gays Bill without quorum and described homosexuals as “abnormal” beings who can be “rescued” through economic empowerment.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Starting year six, does Obama finally own the economy?  —  BARACK OBAMA JOHN BOEHNER ECONOMY GEORGE W. BUSH MITT ROMNEY  —  For years, Republicans have marveled at President Obama's success in blaming former President George W. Bush for the nation's problems, particularly its economic problems.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama to Dems: Boehner will pass immigration reform in 2014
Campbell Brown / Wall Street Journal:
Keeping Sex Predators Out of Schoolrooms  —  Congress is considering better background checks for teachers.  Why won't unions support the bill?
NationalJournal.com:
Republicans Quietly Talk About Skipping Next Budget  —  After the Ryan-Murray deal set spending limits for the year, House Republicans question whether they need to produce a budget.  —  House Republicans are quietly discussing the option of not writing a budget in 2014 …
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
IRS Targeting and 2014  —  Democrats are working hard to make sure conservative groups are silenced in the 2014 midterms.  —  President Obama and Democrats have been at great pains to insist they knew nothing about IRS targeting of conservative 501(c)(4) nonprofits before the 2012 election.
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
 
 
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