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4:25 PM ET, January 17, 2014

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Benny Johnson / BuzzFeed:
America's Spies Want Edward Snowden Dead  —  “I would love to put a bullet in his head,” one Pentagon official told BuzzFeed.  The NSA leaker is enemy No. 1 among those inside the intelligence world.  —  Snowden's Russian refugee document.  —  Maxim Shemetov / Reuters
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New York Times:
Obama Calls for Overhaul of N.S.A.'s Phone Data Collection Program  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama said Friday that he would require intelligence agencies to obtain permission from a secret court before tapping into a vast trove of telephone data, but he will leave the data in the hands of the government for now.
Washington Post:
Transcript of President Obama's Jan. 17 speech on NSA reforms  —  President Obama delivered the following remarks on changes to National Security Agency programs Jan. 17 at the Justice Department in Washington.  Transcript courtesy of Federal News Service.  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you very much.
Brian Fung / The Switch:
Everything you need to know about Obama's NSA reforms, in plain English
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
READ: Obama's Full Speech On NSA Surveillance Reforms
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Pennsylvania judge strikes down voter ID law  —  A Pennsylvania judge on Friday struck down the state's voter ID law, which was signed in early 2012 and is one of the strictest in the nation, ruling that the statute “unreasonably burdens the right to vote.”  —  “Voting laws are designed …
Discussion: The Right Scoop
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Karen Langley / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Pennsylvania judge strikes down state's voter ID law
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Daily Kos
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.
Discussion: Business Insider
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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.
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Chris Christie's Crisis Plunges Republican Party Deeper Into The Wilderness  —  The establishment freaks out as another favorite son falls from grace.  “There are definitely people jumping ship.”  —  Lucas Jackson / Reuters / Reuters  —  In the immediate aftermath of their emphatic defeat in 2012 …
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.
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Christopher Baxter / New Jersey Online:
Chris Christie bridge scandal: 20 subpoenas issued, governor hires attorney  —  TRENTON — In another day of political drama and legal maneuvering, two new legislative committees were formed Thursday to investigate the George Washington Bridge scandal and within hours, 20 subpoenas were issued …
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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 …
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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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama to Dems: Boehner will pass immigration reform in 2014
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Starting year six, does Obama finally own the economy?
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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.
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Politico:
Tom Coburn won't serve rest of Senate term
ABC News:
50 Ways to Celebrate Michelle Obama's Birthday  —  First Lady Michelle Obama turns 50 today, and although the big White House celebration planned by President Obama isn't until Saturday, that doesn't mean you have to wait to celebrate.  —  If your invite to Saturday's dance party in Washington went missing …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Hillary?  Really?  —  This week's Time magazine splashes the question on its cover: “Can Anyone Stop Hillary?”  The Weekly Standard is happy to provide our friends at Time with an answer to their query: Yes.  Hillary Clinton can be stopped.  How?  Let us count the ways.
Gregory D. Johnsen / BuzzFeed:
60 Words And A War Without End: The Untold Story Of The Most Dangerous Sentence In U.S. History  —  Sunrise was still nearly an hour off when Nazih al-Ruqai climbed into his black Hyundai SUV outside a mosque in northern Tripoli and turned the key.  The lanky 49-year-old had left …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
ThinkProgress:
Company Behind West Virginia's Chemical Spill Files For Bankruptcy  —  According to the Charleston Gazette, Freedom Industries filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today.  —  On January 10, a tank owned by Freedom spilled 7,500 gallons of 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol (MCHM) …
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?
 
 
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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Cruz won't praise Gillespie after Va. entrance
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Tony Romm / Politico:
NSA decision triggers more telecom questions
Discussion: American Spectator
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Millionaire Ga. GOPer Backs Wall Street Bailout — Not Detroit's
Chris Deaton / Red Alert Politics:
[WATCH] If you thought Obamacare's marketing plan was lacking a Richard Simmons dance-off, you're in luck
Discussion: protein wisdom, Hot Air and Mediaite
Kathy Lally / Washington Post:
Putin: Gay people will be safe at Olympics if they ‘leave kids alone’
Alexander Furnas / The Atlantic Online:
Why Representative Democracies Can't Write Off Transparency
Weekly Standard:
Unwinding Obamacare  —  Obamacare is no longer a theoretical proposition.
Discussion: AEIdeas
Ellie Hall / BuzzFeed:
Marine Corps Tweets “Lone Shooter” Joke — For MLK Day
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Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Hiroo Onoda, Soldier Who Hid in Jungle for Decades, Dies at 91
Discussion: Althouse
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The left defends corporations' rights.
Discussion: Althouse
Tovah Lazaroff / Jerusalem Post:
UNESCO delays exhibit on Jewish ties to Land of Israel: It could harm peace process
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Israel Matzav
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
IRS Targeting and 2014  —  Democrats are working hard …
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Kirsten Powers / The Daily Beast:
Anti-Free Speech Zones Used to Silence Pro-Lifers Could Come Back to Haunt Liberals
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