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7:05 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.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Says Mass Collection of U.S. Phone Data Will End
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
READ: Obama's Full Speech On NSA Surveillance Reforms
Washington Post:
Obama calls for significant changes in collection of phone records of U.S. citizens
Karen Langley / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Pennsylvania judge strikes down state's voter ID law  —  HARRISBURG — A Pennsylvania judge has found the state's voter ID law unconstitutional.  —  According to the ruling from Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley, the requirement to present an acceptable form of identification when voting in person …
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Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:
Initial Thoughts on Today's Ruling Striking Down Pa's Voter ID Law on State Grounds  —  I have now had a chance to skim the 103-page Pa. trial court ruling striking down Pa's voter id law—I will have to give a closer reading later in the day when I have the time.  But here are a few initial thoughts.
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Pennsylvania judge strikes down voter ID law
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Rick Lyman / New York Times:   Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Is Struck Down
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) …
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Kate White / Charleston Gazette:
Freedom Industries files for bankruptcy  —  CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Freedom Industries, the company that fouled thousands of West Virginians' water with a chemical leak last week, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today.  —  The company's assets and liabilities are “unknown,” according to the filing.
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 …
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Ruben Navarrette / CNN:   Christie bridge: Get over it  —  Political dirty tricks
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.
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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.
Discussion: Business Insider and Shakesville
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Club for Growth pans Lankford, Cole for Coburn seat  —  Oklahoma Republican Reps. Tom Cole and James Lankford could have difficulty picking up conservative support, if they try to replace retiring Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.).  —  Coburn's retirement is likely to set off a GOP primary scramble …
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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
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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Kathy Lally / Washington Post:
Putin: Gay people will be safe at Olympics if they ‘leave kids alone’  —  MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin said Friday that gay people have nothing to fear in Russia as long as they leave children alone.  —  Putin met with a group of volunteers in the Olympic mountain venue at Krasnaya Polyana …
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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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Cruz won't praise Gillespie after Va. entrance
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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
Discussion: Mediaite
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Campbell Brown / Wall Street Journal:
Keeping Sex Predators Out of Schoolrooms
Economist:
Coming to an office near you
Discussion: The Raw Story and Hullabaloo
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
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
How in good conscience?  —  By early 2011, writes former defense …
 

 
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