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5:15 PM ET, January 19, 2014


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David Remnick / New Yorker:
Obama Says Racial Animus Blunts Approval, New Yorker Reports  —  President Barack Obama said that racial tensions may have softened his popularity among white voters within the last two years, according to a story posted on the New Yorker magazine's website today.
Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
President Obama Says Pot Is Less Dangerous Than Alcohol For The Individual Consumer  —  In an interview published Sunday by the New Yorker, President Obama said pot is no more dangerous than alcohol — and that marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington state is an “important” move towards a more just legal system.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: ‘I would not let my son play pro football’  —  President Obama said that he believed NFL players “know what they're doing” and understood the impact that concussions could have on their long-term health in an interview with The New Yorker published on Sunday, adding that he would not let his son play pro football.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Chris Christie Is Going To War With MSNBC  —  In response to new bombshell allegations from Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer (D) aired on MSNBC Saturday morning, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) office blasted the network as overtly “partisan.”  —  Zimmer alleged in an interview …
New York Times:
G.O.P. Advice for Christie: Pick a Better Team  —  On a conference call with Gov. Chris Christie's most loyal donors a few nights ago, his brother, Todd, pressed for last-minute cash to pay for the governor's inauguration, a daylong fete ending on Ellis Island.
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
The scandal is MSNBC  —  The bridge scandal started out as a test for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).  Now it has become a test for the media.  MSNBC, which long ago stopped being a news outlet in the sense of going out to find facts and is largely indistinguishable from Democratic Party talking points …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Christie goes on Florida fundraising blitz (Video)
Discussion: Liberaland
Shawn Boburg /
Christie GWB scandal: Lawyers may have conflict of interest, Port Authority says
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Wayne Slater / Dallas Morning News:
As Wendy Davis touts life story in race for governor, key facts blurred  —  FORT WORTH — Wendy Davis has made her personal story of struggle and success a centerpiece of her campaign to become the first Democrat elected governor of Texas in almost a quarter-century.
John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
The Democratic Party's uphill path to 270 electoral votes in 2016  —  My Post colleague Dan Balz has some very interesting reporting from Democratic and Republican strategists.  Both groups seem somewhat pessimistic about the GOP's chances in 2016: … Demographics are certainly one factor worth considering.
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Monthly
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
The Republican Party's uphill path to 270 electoral votes in 2016
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In new film, a dramatic look at Mitt Romney's loss of confidence  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL MOVIES BARACK OBAMA MITT ROMNEY  —  A new documentary about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney premiered Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.
Discussion: The Reaction
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Bush vets eye office as former president's image rebounds  —  As George W. Bush's public image improves, more former Bush officials are running for office — and are starting to tout their connections to the former president rather than running from them.  —  Top former Bush advisor Ed …
ABC News:
Senator Concerned About Change in NSA Data Storage  —  The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said she's concerned about the idea that data collected from a National Security Agency program that harvests Americans' phone records might be stored by others.
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Winter Olympics: Putin ‘friendly’ with gay people
Discussion: BuzzFeed
New York Times:
A Step Toward Restoring Voting Rights  —  Only seven months after the Supreme Court shattered the Voting Rights Act, a bipartisan group of lawmakers has come up with a bill that would go a long way toward putting it back together.  If they can persuade Republicans in Congress to set aside partisanship …
Discussion: Liberaland
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Tom Leonard / Daily Mail:
Is the Obama marriage on the rocks? …