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David Remnick / New Yorker:
GOING THE DISTANCE … - ARCHIVE - PHOTO BOOTH - DAILY SHOUTS - CURRENCY - DAILY COMMENT - AMY DAVIDSON - JOHN CASSIDY - ANDY BOROWITZ - SHOP
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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.
Bloomberg:
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.
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 …
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New York Times:
G.O.P. Advice for Christie: Pick a Better Team
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Wasserman Schultz Ducks Iran Sanctions Questions
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Christie goes on Florida fundraising blitz (Video)
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Shawn Boburg / NorthJersey.com:
Christie GWB scandal: Lawyers may have conflict of interest, Port Authority says
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
Congressional Leaders Suggest Earlier Snowden Link to Russia  —  WASHINGTON — The heads of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees suggested on Sunday that Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, may have been working for Russian spy services while he was employed …
Discussion: The Agonist
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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
Jason Lee / Reuters:
U.S. lawmaker investigates whether Russia behind Snowden's leaks
Discussion: Guardian, ThinkProgress and Hullabaloo
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
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
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.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Dem Mayor: I Got ‘Enhanced’ Access To NJ Officials After Endorsing Christie  —  Long Branch, N.J. Mayor Adam Schneider (D) on Saturday said he got “enhanced” access to state officials after he endorsed Gov. Chris Christie (R) during his re-election campaign.
Discussion: Liberaland and Washington Post
 
 
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