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1:55 PM ET, January 21, 2014

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Jeffrey Poor / BREITBART.COM:
SEAN HANNITY TO LEAVE NEW YORK AFTER ANDREW CUOMO'S ANTI-CONSERVATIVE RANT  —  In a radio interview last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) made some disparaging comments about pro-life conservatives, stating they had “no place in the state of New York because that's not who New Yorkers are.”
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Cuomo Backtracks: ‘It Is Fine’ to Be Anti-Gun Control, Anti-Choice  —  New York governor Andrew Cuomo came under fire for criticizing pro-life and pro-Second Amendment citizens of his state — and saying “that is not who New Yorkers are.” … Now his office is backtracking and insisting …
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Christie's Image Turns More Negative  —  Most Don't Believe His Assertions on Highway Controversy  —  Chris Christie's public image today is starkly different than it was a year ago.  Last January, following Christie's visible role in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, favorable opinions …
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Mike Lee to give tea party SOTU response  —  Sen. Mike Lee will deliver the tea party's response to the president's State of the Union Address, a major tea party group announced Tuesday.  —  The Utah Republican will speak immediately after the traditional Republican response to the State of the Union …
Tom Cohen / CNN:
His administration under fire, Christie takes oath for second term
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Wall Street Journal:
The Young and the ObamaCare-less  —  HHS is already rewriting rules to deal with adverse selection.  —  ObamaCare's defenders say its troubles are over as more people sign up and, by the way, stop griping because the law is here to stay.  Much evidence says otherwise …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obamacare in Red and Blue America: Two Charts Tell the Story
Discussion: The Dish
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Washington Post announces Ezra Klein is leaving  —  Ezra Klein is leaving The Washington Post, the paper told staffers in a memo Tuesday.  No details yet on who is backing Klein's new venture. … Full memo:
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Ezra Klein out at Washington Post
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Why the Post passed on Ezra Klein
Mark Puente / Tampa Bay Times:
Florida House candidate Joshua Black calls for hanging of President Obama  —  ST. PETERSBURG — As Americans honored the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, a Republican candidate for Florida House District 68 said President Barack Obama should be hanged for war crimes.
Larry J. Sabato / Politico:
Hillary's No Slam Dunk in 2016  —  everyone thinks.  —  Could Hillary Clinton be the next Richard Nixon?  Now that's a provocative question, but it isn't quite what you think.  —  The other day, I watched Hillary and Bill Clinton take in their close friend Terry McAuliffe's inauguration as governor of Virginia.
Discussion: Capitol Report and Scared Monkeys
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Tim Scott responds to NAACP insult: Reminds ‘me and others of what not to do’  —  Tuesday, South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott slammed the NAACP chapter president who called him a ventriloquist's dummy for the tea party.  —  According to Scott, North Carolina NAACP President …
Discussion: Mediaite and National Review
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John Monk / The State:
NC NAACP chief denounces extremists of all kinds, including conservatives
Bill Simmons / Grantland:
The Dr. V Story: A Letter From the Editor  —  How “Dr. V's Magical Putter” came to be published  —  “How could you guys run that?”  —  We started hearing that question on Friday afternoon, West Coast time, right as everyone was leaving our Los Angeles office to start the weekend.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Government conspiracy theories aren't crazy: Column  —  From the IRS to the NSA, Americans have reasons not to trust the Obama Administration.  —  At a tax symposium at Pepperdine Law School last week, former IRS chief counsel Donald Korb was asked, “On a scale of 1-10 ... how damaging is the current IRS scandal?”
Amy Wallace / GQ Magazine Online:
The GQ Cover Story: Katy Perry  —  Not very long ago, she was strumming a guitar on the street and getting paid in avocados.  Today she's the most cartoonishly ubiquitous pop star on Earth.  Katy Perry gives Amy Wallace an earful about aliens (real), her world-famous body (real), her …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
First on CNN: GOP urges candidates to stand ground on abortion  —  Washington (CNN) - A faction of conservatives will introduce a resolution at this week's meeting of the Republican National Committee urging GOP candidates to speak up about abortion and respond forcefully against Democratic efforts …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Appeals Court Says Jurors Can't Be Excluded Because They Are Gay  —  The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issues broad ruling providing “heightened scrutiny” protection for sexual orientation discrimination claims.  —  Members of the public cast shadows as they line up in front …
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
New documents: NSA provided 2-3 daily “tips” to FBI for at least 3 years  —  Secret 2007 court order mentions “approximately three telephone identifiers.”  —  According to newly-declassified court orders from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), the National Security Agency …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Techdirt
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Patrick Kennedy to President Obama: Pot has changed  —  Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy says President Barack Obama is wrong about the dangers of marijuana, saying that the drug today is not like what the president smoked in his youth.  —  The former eight-term Rhode Island Democrat …
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
You Don't Have to Be Jewish to Love a Kosher Prison Meal  —  MIAMI — Captive diners know that a good meal is hard to find.  —  Airplane passengers, for instance, have been known to order kosher meals, even if they are not Jewish, in the hope of getting a fresher, tastier, more tolerable tray of food.
Discussion: National Review
Politico:
Can Facebook Predict Who Wins the Senate in 2014?  —  What can Facebook candidate likes and page engagement metrics tell us about the likely outcome of 2014 Senate races?  If the 2012 results and the 2013 New Jersey Senate campaign are any guide, the answer is a whole lot.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Michelle Obama / CNN:
Michelle Obama dunks with the Miami Heat  —  (CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama shows off her basketball moves in a new video with The Miami Heat, last year's NBA champions.  —  Released by her “Let's Move” campaign against obesity, the video features the first lady giving tips about healthy eating …
Discussion: Politico
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Sen. Vitter announces bid for Louisiana governor  —  (CNN) - Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana announced Tuesday that he's running for governor of his state in 2015.  —  “I believe that as our next governor, I can have a bigger impact addressing the unique challenges and opportunities we face in Louisiana …
Discussion: Politico
Reuters:
China pollution wafting across Pacific to blanket US  —  Some US cities getting an extra day of smog per year due to pollution from China, US National Academy of Sciences says  —  Pollution from China travels in large quantities across the Pacific Ocean to the United States, a new study has found …
Discussion: BillMoyers.com and Prairie Weather
 
 
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