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10:50 AM ET, January 21, 2014

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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 …
Discussion: Liberaland
Susan Page / USA Today:   Poll: Most Americans now oppose the NSA program
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.”
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.
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.
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Wendy Davis hits back at questions about bio  —  Wendy Davis, the Democratic state senator running for governor of Texas, swung back Monday at swirling questions about her personal life after a newspaper report suggested there were inconsistencies in the biography she's shared on the stump.
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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
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?”
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: Prairie Weather
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Sarah Palin to President Obama: No using ‘race card’  —  On Martin Luther King Day, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin wrote in a Facebook post asking President Barack Obama not to play the race card anymore.  —  “Mr. President, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and all who commit to ending any racial divide …
Discussion: The Reaction
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Extra Bonus Quote of the Day
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Oregonian:
Multnomah Republicans misfire again with Martin Luther King message: Editorial update
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Sebelius: Observe MLK Day by signing up for Obamacare
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Reid Wilson / GovBeat:
Iowa's Republican governor opens assault on his state party  —  GRINNELL, Iowa — Two years from now, Republicans will formally kick off the process of nominating a presidential candidate with caucus meetings in church basements, community centers and school classrooms.
Discussion: First Read
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Jim Messina to aid Charlie Crist  —  President Barack Obama's campaign manager is signing on to help former Republican Charlie Crist return to the Florida governor's office as a Democrat, two sources familiar with the move told POLITICO.  —  Jim Messina is joining Crist's campaign …
Discussion: BizPac Review and The Shark Tank
New York Times:
Hollande's Romances Turn Into a Political Spectacle in France  —  By ELAINE SCIOLINO, ALISSA J. RUBIN and MAÏA de la BAUMEJAN. 20, 2014  —  PARIS — As a candidate for the French presidency in 2012, François Hollande promised to be more boring spouse than flamboyant seducer.
Discussion: Mediaite
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Police Chief Accidentally Shoots Himself At Gun Shop, Blames Fleece Jacket  —  A Connersville, Ind. police chief accidentally shot himself in the leg while doing some shopping at a gun store on Saturday, the Indianapolis Star reported.  —  “I need to pay more attention,” David Counceller said.
Discussion: Liberaland
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Pam Tharp / The Indianapolis Star, Indystar:
Indiana police chief accidentally shoots self at gun shop
Discussion: Gawker and Mediaite
Fox News:
‘Parallel universe’: Woman spends 6 weeks trying to disenroll from ObamaCare  —  Shown at right is Missouri resident Lesli Hill, who struggled to disenroll from an Affordable Care Act plan.HealthCare.gov/Lesli Hill  —  Think it's hard to enroll in ObamaCare?  Try getting out of it.
Rob Bluey / The Heritage Foundation:
WSJ's Stephen Moore to Join Heritage as Chief Economist  —  Stephen Moore, a member of the Wall Street Journal's editorial board and founder of the Club for Growth, is returning to The Heritage Foundation as chief economist.  —  In an exclusive interview with The Foundry …
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
White House imposes secrecy rules on first lady's lavish, celebrity-filled birthday party  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL BARACK OBAMA MICHELLE OBAMA  —  There was a party in the East Room of the White House Saturday night, an affair attended by a reported 500 people, a lavish celebration with celebrities galore …
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Eun Kyung Kim / TODAY:
Al Roker on going to first lady's 50th: ‘Literally a house party’ at the White House
Discussion: Politico, BizPac Review and TIME
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Barbara Starr / CNN:
Warships part of U.S. contingency plan for Sochi Olympics
 
 
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Nigerian Islamists kill 18, burn houses in northeast
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Eric W. Dolan / The Raw Story:
Rep. Louie Gohmert: I'm no prophet but Netanyahu could be the next King David
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New York Times:
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Joan Walsh / Salon:
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