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12:45 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.”
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 …
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: Scared Monkeys
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 …
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.
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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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?”
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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
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Edward Wong / New York Times:
China Exports Pollution to U.S., Study Finds
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
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 …
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
American Prospect:
The Future of the Social Safety Net  —  Progressive perspectives on the the New Deal/Great Society entitlement programs  —  This week and next, The American Prospect, in conjunction with The Democratic Strategist, is proud to sponsor a special forum titled: Progressive Perspectives on the Future …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
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
Richard Valdmanis / Reuters:
Trump says eyeing America's top job, again  —  (Reuters) - Outspoken real estate billionaire Donald Trump said on Tuesday he may seek the Republican presidential nomination for 2016, claiming he wants to undo President Barack Obama's legacy.  —  Trump had toyed with the idea of running …
Discussion: Politico and TheBlaze.com
NBCNews:
Sochi Olympics terrorism threat: Three more ‘black widow’ suspects identified  —  SOCHI, Russia — Three more suspected “black widows” who Russian authorities believe were dispatched to carry out suicide bomb attacks on the Olympic torch relay were identified by NBC News on Tuesday.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Hot Air
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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 …
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.
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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Zachary Roth / msnbc.com:
Right pounces on news that Wendy Davis embellished life story
 
 
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Caitlin Gibson / Washington Post:
Va. special election could determine balance of power
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Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
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Reid Wilson / GovBeat:
Iowa's Republican governor opens assault on his state party
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