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4:50 PM ET, January 21, 2014

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Politico:
Why the Post passed on Ezra Klein  —  The Washington Post would do anything for Ezra Klein.  Well, almost anything.  —  For nearly five years, the Post has steered a bounty of financial resources to its star economics columnist and blogger.  It has allowed him to have a contributor deal with MSNBC …
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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:
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Ezra Klein out at Washington Post
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 …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obamacare in Red and Blue America: Two Charts Tell the Story  —  Everybody knows that red state officials aren't enthusiastic about Obamacare.  Some of them are even trying to undermine it.  But are they succeeding?  Are they actually holding back the law?
Discussion: The Dish
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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 …
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Former Va. Gov. McDonnell and wife charged in gifts case  —  View Photo Gallery — McDonnell's time in office comes to a close: Gov. Robert F. McDonnell was supposed to be in the thick of the race to succeed him.  Instead, the Republican found himself relegated to the role of passive observer …
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
How Bad Does the GOP Need Chris Christie?  Really Bad.  —  Without the scandal-engulfed New Jersey governor, Republicans don't have a candidate who could even come close to the votes needed to win the presidency in 2016.  —  Well, well, well, today is an interesting day: it's Chris Christie's re-inauguration day.
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Larry J. Sabato / Politico:
Hillary's No Slam Dunk in 2016
Discussion: Capitol Report and Scared Monkeys
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.
John Monk / The State:
NC NAACP chief denounces extremists of all kinds, including conservatives  —  COLUMBIA, SC — In a speech of fire and thunder Sunday evening, one of today's best-known civil rights activists denounced what he said was narrow-minded political and religious thinking that has “put extremism on steroids.”
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Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Tim Scott responds to NAACP insult: Reminds ‘me and others of what not to do’
Discussion: Mediaite and National Review
Julie Strietelmeier / The Gadgeteer:
AMC movie theater calls “federal agents” to arrest a Google Glass user  —  A long time Gadgeteer reader contacted me today through Google Hangouts to tell me that he had a story that he thought I'd be interested in reading.  He then forwarded me a long email with a story from a very good friend of his.
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
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Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Sen. Lee to deliver Tea Party response to State of the Union
Kyle Trygstad / Roll Call:
David Vitter Announces Run for Governor  —  Sen. David Vitter, R-La., announced Tuesday that he will run for governor next year, confirming the biggest open secret in Bayou State politics and on Capitol Hill.  —  “After much thought, prayer and discussion with Wendy and our children …
Discussion: Mediaite and Hullabaloo
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Sen. Vitter announces bid for Louisiana governor
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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.
Julee Wilson / The Huffington Post:
Garage Magazine Editor-In-Chief Dasha Zhukova Sits On A ‘Black Woman’ Chair In Shocking Editorial (PHOTO)  —  How's this for a happy MLK Day?  —  The online magazine Buro 247 has published a story about Dasha Zhukova, the Russian editor-in-chief of Garage magazine, which shows …
Greg Argos / KPHO-TV:
ASU fraternity suspended after ‘offensive’ MLK party  —  A representative for Arizona State University said school officials have suspended Tau Kappa Epsilon's chapter operations while they investigate an unregistered Greek event that has many on campus offended.
Mike Needham / The Federalist:
Conservative Reformers Need To Make DC Listen  —  Ross Douthat's recent New York Times column argues the most consequential recent development for the GOP has been “the fact that reform conservatism suddenly has national politicians in its corner.”  Indeed, Douthat writes: Sen. Mike Lee …
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?”
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Bill Gates Backs Marijuana Legalization In His State  —  “An experiment” in Washington state.  —  Tobias Schwarz / Reuters  —  Bill Gates voted “yes” on the 2012 referendum that legalized marijuana in his home state, he told BuzzFeed in an interview Tuesday.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Pastor Tells O'Reilly How Obama Is Laying the Groundwork for the Anti-Christ  —  Pastor Robert Jeffress sat down with Bill O'Reilly Monday night to argue that President Obama is laying the groundwork for the rise of the Anti-Christ because he is “conditioning” people to rely on government support.
 
 
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First on CNN: GOP urges candidates to stand ground on abortion
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