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7:00 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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Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
In Brazil, you can always find the Amazon — in America, the Amazon finds you  —  We began this blog in April 2002, when it was just the Volokh Brothers.  That's almost 12 years of blogging.  (How can it have been that long?)  —  In the course of these years, we've tried various experiments.
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:
New York Times:
Ezra Klein Leaving Washington Post
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Ezra Klein out at Washington Post
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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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 …
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
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Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
Mythbusters  —  Bill and Melinda Gates and 27 other thinkers …
Politico:
Can Facebook Predict Who Wins the Senate in 2014?
Discussion: Firedoglake
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Florida Man Claims Self-Defense After Hopping A Fence To Shoot, Kill 21-Year-Old In A Hoodie  —  On Thursday, an Orlando man shot and killed a 21-year-old who was fleeing his yard.  He didn't appear to be stealing anything, according to witness accounts.  He didn't appear to be threatening anybody.
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: Hot Air, Mediaite and National Review
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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.
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.
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.
neo-neocon:
Wendy Davis: “empowerment” and the poor little woman; “struggle” and the man  —  There's a lot in the Wendy Davis story besides Davis and her constructed and false “narrative.”  Here is one of Davis' most recent official statements on the matter, a little masterpiece of accusing the accusers:
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 …
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.
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.
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
White House Seeks to Bypass Congress on Iran Deal  —  The White House has been exploring ways to circumvent Congress and unilaterally lift sanctions on Iran once a final nuclear agreement is reached, according to sources with knowledge of White House conversations and congressional insiders familiar with its strategy.
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 …
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.
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 …
 
 
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Toronto Star:
Rob Ford: New video shows mayor rambling, slurring his words
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Lede
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Teen employment and the minimum wage: sixty years of experience
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
TIME:
GOP Takes a Page Out of Democrats' Senate Playbook
Ben Kamisar / Dallas Morning News:
Rep. Gohmert drops health coverage, blames Obamacare
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Married Same-Sex Couples In Utah Sue For State Recognition
Discussion: Daily Kos
Kyle Trygstad / Roll Call:
David Vitter Announces Run for Governor
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite and Hullabaloo
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
First on CNN: GOP urges candidates to stand ground on abortion
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
You Don't Have to Be Jewish to Love a Kosher Prison Meal
Discussion: National Review
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Mike Lee to give tea party SOTU response
Larry J. Sabato / Politico:
Hillary's No Slam Dunk in 2016
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