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11:45 AM ET, January 22, 2014


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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Target announces it will drop part-time employees from its healthcare plan  —  Target Corp. announced on Tuesday it would no longer offer healthcare coverage to its part-time employees.  —  In a blog post on the company's website, Jodee Kozlak, the executive vice president of human resources …
Emily Rudisill / A Bullseye View:
Talking Health Care with EVP of Human Resources Jodee Kozlak  —  At Target, we have a longstanding commitment to our team members' health and well-being.  We have been researching and evaluating how the transforming health care landscape will impact our team members and our company.
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Is Politico telling the full story about Wendy Davis?  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL POLITICO TEXAS 2014 ELECTIONS CAMPAIGNS CHRIS CHRISTIE WENDY DAVIS  —  There has been lots of coverage in Politico on the charges against New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie and members of his staff.
Wendy Davis / Wendy Davis for Texas:
An Open Letter from Wendy Davis  —  As our campaign has gained momentum, our opponents have gotten more and more desperate.  But now they've stooped to a new low by attacking my family, my education, and my personal story - playing politics with the journey that has been my life.
Wendy Davis: “empowerment” and the poor little woman; “struggle” and the man
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
The ugly, sordid, damning details in the Bob McDonnell indictment  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL VIRGINIA CORRUPTION BOB MCDONNELL  —  If the prosecutors' case in United States v. Robert F. McDonnell and Maureen G. McDonnell is correct, the corrupt acts of the 71st governor of Virginia and his wife …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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 …
Washington Post:
Bob McDonnell's indictment proves the ‘Virginia Way’ will have to change
Discussion: The Fix and National Review
Justin Sink / The Hill:
WH to spotlight college sexual assaults  —  President Obama will create a new task force to examine how to better prevent sexual assault on college campuses, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.  —  The president is giving the panel three months to gather specific recommendations …
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
The Hill:
Podesta sharpens WH focus for midterms
Discussion: Politico, The Plum Line and ABC News
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
The Supreme Court Case That Could Clobber Public-Sector Unions  —  William Messenger of the National Right to Work Committee asked the Supreme Court today to hold that public employee unions are unconstitutional.  —  “This is—I'm just going to use the word here, it is a radical argument.
Roy Edroso / alicublog:
TODAY IN CAREER ADVANCEMENT.  —  I see the Washington Post has formed some kind of alliance with The Volokh Conspiracy.  For those of you unacquainted with these guys, here are some leaves from my notebook on them:  —  Eugene Volokh has expressed interesting feelings about bringing pain …
Discussion: Althouse
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
In Brazil, you can always find the Amazon — in America, the Amazon finds you
New York Post:
De Blasio ‘getting back at us’ by not plowing: UES residents  —  It really is a tale of two cities — this time with the tony Upper East Side getting the shaft!  —  Huge swaths of the city's wealthiest neighborhood had been not been plowed by early Tuesday evening, leaving 1-percenters out in the cold …
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
GOP candidate calling for Obama's hanging gets called out by Gov, called in by Secret Service  —  Say you're a rookie political candidate eager to raise your profile.  Here's one sure way to do that that you DO NOT want to try: Publicly call for the president of the United States to be hanged.
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Secret Service Visits GOP Candidate Who Advocated Obama's Execution
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Not So Fast: Hannity Not Leaving New York Quite Yet (VIDEO)  —  Fox News host Sean Hannity isn't about to pack up and leave New York in a huff for a more conservative-friendly home — yet.  —  Hannity threatened to relocate on his radio show Monday, after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) …
Ronald D. Rotunda / Chicago Tribune:
On deep background 41 years later  —  Roe v. Wade … Type “41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade” into Google and you will get more than 54,000 hits.  Wednesday marks the date.  It caused me to review the notes of a conversation a small group of us had with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun and his wife about Roe.
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Report: Obama can advance climate agenda without Congress  —  Despite meeting fierce opposition from the GOP in 2013, a group of clean energy experts, business leaders and former government officials believe President Obama's climate agenda has been and will continue to be successful in the coming year.
Discussion: Liberaland and Prairie Weather
Tania Dall / WWL-TV:
Musician in coma after brutal attack in French Quarter  —  NEW ORLEANS — A well-known New Orleans musician is hospitalized and unconscious after being jumped in the French Quarter.  —  Doug Potter's family and friends believe he may have been a target of the “knockout” game.  —  “Always here when we needed him.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Ben S. Carson / Washington Times:
A physician's view on the sanctity of life  —  The thought of abortion for convenience is repugnant  —  Several years ago, I was consulted by a young woman who was 33 weeks pregnant and was on her way to Kansas get an abortion.  I informed her of the multiple options available to her outside …
Discussion: National Review
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Google chief ‘outraged’ by NSA activities  —  Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt was “literally outraged” when he first learned that American and British spies were tapping into the firm's data.  —  In an interview with The Guardian published on Tuesday, Schmidt said he and other Google executives have …
Discussion: Guardian
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Bashing the Liberal Media Won't Save Chris Christie  —  In fact, it's likely to doom his 2016 chances  —  On Saturday, Chris Christie opened a new front in the campaign to save his political career.  The governor attacked MSNBC, a one-time booster that has morphed into the leading cable instigator …
Brian Lin / UBC News:
Gay-straight alliances in schools reduce suicide risk for all students  —  Photo: Renee Brown, iStock.  —  Canadian schools with explicit anti-homophobia interventions such as gay-straight alliances (GSAs) may reduce the odds of suicidal thoughts and attempts among both sexual minority …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Shakesville
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Randy Barnett / Washington Post:
Knowledge is Power: How the NSA bulk data seizure program is like gun registration
Discussion: emptywheel and Balkinization
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
South Dakota Attorney General Quotes Martin Luther King To Express Support For Death Penalty
Discussion:, Mediaite and ArgusPoliBlog
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
McCain Says Obama is Worse Than Carter
David Siders / Sacramento Bee:
Neel Kashkari enters California governor's race, starts uphill fundraising climb
Associated Press:
Cuccinelli says Christie should quit RGA
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Michael Kunzelman / Associated Press:
Halliburton Manager Gets Probation in Gulf Spill
Discussion: Firedoglake and Eschaton
Washington Post:
Obama goal for quick revamp of NSA program may be unworkable, some U.S. officials fear
Discussion: Hot Air and emptywheel
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
How Citizens United changed politics, in 7 charts
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Sorry, America Isn't Destined To Be More Liberal
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Averages 45.8% Job Approval in Year Five
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
Sit Back, Relax, and Read That Long Story—on Your Phone
Discussion: Poynter
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Clinton and Christie: Let The Mud-Slinging Start
Larry McShane / NY Daily News:
Gov. Chris Christie sworn in for second term, cancels inauguration party due to snow
Dave Ress / Hampton Roads Daily Press:
Roanoke College poll shows Warner with commanding lead in Senate race
Discussion: Talking Points Memo