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Former College President Indicted In Manhattan Federal Court For Campaign Finance Fraud  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau …
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Colin Campbell / Politicker:
Dinesh D'Souza Indicted for Campaign Finance Fraud  —  Dinesh D'Souza.  (Wikimedia)  —  Dinesh D'Souza, a controversial political commentator, author and former president of King's College, was indicted today by a grand jury for alleged campaign finance fraud, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's office announced this evening.
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
Dinesh D'Souza Is Charged With Using Straw Donors  —  Dinesh D'Souza, a best-selling conservative author and filmmaker, was indicted on Thursday on charges that he used straw donors to illegally donate to a 2012 Senate campaign.  —  Mr. D'Souza is an outspoken political commentator who directed …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Dinesh D'Souza indicted for violating U.S. election law  —  Dinesh D'Souza, a conservative commentator and best-selling author, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for arranging excessive campaign contributions to a candidate for the U.S. Senate.  —  According to an indictment made public …
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Conservative Author Dinesh D'Souza Charged With Campaign Finance Fraud  —  Conservative author Dinesh D'Souza has been indicted on federal charges of violating campaign finance laws, the the U.S attorney in Manhattan announced on Thursday.  —  The indictment accused D'Souza of participating …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Dinesh D'Souza indicted for campaign finance fraud
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Huckabee: Dems think women can't control their libido  —  Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R) said Thursday that Republicans need to take a more combative attitude toward winning the votes of women, by emphasizing that women aren't weaklings in need of help from the government.
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
NBC, CNN Reporters Pounce on Huckabee's ‘Libido’ Comments; Forced to Issue Corrections  —  Entertainer and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee appeared on Thursday to play right into the hands of the Democrats with a full frontal offensive in the “War on Women.”
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Mike Huckabee: Dems view women as ‘helpless’
Discussion: CNN
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Huge ‘Super PAC’ Is Moving Early to Back Clinton  —  The Obama political operation that once buried Hillary Rodham Clinton's White House ambitions is now rapidly converging around her possible 2016 presidential bid, conferring on Mrs. Clinton enormous early advantages in money, expertise and voter targeting techniques.
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Arem Duplessis / The 6th Floor:
How Our Hillary Clinton Cover Came About
Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
19 Things That The New York Times Magazine “Planet Hillary” Cover Looks Like
Discussion: She The People and Gothamist
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Rand Paul Is the 2016 Republican Frontrunner  —  Don't laugh.  He has built-in advantages in Iowa and New Hampshire, a party moving in his direction, and formidable fundraising potential.  —  If Chris Christie was ever the frontrunner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, he isn't anymore.
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Rand Paul to give post-SOTU speech
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Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Cathy McMorris Rodgers to give GOP's State of the Union response
Discussion: CNN
Adam Withnall / The Independent:
Mystery of the Lyubov Orlova: Ghost ship full of cannibal rats ‘could be heading for Britain’  —  A ghost ship carrying nothing but disease-ridden rats could be about to make land on Britain's shore, experts have warned.  —  The Lyubov Orlova cruise liner has been drifting across …
David Martosko / Daily Mail:
‘Vindictive ... p***k’ Chris Christie accused of THIRD political revenge act as Democrats say he shut down urban DMV office because they opposed him  — Elizabeth, NJ lost its Motor Vehicle Commission office at the end of 2010, leaving locals without a place for licenses and vehicle tags
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Weasel Zippers
William K. Rashbaum / New York Times:
Campaign to Re-elect Christie Is Subpoenaed  —  Federal prosecutors in New Jersey have issued grand jury subpoenas to Gov. Chris Christie's re-election campaign and to the state Republican Party as part of a preliminary inquiry into accusations that aides to Mr. Christie shut down access lanes …
Discussion: Liberaland and Hinterland Gazette
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Darryl Isherwood / New Jersey Online:
U.S. Attorney subpoenas Christie campaign and GOP State Committee over bridge scandal
Discussion: Politico, Daily Kos and Post Politics
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Kolten Parker / MySanAntonio.com:
Gov. Rick Perry for decriminalization of pot  —  SAN ANTONIO — Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday that he's for the decriminalization of marijuana use — not legalization, but the softening of punishment for marijuana users in the border state.  —  Perry made the comment during …
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Jonathan Tilove / Austin American-Statesman:
Gov. Rick Perry, in Davos, touts Texas as model for progressive drug policy short of decriminalization
Discussion: Hit & Run and Post Politics
New York Times:
Leaning Right in Hollywood, Under a Lens  —  LOS ANGELES — In a famously left-leaning Hollywood, where Democratic fund-raisers fill the social calendar, Friends of Abe stands out as a conservative group that bucks the prevailing political winds.  —  A collection of perhaps 1,500 right-leaning players …
Jonathan Dienst / nbcnewyork.com:
Exclusive: Federal Probe into New Jersey Sen. Menendez Is Widening  —  The Justice Department is investigating Menendez's efforts on behalf of two businessmen from Ecuador  —  The federal criminal investigation into New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez is broader than previously known, NBC 4 New York has learned.
Discussion: Yahoo! News and BuzzFeed
Tom Howell Jr / Washington Times:
Moody's downgrades health insurers, citing Obamacare  —  Warns of ‘unstable and evolving regulatory environment’  —  Moody's Investor Service has changed its outlook for the U.S. health care insurance sector from stable to negative, citing Obamacare's rollout and the uncertainty it brings.
TIME:
Revenge-Porn King Hunter Moore Indicted on Federal Charges  —  Moore and an alleged accomplice Charles “Gary” Evens were indicted on 15 counts, including conspiracy, seven counts of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information and seven counts of aggravated identity theft
Daniel Bice / JSOnline:
Welder lauded by Scott Walker in speech is sex offender  —  By Daniel Bice of the Journal Sentinel  —  Emphasizing his role as a job creator, Gov. Scott Walker praised Christopher Barber's initiative during the governor's annual “state of the state” speech on Wednesday.
Joseph Goldstein / New York Times:
As Seen in ‘Goodfellas’: Arrest Is Made in '78 Lufthansa Robbery  —  The crime gripped the public's imagination, for both its magnitude and its moxie: In the predawn hours of Dec. 11, 1978, a group of masked gunmen seized about $6 million in cash and jewels from a cargo building at Kennedy International Airport.
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Why the 2014 Senate Races Matter So Much  —  Yesterday I laid out some scenarios for the 2014 Senate races.  At President Obama's current job approval rating, Democrats would likely suffer substantial losses in the upper chamber.  On the other hand, if the president were to improve his standing …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Paul Ryan doesn't want to be House speaker  —  SAN ANTONIO — Rep. Paul Ryan said he does not want to be speaker of the House, a declaration that will cause reverberations in Republican leadership circles in Washington.  —  During a wide-ranging luncheon in a hotel ballroom here Thursday …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Human Rights Campaign Blog:
Utah Special Attorney General Cites “Religious Duty” in Decision to Take Anti-Marriage Equality Case  —  Gene Schaerr, a Washington, D.C. partner at the law firm Winston & Strawn, is citing his personal religious beliefs as the rationale behind his decision to quit his job and become …
 
 
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