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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 …
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.
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
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Boehner on ‘Tonight Show’: Shutdown was a ‘predictable disaster’  —  House Speaker John A. Boehner speaks with Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show.”  (Paul Drinkwater / NBC / January 23, 2014)  —  House Speaker John A. Boehner called last fall's government shutdown a “very predictable disaster” …
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Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Boehner likes Bush for 2016 but not endorsing  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday night that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush would be a great president if he ran in 2016.  —  However, the Speaker made clear he is not endorsing anybody more than two years outside the election.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Tal Kopan / Politico:
John Boehner: Sometimes I'm ‘Gestapo’
Discussion: Riehl World News
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.
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
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
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Planet Hillary  —  Hillary Clinton was nodding solemnly to the mother of a 9/11 victim when Huma Abedin, standing across the room, called out, “Let's load!” to the staff members and bodyguards.  The former secretary of state had yet to pick up her award from the Voices of September 11th …
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Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Bolton 2016?  There May Be Opportunity for Hawk in GOP Debate  —  A strange thing happened Tuesday night at a Los Angeles dinner packed with well-heeled businesspeople and Republican donors.  —  A conservative, best known for his hawkish views on foreign policy, got a rousing ovation when he said he was …
Gallup:
Record Low Say Own Representative Deserves Re-Election  —  Less than a fifth of registered voters say most in Congress deserve re-election  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The enduring unpopularity of Congress appears to have seeped into the nation's 435 congressional districts …
Discussion: Politico
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Populist Imperative  —  “The outstanding faults of the economic society in which we live are its failure to provide for full employment and its arbitrary and inequitable distribution of wealth and incomes.”  —  John Maynard Keynes wrote that in 1936, but it applies to our own time, too.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
U.S. Investigating Dennis Rodman for Busting Sanctions  —  Dennis Rodman reportedly brought thousands of dollars in luxury gifts to Kim Jong Un for his birthday.  Now, Washington's looking into whether those gifts violated U.S. sanctions.  —  Dennis Rodman was already having a rotten month …
Discussion: Business Insider
Jenny Hope / Daily Mail:
Too old to be given cancer treatment: NHS is ‘writing off’ patients who are over 75  — Young lung cancer sufferers are only 10 per cent more likely to die within five years than their continental counterparts  —  Pensioners with cancer are being written off as too old to treat, campaigners said yesterday.
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 …
Yahoo! News:
Watch what happens when Obama picks a top donor as ambassador  —  This is why a future president might finally do away with the practice of nominating a top political donor to be an ambassador.  —  Here's how the White House described wealthy executive George Tsunis when President Barack Obama nominated …
Ewan Palmer / International Business Times:
London Underground: Victoria Line Suspended After Concrete Poured into Control Room  —  London's Victoria tube line is currently suspended after an engineering team flooded a control room with fast-setting concrete.  —  Photos appearing on the UsVsth3m webiste appear to show …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: The Sleepiness of a Hollow Legend  —  The State of the Union is a grand tradition—but only if people are listening.  —  So the president's State of the Union address is Tuesday night, and it's always such a promising moment, a chance to wake everyone up and say “This I believe” and “Here we stand.”
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
 
 
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Rand Paul to give post-SOTU speech
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