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James A. Barnes / The Atlantic Online:
Can Anyone Stop Hillary?  Absolutely  —  Time magazine's cover this week asks, “Can Anyone Stop Hillary?”  The answer to that question is yes, but you'd never know it judging by the overwhelming belief among Democratic insiders that the party's 2016 presidential nomination is simply Hillary Clinton's for the asking.
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Kristen Soltis Anderson / The Daily Beast:
It's 1,000 Days Too Early to Talk Hillary vs. Christie for President
Discussion: Bloomberg
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Virginia to fight same-sex marriage ban  —  Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring will announce Thursday that he believes the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and that Virginia will join two same-sex couples in asking a federal court to strike it down …
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Mark Herring explains gay marriage shift  —  New Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says his decision to challenge his state's ban on gay marriage, rather than defend it on behalf of the state, is part of an evolution in his views on the subject.  —  Herring announced his decision to side …
The Hill:
Obama State of the Union to focus on income inequality  —  President Obama will try to pump some vitality into a lackluster second term on Tuesday when he delivers his State of the Union address.  —  The address will include a “healthy dose” of the income inequality message the White House …
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Backstage SOTU peek on Instagram  —  The White House, which is no stranger to social media, took to Instagram on Wednesday to give Americans a behind-the-scenes look as the president prepares his State of the Union address.  —  President Barack Obama's chief speechwriter, Cody Keenan …
Discussion: White House.gov Blog
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer seeks to poison Tea Party  —  Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the Senate Democrats' political guru, has a plan to poison the Tea Party by driving a wedge between its rich funders and its blue-collar rank and file.  —  Schumer, one of the Democrats' most influential strategists …
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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Cochran's Tea Party challenger raises $500K in 10 weeks  —  Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-Miss.) Tea Party challenger is off to a quick fundraising start, raising $500,000 in his first 10 weeks in the race.  —  Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R), who has the backing of many conservative groups including …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Watchdog Report Says N.S.A. Program Is Illegal and Should End  —  WASHINGTON — An independent federal privacy watchdog has concluded that the National Security Agency's program to collect bulk phone call records has provided only “minimal” benefits in counterterrorism efforts, is illegal and should be shut down.
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Independent review board says NSA phone data program is illegal and should end  —  An independent executive branch board has concluded that the National Security Agency's long-running program to collect billions of Americans' phone records is illegal and should end.
Discussion: The Verge
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep.: Wife Should ‘Voluntarily Submit’ To Her Husband  —  Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) believes that although a wife is supposed to “voluntarily submit” to her husband, she is not inferior to him, according to the Washington Post.  —  “The wife is to voluntarily submit …
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES and Althouse
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Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
GOP congressman's book: ‘The wife is to voluntarily submit’ to her husband
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Reuters:
Angry Geithner once warned S&P about U.S. downgrade - filing  —  Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner angrily warned the chairman of Standard & Poor's parent that the rating agency would be held accountable for its 2011 decision to strip the United States of its coveted “triple-A” rating, a new court filing shows.
Gregory N. Hicks / Wall Street Journal:
Gregory Hicks: Benghazi and the Smearing of Chris Stevens  —  Shifting blame to our dead ambassador is wrong on the facts.  I know—I was there.  —  Last week the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence issued its report on the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Brian Beutler / Salon:
The real problem with the American right: Aging, white radicals  —  But less understood is the true reason why  —  The Republican Party's total failure to make even cosmetic changes to its image and policy agenda last year has at this point become the kind of cliché-cum-running joke …
Ben Jacobs / The Daily Beast:
Where Is Rep Steve Stockman?  —  The Texas congressman mounting a long shot campaign for Senate hasn't appeared on Capitol Hill for weeks.  —  Judge Crater, Jimmy Hoffa and Steve Stockman?  —  The Tea Party Texas congressman challenging incumbent Republican Sen. John Cornyn in March's primary …
Washington Post:
Experts: McDonnell's corruption trial will test line between political favors, official action  —  Prosecutors laid out a startling corruption case against former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, but the government faces a high bar in proving that the couple committed a crime, legal experts said Wednesday.
The Atlantic Online:
What Obama's Next Three Years Will Look Like—for Better or Worse  —  Imagining the best- and worst-case scenarios for the rest of the president's term  —  On the cusp of his 2014 State of the Union message, President Obama is not exactly floating on air.  —  His fifth year …
Amanda Marcotte / The Daily Beast:
The GOP's Birth-Control Trojan Horse  —  The right wants to use religion as an excuse to legally discriminate against gays and unmarried women—and, ultimately, anyone who doesn't share their Christian faith.  —  Ever since the Obama administration included contraception in the list of services …
Discussion: Fox News
Corky Siemaszko / NY Daily News:
Bernie Madoff recovering from heart attack, battling kidney cancer as he rots in federal prison  —  The 75-year-old mastermind behind the epic Ponzi scheme has stage four kidney cancer, meaning it could have spread to the tissue and other parts of the body.  —  Bernard Madoff …
Discussion: Gothamist
Tom Cohen / CNN:
Iranian official on nuke deal: ‘We did not agree to dismantle anything’  —  Watch CNN's full interview with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Sunday at 10 a.m. on “Fareed Zakaria GPS”  —  (CNN) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif insisted Wednesday that the Obama administration …
Melissa Silverberg / Daily Herald:
9th congressional GOP hopefuls differ on many issues  —  Voters in the Republican primary will have two very different candidates to choose from in the 9th Congressional District, as David Earl Williams III and Susanne Atanus vie for the right to face Rep. Jan Schakowsky in the fall.
USA Today:
Poll: United we stand on wealth gap  —  INCOME INEQUALITY AND THE GOVERNMENT'S ROLE  —  A USA TODAY/Pew Research Center Poll explores attitudes toward income inequality and poverty in the United States.  —  RICH GETTING RICHER? HOW AMERICA WORKS GOVERNMENT ROLE  —  POVERTY  —  RICH VS. POOR
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Antiabortion movement faces a cold reality  —  James Dobson's Focus on the Family asked Christians to pray for rain to fall on Barack Obama in 2008 when he accepted the presidential nomination.  Various religious conservatives have said that hurricanes, earthquakes and other meteorological phenomena …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Ohio Dem: Why not John Kasich?  —  The mayor of Columbus, Ohio — a Democrat who “supports Democrats across the board” — says pundits have mistakenly overlooked his home-state governor, Republican John Kasich, in the 2016 presidential parlor game.  —  “They're talking about the wrong Republicans …
Lydia DePillis / Wonkblog:
Miami Beach mayor: Take your tech start-up gospel, and shove it  —  In the chatter around urban revitalization over the past few years, no idea has caught local officials' imaginations more than the idea of filling their downtowns with tech start-ups, in hopes of growing the next Google or Facebook.
Discussion: Riptide 2.0
 
 
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Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
US psychology body declines to rebuke member in Guantánamo torture case
Discussion: Salon
NY Daily News:
In $137B state budget proposal, Gov. Cuomo trumps de Blasio's universal pre-K plan
Stephanie Simon / Politico:
GOP touts school choice to woo minority vote
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Republicans Seek To Sabotage Obamacare With Higher Premiums
Melissa Hayes / The Political State:
Poll: Christie favorability rating drops after George Washington Bridge controversy
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Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Bipartisan election commission releases list of suggested fixes
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Scott gains 10 points on Crist
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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Christian leader open to run for Vitter's seat
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Third-ranking House Republican backs legal status for immigrants
Discussion: Right Turn and Hot Air
Detroit Free Press:
Dave Agema skips GOP meetings in Washington amid rumors of resignation
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
'We're Dancing on Deck of the Titanic': Touré Kills Co-Hosts' Snow Buzz with ‘Heavy’ Climate Change Rant
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The Loud Truth About Abortion Protesters
 

 
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