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11:30 AM ET, January 24, 2014

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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Is the prosecution of Dinesh d'Souza politically motivated?  —  “It is not clear from the court documents what led investigators to Mr. D'Souza in a fund-raising case involving relatively small donations, in a race that ended in a blowout win for Ms. Gillibrand.  Ms. Long raised about $785,000 in the race.”
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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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 …
The United States Department of Justice:
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 …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Dinesh D'Souza indicted for campaign finance fraud
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:   Dinesh D'Souza indicted for violating U.S. election law
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Mike Huckabee Raises Specter of Holocaust In Warning Tea Party To Back Off Purity Tests  —  WASHINGTON — Whether or not Mike Huckabee is at all serious when he says he's thinking about another presidential run in 2016, what he says still matters to the conservative evangelical wing of the Republican party.
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Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Huckabee: Dems think women can't control their libido
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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Tal Kopan / Politico:
John Boehner: Sometimes I'm ‘Gestapo’
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Boehner likes Bush for 2016 but not endorsing
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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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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.
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Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Sen. Menendez Denies Allegations in New Reported FBI Probe
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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 …
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Just What the Political Doctor Ordered: John Bolton!  —  So if the potential 2016 Republican presidential field is looking a bit thinner with all of Chris Christie's problems, have no fear, GOPers: an old friend may be coming to your assistance, per WSJ's Neil King:
Discussion: Washington Wire and Booman Tribune
Stephen Zaharuk / Moody's:
Moody's: Uncertain healthcare landscape leads to negative outlook for US health insurers  —  Moody's changed the outlook for US health insurers to negative from stable, as implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)continues to create uncertainty for the industry, says Moody's Investors Service …
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
RNC moves toward 2016 changes despite conservative outrage  —  A Republican National Committee meeting to compress the 2016 primary schedule grew heated Thursday, as supporters of rule changes beat back repeated attempts by a handful of conservative activists to torpedo them.
Discussion: americanthinker.com
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 …
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 and susiemadrak.com
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.
Kolten Parker / Houston Chronicle:
Gov. Rick Perry for decriminalization of pot  —  SAN ANTONIO — Gov. Rick Perry signaled Thursday that he's for the decriminalization of marijuana use — not legalization, but the softening of punishment for pot users in the border state.  —  “As governor, I have begun to implement policies …
Discussion: Politico, Yahoo! News, Hot Air and The Week
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Hannity for public office?  —  Sean Hannity's threat this week to bolt New York is sparking speculation he will someday run for office.  —  A source who was on Hannity's Fox News show last fall told The Hill the conservative commentator mentioned the possibility — off camera — of running in Florida.
Discussion: Mediaite and First Read
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 …
 
 
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Gallup:
Record Low Say Own Representative Deserves Re-Election
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
McDonnell rejected plea offer to face one felony, spare wife any charges, avoid trial
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John L. Smith / The Daily Beast:
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Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Cotton outraises Pryor in Ark. …
David Martosko / Daily Mail:
‘Vindictive ... p***k’ Chris Christie accused of THIRD political revenge act as Democrats …
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