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7:45 AM ET, January 24, 2014

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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
'2016: Obama's America' Filmmaker Indicted for Violating Campaign Finance Laws  —  Dinesh D'Souza is accused of giving too much money to a candidate who sought to replace former New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.  Producer Gerald Molen tells The Hollywood Reporter the charges are politically motivated.
Discussion: Variety and NPR
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 …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Dinesh D'Souza indicted for campaign finance fraud
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
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
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.
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 …
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
Discussion: Mediaite
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Cathy McMorris Rodgers to give GOP's State of the Union response
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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
Arem Duplessis / The 6th Floor:
How Our Hillary Clinton Cover Came About  —  When we created the cover of this Sunday's magazine to accompany Amy Chozick's article — to be published online tomorrow — about Hillary Rodham Clinton's influence on the various people within her political universe, the immediate idea that came …
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Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
19 Things That The New York Times Magazine “Planet Hillary” Cover Looks Like
Discussion: She The People
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
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.”
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Washington Post:
McDonnell rejected plea offer to face one felony, spare wife any charges, avoid trial  —  Maureen McDonnell relayed to federal prosecutors last summer that she felt responsible for the relationship with a wealthy businessman who had drawn legal scrutiny to Virginia's first family …
BBC:
Egypt violence: Deadly blasts hit police in Cairo  —  The attacks began with a powerful car bomb that exploded outside the police headquarters in central Cairo, killing four people and wounding 51.  —  Within hours, two other blasts occurred elsewhere in the city, killing one person and injuring 15.
John L. Smith / The Daily Beast:
Reid: Gates ‘Unethically’ Gossiped and Published Memoir to ‘Make Money’  —  The senate majority leader says the ex-defense secretary violated his trust by publishing their confidential conversations.  —  LAS VEGAS—Forgive Harry Reid if he feels like he's been hit with friendly fire.
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.
Discussion: The Verge, Scared Monkeys and NPR
 
 
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