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12:15 PM 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.”
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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 …
Washington Post:
Conservative author and pundit Dinesh D'Souza charged in campaign finance case
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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Tal Kopan / Politico:
John Boehner: Sometimes I'm ‘Gestapo’
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Boehner likes Bush for 2016 but not endorsing
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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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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Santorum: Huckabee Comment On Women's Libidos Was ‘Off The Cuff’
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
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 …
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 …
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: CNN and americanthinker.com
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 …
Steve Kenny / New York Times:
U.S. Willing to Hold Talks if Snowden Pleads Guilty  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Thursday that the United States was willing to discuss how the criminal case against Edward J. Snowden would be handled, but only if Mr. Snowden pleaded guilty first.
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Holder: Feds to set rules for banks and pot money
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Verge
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 …
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Industry Awakens to Threat of Climate Change  —  WASHINGTON — Coca-Cola has always been more focused on its economic bottom line than on global warming, but when the company lost a lucrative operating license in India because of a serious water shortage there in 2004, things began to change.
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, susiemadrak.com and The Week
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Dem Congressional Candidate ‘Likes’ Graphic With N-Word and ‘Ching Chong’ on Facebook  —  Erin Bilbray, a Democratic congressional candidate in Nevada, uses Facebook to connect with friends and supporters alike.  She also uses it to express support for musicians (Amy Winehouse, Dave Matthews) and, well, other not-so-wholesome things.
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 …
 
 
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
The Marriage Equality Movement Is Getting Ready To Go Back To The Supreme Court
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Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Hannity for public office?
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Record Low Say Own Representative Deserves Re-Election
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John L. Smith / The Daily Beast:
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David Martosko / Daily Mail:
‘Vindictive ... p***k’ Chris Christie accused of THIRD political revenge act as Democrats …
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