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3:50 PM ET, January 24, 2014

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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Why Republicans Keep Calling Women Sluts  —  As you've heard, yesterday Mike Huckabee stepped up to the plate and smacked a stand-up double in the GOP's ongoing effort to alienate every woman in America, when he said, “If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe …
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Fox News:
Huckabee rips critics of ‘libido’ comments  —  Jan. 23, 2014: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee sits down for lunch before speaking at the Republican National Committee winter meeting in Washington.AP  —  WASHINGTON - Mike Huckabee says he is mystified by the liberal criticism of his remarks on women …
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.
The Fix:
Mike Huckabee, and why Republicans have trouble talking to and about women  —  Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R) had a challenge for Democrats on Thursday.  —  “If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming …
Marilyn Tavenner / HHS.gov:
Milestone: 3 Million in Marketplaces  —  Since the beginning of open enrollment, millions of Americans are gaining access to health coverage-many for the very first time—thanks to the Affordable Care Act.  The most recent data indicates that approximately 3. million people have now enrolled …
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Politico:
Ryan Loskarn believed to have committed suicide  —  Jesse Ryan Loskarn, a one-time star staffer who was the former top aide to Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, was found dead Thursday afternoon following charges he possessed and distributed child pornography, according to the sheriff's office in Carroll County, Maryland.
Ari Melber / msnbc.com:
Holder speaks out on Voter ID, Wall St, NSA in MSNBC exclusive  —  Attorney General Eric Holder dismissed a new government watchdog report which declared some NSA programs illegal, insisting that the spy agency's vast secret surveillance is on strong legal footing.
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Steve Kenny / New York Times:
U.S. Willing to Hold Talks if Snowden Pleads Guilty
Discussion: The Verge, Gawker and The Week
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Hot Air and The Reaction
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Just What the Political Doctor Ordered: John Bolton!
Discussion: Washington Wire and Booman Tribune
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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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 …
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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 …
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
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.
James Hohmann / Politico:
RNC slams ‘unconstitutional’ NSA spying  —  The Republican National Committee passed a resolution Friday renouncing “unconstitutional” National Security Agency surveillance programs.  —  The resolution, affirmed by a voice vote at the GOP's winter meeting, was a remarkable move …
Stuart Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
The Real Reasons Recruits Don't Run  —  I hate candidate recruitment stories.  —  More specifically, I hate stories that seem to blame the party campaign committees for their inability to coerce candidates to run.  —  In reality, there are so many factors that the committees cannot control …
Alan Pyke / ThinkProgress:
Wall Street's Frightening New Plan To Become America's Landlord  —  Anyone who has ever struggled to get her landlord to fix a broken appliance can imagine how much worse it could have been if she were paying rent to a faceless hedge fund based thousands of miles away.
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” …
Discussion: Daily Kos, NPR and Taegan Goddard's …
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.
Georgia Graham / Telegraph:
Hand guns should be legalised and licensed, Nigel Farage has said  —  The Ukip leader says the ban on the guns, which were made illegal in the wake of the Dunblaine shooting, was a “kneejerk” reaction and should be lifted  —  The Ukip leader has said it is party policy for hand guns …
Wall Street Journal:
Olympic Athletes Cautioned on Wearing Team USA Clothing Outside Venues  —  USOC Memo Warns Athletes Amid Security Concerns  —  The U.S. unveiled more of its Winter Olympic uniforms Thursday, but officials are cautioning athletes to keep theirs under wraps outside the games' venues.
Faith Karimi / CNN:
Sheriff Joe Arpaio: 38 Arizona inmates who defaced flag to eat only bread, water  —  (CNN) — A diet of bread and water is the punishment for dozens of Arizona inmates who allegedly defaced American flags placed in their jail cells.  —  The 38 male inmates are part of the Maricopa County jail system …
Discussion: Liberaland and The Raw Story
 
 
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