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5:30 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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Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Does the Republican Party Have to Change?  —  The members of the Republican National Committee gathered in Washington this week.  On Thursday, Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and former presidential candidate, was the featured speaker.  “The Democrats,” Huckabee declared …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
TIME:
Exclusive: Republican Party Calls For End To NSA Domestic Phone Records Program  —  In the latest indication of a growing libertarian wing of the GOP, the Republican National Committee passed a resolution Friday calling for an investigation into the “gross infringement” of Americans' rights …
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 …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Santorum: Huckabee Comment On Women's Libidos Was ‘Off The Cuff’  —  Rick Santorum, who is no stranger to gaffes, said Thursday that he thinks former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's (R) headline-grabbing remarks about women's “libidos” was poorly worded because Huckabee speaks “off the cuff.”
The Fix:
Mike Huckabee, and why Republicans have trouble talking to and about women
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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ThinkProgress:
How Obamacare Critics Are Scaring The Poor Out Of Signing Up For Health Insurance  —  Critics of the Affordable Care Act are seizing on a decades-old provision in Medicaid law to scare lower-income Americans from signing up for health care insurance, warning newly eligible enrollees …
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
RNC tightens 2016 primary calendar, rules  —  A series of changes aimed at tightening the GOP presidential primary calendar sailed through a vote at the Republican National Committee's winter meeting, giving the party new tools to control its nomination process.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN
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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
James Hohmann / Politico:   Reince Priebus calls on GOP to improve ‘tone’
Fox News:
Growing Dem opposition could doom ObamaCare  —  Buzz Cut:  —  ObamaCare skidded to an all-time low in the latest Fox News poll, but in a switch, it's Democrats who are driving down the already unpopular law.  In June, 22 percent of Democrats were opposed to ObamaCare …
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CNN:
Does Obama secretly support Hillary Clinton for 2016?
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
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.
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 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
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 …
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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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.
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 …
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.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Supreme Court Exempts Religious Non-Profits From Contraception Mandate Paperwork During Appeal  —  A long-awaited order from the court for several groups seeking to stop the provision from going into effect.  —  Jonathan Ernst / Reuters  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court extended …
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.
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.
Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline.com:
Sony Pictures, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Make Movie Deal For ‘Lean In’  —  EXCLUSIVE: In a deal spearheaded by Sony Pictures production president Hannah Minghella, the studio has made a preemptive acquisition of film rights to Lean In: Women, Work, And The Will to Lead, the 2013 book written by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.
Discussion: The Verge, The Tell and Valleywag
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 …
 
 
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CBS News:
Poll: Americans split on Obama approval
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Plum Line
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Schumer Suggests ‘Electoral Reform’ As Way to ‘Lessen the Grip of the Tea Party’
Discussion: protein wisdom
Georgia Graham / Telegraph:
Hand guns should be legalised and licensed, Nigel Farage has said
Faith Karimi / CNN:
Sheriff Joe Arpaio: 38 Arizona inmates who defaced flag to eat only bread, water
Discussion: Liberaland and The Raw Story
Stuart Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
The Real Reasons Recruits Don't Run
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
3 Million People Have Signed Up For Obamacare Coverage
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Russia will not end Snowden's asylum
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Michelle Malkin:
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