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6:30 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
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 …
The Fix:
Mike Huckabee, and why Republicans have trouble talking to and about women
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
White House to launch new political office  —  Democratic campaign operatives have been getting worried that the White House wasn't doing enough to help them in the midterms, and that President Barack Obama didn't care enough to change that.  —  Friday, Obama is will provide the answer …
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
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CNN:   Does Obama secretly support Hillary Clinton for 2016?
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.
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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
James Hohmann / Politico:   Reince Priebus calls on GOP to improve ‘tone’
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 …
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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.
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
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Glitch Is Causing Thousands Of Emails To Be Sent To One Man's Hotmail Account  —  David S. Peck is getting a lot of emails.  In a glitch possibly related to the massive Gmail outage underway right now, there's an odd bug in Google search which is pointing users directly to his personal email address.
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 …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Supreme Court Exempts Religious Nonprofits 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 an injunction …
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.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
No progress on UI in Senate  —  A proposal to extend expired jobless benefits that can garner 60 votes in the Senate continues to elude lawmakers involved in bipartisan negotiations.  —  After the week-long congressional recess and ahead of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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.
Sarah Mimms / NationalJournal.com:
Martin O'Malley Has a Ron Burgundy Moment, Reads ‘Conclusion’ Off Teleprompter  —  Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley had a Ron Burgundy moment during his State of the State speech Thursday afternoon, accidentally reading the subhead “conclusion” off of the teleprompter toward the end of his speech.
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.
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 …
 
 
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Susan Jones / CNSNews:
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Sony Pictures, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Make Movie Deal For ‘Lean In’
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Faith Karimi / CNN:
Sheriff Joe Arpaio: 38 Arizona inmates who defaced flag to eat only bread, water
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