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9:05 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: Mediaite
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 …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Rebranding: Who Needs It?  —  The Mike Huckabee brouhaha yesterday offered about the 155th recent opportunity for non-conservatives to observe that the “rebranding” exercise of the Republican Party isn't going that well.  But as The Atlantic's Molly Ball observes today, Republicans really just don't care:
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Post Politics
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.
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 …
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
RNC tightens 2016 primary calendar, rules
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Republicans Approve Changes to Nominating Process
Discussion: Washington Post and She The People
James Hohmann / Politico:   Reince Priebus calls on GOP to improve ‘tone’
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Supreme Court grants temporary reprieve from contraceptive mandate  —  The Obama administration cannot enforce the Affordable Care Act's contraception coverage requirements against a Catholic nuns' order for the time being, if the nuns tell the government they object to providing that coverage, the Supreme Court ruled Friday afternoon.
Discussion: CNN and The Heritage Foundation
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Associated Press:
Court gives nuns a compromise on health care issue
Discussion: NPR
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Judge Orders Hospital to Remove Pregnant Woman From Life Support  —  FORT WORTH — A Texas judge ruled on Friday that a Fort Worth hospital must remove the life support of a pregnant brain-dead woman, siding with the husband and family in a case that has drawn national attention.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Althouse
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Diane Jennings / The Scoop Blog:
Judge orders JPS Hospital to withdraw life support for brain-dead pregnant woman  —  Erick Munoz declined to comment as he was escorted out of the courthouse following a judge's ruling.  (Tom Fox/Staff Photographer)  —  Marlise Muñoz, with husband Erick and their son Mateo (Kathy Chruscielski)
Discussion: ThinkProgress, The Raw Story and NPR
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?
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.
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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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 …
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.
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Says Putin ‘Outperformed’ Obama On Foreign Policy  —  As Mitt Romney sees it, Russian President Vladimir Putin is way ahead of President Barack Obama when it comes to foreign policy.  —  “I think Putin has outperformed our president time and time again on the world stage,” …
Discussion: Liberaland and Associated Press
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
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.
BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: POLITICO TRIES TO MANIPULATE HANNITY COMMENT ON MICHAEL SAVAGE  —  On Friday, Politico was set to release a puff piece on Michael Savage, the polarizing host tapped by Cumulus to replace iconic talker Sean Hannity on its affiliates.  In the process of putting together that puff piece, Politico contacted Hannity for comment.
Discussion: American Spectator
ThinkProgress:
Virginia State Legislature Bans American Flags On Sticks, But Lets Guns In  —  CREDIT: Virginia Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America  —  What is the bigger risk inside a state capitol building: openly carrying an American flag or an assault rifle?  In Virginia, visitors …
Discussion: Daily Kos
 
 
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Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Satan at the State House
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Douglas MacMillan / Digits:
Music-Sharing Service SoundCloud Raises New Funds at $700 Million Valuation
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Schumer Suggests ‘Electoral Reform’ As Way to ‘Lessen the Grip of the Tea Party’
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Georgia Graham / Telegraph:
Hand guns should be legalised and licensed, Nigel Farage has said
James Hohmann / Politico:
RNC slams ‘unconstitutional’ NSA spying
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Sheriff Joe Arpaio: 38 Arizona inmates who defaced flag to eat only bread, water
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