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8:30 AM ET, January 24, 2014

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The United States Department of Justice:
Former College President Indicted In Manhattan Federal Court For Campaign Finance Fraud  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau …
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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 …
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Dinesh D'Souza Indicted for Campaign Finance Fraud  —  Dinesh D'Souza.  (Wikimedia)  —  Dinesh D'Souza, a controversial political commentator, author and former president of King's College, was indicted today by a grand jury for alleged campaign finance fraud, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's office announced this evening.
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Conservative Author Dinesh D'Souza Charged With Campaign Finance Fraud
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
'2016: Obama's America' Filmmaker Indicted for Violating Campaign Finance Laws
Discussion: Variety and NPR
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Dinesh D'Souza indicted for violating U.S. election law
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Dinesh D'Souza indicted for campaign finance fraud
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Boehner likes Bush for 2016 but not endorsing  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday night that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush would be a great president if he ran in 2016.  —  However, the Speaker made clear he is not endorsing anybody more than two years outside the election.
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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” …
Tal Kopan / Politico:
John Boehner: Sometimes I'm ‘Gestapo’  —  House Speaker John Boehner says in his job, he has to be many things, from a father figure to the Gestapo.  —  “People think, all right, you're the speaker, you're the leader,” Boehner told Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” on Thursday night.
Discussion: Riehl World News
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Huckabee: Dems think women can't control their libido  —  Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R) said Thursday that Republicans need to take a more combative attitude toward winning the votes of women, by emphasizing that women aren't weaklings in need of help from the government.
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
NBC, CNN Reporters Pounce on Huckabee's ‘Libido’ Comments; Forced to Issue Corrections
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.
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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Jonathan Tilove / Austin American-Statesman:
Gov. Rick Perry, in Davos, touts Texas as model for progressive drug policy short of decriminalization
Discussion: Hit & Run and Post Politics
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 …
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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 …
Adam Withnall / The Independent:
Mystery of the Lyubov Orlova: Ghost ship full of cannibal rats ‘could be heading for Britain’  —  A ghost ship carrying nothing but disease-ridden rats could be about to make land on Britain's shore, experts have warned.  —  The Lyubov Orlova cruise liner has been drifting across …
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
U.S. Investigating Dennis Rodman for Busting Sanctions  —  Dennis Rodman reportedly brought thousands of dollars in luxury gifts to Kim Jong Un for his birthday.  Now, Washington's looking into whether those gifts violated U.S. sanctions.  —  Dennis Rodman was already having a rotten month …
Discussion: Business Insider
David Martosko / Daily Mail:
‘Vindictive ... p***k’ Chris Christie accused of THIRD political revenge act as Democrats say he shut down urban DMV office because they opposed him  — Elizabeth, NJ lost its Motor Vehicle Commission office at the end of 2010, leaving locals without a place for licenses and vehicle tags
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Weasel Zippers
Ewan Palmer / International Business Times:
London Underground: Victoria Line Suspended After Concrete Poured into Control Room  —  London's Victoria tube line is currently suspended after an engineering team flooded a control room with fast-setting concrete.  —  Photos appearing on the UsVsth3m webiste appear to show …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: The Sleepiness of a Hollow Legend  —  The State of the Union is a grand tradition—but only if people are listening.  —  So the president's State of the Union address is Tuesday night, and it's always such a promising moment, a chance to wake everyone up and say “This I believe” and “Here we stand.”
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Capitol Broadcasting Company / WRAL-TV:
Sources: Clay Aiken prepping congressional bid  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — Pop singer Clay Aiken is assembling a political team for a run at the Democratic nomination in the 2nd Congressional District, sources told WRAL News on Thursday.  —  Aiken, a Raleigh native, is expected to make an official announcement next month, sources said.
BBC:
Egypt violence: Deadly blasts hit police in Cairo  —  The attacks began with a powerful car bomb that exploded outside the police headquarters in central Cairo, killing four people and wounding 51.  —  Within hours, two other blasts occurred elsewhere in the city, killing one person and injuring 15.
Washington Post:
McDonnell rejected plea offer to face one felony, spare wife any charges, avoid trial  —  Maureen McDonnell relayed to federal prosecutors last summer that she felt responsible for the relationship with a wealthy businessman who had drawn legal scrutiny to Virginia's first family …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Paul Ryan doesn't want to be House speaker  —  SAN ANTONIO — Rep. Paul Ryan said he does not want to be speaker of the House, a declaration that will cause reverberations in Republican leadership circles in Washington.  —  During a wide-ranging luncheon in a hotel ballroom here Thursday …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 
 
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