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9:50 PM ET, January 26, 2014

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Ezra Klein / The Verge:
Vox is our next  —  Early last year, Melissa Bell, Matt Yglesias and I began wrestling with a question that had bugged all of us for a long time: why hadn't the Internet made the news better at delivering crucial context alongside new information?  —  This year, we're founding a new publication …
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Rand Paul: Clintons should be judged for Bill's ‘predatory behavior’ with Lewinsky  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) suggested Sunday that the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal should give Americans pause when it comes to evaluating the Clinton legacy — and, by extension, Hillary Rodham Clinton's potential presidential campaign.
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Rand Paul clarifies comments about poverty and unwanted pregnancies
Discussion: Politico
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Rand Paul says ‘women are winning’ the war on women, blasts Bill Clinton as predator
Matthew O'Brien / The Atlantic Online:
Why Is the American Dream Dead in the South?  —  Upward mobility has stayed the same the past 50 years despite skyrocketing inequality.  But it's lower in the South (and Ohio) than anywhere else in the U.S.—or the rest of the developed world.  —  The top 1 percent aren't killing the American Dream.
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Obama's rough 2013 prompts a new blueprint  —  An internal White House assessment concludes that President Obama must distance himself from a recalcitrant Congress after being badly damaged last year by legislative failures, a government shutdown and his own missteps.
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ABC News:
White House Warns Obama Could Go Around Congress
Discussion: Politico
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Pfeiffer, McConnell forecast battle over debt ceiling
Discussion: CNN
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Pfeiffer previews ‘concrete’ proposals
Discussion: The Week and CNN
David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
CBS Host Laughs In Ted Cruz's Face For Repeatedly Denying He Shut Down Government  —  CBS host Bob Schieffer's was driven nearly to a fit of giggles on Sunday after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) repeatedly refused to take responsibility for last year's government shutdown.
Discussion: Liberaland
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Rush Transcript / CBS News:
Bob Schieffer's interview with Texas Senator Ted Cruz
New York Times:
What Drives Success?  —  A SEEMINGLY un-American fact about America today is that for some groups, much more than others, upward mobility and the American dream are alive and well.  It may be taboo to say it, but certain ethnic, religious and national-origin groups are doing strikingly better than Americans overall.
Discussion: Unfogged
Ben Sisario / ArtsBeat:
Grammys to Feature On-Air Weddings of 34 Couples  —  LOS ANGELES — At the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, pop's megastars will compete for the music industry's most prestigious trophy, and put on flashy performances that are sure to ricochet through social media.
New York Times:
The Koch Party  —  Only a few weeks into this midterm election year, the right-wing political zeppelin is fully inflated with secret cash and is firing malicious falsehoods at supporters of health care reform.  —  As Carl Hulse of The Times reported recently, Democrats have been staggered …
Aaron Short / New York Post:
Putin a better president than Obama: Romney  —  Mitt Romney thinks Vladimir Putin is better at being president than Barack Obama.  —  Romney, who lost the presidential race to Obama, told NBC that the Russian leader “outperformed” the president “time and time again on the world stage.”
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Mitch McConnell: It's ‘Irresponsible’ Not To Try To Hold The Debt Ceiling Hostage  —  Despite agreeing to a budget this month, it seems Congressional Republicans are not yet done holding the economic fate of the country hostage in order to pass aspects of its agenda.
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Exclusive: Google to Buy Artificial Intelligence Startup DeepMind for $400M  —  Google is shelling out $400 million to buy a secretive artificial intelligence company called DeepMind.  —  After Re/code inquired about the deal, Google confirmed that it was happening but declined to specify the price.
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Verge
David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Tucker Carlson: Young People Don't Know What EntréE To Order So Don't Let Them Vote  —  Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Sunday suggested that 17-year-olds should not be allowed to pre-register to vote because they were not capable of “choosing an entrée at a restaurant.”
 
 
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Leon Wieseltier / The New Republic:
Iran Is Not Our Friend  —  n the foreign policy front . . .
Discussion: Power Line
Patrick Temple-West / Reuters:
Republicans bash U.S. law targeting offshore tax dodgers
Discussion: Liberaland
David Feith / Wall Street Journal:
Erik Prince: Out of Blackwater and Into China
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Sky Dancing
CBC News:
Natural gas pipeline explodes near Otterburne, Man.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
Philip Weiss / Mondoweiss:
NY Mayor tells AIPAC: ‘Part of my job description is to be a defender of Israel’
Discussion: Firedoglake
Brett Taylor / Twitchy:
Conspiracy alert: Greg Abbott ‘wheelchair truthers’ actually exist
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Sexism defense of Wendy Davis is attempt to give her an easier double standard
Bdisbrow / CBS San Francisco:
Free Crack Pipes Urged To Slow Spread Of HIV In SF, Leaders Balk At Idea
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Associated Press:
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. talks to reporters on Capitol Hill …
Bob Howard / BBC:
HSBC tightens cash withdrawal rules
Discussion: Samizdata
Washington Post:
Poll finds little faith in nation's leaders
 

 
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