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2:55 PM ET, January 27, 2014


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Jake Sherman / Politico:
Trey Radel to resign House seat  —  Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) will resign from Congress on Monday, according to multiple sources.  —  Radel, 37, was caught buying cocaine in November from an undercover federal agent in Washington and spent nearly a month in a rehabilitation facility.
Associated Press:
Rep. Trey Radel to resign from Congress
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Radel to resign on Monday
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Trey Radel to resign from Congress
Discussion: Guardian and Roll Call
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Time for Obama to punch hard  —  As President Obama goes to Capitol Hill for his State of the Union address he is telling the world he is fed up with Congress — the paralysis and the GOP obstruction — but his anger is secondary to signs that he is a demoralized lame duck.
Discussion: CNN and Althouse
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
White House panics as millennials wise up, bail on President Obama
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
James Ball / Guardian:
NSA and GCHQ target ‘leaky’ phone apps like Angry Birds to scoop user data  —  GCHQ documents use Angry Birds - reportedly downloaded more than 1.7bn times - as a case study for app data collection.  —  The National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have been developing capabilities …
New York Times:
Spy Agencies Scour Phone Apps for Personal Data  —  When a smartphone user opens Angry Birds, the popular game application, and starts slinging birds at chortling green pigs, spy agencies have plotted how to lurk in the background to snatch data revealing the player's location, age …
Discussion: Hit & Run, NPR and The Verge
Sochi 2014: No gay people in city, says mayor  —  The mayor of Sochi, host of the Winter Olympics, has said there are no gay people in the city.  —  Anatoly Pakhomov said homosexuals were welcome at the Games - as long as they “respect Russian law” and “don't impose their habits on others”.
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Deficit Reduction Declines as Policy Priority  —  Just Half of Democrats Rate Deficit as ‘Top Priority’  —  For the first time since Barack Obama took office in 2009, deficit reduction has slipped as a policy priority among the public.  Overall, 63% say reducing the budget deficit …
Brian Beutler / Salon:   How the right destroyed itself: History, ideology and strategic blunders
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Timothy P. Carney on Chuck Schumer: Voice of the little man, courtier of plutocrats  —  TEA PARTY CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS LOBBYING CHUCK SCHUMER REVOLVING DOOR  —  The favorite senator of Wall Street and K Street explained to a liberal D.C. audience last week how to defang the Tea Party …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
2014 Elections Likely to Keep Capital's Split
John Harwood / New York Times:
For Obama, Investing in Brighter Futures Remains a Tough Sell
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Greg Richter /
D'Souza Producer: ‘I Never Feared My Govt Until Now’  —  More ways to share...  Stumbled  —  LinkedIn  —  Vine  —  Newstrust  —  Tell my politician  —  Technocrati  —  Get Short Link  —  Gerald Molen, the producer of Dinesh D'Souza's documentary film “2016: Obama's America,” …
Chicago News and Weather:
Gary woman admits selling baby for sex  —  HAMMOND, Ind. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -  —  A Gary, Ind. woman admitted this week that she sold a baby eight times to a Gary man for sex and was in the room for all the meetings except for the last one.  —  Natisha Hillard, 25 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Paranoia of the Plutocrats  —  Rising inequality has obvious economic costs: stagnant wages despite rising productivity, rising debt that makes us more vulnerable to financial crisis.  It also has big social and human costs.  There is, for example, strong evidence that high inequality leads to worse health and higher mortality.
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Ted Cruz's Father Blames Hackers For ‘Pornographic’ Facebook Post  —  Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) father, Rafael Cruz, issued an apology Sunday evening for what he described as a “pornographic picture” that was posted on his personal Facebook page.  The elder Cruz, a pastor and popular conservative speaker, blamed the incident on hackers.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Matt West / Boston Herald:
Sheriffs cheer pot shot, say DEA chief ripped Obama remarks  —  Photo by:  —  WE'RE ‘FRUSTRATED’: Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson, above, lauded DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart after she criticized President Obama for comparing smoking marijuana to drinking alcohol.  —  By:
Tim Stanley /
How Scott Walker and the conservatives saved Wisconsin.  America, take note  —  There was a time when Wisconsin was headline news.  You must remember the story?  Wisconsinites elected some caveman called Scott Walker as their governor on a platform of drowning government in the bath.
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Clinton Supporters Want Iowa To Want Her  —  “You guys want a list.  Iowans want a sense of engagement and conversation and dialogue like they got on the Obama campaign.”  The super PAC takes the first of what they say will be many trips to the early caucus state.  —  Justin Hayworth / Associated Press
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Booman Tribune
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton supporters get a head start organizing for 2016 Iowa caucuses
Discussion: First Read and The Reaction
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National Review:
Don't Do It  —  The House Republican leadership has been confronted …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Hillary Clinton: “My Biggest Regret Is What Happened In Benghazi”
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Analysis: Politics, legacy loom over Obama decision on Keystone XL pipeline
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Cruz: Obama should apologize for ObamaCare during State of the Union
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and NewsBusters
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obamacare, Debt Ceiling—Yup, Here We Go Again
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Dish and Wonkblog
Breanna Deutsch / The Daily Caller:
Report: Minimum wage hike backers rarely pay interns
Michelle Malkin:
It begins: Afghanistan releases dangerous jihadists over U.S. objections
Alex Roarty /
Republicans Don't Have a Single Woman Running a Battleground Senate Campaign
Discussion: Liberaland and Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
Pope John Paul II's blood stolen from church in Italy
Ken Braun /
Big Labor didn't build the middle class
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Some Republicans Departing From Response Script
Double Homicide Victims' Names Released
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
How Americans can kill Obamacare, legalize pot: Column
Discussion: Hit & Run, Ed Driscoll and AEIdeas