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3:40 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.
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Associated Press:
Rep. Trey Radel to resign from Congress
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Trey Radel to resign from Congress
Discussion: Guardian and Roll Call
Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
A Pen, a Phone, and a Flailing President  —  The White House's problem might not be strategies and tactics.  It might be Obama himself.  —  For months, the White House and its allies mocked critics of Barack Obama's leadership, arguing that no president has “Green Lantern” superhero powers.
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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
Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Assert Unilateral Agenda  —  President to Seek to Use State of the Union Address to Shift Souring View of Leadership … WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night will seek to shift the public's souring view of his leadership …
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 …
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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: Liberaland, Mashable, Hit & Run and NPR
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Hillary Clinton Admits She Hasn't Driven A Car Since 1996 (VIDEO)  —  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday that she hasn't driven a car since 1996, the year her husband Bill Clinton was elected to a second term as president.  —  “I have to confess that one of the regrets …
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Clinton's biggest regret at State: Benghazi
Discussion: Politico and Fox News Insider
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 …
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Brian Beutler / Salon:
How the right destroyed itself: History, ideology and strategic blunders  —  Even if they could, Democrats already beat them there  —  Last week I wrote an article arguing that the impediments to conservative reform are structural — that the idiosyncrasies of the Republican base make appealing …
BBC:
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”.
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 …
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John Harwood / New York Times:
For Obama, Investing in Brighter Futures Remains a Tough Sell
Greg Richter / NewsMax.com:
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,” …
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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 …
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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.
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:
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
 
 
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ThinkProgress:
Stop ‘Constantly Bashing Banks’ And ‘Lecturing On Ethics And Integrity,’ Megabank CEO Says
Discussion: susiemadrak.com
Jessica Silver-Greenberg / DealBook:
Justice Department Inquiry Takes Aim at Banks' Business With Payday Lenders
National Review:
Don't Do It  —  The House Republican leadership has been confronted …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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
 Earlier Items: 
Michelle Malkin:
It begins: Afghanistan releases dangerous jihadists over U.S. objections
Alex Roarty / NationalJournal.com:
Republicans Don't Have a Single Woman Running a Battleground Senate Campaign
Discussion: Mediaite and Liberaland
Guardian:
Pope John Paul II's blood stolen from church in Italy
Tim Stanley / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
How Scott Walker and the conservatives saved Wisconsin. America, take note
Ken Braun / MLive.com:
Big Labor didn't build the middle class
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Some Republicans Departing From Response Script
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
How Americans can kill Obamacare, legalize pot: Column
Discussion: Hit & Run, Ed Driscoll and AEIdeas