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12:50 PM ET, January 28, 2014

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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama to Raise Minimum Wage Under Federal Contractors  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to sign an executive order requiring that janitors, construction workers and others working for federal contractors be paid at least $10.10 an hour, using his own power to enact a more limited version …
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Fox News:
Obama to sign executive order raising minimum wage for federal contractors
Carrie Budoff Brown / Politico:
State of the Union 2014: How far will Obama go?
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and Washington Center …
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Barack Obama's State of the Union deja vu
Discussion: CNN
Erick Erickson / RedState:
A Very Sincere Thank You to @Gretawire  —  Greta Van Sustern wishes you to know I'm a creepy jerk.  She does not know who I am and thinks no one should listen to me.  I appreciate her letting someone she's never heard of who she thinks should not be listened to live rent free in her head.
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Wendy Davis hits back at Bristol Palin  —  Texas gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis brushed off criticism about her life story from Bristol Palin, saying that nothing Palin accused her of was true.  —  Davis was responding to a blog post from the daughter of former Gov. Sarah Palin …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Erick Erickson Responds To Greta Van Susteren With Graphic Anti-Abortion Screed  —  Erick Erickson is grateful to fellow Fox News colleague Greta Van Susteren.  Thanks to Van Susteren, Erickson reasoned, more people will see Texas gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis as the abortion lover she is.
Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:
What is wrong with this guy? He is such a jerk! He is a repeat offender!
Jon Pareles / New York Times:
Pete Seeger, Songwriter and Champion of Folk Music, Dies at 94  —  Pete Seeger, the singer, folk-song collector and songwriter who spearheaded an American folk revival and spent a long career championing folk music as both a vital heritage and a catalyst for social change, died Monday.
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Bob Minzesheimer / USA Today:
Folk singer Pete Seeger dies at age 94
Discussion: American Power
Jethro Mullen / CNN:
Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger dies at 94
Discussion: The Jawa Report and alicublog
Domenico Montanaro / NBCNews:
Poll: Christie numbers tank as scandals continue  —  Chris Christie's political future looks to be in serious danger with more Americans believing the embattled New Jersey governor is lying about the bridge closure scandal than telling the truth, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
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Mark Murray / NBCNews:
NBC News poll: Pessimism defines the state of the union
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC Poll: Sharp Reversal on Chris Christie
Discussion: TIME
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Obamacare: Tom Coburn loses cancer doctor  —  Cancer-stricken Sen. Tom Coburn revealed Tuesday that his health insurance under Obamacare doesn't cover his oncologist, but said he still is receiving excellent care.  —  “I'm doing well from a health standpoint, got great docs,” Coburn said on MSNBC's …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Matthews goes after McCain critic  —  Sen. John McCain, under fire from the Arizona GOP for not being conservative enough, got an unlikely ally in his defense against the state party's censure of the senator, as MSNBC host Chris Matthews went after the author of the Arizona GOP's critique of McCain.
Discussion: CNN
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The Hill:
56 Dems endorse Hillary for 2016  —  Fifty-six Democratic lawmakers say they would endorse Hillary Clinton for president if she launches a 2016 White House bid, according to a survey conducted by The Hill.  [SEE COMPLETE LIST]  —  Twenty-two congressional Democrats had already publicly endorsed Clinton.
Yahoo! News:
Exclusive: Democratic senators to file amicus brief in Hobby Lobby birth control case  —  In a brief to be filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, 19 Democratic senators are siding with the Obama administration against evangelical Christian businessmen who argue that paying …
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Lawmakers demand Obama dump Clapper  —  A bipartisan group of House members is criticizing President Obama for not going far enough in his attempts to rein in the country's surveillance programs.  —  In a letter to the White House on Monday, six lawmakers led by House Oversight …
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
How Republicans Lost the Farm  —  On a recent Monday in San Antonio, Texas, Tom Vilsack, the secretary of agriculture, got up to speak to an auditorium full of farmers.  Vilsack, a doughy, wavy-haired former governor of Iowa, wore a grim expression as he gripped the lectern.
Discussion: The Week, New York Times and The Fix
Yahoo! News:
How Rick Santorum is laying the groundwork for another presidential run  —  WASHINGTON — Talk about campaign trail déjà vu.  —  As hundreds of bundled-up supporters gathered around him on a freezing January day, Rick Santorum towered over a lectern and rallied his troops.
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Gibbs: Obama ‘Stopped Trying’ to Change Washington Long Ago  —  Former press secretary Robert Gibbs said today on TV that President Obama and his White House “long ago” gave up on “trying” to change Washington:  —  Gibbs first thanked God that he's no longer working in this White House …
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Matt Ford / The Atlantic Online:
Giant Hologram of Turkish Prime Minister Delivers Speech  —  Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan couldn't attend a political party meeting in the city of Izmir on Sunday, so he decided to send the next best thing: a giant hologram of himself.  —  In a scene straight out of Star Wars …
Jack Shafer:
The limits of Ezra Klein's star power  —  No greater act of press criticism exists than to launch your own publication.  Starting anew allows a journalist to leave the cracked glass, dents and rust of the old behind, to reject the past and all its mistakes and compromises, and to show by example how the work should be done.
Tom Farrey / ESPN:
Kain Colter starts union movement … For the first time in the history of college sports, athletes are asking to be represented by a labor union, taking formal steps on Tuesday to begin the process of being recognized as employees, ESPN's “Outside The Lines” has learned.
 
 
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David Plotz / Slate:
The California Supreme Court's cruel, self-righteous decision to reject the disgraced journalist's bar application.
Dean Obeidallah / The Daily Beast:
Can the GOP Get Out of Its Own Way? Recent Comments Make You Wonder
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
Durable goods orders unexpectedly plunge in December
Discussion: NewsBusters and Hot Air
BBC:
Ukraine's PM Azarov and government resign
Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Fred Barnes: The Curse of the State-of-the-Union First Responder
Discussion: Power Line and Weekly Standard
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
Stephens: Kurt Vonnegut's State of the Union
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
Karzai suspects U.S. is behind insurgent-style attacks, Afghan officials say
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Booth / Guardian:
Dark lands: the grim truth behind the ‘Scandinavian miracle’
Discussion: The Local
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Democrat wins Virginia Senate recount, giving Gov. Terry McAuliffe's agenda a crucial boost
Discussion: Daily Kos
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Michelle Obama wants $10 donations to ‘help protect Obamacare’
BBC:
German cows cause methane blast in Rasdorf
Discussion: Liberaland
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Google Glass to Be Covered by Vision Care Insurer VSP
John Aloysius Farrell / Politico:
The State of the Union Curse
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama's Puzzle: Economy Rarely Better, Approval Rarely Worse
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
 

 
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