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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 …
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Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
The End of the Beginning on Obamacare Repeal  —  Sens. Tom Coburn, Richard Burr, and Orrin Hatch rolled out an Obamacare replacement plan today that I think offers us a good window into how the health care debate is evolving on Capitol Hill.  I recommend Philip Klein's rundown …
Washington Free Beacon:
Tennesseans Losing Their Doctors Because of Obamacare  —  Tennessee residents are learning that President Obama did not follow through on one of his key promises about Obamacare- if Americans like their doctor, they will be able to keep them.  —  Obamacare coverage has been available …
Discussion: Hot Air and Weekly Standard
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 …
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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.
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Wendy Davis' daughters step in to defend their mother's life story  —  (CNN) - The two daughters of Texas state senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis penned their support of their mother, as well as her personal history, in open letters released Tuesday.
Discussion: Politico
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Erick Erickson Responds To Greta Van Susteren With Graphic Anti-Abortion Screed
Discussion: Gretawire
CNN:
Boehner warns Obama headed for ‘brick wall’  —  Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner warned President Barack Obama that he will “run into a brick wall” by using his executive power and bypassing Congress, as the White House has signaled the President intends to do.
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Gibbs: Obama ‘Stopped Trying’ to Change Washington Long Ago
Ashley Killough / CNN:
‘Duck Dynasty’ to represent at State of the Union
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Banter
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Obama to use executive action to raise minimum wage for federal contractors
Discussion: Politico, CNN, Daily Kos, Althouse and Hot Air
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Democrats hope Obama's State of Union speech will be start of populist agenda
Peter Baker / New York Times:
With Minimum Wage as Start, Obama to Press Past Congress  —  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 in the future, using his own power to enact …
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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.
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City Journal:
America's Most Successful Communist  —  It was no surprise last year when rock stars, led by Bruce Springsteen, barnstormed battleground states for John Kerry, and no surprise that, save for a handful of country singers, George W. Bush could count on no similar support from pop performers.
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Jon Pareles / New York Times:
Pete Seeger, Songwriter and Champion of Folk Music, Dies at 94
Jim Lindgren / Washington Post:
If we want more income equality, should we return to the economy of George W. Bush?  —  Other things being equal, income equality is better than inequality.  But other things are NOT equal.  The easiest way to make incomes more equal in the short run is to have a recession.
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Christine Whitman recalls her 1995 GOP State of the Union response  —  Former New Jersey Gov. Christie Whitman during a walk-through of her response to President Clinton's State of the Union Address, at the state Assembly chambers in Trenton, N.J. (Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press / January 23, 1995)
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
Medium, Evan Williams's Post-Twitter Media Startup, Raises $25 Million Round  —  Medium is about to become large.  —  The collaborative publishing startup has just closed a $25 million round of financing, the company confirmed, marking its first major funding raise since it launched a little more than a year ago.
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Ryan Loskarn leaves letter  —  Jesse Ryan Loskarn, the former top Senate GOP aide who committed suicide last week, said in a letter released by his family that he was sexually abused as a child, and the horror from that episode eventually led him down a path toward possessing child pornography.
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
One-Third of Americans Who Were Middle Class in 2008 Now Consider Themselves Lower or Lower Middle Class  —  Pew Research has a new poll out tracking how many people call themselves middle class vs. some other class.  The chart on the right shows the basic results over the past few years.
Jon Favreau / The Daily Beast:
How Obama Prepares for the Grueling State of the Union  —  The president puts in back-to-back 2 a.m. nights rewriting his speech to make it “sing” and hopefully sway Congress.  A former speechwriter shares what it's like inside the White House.  —  There are plenty of reasons to think that the State …
Discussion: National Review and The Fix
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
The Political State of the Union Is Not Good  —  Obama and the Democrats are in deep trouble  —  In his memo this week, Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg warns me to “forget the conventional wisdom” that “the president is in trouble.”  Greenberg points to Barack Obama's approval rating being up …
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.
Politico:
State of the Union 2014: Rand Paul to stress jobs in Obama rebuttal  —  Sen. Rand Paul plans to offer up Republican red meat by calling for lower taxes and blasting the president's jobs record as he delivers one of several GOP responses to the State of the Union address Tuesday night.
David Plotz / Slate:
The California Supreme Court's cruel, self-righteous decision to reject the disgraced journalist's bar application.  —  Stephen Glass, the disgraced New Republic journalist, and once my friend, lied to me most of the times we spoke.  My wife Hanna Rosin was one of his closest confidantes at the New Republic …
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Andrea Mitchell: ‘Iran Was More or Less an American Ally’ Before Bush's ‘Axis of Evil’ Remark  —  MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell recalled on Monday some of the most impactful State of the Union addresses in the recent past, focusing primarily on George W. Bush's post-9/11 speech in which he called North Korea …
 
 
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Associated Press:
FLOTUS guests: Gay athlete, woman CEO
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Patrick Healy / ArtsBeat:
‘King Kong’ Will Stomp Onto Broadway in December, Producer Says
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Looking Back at Past SOTU Addresses
David Hawkings / Hawkings Here:
Seat Scramble for Big Speech Loses Its Crossover Appeal
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Dean Obeidallah / The Daily Beast:
Can the GOP Get Out of Its Own Way? Recent Comments Make You Wonder
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