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9:50 AM ET, January 30, 2014

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Anthony Weiner / NY Daily News:
Anthony Weiner's advice to Rep. Michael Grimm on how to get along with reporters  —  Help from a former embattled congressman to a current one.  —  Former Congressman Anthony Weiner is no stranger to strife between policians and the press — giving him unique insight into the brouhaha …
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Dustup could hurt Michael Grimm's reelection  —  New York Rep. Michael Grimm was already facing a tough reelection.  His post-State of the Union blowup could make it even tougher.  —  A moderate Republican who represents a swing Staten Island district, Grimm has been atop Democratic target lists for months.
Hanna Rosin / Slate:
You know that “women make 77 cents to every man's dollar” line you've heard a hundred times?  It's not true.  —  How many times have you heard that “women are paid 77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men”?  Barack Obama said it during his last campaign.
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Scott Johnson / Power Line:
77 cents not worth a plug nickel  —  The assertion that women are the victims of discrimination in the workplace was one of the featured themes of President Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday.  To support the assertion he hauled out the old canard that women earn 77 cents on the dollar compared to men.
Wall Street Journal:
Senate Majority Leader Reid delivers body blow to Obama on trade  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid broke with the White House and said he opposed legislation aimed at smoothing the passage of free-trade agreements, imperiling two major deals being negotiated with Asian and European partners.
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The Hill:
Reid rejects Obama's trade power
Wall Street Journal:
Liberal vituperation makes our letter writer's point.  —  Five days on, the commentariat continues to drop anvils on Tom Perkins, who may have written the most-read letter to the editor in the history of The Wall Street Journal.  The irony is that the vituperation is making our friend's point …
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Ben White / Politico:
Why the rich are freaking out  —  NEW YORK — The co-founder of one the nation's oldest venture capital firms fears a possible genocide against the wealthy.  Residents of Manhattan's tony Upper East Side say the progressive mayor didn't plow their streets as a form of frosty revenge.
Damian Paletta / Washington Wire:
GOP Has Choices - None Easy - on Debt Ceiling  —  House Republicans are meeting Thursday at a hotel in Cambridge, Md., to map out their legislative strategy for the year, but they face a near-term decision that could dictate everything else that follows - what to do with the debt ceiling.
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Democrats: Cede the House to save the Senate
Discussion: Hot Air and PJ Media
CBS Miami:
Jeb Bush Still Undecided On 2016 Presidential Run  —  HIALEAH (CBSMiami) - Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has been rumored to be a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016 and Wednesday he did nothing to end the speculation when asked about a possible run.
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  January 30, 2014 - Crist Tops Florida's Scott On Almost Every Measure, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters See Crist Better On Top Priority - Economy  —  Watch Video: Assistant Director Tim Malloy discusses poll results  —  Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
No Smoking Guns Yet, But the Noose is Tightening Around Chris Christie  —  The New York Times is pretty clearly expending a lot of resources on the various Chris Christie scandals.  So far they haven't produced any smoking guns, but they're sure digging up some stuff that doesn't look good for Team Christie.
Discussion: NewsBusters, ABC News and Guardian
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New York Times:   How Pressure Mounted for Development in Hoboken
Nielsen:
33.3 MILLION TUNE IN TO WATCH PRES. OBAMA'S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS  —  On Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 President Barack Obama delivered his second State of the Union address of his second term in office.  The address was carried live from 9:00 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. on 13 networks and tape-delayed on Univision.
Joe Sterling / CNN:
Was Atlanta asleep at the wheel?  —  Atlanta (CNN) — We're world-class, Greater Atlanta boasts.  We're home to the world's busiest airport, to the Braves and Georgia Tech.  To CNN and the Weather Channel.  We're a mecca for conventioneers.  —  But today, that solid rep is going south, thanks to the “rush hour from hell.”
Discussion: Voxxi and Washington Monthly
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Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Gallup Obama approval numbers suggest shifting Electoral College map  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL BARACK OBAMA POLLS CAMPAIGNS APPROVAL RATINGS ELECTORAL COLLEGE  —  Gallup has released President Obama's approval numbers for 2013 for the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Hot Air
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Rumors of Obamacare's Death (Spiral) Are Greatly Exaggerated  —  In the world of Obamacare hate, the law's failure is imminent and inevitable.  Only old and sick people are signing up, the thinking goes.  Eventually insurers will have to raise rates, causing what's known as an insurance …
Washington Post:
For 2016, Hillary Clinton has commanding lead over Democrats, GOP race wide open  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton holds a commanding 6 to 1 lead over other Democrats heading into the 2016 presidential campaign, while the Republican field is deeply divided with no clear front-runner, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Blue Bottle Coffee Gets Caffeinated With $25.75 Million in Funding From Internet Stars and Morgan Stanley  —  Clay McLachlan/Claypix.com for Blue Bottle Coffee  —  Blue Bottle Coffee, the specialty roaster that has become a favorite of hipster techies in the San Francisco area …
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Republicans make overtures to middle class in effort to counter Obama, Democrats  —  As President Obama traveled the country Wednesday promoting a new and more populist economic agenda, Republicans were racing to prove that they, too, have a plan to alleviate ­middle-class anxiety.
Discussion: Politico
The Huffington Post:
Snowden Docs: U.S. Spied on Negotiators At 2009 Climate Summit  —  WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency monitored the communications of other governments ahead of and during the 2009 United Nations climate negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark, according to the latest document from whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Poll: Huckabee Is Now The GOP's Top Choice For 2016 After Libido Remark  —  Uncle Sugar has apparently provided Mike Huckabee with a polling bounce.  —  The latest survey from Democratic PPP released Wednesday showed the former Arkansas governor surging among Republican voters nationwide …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Hitting Mitch McConnell over health care in Kentucky  —  In yesterday's speech, President Obama gave a shout-out to Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, citing his tireless efforts to expand Obamacare coverage to his own constituents in a deep red state.  As enrollment mounts …
Doug Powers / Twitchy:
‘Self unaware overload’: Despicable MSNBC pounded by reality after saying ‘right wing will hate’ biracial family [pics]; Update: MSNBC deletes its tweet and apologizes  —  MSNBC has been crazier than usual lately, and that's saying something, but check out this slimewad tweet about a new ad for Cheerios:
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
How to understand the GOP predicament on immigration  —  The politics of immigration inside the House GOP caucus can seem perplexing and opaque.  Fortunately, Paul Ryan just gave an interview to Chuck Todd that pulls back the curtain and reveals how Republicans see the political minefield that lies between them and getting to Yes.
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David Nakamura / Washington Post:
House GOP immigration proposal is 'fool's gold,' AFL-CIO chief says
Discussion: Immigration Reform
 
 
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Dylan Matthews / Wonkblog:
Everyone likes the idea of equal opportunity. This economist thinks it's a fantasy.
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Lee Davidson / Salt Lake Tribune:
Possible new tax form check-off: fight same-sex marriage
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
11-year-old girl's cupcake business shut down by Madison County officials
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Citing Growth, Fed Again Cuts Monthly Bond Purchases
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Ray Hagar / Inside Nevada Politics:
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