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11:40 AM ET, January 30, 2014

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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Democrats: Cede the House to save the Senate  —  With Democrats' grasp on the Senate increasingly tenuous — and the House all but beyond reach — some top party donors and strategists are moving to do something in the midterm election as painful as it is coldblooded: Admit the House can't be won and go all in to save the Senate.
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ABC News:
House GOP Leaders Urge Obama, Dems to Act on Bills  —  House Republican leaders challenged the White House and Democrats to work “without further delay” on four bills that are stalled in the Senate, saying their passage would constitute a good start on President Barack Obama's call for a year of action in his State of the Union address.
Discussion: Politico
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.
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Unpopularity of the House Could Turn Senate Races
Discussion: Liberaland
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 …
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Florida poll: Charlie Crist tops Rick Scott
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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
Paige Lavender / The Huffington Post:
Michael Grimm Gets In Reporter's Face: ‘I Will Break You In Half’ (VIDEO)
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.
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The Fix:
Hillary Clinton is the biggest frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination ever.  Yes, ever.
Discussion: Mediaite, Business Insider, WMUR and CNN
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
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.
Lisa Schencker / Salt Lake Tribune:
Lunches seized from kids in debt at Salt Lake City elementary  —  Education » School officials cite unpaid balances on students' meal accounts.  —  | The Salt Lake Tribune  —  Up to 40 kids at Uintah Elementary in Salt Lake City picked up their lunches Tuesday …
Discussion: Gawker, ABC News, The Raw Story and NBCNews
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Dear patrons and Uintah Elementary:
Dear patrons and Uintah Elementary parents,  —  We have been investigating the lunch situation at Uintah Elementary School and would like to share the following information.  —  On Monday, a district Child Nutrition manager was sent to Uintah Elementary School to investigate the large number …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and KSL-TV
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 …
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
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: ABC News, NewsBusters and Guardian
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New York Times:   How Pressure Mounted for Development in Hoboken
Laura Meckler / Washington Wire:
Former Speaker Hastert Calls for Immigration Overhaul  —  Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has a message for his former colleagues: Pass an immigration overhaul.  —  In an interview, he said there are two imperatives: secure the border and give legal status to the estimated 11.5 million people living in the U.S. illegally.
Discussion: OnPolitics and Post Politics
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Laura Meckler / Washington Wire:
Rep. Ryan: GOP Looking at Legal Status, Chance for Citizenship
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Liberaland
Damon Linker / The Week:
Is National Review doomed?  —  The conservative movement's leading magazine faces a lawsuit that could bring it to its knees  —  N  —  ational Review, founded by William F. Buckley, Jr. in 1955, has had an enormous impact on the nation's politics.  Its writers formulated the ideology …
Derrik J. Lang / Associated Press:
JOHANSSON STEPPING DOWN AS OXFAM AMBASSADOR  —  You are here  —  Home » SodaStream International Ltd. » Johansson stepping down as Oxfam ambassador  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scarlett Johansson is ending her relationship with a humanitarian group after being criticized over her support …
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Pre-K, the Great Debate  —  Against all odds, prekindergarten is gaining ground.  —  President Obama called again in his State of the Union address for Congress to support high-quality preschool for all, noting that 30 states are already moving ahead on this front (including New York).
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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 …
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
U.S. Says Russia Tested Missile, Despite Treaty  —  WASHINGTON — The United States informed its NATO allies this month that Russia had tested a new ground-launched cruise missile, raising concerns about Moscow's compliance with a landmark arms control accord.
Discussion: The Heritage Foundation and BBC
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 (for the tweet, not the article)  —  MSNBC has been crazier than usual lately, and that's saying something, but check out this slimewad tweet about a new ad for Cheerios:
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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Rebecca Burns / Politico:
The day we lost Atlanta  —  How 2 lousy inches of snow paralyzed …
Discussion: Balkinization and NBCNews
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Peterson to decide on reelection by March
Discussion: The Fix
Shell Global:
New Shell CEO Ben van Beurden sets agenda for sharper performance and rigorous capital discipline
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Guardian and BBC
John Fund / National Review:
Totalitarian Troubadour
Discussion: Crooked Timber
Dylan Matthews / Wonkblog:
Everyone likes the idea of equal opportunity. This economist thinks it's a fantasy.
Discussion: Spectator
Lee Davidson / Salt Lake Tribune:
Possible new tax form check-off: fight same-sex marriage
 Earlier Items: 
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Republicans make overtures to middle class in effort to counter Obama, Democrats
Discussion: Politico
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
11-year-old girl's cupcake business shut down by Madison County officials
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Hitting Mitch McConnell over health care in Kentucky
Nielsen:
33.3 MILLION TUNE IN TO WATCH PRES. OBAMA'S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Capitalism vs. Democracy
Discussion: Eschaton, The Dish and Balkinization