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2:55 PM ET, January 30, 2014

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Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
Why I Was Wrong About Chris Christie  —  He wasn't so smart or post-partisan, and may pay the price as a presidential hopeful.  —  A year ago, I wrote: “The smartest move in politics today is to move against Washington and the two major parties.  And the smartest man in politics may be Chris Christie.”
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Henry Waxman, 20-Term Democrat, Is Leaving House  —  CAMBRIDGE, Md. — Representative Henry A. Waxman of California, a diminutive Democratic giant whose 40 years in the House produced some of the most important legislation of the era, will announce on Thursday that he is retiring at the end of the year.
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.
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.
Richard Simon / Los Angeles Times:
Rep. Henry Waxman to retire from Congress
Henry Waxman / CNN:
Rep. Waxman to retire at end of term
Discussion: Politico
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Henry Waxman to retire at end of congressional session
Discussion: NPR, Mediaite and Weekly Standard
Jake Sherman / Politico:
NRCC head predicts GOP pickups in House
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Fix
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner: House GOP ‘alternative’ to Obama, not ‘the opposition’
Discussion: Politico
Politico:
Henry Waxman to retire
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Dems Begin Triage Plans
Discussion: Corrente and Politico
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 …
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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 …
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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.
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
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 …
Discussion: CNN and Real Clear Politics
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Florida poll: Charlie Crist tops Rick Scott
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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
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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 …
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
WonkViz:
Obama Issues Fewer Executive Orders than Any President Since the 1800s  —  Ted Cruz has already referred to Barack Obama's use of executive orders as “lawless.”  Considering it's a safe bet we'll be hearing a lot more of this rhetoric in the months to come, I decided to dig into the historical data on presidential executive orders.
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 …
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Some Republicans See Racism As a Factor in Immigration Stalemate  —  “I hate to say this, because these are my people — but I hate to say it, but it's racial,” says a Republican congressman.  —  Jason Reed / Reuters  —  WASHINGTON — For more than a year House Republican leaders have insisted …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Right Wing Watch
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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Annie Lowrey / New York Times:   Reid Pushes Back on Fast-Track Trade Authority
kff.org:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: January 2014  —  January 1st may have been a monumental date for those working on and closely following the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but the latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds little change in the public's knowledge and views of the law.
 
 
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Convention wipeout coming soon?
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Sean Trende / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The 2020 Reapportionment and the Voting Rights Act
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
GOP groups to drop $1.2M in Florida race
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Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
White House Seeks Drug Clemency Candidates
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Rebecca Burns / Politico:
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S.E. Cupp / CNN:
A Republican with a message for 2016  —  Editor's note …
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Laura Meckler / Washington Wire:
Former Speaker Hastert Calls for Immigration Overhaul
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
77 cents not worth a plug nickel
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Rumors of Obamacare's Death (Spiral) Are Greatly Exaggerated
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