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5:20 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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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.
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Giuliani Says ‘Fifty-Fifty’ Chance Christie Knew About Bridge Lane Closures  —  Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Thursday there is a “fifty-fifty” chance New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) knew about an order to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge in September.
Discussion: Capital New York and Balloon Juice
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner: House GOP ‘alternative’ to Obama, not ‘the opposition’
Discussion: Politico
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Dems Begin Triage Plans
Discussion: Corrente and Politico
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Rep. Waxman to retire at end of term
Discussion: Politico
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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 …
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.
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Sandra Fluke may seek Henry Waxman House seat
Discussion: Liberaland
scpr.org:
Rep. Henry Waxman announces retirement from Congress
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:   Waxman Retires  —  It was a bit startling to us old folks …
Richard Simon / Los Angeles Times:
Rep. Henry Waxman to retire from Congress
Mitchell Byars / Daily Camera:
Jed Udall, son of Sen. Mark Udall, arrested on heroin, vehicular-trespassing charges  —  Sheriff: Udall, 26, broke into cars in Eldorado Springs  —  Jed Udall, the 26-year-old son of Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, was arrested Wednesday after Boulder County sheriff's deputies say he broke …
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Report: Mark Udall's son arrested
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
David Leopold / @DavidLeopold:
BREAKING: Here are the Republican Principles for #Immigration Reform-to be formally announced by @SpeakerBoehner at 4:30 pm ET  —  Standards for Immigration Reform  —  PREAMBLE … Border Security and Interior Enforcement Must Come First  —  It is the fundamental duty of any government …
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John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Some Republicans See Racism As a Factor in Immigration Stalemate
Discussion: Daily Kos and Right Wing Watch
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Republicans Admit Racism Is Big Obstacle To Passing Immigration Reform
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
More Uninsured Planning to Get Insurance From Exchanges
Discussion: Daily Kos and CBS DC
Pete Williams / NBCNews:
Feds to seek death penalty against accused Boston bomber Tsarnaev  —  The Justice Department has notified a federal judge that it intends to seek the death penalty if a jury convicts Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for last April's bomb attacks at the Boston Marathon.  —  Tsarnaev is awaiting trial …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Hot Air
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Washington Post:
U.S. to seek death penalty in Boston bombing case
Discussion: NPR, TalkLeft and Lawfare
CNN:
Feds seek death penalty for Boston bombing suspect Tsarnaev
Discussion: Mediaite
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE - TED CRUZ: HOUSE GOP'S AMNESTY PUSH WILL RUIN HOPES OF RETAKING SENATE  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) thinks that the House GOP leadership's renewed push this week to grant amnesty to illegal aliens would destroy the Republican Party's chances at retaking the Senate in 2014.
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Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
It's Not Just MSNBC Making Flip Assumptions About Non-Liberal Racism (UPDATED)  —  Last night, the official Twitter feed of MSNBC used a Cheerios Super Bowl commercial to make a crack about non-lefties being uncomfortable with race-mixing:  —  After an eruption of outrage on Twitter …
Discussion: Twitchy
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
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Brisk 4th Quarter Lifts Hopes for Economy in 2014
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Carl Straumsheim / Inside Higher Ed:
Is Blogging Unscholarly?  —  The political science blogosphere …
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Convention wipeout coming soon?
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
Discussion: Post Politics
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Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Pre-K, the Great Debate
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S.E. Cupp / CNN:
Editor's note: S.E. Cupp is co-host of the new “Crossfire,” …
Discussion: Shakesville
Laura Meckler / Washington Wire:
Former Speaker Hastert Calls for Immigration Overhaul
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Rumors of Obamacare's Death (Spiral) Are Greatly Exaggerated
Discussion: American Prospect
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  January 30, 2014 - Crist Tops Florida's Scott …
 

 
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