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Politico:
Report: Pol, staffer caught kissing  —  Freshman GOP Rep. Vance McAllister (La.) - who ran as conservative Christian - has been caught on video in a romantic encounter with a woman believed to be on his congressional staff just before Christmas.  —  The Ouachita Citizen, a newspaper based in West Monroe …
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Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Married GOP congressman admits to kissing female staffer  —  Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) asked for forgiveness Monday afternoon after a video purporting to show the congressman kissing a female staffer in his congressional office in Louisiana surfaced.  —  McAllister, who was just elected …
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
Al Sharpton's Secret Work As FBI Informant  —  Untold story of how activist once aided probes of NYC wiseguys  —  When friends and family members gathered recently at the White House for a private celebration of Michelle Obama's 50th birthday, one of the invited partygoers was a former paid FBI Mafia informant.
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Erin Durkin / NY Daily News:
Rev. Al Sharpton worked as FBI informant, taping conversations with mob pals to help bring …
Discussion: Main Justice
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Michael Hayden under fire for Dianne Feinstein comment  —  Senate Democrats ripped former CIA Director Michael Hayden on Monday for describing Sen. Dianne Feinstein as “emotional,” calling Hayden's remarks both a “baseless smear” and condescending.  —  Hayden on Sunday said that the Senate …
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Chuck Schumer: No end to attacks on Kochs
Discussion: Power Line and Weasel Zippers
Bradley Klapper / Associated Press:
Dems Slam CIA Ex-Boss Over Feinstein Criticism
Discussion: CNN
Justin Sink / The Hill:
WH says its gender pay gap ‘better than the national average’  —  The White House on Monday looked to deflect criticism over its own pay policies ahead of an event Tuesday on lessening wage discrimination.  —  White House press secretary Jay Carney was peppered by questions from reporters …
Benny Johnson / BuzzFeed:
Bush Aides Push Jeb To Run For President  —  “We have a responsibility to make sure Jeb runs.”  The future at the celebration of the past.  —  AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee  —  COLLEGE STATION, Texas — More than a hundred Republican Party elders gathered this weekend in Texas to celebrate George H.W. Bush's legacy.
Discussion: Hot Air
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John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Report on IRS: Only Tea Party Groups Received ‘Systematic Scrutiny’  —  A new report from House Republicans sheds more light on the early stages of tea-party targeting by the Internal Revenue Service, identifying the first three cases sent to Washington for special review in 2010.
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Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
IRS agents testified before Congress that the agency's political …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Jonathan Chait's epic race fail: How a story about racism and Obama goes horribly wrong  —  New York magazine's cover story suggests liberals are paranoid, MSNBC is like stop-and-frisk — and other oddities  —  I'm glad Jonathan Chait told us that his poorly argued, slightly paranoid …
Elianayjohnson / National Review:
House Turns Up the Heat on Lerner, Pursues Criminal Charges  —  The House Ways and Means Committee, led by outgoing chairman Dave Camp, will vote this week to ask the Department of Justice to pursue criminal charges against former Internal Revenue Service employee Lois Lerner.
San Francisco Examiner, The San Francisco Examiner:
California Senate erases websites of 3 lawmakers, including Leland Yee  —  by The Associated Press The California Senate has erased the names and online archives of three suspended lawmakers entangled in criminal cases.  —  The Senate removed pictures, video clips and legislative archives …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Foster Friess's Obamacare-Hitler parody  —  Republican mega-donor Foster Friess is offering a parody video targeting Obamacare...starring Adolf Hitler.  —  The nearly-four minute segment, posted at FosterFriess.com and, as first reported by the Daily Beast, blasted out to his email list …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Liberaland
Joshua Tucker / The Monkey Cage:
The less Americans know about Ukraine's location, the more they want U.S. to intervene  —  Where's Ukraine?  Each dot depicts the location where a U.S. survey respondent situated Ukraine; the dots are colored based on how far removed they are from the actual country, with the most accurate responses …
Bill Clark / Roll Call:
Senate Passes Unemployment Benefits Extension  —  The Senate approved a bipartisan unemployment benefits extension Monday, with six Republicans joining Senate Democrats to clear the measure.  —  The measure passed 59 to 38 with all Democrats in attendance voting for the bill.
Katie Glueck / Politico:
GOP's Alan Simpson backs gay marriage in ad  —  Former Sen. Alan Simpson, a Republican, is making the case for a “live and let live” approach to same-sex marriage in a new television ad buy targeting Western states, just as a federal appeals court in Denver prepares to take up the issue later this week.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Washington Post:
Maryland Gov. O'Malley will sign marijuana decriminalization bill, he says  —  Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) said Monday that he will sign a bill decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.  —  On a 34-to-8 vote, the Senate gave final approval to the legislation Monday afternoon.
Discussion: Liberaland
The Economic Times:
India losing 70 per cent voice and call centre business to Philippines, Eastern Europe: Survey  — Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)|  - incremental voice and call centre business| … “);document.close();})();' frameborder="0" scrolling="no" width="640" height="160">
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Healthcare cuts canceled after Dem complaints  —  The Obama administration announced Monday that planned cuts to Medicare Advantage would not go through as anticipated amid election-year opposition from congressional Democrats.  —  The cuts would have reduced benefits that seniors receive …
 
 
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