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1:15 AM ET, January 6, 2014


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First on CNN: Liz Cheney to abandon Senate bid  —  New York (CNN) — Liz Cheney, whose upstart bid to unseat Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi sparked a round of warfare in the Republican Party and even within her own family, is dropping out of the Senate primary, sources told CNN late Sunday.
Discussion: Business Insider and The Raw Story
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Bob Schieffer Calls Out Peggy Noonan For Smearing De Blasio As A ‘former Sandinista’  —  Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, a former speechwriter and aide to President Ronald Reagan, was forced to backtrack and admit that she was wrong on Sunday after she called New York City Mayor a “former Sandinista.”
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Liberaland
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Woman Accidentally Shoots Husband In Arizona  —  A San Tan Valley, Ariz. woman, Melisah Havens, on Friday accidentally shot her husband outside their residence because she thought he was an intruder trying to burglarize her vehicle, police told KTVK Phoenix.
Discussion: Liberaland
Jennifer Thomas / KASW-TV:
PCSO: San Tan Valley woman arrested after shooting husband with shotgun
Discussion: Global Grind
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
HILLARY CLINTON'S SHADOW CAMPAIGN  —  Early last summer in her Georgian-style home near Washington's Embassy Row, Hillary Clinton met with a handful of aides for a detailed presentation on preparing for a 2016 presidential campaign.  —  Three officials from the Democratic consulting firm …
Discussion: TalkLeft
New York Post:
Slain slumlord found in trash has enemies list a mile long  —  Who DIDN'T want him dead?  The body of Menachem “Max” Stark was discovered smoldering in the trash Friday after he was thrown into this van and kidnapped off a Williamsburg street (left).  —  The millionaire Hasidic slumlord found burned …
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
PRESIDENT LEAVES HAWAII, MICHELLE OBAMA STAYS ON AS ‘BIRTHDAY PRESENT’  —  President Barack Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha left their vacation in Hawaii on Saturday, but left First Lady Michelle Obama behind on the islands, according to news agency reports.
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
For Obama, a Real and Rare Vacation in Hawaii
Ron Johnson / Wall Street Journal:
I'm Suing Over ObamaCare Exemptions for Congress  —  If the president wants to change the health-care law, he must ask Congress to do it.  —  On Monday, Jan. 6, I am filing suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin to make Congress live by the letter of the health-care law it imposed on the rest of America.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
The Austerity Flip-Flop  —  On April 28, 2013 Paul Krugman clearly said that 2013 was a test of market monetarism: … Yesterday (Jan 4, 2014) however, Paul Krugman, said: … There are two obfuscations here.  First, it wasn't the market monetarists who established the test it was Konczal …
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Bernanke takes parting shot at Congress, calls fiscal policy ‘counterproductive’
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Brittany Green-Miner /
Same-sex marriage opponents call for an uprising  —  HIGHLAND, Utah - Billed as a call for an uprising, opponents of same-sex marriage gathered for a meeting in Highland on Saturday.  —  Former Graham County, Ariz., Sheriff Richard Mack spoke about issues concerning the U.S. Constitution, including same-sex marriage.
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
Koch-backed political network, designed to shield donors, raised $400 million in 2012  —  The political network spearheaded by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch has expanded into a far-reaching operation of unrivaled complexity, built around a maze of groups that cloaks its donors …
Discussion: The Raw Story
The Hill:
Boehner open to extending unemployment benefits  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) remains open to an extension of emergency unemployment benefits even in the face of growing conservative opposition to such a move.  —  The Ohio Republican maintains the position he expressed last month that Republicans would …
Tarini Parti / Politico:
Sperling makes case for benefits extension
Discussion: CNN and The Week
John Rizzo / Politico:
I Could Have Stopped Waterboarding Before It Happened  —  An exclusive account from the CIA's former top lawyer.  —  In the weeks after 9/11, the name Abu Zubaydah seemed to pop up daily at the five o'clock meeting that CIA Director George Tenet convened each night with the Agency's counterterrorism brain trust.
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Chad Terhune / Los Angeles Times:
California extends payment deadline for Obamacare policies to Jan. 15
Discussion: CBS Sacramento
January 5: Janet Napolitano, Gene Sperling, Jim Cramer, Delos Cosgrove, John Noseworthy …
Discussion: Althouse and BizzyBlog
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Rand Paul backs Snowden, bashes Clapper
Discussion: PandoDaily, Hot Air and New York Times
Eric Owens / The Daily Caller:
Modern Language Association's fascist douchebags outlaw The Daily Caller from convention
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Sen. Paul has his own Obamacare debacle
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Politico
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Wishes He Could ‘Turn Back The Clock’
Lawrence Wright / New Yorker:
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
 Earlier Items: 
Daily Mail:
Anything Arnie can do... Action hero Steven Seagal ponders running for Governor of Arizona
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
50 Years Later, War on Poverty Is a Mixed Bag
Discussion: Daily Kos and JustOneMinute
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Indoctrinating Religious Warriors
Discussion: PJ Lifestyle
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
De Blasio's Long Odds
Discussion: The Other McCain and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Power Vacuum in Middle East Lifts Militants
Discussion: Right Wing News