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7:40 AM ET, January 6, 2014


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Liz Cheney plans to exit Wyoming Senate race  —  Liz Cheney has signaled to allies that she is preparing to drop her bid for the United States Senate and may announce as soon as this week that she plans to focus on issues related to her family, sources told POLITICO on Sunday.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House Republicans must choose ambition or caution in 2014  —  As House Republicans return to Washington for the new year, their leaders must decide how ambitious the party will be in the 10 months before their majority faces voters in November.  —  The smart money is on a cautious election-year strategy …
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
W.H. pushes unemployment benefits  —  President Barack Obama returns from his Hawaii holiday toting a familiar message — blame the Republicans — as the White House and its allies launch a fresh weeklong effort to spotlight Congress's failure to renew long-term unemployment benefits.
Discussion: Post Politics and The Hill
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
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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
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.
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
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.
Discussion: emptywheel
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
Ben Goad / The Hill:
Sen. Cornyn: ‘Mandate-happy’ White House trying to silence nuns  —  Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) assailed the Obama administration Saturday for challenging the Supreme Court order exempting religious non-profits from the Affordable Care Act's “birth control mandate.”
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.
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